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Welcome! We are always happy to meet new (and returning) volunteers!

Our volunteer program is made to suit undergraduate volunteers; we know you get busy and might need to scale back your involvement at certain times of the year. That’s why many of our volunteer roles can be done when you have time, and many can be accomplished remotely.

Often, students get involved in a small way and then increase involvement over time, so no job is too small to start with.

Running a not-for-profit requires a wide range of skills and backgrounds, so no matter your programme or your skill level, you can practice, improve and learn with us while gaining experience and strengthening your resume!

Sometimes students combine coursework and research in ways that allow them to work on a project with us that advances our mission. If you have ideas, please bring them to us!

Many ways to contribute as a volunteer!

General Volunteer Roles

NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING VOLUNTEERS

Community Garden

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NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING VOLUNTEERS
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Film Screening Committee

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Film and Video Production

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Fill out our Volunteer Application

Graphics and Design

Your Role: We are looking for volunteers with skills making visually striking online posters/infographics for social media and our website

Responsibilities

Provide graphics to help promote OPIRG events and projects and enrich our website blog and social media

Commitment

  • Create at least 2 pieces of content each month
  • Meet with the Outreach Board of Director’s Representatives regularly

Support

  • Access to OPIRG’s Resource Centre (MUSC 229)
  • Use of OPIRG’s iMac computer and Creative Suite software programs

*(Due to Covid-19, the Resource Centre is inaccessible, meaning that volunteers must be able to work remotely)

Impact

By creating strong graphics you help OPIRG projects get noticed and bring volunteers, participants, and supporters to our events and public interest initiatives.

Fill out our Volunteer Application
Fill out our Volunteer Application

Research and Advocacy Producer

Your Role: Help promote our social justice and environmental initiatives and events by writing about issues in the McMaster and Hamilton community

Responsibilities

  • Raise awareness about issues in the McMaster and Hamilton community, or concerning sustainability
  • Research and Create blog posts related to OPIRG McMaster’s Mission.

OPIRG is looking for engaging, factual content, clearly and succinctly delivered. Accompanying photographs or graphics are always welcome. Writing on subjects of interest to our subscribers: short articles on events, event reports, volunteer profiles/interviews, and helpful information about activism and social change. We also welcome your ideas for articles. You are expected to provide content on an agreed upon deadline.

Publish to our website blog, and from there the content is easily shared across social media platforms.

Commitment

  • Create 1 piece of content/month
  • Meet with our Research and Advocacy team once/month (minimum)

Support

OPIRG staff, board and volunteers can help in team meetings to discuss ideas, as well as help with editing and layout.

Impact

You help tell the stories about what our volunteers and organization are engaged with. By writing content that is useful and insightful, you help raise awareness and lead people to take action on important issues. You can build your writing portfolio in a way that supplements your learning. OPIRG content on the web helps deliver more people with a shared interest in positive action for social good.

Contact

Contact the Research and Advocacy Coordinators at advocacy@opirgmcmaster.org

Fill out our Volunteer Application
Fill out our Volunteer Application

Speaker Series Committee Member

Your role: Participate in bi-weekly meetings to help organize OPIRG’s Speaker Series to educate the McMaster and larger Hamilton community on topics relating to social and environmental justice initiatives.

Specific jobs might include reaching out to speakers in the community, event facilitation and designing promotional material, among other things.

If you have experience or interest in social justice and environmental advocacy, event organization, project management, or you just enjoy meeting new people and forming community connections, please do consider reaching out

Responsibilities

  • Attend committee meetings and participate in event development and organization
  • Notify the Speaker Series Coordinator (speakers@opirgmcmaster.org) of any absences, changed plans or extenuating circumstances
  • Research and be aware of local activists and academics currently engaging or historically having engaged in public discourse on topics relating to social and environmental justice
  • Be open minded and willing to learn – our events are to help inform students and the larger community about important issues, but also opportunities for us to learn and grow as well.

Commitment

  • Flexible commitment – if you can only help out with one event, that’s great, or if you can help out with all them, that’s also wonderful!
  • There will approximately one hour long bi-weekly meetings for brainstorming, developing and organizing events, as well as the
  • There is the possible of more frequent meetings in the lead up to an event, if necessary, e.g. for meeting with speakers, testing technology prior to an event, etc.

Impact

You will have the opportunity to connect with and learn from activists, academics and thinkers in the larger Hamilton community on issues and topics that are important to you. You will also help to not only ensure students are informed of important issues, but also to foster a stronger sense of community as well.

Contact

Contact our Speaker Series Coordinator by email at speakers@opirgmcmaster.org

Fill out our Volunteer Application

In-Person Opportunites (Currently on hold due to COVID-19)

Your Role

The OPIRG Resource Centre serves as a workspace for staff, for our volunteer groups to work on campaigns, for students to sign out books, or loan equipment. You will assist members seeking OPIRG services.

Responsibilities

As a Resource Centre Attendant, you are responsible for helping keep the centre open for students and community members accessing our services. You will commit to regular hours so you can help with things like

  • Welcoming visitors
  • Signing out resource material (books) for library users
  • Keep the Centre open while staff take lunch or attend meetings
  • Sell fair trade products (Coffee, tea, etc.)
  • Set up the button-makers
  • Sign out (and sign in) loanable items like the projector

Support

OPIRG Staff will provide orientation, and other student volunteers will help you learn the role.

Impact

You will be supporting the mission of a not-for-profit and gain valuable experience, with opportunities to take on other roles in the organization, including management (via our Board of Directors). Your work will allow us to provide a higher level of service to students taking action on important public interest issues. Many volunteers have started in this position and moved into Board of Director positions, adding valuable first-hand experience to the director role.

Your Role

You represent OPIRG McMaster at public events, on and off-campus, according to your availablity.

Responsibilities

  • Shifts of an hour (or more) are a great help to OPIRG Staff or other volunteers staffing the display table.
  • Engaging with students and the community, representing OPIRG and its values, and sharing ideas.
  • Sometimes you may be responsible to set up the table, or to take it down, or if possible at times transporting it to the location.
  • At certain times we bring along one of our button-makers, some old magazines, and let people make their own button (AKA lapel pin). Getting comfortable with the button maker is an asset (and only takes a few minutes to learn)

Commitment

Attend and help at least 1 event per term

Support

We help you orient yourself to OPIRG’s mission, and we provide a brief overview of expectations and a FAQ sheet for you. (If you can’t answer a question that a visitor asks, you can always take their information and we can get back to them later.)

Impact

You become the face of OPIRG so we can attend outreach activities and share information about what we do, and get feedback from visitors to our tables. We gain new members and increase awareness about our mission with your help.

Student Volunteer Executives

Film Production

Aislyn
AislynFilm Production Coordinator
Hi I’m Aislyn, I’m a fourth year student in the IBH program here at Mac, and this year I’m excited to be McMaster OPIRG’s Film Coordinator!
Through the year the film team will be looking into social and environmental advocacy. If that sounds like you, I’d love to have you on the team. We’ll get to practice interview skills, scripting, filming, and editing, if you have any skills in these or are a complete beginner and just want to learn, get in touch with OPIRG film committee today. Can’t wait to meet you

Film Series

NoveraFilm Series
Coming soon

Podcast

Aaliyan
AaliyanPodcast Producer Volunteer Exec
Nice to meet you all, my name is Aaliyan, and I am a second year at, as many of you may have already guessed, McMaster University!!! I am in the Life Sciences department, and I love psychology, just thought I’d throw that out there. I’ve lived in Canada for all my life, but I enjoy travelling as long as it’s less than 1 hour. I love soccer, badminton, and video games. I also love binge watching tv shows, I try to constrain myself. My role on the team is a podcast producer who will be responsible for, well, producing PODCASTS!!! We’ll have some amazing guests to interview and learn all sorts of things. I’ve always wanted to be a part of a podcast, it’s a special place where you can just chill and talk about pretty much anything and everything. I look forward to working with everyone. 
Mymoon
MymoonPodcast Producer Volunteer Exec
Hello, My name is Mymoon. I am glad to be joining OPIRG as a podcast producer. I have been in the OPIRG family for about a year now, working as project coordinator of mac divest. I am looking to bring real interesting conversation through the podcast. I am from Toronto Ontario, I study Materials Engineering here at Mac, and I am a big fan of podcast that go in depth in political analysis.

Research and Advocacy

Josh
Josh Research and Advocacy Volunteer Exec
Hi everyone, my name is Josh Tony and I’m a second year Hon. Bio student. I’m from Canada and India and I spent my first year online in Abu Dhabi (UAE). I love playing sports (basketball, volleyball, and badminton are my favourite ones) and travelling to new places. I have lived in 4 different countries, so I have been able to see how different places have different perspectives and worldviews. This ties into my role as one of the research and advocacy coordinators at OPIRG, where I hope to inform individuals of current issues, especially in Hamilton, and how they can help in bringing about change.
Valerie
ValerieResearch and Advocacy Volunteer Exec
My name is Valerie Chow, a 4th-year student in the Honours Biochemistry with Biomedical Research Specialization program. This year, I am one of OPIRG’s Research and Advocacy Coordinators! Part of my responsibilities is to promote social justice and environmental initiatives and events within the McMaster and Hamilton communities. I hope to draw attention to the organizations and people that are involved in these initiatives and help raise awareness. With this, I want to support others to take action and make positive contributions to these important issues.

Speaker Series

Nisha
NishaSpeaker Series
Hi! I’m Nisha, a third year Arts & Science student, and I’m excited to be McMaster OPIRG Speaker Series Coordinator this year. I’m passionate about advocacy, education and climate and racial justice, and I hope to help students become more informed on these issues. If this sounds like something you’d also be interested in, I’d be thrilled to have you on the team! You’ll be involved researching and contacting local activists and academics, organizing virtual events and facilitating community learning and discussion. Whether you have previous event planning experience or are just interested in learning, please reach out – looking forward to meeting you all!