About Us

H!p was founded in 2005 to give children under the age of 12 the opportunity to practice philanthropy through simple volunteer projects they could do from home or classroom. We have 1,500 young children learning empathy and practicing kindness through the projects we offer that support over 80 local agencies.

Because of the flexibility of how hip helps, volunteers of all ages, from preschool to seniors can serve others. Over 2,500 h!p Calgarians volunteer through purposeful acts of kindness they can do from anywhere at any time.

The HIP team at their Stuff a Gift Bag volunteer event for Discovery House

HIP is about helping others

We call it micro-volunteering: small, purposeful acts that make a big impact.

Our volunteer opportunities remove the barriers of why volunteering may not work. We create ways you can help others that are aligned with your personal interests, availability, and circumstances.

The HIP team's Fall Social, run by Kathryn

We’re a growing community

h!p is a growing community of people of all ages and all capabilities who want to help without committing to a long term or frequent volunteer position. We work with local agencies, listening to what they need and creating an opportunity or project that will help them with that need.

Did you know?

If children volunteer at a young age, they are twice as likely to volunteer as adults.

Gift packages
Marnie and Janica, HIP founders, holding their Strong Not Wrong Community Partner Award

H!P Team

Janica Fisher, Executive Director

Marnie Worbets, Associate Director

Gwen Boyce, Executive Assistant


Karen Whiteman President

Gail Lai Treasurer

Dylan Harris Director

Sam Duperre Director

Agencies we've supported

  • Alcove
  • Alpha House
  • Alzheimer Society
  • Animal Rescue Foundation
  • Aspen Family Services
  • Basically Babies
  • Brown Bagging Society
  • Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth
  • Calgary Drop In Centre
  • Calgary Food Bank
  • Calgary Humane Society
  • Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association
  • Calgary John Howard Society
  • Calgary Reads
  • Calgary Seniors Resource Centre
  • Calgary Youth Justice
  • Calgary Zoo
  • Canadian Armed Forces
  • Catholic Family Services
  • Cerebral Palsy Association of Alberta
  • CUPS
  • CUPS One World Child Development Centre
  • Discovery House
  • Dogs with Wings
  • Dream Centre
  • Econolith Press
  • Emma's House
  • Elizabeth Fry Society
  • Feed the Hungry
  • First Christmas in Canada
  • Fresh Start
  • Further Education Society
  • Gear Up for Winter
  • Happy Birthday Project
  • Harvest Hills Cares
  • Highbanks
  • Home for Heroes
  • Hospice Calgary
  • HULL
  • Independent Living Resource Centre of Calgary
  • Inglewood Bird Sanctuary
  • Inn from the Cold
  • Kids for Education
  • Kids Up Front
  • Lil’ Mutts
  • Linkages
  • Louise Dean Centre
  • Made by Momma
  • Making Changes
  • McMan Calgary
  • Meals on Wheels
  • MEOW Foundation
  • Mpact Dance
  • Mustard Seed
  • Neighbourlink
  • Parks Foundation Calgary
  • Pause4Change
  • Propellus Volunteer Centre of Calgary
  • Renfrew Educations Services
  • Ronald McDonald House Calgary
  • Salvation Army
  • Servants Anonymous
  • Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre
  • Silvera
  • SouthWest Communities Resource Centre
  • Street Feet
  • Street Light
  • Tails of Help
  • Teen Angels
  • The Alex
  • The Beverly Centre-Glenmore
  • The Children’s Wish Foundation
  • The Magic of Christmas
  • The Military Museums
  • The Trinity Lodge
  • Tooth Fairy Children’s Foundation
  • Tourism Calgary
  • Trellis
  • Woods Homes
  • Youths Can Fish 2
  • YWCA