Each Tuesday and Thursday afternoon approximately 8-10 women gather in the gym at Grand Valley Institute (GVI) for women to design and sew comforters used by MCC in our relief work.

A safe and welcoming place within GVI is created, relationships are built and volunteers gain a deeper understand of women who are doing time within our federal justice system.

Skills/Knowledge/Attitude Requirements:

  • Security clearance check by Correctional Service of Canada required
  • Institutional training day at GVI required
  • Some sewing skills an asset
  • Good listening skills
  • Ability to work within a correctional framework 

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Work alongside another volunteer and a group of women designing and creating comforters.
  • Listening for opportunities for conversations as appropriate

Time Commitment:

  • 1 afternoon per month, approximate 3 ½ hours
  • at least 1 year 

Training and Development offered 

  • Position specific orientation will be provided within GVI
  • Job shadowing and training meetings offered as available
  • Other training and skills development


  • Volunteer liability coverage for all volunteers

All MCC volunteers are expected to respect the MCC mission statement: Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches, shares God's love and compassion for all in the name of Christ by responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice. MCC envisions communities worldwide in right relationship with God, one another and creation.

Grand Valley Institute for Women (GVI)
1575 Homer Watson Boulevard
Kitchener, ON N2P 2C5
Laura VanderGriendt
203-50 Kent Avenue
Kitchener, ON N2G 3R1