To make sure that a lack of ideas is not an argument, we have put together a set of voluntary proposals in very diverse areas, but all with high aims. Check them out and see if you can give a little bit of yourself to others!
Make-A-Wish Canada, Make-A-Wish Toronto & Central Ontario Division
This organization has granted over 36,000 wishes to kids with critical illnesses since 1983.
Position: Wish Granter
Description: A wish granter will meet with the wish child and family members to help determine the child’s most heartfelt wish while brainstorming and planning special enhancements throughout the wish process. Wish granters work in teams of two alongside Make-A-Wish staff to ensure every eligible child’s wish comes true.
Address: 4211 Yonge St. Suite 520, Toronto
Mission MomN’Pop is a non-profit aiming to use student volunteers to help local small businesses establish a digital presence.
Position: Creative Volunteer
Description: Be part of our creative team! The creative team focuses on helping the businesses with the specific services they require. Depending on the business, you’ll be able to help in the following areas: web design, graphic design, social media management and/or photography.
Founded in 1918, the CNIB Foundation is a non-profit organization driven to change what it is to be blind today. They deliver innovative programs and powerful advocacy that empower people impacted by blindness to live their dreams and tear down barriers to inclusion. Their work as a blind foundation is powered by a network of volunteers, donors and partners from coast to coast to coast.
Position: Braille Transcriber
Did you know that only 5% of published information is available in formats that people who are blind can read, like braille? Because of this, many people with sight loss can’t read letters, prescriptions, bills, cards, and other printed materials.
As a Volunteer Braille Transcriber, you’ll take written works and translate them into braille documents to help support CNIB and the people we serve.
· To become a CNIB Volunteer Braille Transcriber, applicants must complete the 8-month Braille Transcription course offered by CNIB (at no cost). This intensive course leads to certification in Unified English Braille (UEB), qualifying a person to transcribe English print materials into contracted braille.
· This course will require a commitment of 15 hours per week to complete classes and homework assignments. Classes are held Tuesday mornings, from September to April, at CNIB in Toronto or virtually via Zoom.
Address: 1929 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G 3E8
Ontario Caregiver Organization
Position: Peer Monitor
Description: An OCO trained peer mentor will: ‘just be there’; listen; provide encouragement, support and acceptance; acknowledge a caregiver’s strengths; share lived experience and give real life examples; discuss a caregiver’s wellbeing; provide support with developing coping strategies; provide relevant information; provide support to set goals the caregiver identifies; celebrate any goals the caregiver achieves; be someone for a caregiver to bounce ideas off; you can easily connect by phone or by online/virtual discussion with your Caregiver Participant without leaving your home.
Office’s address: 180 Dundas St W, Suite 1425, Toronto
Toronto Wildlife Centre
Toronto Wildlife Centre is only able to carry out its work thanks to the time, expertise and dedication of hundreds of volunteers. Volunteers are involved in every facet of operations, including wildlife care, education, grocery shopping, and much, much more. As a Toronto Wildlife Centre volunteer, you will have a unique and rewarding experience helping wildlife in your community.
Position: Construction Volunteer
Description: Skilled volunteers with experience in carpentry, electrical, plumbing or painting work to assist in a variety of projects from cage construction to general repairs around the centre.
Address: 60 Carl Hall Rd, Unit 4, Toronto
Tetra Society of North America
Position: Skilled Volunteers Needed
Description: The Tetra Society design, builds and install custom assistive devices for people with disabilities in the York Region, with no cost for labour. If you are an engineer, carpenter, handyman and you would like to give of your time and skills to help a person with a disability gain independence in their life – Tetra is the place to volunteer.
There are no minimum hours, you set your own schedule. There is nothing like making a project for a child – such as modifying hockey equipment – and seeing them play for the first time!
Royal Botanical Gardens
Position: Skilled Volunteers Needed
Description: Volunteers are at the heart of everything we do at the Gardens. RBG volunteers come from all walks of life but share one thing in common; our love of the Natural World and our desire to share it with others.
At RBG, you can choose the volunteer work that best fits your interests, skills and availability. If you’re interested in volunteering at RBG throughout the year, we’d love to work with you to find a role that matches your interests, background and availability. There is no experience necessary to join this volunteer team, but volunteers are expected to be able to commit to a minimum of two half days a month.
Address: 680 Plains Road West, Burlington
Position: Company Program Advisor/Mentor
Description: With a team of business professionals, the Company Program (CP) Advisor will act as a business mentor, role model and facilitator for a group of 10-30 high school students * mentor, coach, guide and support students through an 18-week entrepreneurial journey to create, run and liquidate a real start-up business.
Address: 133 Richmond St W, Suite 405, Toronto
Children’s Mental Health Ontario
Position: Co-Chapter Leader
Description: Co-Chapter Leader must have lived experience raising a child with mental health challenges (parent, guardian, caregiver etc)
Direct Support: Assess the community’s needs regarding family peer support; ensure the development, communication, and execution of Peer Support within their community; flexible availability and use of methods in providing support for families; knowledge of mental health supports and services within the community; communicate issues or challenges with PCMH as they arise; communicate periodically with families through the peer support offered and/or through a distribution list (eg. email, newsletter, or mail) as necessary.
Address: 180 Dundas St W, Suite 2305, Toronto
Healing Women Canada
Position 1: Research Director
Description: Someone that can work with volunteers to create educational resources for women. The research director will keep up to date with new health innovations to educate individuals.
Position 2: Advocacy Director
Description: Someone to advocate for women’s health. Advocacy Director primarily focuses on developing community outreach strategies and managing volunteers accordingly.
Position 3: Marketing Director
Description: Someone that can develop new marketing campaigns and outreach strategies. The marketing director will work with volunteers to create content adhering to the Healing Women Brand.
About the Organization: As they are based in Toronto, the ideal candidate should be located in Canada. While prior board governance and not for profit experiences are assets, they seek individuals who are passionate and committed to amplifying women’s voices and their health needs.
For all positions, they are looking for someone with integrity, honesty, sensitivity and a tolerance for different viewpoints. Committee members attend virtual meetings and help with strategic planning advocating for women’s health. Please note these are volunteer positions and require at minimum a monthly commitment. Board members will work with and assist the Executive Director.
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