About Us

From the founder

Our story

If you’re on our website, you’re probably exactly where I was when I decided to start IWC: stuck at home, daunted by the pandemic, wanting to help, and not knowing how.

I remember listening to my mother recount her day as an ER nurse. One story that I remember to this day: a patient who she saw walk in with a small cold — whose body she had to take away, a few hours later.

I realized that I couldn’t be the only one feeling like this. So, with a few friends, we started reaching out to organizations in need to see how we could help. Our first team consisted of two members sending personalized emails to interested volunteers. It didn't take long for our team to expand and our volunteer sign ups to enter triple digits. Here we are today, a fully student-run non-profit with volunteers like you at the heart of our organization.

Our volunteer Namrata Mishra with a homemade thank you card for front-line workers!

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a platform where people can connect and find ways to make an impact while staying safe.

Our Vision

Our vision is to help everyone do their part to fight the effects of the pandemic. No impact is too small.

Our Values

Even as we grow as an organization, our top value has always been adaptability; adapting to different volunteers and what they have to offer, as well as the ever changing world around us.
Countries represented
Partner organizations
Hours spent volunteering
Meet Our Team

Executive Team

Sophie Yang

Founder and President

Jenny Wu

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Gracelyn Shi

Executive Director & Co-founder

Lynn Shibata

Lifestyle Director

Catherine Tse

Social Media Manager

Amy Peng

Social Media Manager
Meet Our Team

Cohort Directors

Selina Qiu

Care Centres

Haleema Ahmed

Public Health

Maria Khan

Join Our Team

IWC Subsections

We're expanding! An IWC subsection is designed so that opportunities can be tailored for volunteers in each specific location. As director of a subsection, your role would be to overlook the volunteers located in that specific region and find local opportunities in your subsection.

Waterloo, Canada

Our Waterloo subsection is led by our volunteers, Namrata Mishra and Tiffany Yang!

Create your own Subsection