OCTOBER 9, 2020

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The Volunteer & Purpose-Driven Career Edition

Leading with Purpose


Imagine you could choose a job and career based on the positive impact that matters most to you? Career Advising and Transition Services is excited to introduce this unique newsletter edition, Leading with Purpose, with a focus on sharing volunteer opportunities and insights on purpose-driven careers.


Purpose-driven careers are more than just corporate buzzwords. The nature of business is in fact changing, as Deloitte’s “Purpose is everything” article highlights:


“Purpose-driven companies witness higher market share gains and grow three times faster on average than their competitors, all while achieving higher workforce and customer satisfaction.”


Deloitte refers to them as purpose-oriented companies, and Aaron Hurst coins it the purpose economy and shares many purpose-driven mission organization stories here. The bottom line is, doing good has a ripple effect. Businesses are use purpose to create deep connections with consumers, produce a larger impact for the communities they support, encourage higher employee engagement, while instantaneously achieving better results and impact in the workplace.


In this spirit, the edition is intended to inspires you to unpack what purpose means to you starting with sharing meaningful volunteer opportunities, profiling companies that are making a difference, providing you with resources that will help you target opportunities that preserve, and even cultivate human connections, all throughout your job search, career transition and growth!


Virtually yours,


The CATS Team



Volunteer Services Offered at CATS




Students are offered volunteering advising and support to learn about current volunteer opportunities to primarily serve the community sectors’ needs, as well as meet students’ passion and skill needs -- all critical factors in shaping students’ personal and professional development needs.




Are you interested in finding a mentor with expertise on volunteer opportunities, or care to share your volunteer-related expertise as a mentor, join the McGill SCS Connect Hub!


Volunteer Opportunities

Let’s explore the on-going demand of virtual volunteer opportunities in Montreal, Canada, and globally. See featured opportunities below to learn about causes that you connect with and how you get can involved! Are you hoping to learn about a specific cause that has not been showcased? Let us know!








Welcome Hall Mission leads programs to support those experiencing homelessness, young single mothers, families and at-risk youth. Join Welcome Hall Mission’s team of volunteers and help provide shelter, food, and love to Montrealers in need! Learn more about volunteer opportunities by contacting volunteer coordinator here: benevole@missionba.com.












The Contactivity Centre is a non-profit community providing a welcoming, caring and safe place for autonomous 60+ members. The Centre fosters a sense of community and social engagement by hosting various courses and interest groups which encompass the mind, body and soul. Due to the current situation, the Center has launched its classes and activities (Exercise, Meditation, Arts and Crafts…) online. Looking for volunteers skilled in creating short tutorials for video conferencing applications (such as Zoom) on various devices and being available 1-2 hours week to provide individual help to our members. For further details, contact: emily.rill@contactivitycentre.org.


See other volunteer opportunities at the center here.











The Black Community Resource Centre (BCRC) is a growing, resource-based organization that strengthens community capacity by providing professional support to organizations and individuals in need. The Centre is committed to helping visible minority youth rekindle their dreams, and achieve their full potential. Find out about volunteer opportunities here. Are you interested in supporting the BCRC community’s institutions? The application period is open year-round because there is always a need for volunteers willing to utilize their gifts or hone their skills to the community’s benefit. For more information on how you can be a volunteer and give back to the community, please contact organization here.





The Canadian Council for Refugees is a national non-profit umbrella organization committed to the rights and protection of refugees and other vulnerable migrants in Canada and around the world and to the settlement of refugees and immigrants in Canada. You could offer to volunteer your services with a CCR member organization in your area. Click here to find out which organizations are in your region and how to reach them. To find out more about volunteering opportunities with the CCR office in Montreal, contact Deborah Traore at dtraore@ccrweb.ca.














Parvati Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting a healthy planet. With a vision to create a Global Peace Sanctuary to address poverty and hunger around the world, it focuses on protecting the vulnerable Arctic Ocean ecosystem as it plays a pivotal role in sustaining life on Earth. The foundation is looking for virtual volunteers as information researchers, administrative assistants, help with Wordpress projects, and French, Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin and Arabic-speaking researchers. Most of all we are looking for students who find themselves drawn to the mission of Parvati Foundation to swiftly establish MAPS: the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary to regulate weather patterns and ensure that everyone around the planet has enough food and water. If students wish to take action for a peaceful and healthy planet, then please send them to volunteer@parvati.org.


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