Volunteering with OPIRG McMaster

volunteer standing at OPIRG display table in the McMaster student centre

OPIRG McMaster only works because of our active and engaged base of volunteers.

How do you become an active volunteer with OPIRG?

Volunteering at OPIRG McMaster could mean:

  • helping OPIRG on an ad hoc basis as a GENERAL VOLUNTEER
  • joining an issue and action-oriented volunteer WORKING GROUP
  • being a volunteer director on our BOARD OF DIRECTORS

You can check out our volunteer "Working Groups" to get an idea of what issues are being worked on by your fellow students and community members. You can join any group any time during the year.

Please help us find the right placement for you by filling out our volunteer form



  • to be treated as a co-worker and not just free help
  • to be given a suitable assignment and to request reassignment when appropriate
  • to know as much about the organization as possible
  • to receive training for the job and the necessary tools, funds and/or space to do the job
  • to receive continuing education for the job
  • to have regular evaluation of one's volunteer performance
  • to be given sound guidance and direction
  • to be given promotion and a variety of experiences
  • to be heard and to participate
  • to be recognized and receive a letter of reference if necessary


  • to accept assignments that you can handle (time and skill)
  • to be sincere in the offer of service and believe in the value of the task
  • to maintain the principles, dignity and integrity of OPIRG with the public respecting confidentiality when appropriate
  • to carry out duties promptly and reliably and to notify the appropriate person when your obligations cannot be met
  • to accept the guidance and decisions of the coordinator of volunteers and share ideas, concerns and evaluation with this person
  • to be willing to learn and participate in orientation, training programs, meetings and to continue to learn on the job
  • to understand the function of the paid staff, maintain a smooth working relationship with them and stay within the bounds of your volunteer placement
  • any fees or honorariums given for services while volunteering will be turned over to OPIRG
  • use reasonable judgment in making decisions when there appears to be no policy and then, as soon as possible, consult with the appropriate person for guidance

WORKING GROUP POLICY - read the policy here

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