Volunteer in Winnipeg during Winter Reading Week

  • Get to know your own backyard and experience the vibrant North End, West Broadway and Downtown communities.
  • Make a difference right here in Winnipeg by working with a diverse team of students and community partners to plan and implement a hands-on project.
  • Glimpse the realities faced by non-profits and experience the fast-paced routine of community-serving organizations.
  • Learn firsthand about social justice challenges and solutions in our city, and explore your role in community.

Winnipeg and area

Free of charge

Deadline: Extended to January 10

Community Engagement Training: Develop your knowledge and skills in community engagement and project planning and assessment. Build your community partnership, plan your project, and engage in discussion and guided reflections to deepen your understanding of development challenges in Winnipeg and think critically about existing and emerging issues.

Training Dates:
January 15, January 22, January 29, February 5, February 12

Alternative Reading Week Winnipeg is offered in partnership with the University of Manitoba Student Union, Winnipeg Harvest and various community organizations in Winnipeg.

The project that you implement during your three-day community placement will meet a need defined by the community partner organization. Last year, projects included:
  • designing and leading mentoring workshops for elementary school-aged children with Big Brother Big Sisters of Winnipeg;
  • helping to produce creative content, such as infographics and fact sheets, and working on communications for public education initiatives at the Manitoba Association of Rights and
  • designing a winter teaching lodge for a new youth initiative at Circle of Life Thunderbird House.
U of M students have been placed with a diverse range of Alternative Reading Week community partner organizations, including:
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winnipeg*
  • Circle of Life Thunderbird House
  • Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre*
  • Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties (MARL)
  • Mount Carmel Clinic
  • Newcomer Employment and Education Development Services (N.E.E.D.S. Inc.)*
  • West Broadway Youth Outreach*
*Program participants are responsible for the cost of obtaining a Police Information Check and Child Abuse Registry Check if they are placed at a community organization with vulnerable community members, such as children or youth.