Our Volunteer Program
We achieve excellence through learning and continuous improvement, recognizing that staff and volunteers are our most valuable assets. Volunteers are extremely important to us, because they improve our residents’ quality of life so much.
Many of our population have lived in the Downtown Eastside and may have mental and physical health problems, backgrounds of addiction and poverty, and few family or friends. Volunteers connect them to the outside world, broaden their social circle, and bring a different perspective to their daily lives.
Some of the qualities you will need to become a volunteer at City Centre Care Society include a non-judgmental and patient attitude, kindness and reliability.
As a volunteer with City Centre Care Society, you may have free coffee/tea when volunteering. If your shift falls within our mealtime hours, you can have a free meal if you wish. There may be an event during your shift, and on these occasions you are also welcome to join us for treats. We also offer a free flu shot, should you wish to have one.
A letter of reference and/or statement of number of volunteer hours completed will be provided if you need this. You may also have the chance to participate in training sessions relevant to different aspects of working with our client group as these are arranged.
There are a number of more intangible benefits to volunteering with us. It provides a unique opportunity for you to interact with people whose lives may be very different from your own. You may also be surprised at the extent of the diversity you will experience amongst our population.
Volunteering with us will give you an opportunity to simply serve. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly for some, with our population you will also have a wonderful chance to practice your empathy and communication skills.
APPLYING TO VOLUNTEER
If you are interested in applying to be a volunteer, please complete our application form. We will invite you for an interview if we think there may be a good fit between us. **All positions need a criminal record check.
If written manually, please send your completed application form for the attention of:
HERE IS OUR VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM:
- We will invite you for an interview if we think there may be a good fit between us, and we have a current volunteer opportunity available.
- All positions require a Criminal Record Check