Looking for volunteering opportunities?
Many hospitals are looking for volunteers to help out with their rehabilitation services. Contact your local hospitals and/or health authority to inquire about volunteer positions. You can also check out the following databases to help you find volunteer opportunities:
The following are agencies who are looking for volunteers. Please contact them directly for details:
WHO: Canucks Autism Network
WHAT: Volunteers needed to assist with the delivery of sports and recreational programs that cater to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), their siblings and their families. The programs include I CAN Play Soccer, I CAN Swim, and I CAN Skate. Previous experience working with children with ASD is not required, however, you must have patience, understanding, a positive attitude and lots of energy!
WHERE: Each activity will be run out of a variety of locations throughout British Columbia. Volunteers will be supporting coaches in organizing and running the various activities and helping the kids to acquire basic skills.
WHEN: The time commitment is approximately 2 hours per week for 10 weeks – three separate 10-week sessions are held between September to June.
CONTACT: Megan Hussey at firstname.lastname@example.org or (604) 685-5059 or the CAN website at www.canucksautism.ca/volunteer
WHO: CommUniversity Connection: Connecting University Students with Community Needs
WHAT: Offering training and practical experience for undergraduate students interested in working with individuals with autism, mental handicaps, physical disabilities and developmental delays. Volunteers are needed to assist children and youth who require extra supports with a variety of activities, such swimming, after-school programs, in-home care, social involvement, community outings, hands-on activities, one-on-one activities, etc.
WHERE: North Shore
WHEN: Part-time or seasonal
CONTACT: Cindy Frostad at email@example.com
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WHO: Kiwanis Pavilion
WHAT: Volunteers needed to assist with resident related activities, department and equipment management, and collection and organization of data
WHEN: A few hours per week
CONTACT: (250) 598-2022
WHO: South Mental Health Team
WHAT: Volunteers needed to assist with their Wii program, teaching mental health clients how to use the Wii
WHEN: This is a 6 month position, requiring approximately 2-3 hours per week. Preferable days would be Monday afternoon or Friday morning and/or afternoon
CONTACT: Ann Webborn, Jasmine Jagpal or Katie Maher at (604) 266-6124
WHO: Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports
WHAT: Volunteers needed to assist individuals with disabilities to enjoy snow sports such as sit ski, stand ski or snowboard. The volunteers work as a team and receive proper training in order to assist the individual enjoy snow sports.
WHEN: Training begins in October and/or November for 1-3 days in which volunteers are then certified and receive a nationally recognized CADS certification. The season then begins in the end of January till March. During the season the program takes place during the evening on week days, and during the morning/day on weekends
CONTACT: Malouf Blanchard at firstname.lastname@example.org or (604) 646-8277
WHO: Vancouver Parks and Recreation
WHAT: Adaptive Aquatic needed volunteers to support individuals with disabilities in an adaptive aquatice environment and in other recreational activities. Interested individuals should be comfortable in water
CONTACT: Melanie Josephs email@example.com or (604) 718-5853
WHO: Western Society for Children
WHAT: Sensory Integration / Play Therapy position
WHERE: New Westminster
CONTACT: (604) 515-0810
WHO: Windermere Care Centre
WHAT: The Windermere is a long term care facility with close to 200 residents. It is located At 900 West 12 Ave, Vancouver, close to UBC, and across the street from the Vancouver General Hospital. We have a variety of programs that would benefit from volunteers input. Volunteers can come into the facility or even meet some of the programs that are implemented outside of the facility community. Our residents shop regularly at the Oakridge Shopping Mall, and access the therapeutic pool at the George Pearson Centre. We have residents that would like to attend a seniors aqua-fit at Kerrisdale pool and many residents would just like to have a regular walk in the outdoors but would feel safer with a companion.
If you are interested in volunteering, you can downloand and complete the volunteer application on their website
CONTACT: Azmina Khimji at (604) 737-5455