Youth friendly organizations

Keep in mind this list is not comprehensive, and there may be a variety of minimum age requirements for various positions, so it’s always best to contact the specific site you’d like to volunteer directly but it’s a good place to start! Most organizations do not state the minimum age for volunteering, so if you find a place or opportunity that appeals to you, it’s best to call or email them to find out for certain. As well, many of these organizations will accept younger volunteers as long as they are with their parents (family volunteering). The key is to always ask first, before ruling out an organization in which you're interested in working!

 

Health care (general)

Grey Nuns Hospital

Mill Woods

Minimum age: 13 years

 

Misericordia Hospital

West Edmonton

Minimum age: 13 years

 

Royal Alexandra Hospital

Central Edmonton

Minimum age: 13 years

 

Canadian Blood Services

South Edmonton

Minimum age: 15 years

 

 

 

Working with Seniors

 

Good Samaritan Society

Various locations in Edmonton

Minimum age: 12 years

 

Salvation Army

Various locations throughout Edmonton

Minimum age: 16 years

 

Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre

North Edmonton

Minimum age: 16 years

 

Capital Care Centres

Locations in north, south, and west Edmonton, Sherwood Park

Minimum age: 12 years

 

Working with Children

 

Military Family Resource Centre

North Edmonton

Minimum age: 13 years

 

Boys & Girls Clubs, Big Brothers Big Sisters

Various schools and locations throughout Edmonton

Minimum age: 16 years

 

Girl Guides of Canada

Various locations

Minimum age: 14 years

 

Bissell Centre

Downtown Edmonton

Minimum age:  15 years

 

Sports

 

Special Olympics

Various locations

Minimum age: 16 years

 

YMCA of Northern Alberta (Edmonton)

Various locations

Minimum age: 12 years

 

Leaders in Training (City of Edmonton Recreation Centres, playgrounds)

Various locations

Minimum age: 13 years

 

Arts

Northern Light Theatre

South Edmonton

Minimum age: 16 years

 

Art Gallery of Alberta

Downtown Edmonton

Minimum age: 16 years

 

The Works Art and Design Festival

Downtown Edmonton

Minimum age: 13 years

 

Supporting people with basic needs

 

Salvation Army

Various locations throughout Edmonton

Minimum age: 16 years

 

Hope Mission

Downtown Edmonton

Minimum age: 12 years (accompanied by an adult)

 

The Mustard Seed

Downtown Edmonton

Minimum age: 16 years

 

Edmonton’s Food Bank

Central North Edmonton

Minimum age: 14 years

 

Meals on Wheels (Kitchen Helper)

Central North Edmonton

Minimum age: 16 years

 

Bissell Centre

Downtown Edmonton

Minimum age:  15 years

 

Supporting people with disabilities

 

Capital Care Centres

Locations in north, south, and west Edmonton, Sherwood Park

Minimum age: 12 years

 

Cerebral Palsy Association

Various locations

Minimum age: 16 years

 

CNIB

Downtown Edmonton

Minimum age: 14 years

 

Centre for Autism Services Alberta

South Edmonton and various locations

Minimum age: 15 years

 

Animals

 

Little Bits Therapeutic Riding Association

Southwest Edmonton

Minimum age: 14 years

 

Edmonton Humane Society

West Edmonton

Minimum age: 17 and under (with a parent only)

 

AARCS

Various locations

Minimum age: 16 years (10 – 15 years with a parent)

 

Environment

City of Edmonton (Capital City Clean Up, Guided Tree Planting, etc.)

Various locations

Minimum age: 13 years

 

Education and Literacy

 

Edmonton Public Library

Various locations throughout Edmonton

Minimum age: 13 years

 

Telus World of Science

West Edmonton

Minimum age: 15 years

 

Other

Habitat for Humanity (building houses)

Various build locations throughout Edmonton

Minimum age: 16 years (with a parent)

 

Pilgrims Hospice Society (events)

Various locations

Minimum age: 12 years

Local Attractions

 

Muttart Conservatory

Downtown

Minimum age: 13 years

 

Fort Edmonton

South Edmonton

Minimum age: 13 years

 

Edmonton Valley Zoo

Southwest Edmonton

Minimum age: 13 years

John Walter Museum

Downtown

Minimum age: 13 years

 

John Janzen Nature Centre

South Edmonton

Minimum age: 13 years

 

"you're never too young to change the world."
~Unknown