Volunteer FAQs

Learn how volunteering with CCAS will be a rewarding and memorable experience for you. 
 

 


How old do I have to be to volunteer? 
We encourage youth to participate in our volunteer program. You should be at least 16 years old in order to qualify for a volunteer role with CCAS. Youth under the age of 18 must supply us with a signed parental consent.

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How much time should I commit? 
That depends on the volunteer role you select. It can range from three or four hours per month to 15 or 20. We can help you make a realistic time commitment that fits your schedule. Short-term commitment is also possible for special projects which require occasional help, such as special events.

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How do I find the right volunteer role? 
We have plenty of opportunities for you to take on new challenges. 

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Can I get a reference letter after volunteering with CCAS? 
Yes. You can request a reference letter from your Volunteer Coordinator. References are a valuable part of employment applications or résumés. A reference letter can be requested after volunteering for six months in an assignment.

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Do I receive any support and training? 
Yes. Our Volunteer Services are run by staff who inspire, train and support all volunteers. You will have the benefit of attending orientation sessions for new volunteers. You may also receive additional orientation (e.g. Drivers and Child Access Volunteers), or specialized training to develop skills necessary for a particular assignment. Ongoing training and professional support are also offered in the form of workshops, seminars and supervision.

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What are the benefits of volunteering? 
You will gain personal satisfaction from helping others, new skills, knowledge and experience. This will also enhance your resumé, and our reference letters can support your employment or university applications.

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What's involved in the application process? 
The application process includes:

  1. Completing an application form and a questionnaire
  2. Providing a signed parental consent if you are under 18 years of age
  3. Consenting to a Police Records Check 
  4. Providing names, phone numbers and addresses of three individuals for references. One reference can be a family member and the individuals should have known you for at least two years.
  5. Attending a personal interview with one of our Volunteer Services Coordinators
  6. Complete the Volunteer Orientation Training Session
  7. Signing and abiding by an Oath of Confidentiality
  8. Sign consent to a Child Welfare Check
  9. Complete AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with a Disability Act) training 

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How do I proceed next? 
Call 416-395-1998 to let us know you'd like to volunteer.

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