Volunteer Groups


There are dozens of ways to get involved and do good in the City, whether it be region-specific groups that deal with the specific challenges of life and society in the North, or local chapters of national organizations. You can help support arts and cultural initiatives, or tackle ongoing social and environmental issues.

The City of Yellowknife offers several volunteer programs that let you contribute directly to the community, including Adopt-A-Street, which lets you help keep Yellowknife’s streets litter-free by adopting a street or area, and Snow Angels, which lets neighbours help neighbours keep their sidewalks and driveways free of snow and ice. Every September it hosts a community volunteer showcase event. A complete listing of the city’s volunteer community organizations can be found here, but below you’ll find some of the more active groups:

Alternatives North is a social justice coalition with members drawn from churches, labour unions, environmental organizations, women and family advocates and anti-poverty groups.

The Arctic Energy Alliance is a not-for-profit society with a mandate to help communities, consumers, producers, regulators and policymakers to work together to reduce the costs and environmental impacts of energy and utility services.

Association Franco-Culturelle de Yellowknife promotes Francophone culture in the city.

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society is dedicated to conservation of the land, water and wildlife of the NWT for current and future generations.

Islamic Centre of Yellowknife supports the Muslim community in town and leads fundraising efforts to build a new Islamic Centre.

Ecology North is a progressive organization that tackles issues like climate change, waste reduction, water quality and food sovereignty.

Fostering Open eXpression Among Youth (FOXY) is group offering programs for young women that promotes mental and sexual health and healthy relationships across the North.

Foster Family Coalition of the NWT provides support, guidance and training to pre and post foster and adoptive families.

NWT Pride provides support to the local LGBTQ + community, and puts on the annual NWT Pride Festival.

NWT SPCA runs the community animal shelter, rescues animals from across the territory, and provides adoption and rehabilitation services.

NWT Literacy Council is a non-profit registered charity that promotes and supports literacy and essential skills in all the official languages of the NWT.

NWT Seniors’ Society provides useful information about the resources and programs available for seniors in the NWT.

Yellowknife Association for Community Living is a non-profit organization that support families, children, youth and adults with intellectual disabilities so they are included and contribute to community life.

Yellowknife Women’s Society helps run the Centre for Northern Families as part of its mandate to support and assist women and their families in empowering themselves

YWCA is the local branch of the national organization dedicated to providing services to women, children and families.