“Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.” Sherry Anderson, PhD, co-author of “The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People Are Changing the World”.
Studies show that regular volunteer activity can have a positive effect on mental and physical health. Volunteering with CMHA provides the opportunity to build skills, learn more about mental health and meet new people, while helping build a more caring community.
Key Volunteer Responsibilities
- Ability to work within a multidisciplinary team as well as independently in an environment that values diversity
- Assist clients with the development of social skills and with activities such as: daily living (shopping, cooking, laundry, cleaning), vocational activities, finding housing, social recreation, use of computer, etc., according to the client’s needs
- Adhere to policies and procedures and ensure confidentiality at all times
- Ability to take direction and feedback as required
- Ability to demonstrate a non-homophobic and anti-racism approach
Qualifications and Skills Required
- Experience in community mental health, professional or personal knowledge of the mental health system, or a willingness to learn
- Educational background, work experience or prior volunteer experience in mental health, social services or a related field
- Excellent communication, listening, and interpersonal skills
- 20 years of age or older
- Enjoy working with others, able and willing to teach any of the following independent living skills: budgeting, shopping, resume writing, use of public transportation, cooking etc.
- Lived experience / contact with mental health system is a requirement for Peer Supporter
- Appropriate certification and licensing to practice in Ontario is a requirement for Support Counsellors
Frequently Asked Questions about Volunteering:
Who Can Become a Volunteer?
Adults and teens, students, working professionals, homemakers, retirees, the unemployed preparing to return to the workplace, and anyone interested in mental health issues. Anyone can volunteer.
How much time is required?
It’s up to you. Some volunteers donate a few hours each week or each month. Some volunteer for specific projects at select times during the year. The amount of time needed has a lot to do with the kind of volunteer work you choose.
Before you apply to Volunteer at CMHA York and South Simcoe, please make sure you meet the program requirements. Volunteer Applicants must be:
- A minimum of 18 years old (event volunteers can be 16 years old with parental consent)
- Able to commit to the Volunteer Program for the duration specified on the volunteer posting
- Respect and implement theVision, Mission and Values of CMHA York and South Simcoe
What kind of volunteer work does CMHA York and South Simcoe offer?
Our dedicated volunteers perform a number of valuable services including:
- Working at fundraisers and special events
- Co-Facilitating support groups
- Participating in educational events
- Assisting with office work such as filing and preparing mailings
- Serving on committees and the Board of Directors
Volunteers are a vital resource which strengthens our community and helps to promote change and development. The participation of volunteers at CMHA York and South Simcoe enriches and enhances our programs and activities through volunteers who contribute their valuable time, unique talents, skills, and knowledge of our community. We are committed to ensure effective volunteer involvement in appropriate programs and activities fostered in a safe and supportive environment. In turn we expect that volunteers will act responsibly and be accountable to program expectations and to our organization. Volunteer involvement is based on integrity, respectful and meaningful relationships, and mutually beneficial to the volunteer and our organization.
Responsibilities of CMHA York and South Simcoe to our Volunteers
We value and respect all of our volunteers, and pride ourselves in creating positive working relationships. We will provide you with the information and support you need in order to help you enjoy and succeed in your volunteer role in our programs. In addition, volunteering with us will offer you:
- The opportunity to meet new people and make new friends
- The opportunity to learn new skills and/or develop existing skills
- The opportunity to make a contribution to a worthwhile cause
- Add valuable experience to your resumé
- Experience in the field
- Training opportunities
- Volunteer recognition
- Acquire References for future employers or other non-profit agencies
- Help your recovery
The application process can take several weeks. Placements are based on a balance between staff and client needs and the volunteer’s interests and abilities. Please review our current volunteer opportunities section to apply for a position of interest to you.
If a position is available that suits your skills, interests and schedule as described in your application, you will be contacted for an interview where you will need to bring a resume, if available
If after the interview and satisfactory reference checks you are selected for a volunteer position you will need to complete the following before officially registering as a CMHA York and South Simcoe volunteer:
- Provide a vulnerable sector check (we will provide a letter from CMHA to Police to authorize VSS)
- Sign a confidentiality and volunteer agreement
- Participate in a general Volunteer Orientation
Due to the high volume of applications, we cannot guarantee that every applicant will obtain a volunteer placement.
Ready to apply?
Please fill in and submit a Volunteer Application Form.
You can download, print, fill out, and email the form to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can fill out the online form at the bottom of this page.
Please see below for a list of current opportunities.
For additional information or questions please contact Nancy Brouillard at 905-841-3977 Ext.2213 or email@example.com.
Once submitted, you will be contacted by our Volunteer Manager shortly.
Help us build a caring community… volunteer for CMHA!