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 Our Volunteer Opportunities

We welcome volunteers from many different kinds of backgrounds and with widely ranging interests.  We have positions for adults as well as students 18 and over.

Many of our volunteer opportunities are flexible.  You do not have to sign up for a regular shift, or make a weekly commitment.  You sign up for the times you are available.  You can even sign up for one shift at a time..


What Do Volunteers Do?

Our market volunteers might sort and stock food, help a client shop, sit and talk with a client, help clean the drop-in centre, make coffee,  and much more.  We also use volunteers in our other programs to help with a variety of tasks, depending on skills and interests.

We utilize many of our volunteers for our Compass market operations.  Shifts are:

  • Mondays 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. and 5:15 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays 11:30 – 2:30 pm and 2:15 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Fridays 11:30 – 2:30 p.m. and 2:15 – 5:30 p.m.

We also need volunteers at other times.  Please indicate your availability when you apply and we will seek to accommodate you.

How to Apply

We ask each volunteer to submit an application and we can meet with new volunteers to help discover the opportunity which suits them best.  We provide orientation, training and support to help all volunteers do their jobs well.  For jobs involving direct one-on-one contact with our clientele, we require and help facilitate a police check.

You can apply online right away with our application form. After you will need to download and print two reference forms.  Once you submit your application we will email you to let you know next steps and contact you to book your Orientation Course. If you prefer to apply with a paper application please contact us, or drop by The Compass to pick up a form. 

Current Volunteers

Can access our sign up schedule here.

For More Information

Contact the Compass or at (905) 274-9309 or drop in to the Compass at 310 Lakeshore Road West, Mississauga, across from Shoppers Drug Mart.

Our Volunteer Opportunities

The Compass is currently looking to fill multiple volunteer positions.

Shopper & Hospitality Positions

We are in immediate need of volunteers for all of our shifts. Volunteer shoppers assist the clients as they shop in the market in an interactive one-on-one position.

Are you a friendly, outgoing person with the ability to multitask who enjoys serving others? Our hospitality position could be a good fit for you! The tasks include preparing snack trays, serving coffee and tea, as well as keeping the dishes, the kitchen and the coffee shop clean.

These positions can be sign up as you go, or you can volunteer on a regular schedule. For any these positions please fill out an application and return it to volunteer@thecompass.ca or drop it off during our market hours.


The Compass is looking for multiple drivers to do weekly pick-ups and drop-offs of food from various distributors. Volunteers must have a clear driving record, and be able to lift and manoeuvre a minimum of 50 pounds. Weekdays preferred, but timing may be flexible. Please email volunteer@thecompass.ca if you are interested.