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Volunteer Centre takes an innovative approach to connect students to unique opportunities

November 9th, 2015

An innovative approach to connect students to the greater community will be launched on November 10, 2015 at the University of Waterloo. The new Volunteer Centre, developed and operated by the Federation of Students, will have its grand opening from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Life Centre Great Hall.

University of Waterloo President Feridun Hamdullahpur, Feds Vice-President, Internal Maaz Yasin, and Volunteer Action Centre Executive Director Jane Hennig will be speaking at the grand opening.

The Volunteer Centre will feature a database of opportunities for students to explore, and each will provide them with the chance to have a positive impact. Along with opportunities available on campus and abroad, the database will list a plethora of options available through the Volunteer Action Centre of Kitchener Waterloo and Area.

“Students are able to search through the database based on their interests, availability, and location to find something that will complement their academic commitments,” said Hannah Beckett, coordinator for the Volunteer Centre and third-year political science major. “Our main goal is to make these opportunities more accessible for students, and continue to develop strong ties between our students and the greater community."

According to Hennig, the Volunteer Action Centre of Kitchener Waterloo and Area, is proud to be a part of the new service. “Connecting students efficiently to community involvement opportunities, both on and off campus, is key to the success of both community programs and meaningful and timely student engagement,” she said.

Opportunities range from therapeutic recreation in the community to volunteering for short-term events on campus like the Fall Open House. Each posting offers a brief explanation of the role and information on the application process, such as whether it's online or in person.

“There are already ways for students to be involved at the University of Waterloo such as Feds clubs and services, but many want to do even more,” said Yasin. “It’s inspiring to see so much passion for this region, and such a strong desire from students to give back to the community in which we live. That’s how this initiative came about, and I look forward to seeing the impact students have through the various placements.”

More information about the Volunteer Centre is available on

About the Federation of Students

Since 1967, the Federation of Students (Feds) has been the voice of undergraduate students at the University of Waterloo. Feds undertakes initiatives both on and off campus to serve, empower and represent students. Feds operates seven commercial services, nine student-run services, oversees over 200 student clubs and societies and Orientation Week. For more information, please visit