Information about volunteering at the Inn

Our dedicated staff and volunteers are passionate about assisting guests on their journey and we’ve had the pleasure of helping many to find hope through a supportive, non-judgmental and secure environment. The Inn has an active list of 250 volunteers. The majority of our volunteers work directly in the winter shelter, however, volunteers also participate at the Farmers’ Market in Newmarket and the Coldest Night of the Year event.

Volunteers must attend a training session before being scheduled for shelter shifts. Volunteers must also ensure that they have applied for the Police Vulnerable Sector Check who intend on working with vulnerable individuals. 

Become a volunteer at IFTC

Our volunteers play an important role at the shelter, helping our staff deliver the services to our guests. Join our over 250 volunteers who donate their time by helping keep IFTC a warm, clean and safe place for the homeless and those at risk in our community.

 Due to COVID-19 registration is required

please contact 

   Volunteer Training Dates: 2022-2023 Shelter Season

            Volunteers are require to provide proof of COVID vaccination

Training is in person at 510 Penrose St., Newmarket ON

Wednesday September 14th -  7:00pm - 9:00pm

Monday September 19th  - 7:00pm - 9:00om

Wednesday September 28th - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Saturday October 15, 2022 - 1pm-3pm

Saturday November 26, 2022- 1pm-3pm

Saturday December 17, 2022 - 1pm-3pm

Saturday January 21, 2023 - 1pm-3pm

Saturday February 18, 2023 - 1pm-3pm

Saturday March 18, 2023 - 1pm-3pm

Saturday April 15, 2023 - 1pm-3pm



Note: you must be over 18 years of age to volunteer.


How to register as a volunteer

  • Register online
  • E-mail us at: to let us know your area of interest.
  • Obtain a “Vulnerable Sector Screening Check” from York Region Police
  • Watch the AODA found on the York Region website–mandatory training requirement of York Region (about 20 minutes).
  • Sign up for one of our volunteer training sessions.

Volunteers must be 18 years of age and are required to attend a training session in advance. For more information, contact Martha at 905 895-8889 ext 221 or by email:

We encourage you to consider this great opportunity. Register online today or read some volunteer testimonials to learn more.

Our Address:
510 Penrose St,
Newmarket, Ont.
L3Y 1A2