DeGroote School of Business

Social Hackathon: DeGroote and the Community

3GR0-Student Experience and Development III is a new course which provides experiential activities for students, encouraging development and application of foundational knowledge and highly sought skills. The social hackathon is an experiential learning opportunity for student groups to innovate solutions and generate new and exciting ideas, addressing a community challenge.

This year, students will focus on how local non-profits and grass-roots organizations can inspire greater civic engagement and volunteerism among young people. Explore the videos below to gain an understanding of some of the challenges our community partners face, regarding volunteerism engagement post-pandemic. Stay tuned for videos of our students’ solutions!

Community Perspectives

Hear first-hand from our community partners as they explain what volunteerism means to their organization, and discuss some of the challenges they experience with volunteer engagement.

BGC Hamilton-Halton

A leading provider of quality and supportive programs to encourage building positive relationships, confidence and life skills for children, youth, adults, and families.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

BBBS provides life-changing mentoring experiences to youth, giving them the confidence to achieve more. Presently, BBBS has a waitlist of over 200 young people waiting for a mentor.

Community Living Burlington

The mission of Community Living Burlington is to enrich the quality of life and to promote full and meaningful inclusion in our community of people who have a developmental disability.

Community Living Oakville

We encourage and support each person to live active, rewarding and fulfilling lives in the community, by providing quality services, supports and opportunities that are determined by their dreams and goals.

Hamilton-Burlington SPCA

The HBSPCA protects animals from people, cares for animals in its companion animal hospital, kennels and foster homes and promotes responsible pet ownership.

Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion (HCCI)

HCCI is a civic resource centre creating an inclusive and welcoming city through respecting diversity, practicing equity, and speaking out against discrimination.

HMC Connections

HMC Connections helps newcomers settle and integrate into a welcoming and inclusive community. Our vision is one community for all.

Islamic Relief Canada

Islamic Relief works with communities to strengthen their resilience to calamities, and we provide vital emergency aid when disasters occur. Their mission is to mobilize Canadians to transform more lives around the world in the most trusted manner.

Milton Community Resources Centre

MCRC empowers all citizens of Halton’s diverse community by providing programs and supports that are high quality, inclusive, accessible, and affordable, aimed to address the impacts of poverty and inequity.

YWCA Hamilton

YWCA Hamilton strengthens women’s and girls’ voices, broadens their choices, builds dynamic leadership and provides essential and meaningful services that promote safe, inclusive, and equitable communities.

Additional Resources on Volunteering

Imagine Canada

The following report was provided by, and shared with permission, from Imagine Canada.

Profit, Purpose and Talent


Volunteer Canada

The following reports were provided by, and shared with permission, from Volunteer Canada.

Volunteer Canada Annual Report (2022)

Volunteer Canada Fall Survey (2020)

Presentation- Volunteering Counts: Formal and informal contributions of Canadians (2018)

*NewCanadian Knowledge Hub for Giving and Volunteering



Connect with Us

If you are a community partner interested in learning more about Social Hackathon opportunities for participation, please contact us!

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