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We get a lot of questions about volunteering in Toronto so we've decided to compile the most commonly asked one into this page. Have more questions? Check out our blogs to learn more!

 


QUESTIONS

 

What is Volunteer Toronto? How does it work?

I want to volunteer. How and where do I start?

What is the minimum age to volunteer?

How do I sign up for your newsletter? 

Do I need to submit an application or a resume to volunteer?

Will I have to attend an interview?

Are there certain skills or training I need to be able to volunteer?

Will I get a job with an organization if I volunteer for them?

What is the time commitment for volunteering?

Do organizations cover my transportation costs for volunteering?

 

   

Do I need to have a Police Check to volunteer? Who pays for it?

Can I volunteer with my family and friends?

Will I get a letter of reference after I volunteer?

I am an international student/newcomer to Canada. Do I need a work permit to volunteer?

I do not have Canadian references. What should I do?

I do not speak fluent English. Can I volunteer?

Can I volunteer for only one role at a time or I can do multiple activities?

If I have concerns about my volunteer experience, who can I talk to?

Can I leave my volunteer duties at any time?


 

 

ANSWERS

What is Volunteer Toronto? How does it work?

 

Volunteer Toronto is a registered non-profit organization whose mission is to create the best possible volunteer experience by providing Toronto agencies with the platform to post their volunteer positions and the search engine for potential volunteers to access opportunities. We also provide training and resources to Leaders of Volunteers to enable them to create supportive and engaging volunteer programs. Learn more about what we do. 

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I want to volunteer. How and where do I start?

 

Reflect: Think about why you want to volunteer. Is it to learn new skills, offer the skills you already have, gain work experience or give back to a cause? More importantly, think about the time you can/want to commit to volunteering.

Research: Use our online volunteer database to search for volunteer opportunities which are in line with your skills and/or interests. Read each volunteer position description carefully to understand the requirements and duties for the volunteer role.

Reach Out: Follow the given instructions to apply or contact the organization directly using the contact info provided. Ask any questions you may have about the volunteer role.

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What is the minimum age to volunteer?

 

Generally, 13-14 years old. However, some positions can accommodate younger children as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Age requirements will vary with the type of volunteer position and organization

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I heard you have a newsletter, where do I sign up to get it? 

 

Our "Volunteer Times" newsletter is available to any individual who creates a new profile on our website. When you sign up you will automatically start receiving our online newsletter to your mailbox bi-weekly. View our archive of past newsletters. 

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Do I need to submit an application or a resume to volunteer?

 

Some organizations will require you to complete and submit an online or in-person application. Others may ask you to send a resume, depending on the position being advertised. When you create a profile on our website there is the option to upload and maintain your resume which you can use to automatically apply for positions. 

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Will I have to attend an interview?

 

Organizations may request a formal interview, in other cases it could be informal or just an orientation session. 

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Are there certain skills or training I need to be able to volunteer?

 

Each volunteer position or role will have specific skill requirements. These skills are often listed on the volunteer position description. Organizations will train their new volunteers for the specific duties or roles they will be carrying out.

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Will I get a job with an organization if I volunteer for them?

 

Volunteering does not guarantee you a job with the organization you are volunteering for. However, there could be opportunities which may open up through the networks and contacts you establish through your volunteering experience.

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What is the time commitment for volunteering?

 

Time commitment varies depending on the type of volunteer activity. This ranges from one day events (special events), short term(less than 3 months) and long term (more than 3 months) commitments. Depending on your availability, you can choose to sign-up for a special event or something on a consistent and on-going basis.

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Do organizations cover my transportation costs for volunteering?

 

Most organizations reimburse their volunteers for transportation costs, e.g. TTC tokens. Some organizations may cover other transport expenses, e.g. mileage/gas. They will inform you of which expenses they cover.

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Do I need to have a Police Check to volunteer? Who pays for it?

 

If you are volunteering with vulnerable groups such as children and seniors, you will require a Police Check. Generally, the volunteer pays for the Police Check. Ask the organization what their process is before getting one.

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Can I volunteer with my family and friends?

 

Yes. There are volunteer opportunities such as special events, which are suitable for and can accommodate groups. You can choose to sign-up for the same volunteer activity or event together.

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Will I get a letter of reference after I volunteer?

 

In most cases a letter of reference will be given to the volunteer upon request or as part of the benefit of volunteering with the organization. However, some organizations may only give a letter of reference after the completion of the volunteer commitment.

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I am an international student/newcomer to Canada. Do I need a work permit to volunteer?

 

No. You will not be receiving any monetary payment for volunteering, so you do not require a work permit to volunteer.  

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I do not have Canadian references. What should I do?

 

Provide easily accessible references from your home country. If you are attending classes or a program, you could ask the instructor(s) to be your reference. If you are not sure, ask the organization about the type of reference they require.

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I do not speak fluent English. Can I volunteer?

 

Yes. Basic English is usually required to volunteer. However, some opportunities do require fluent spoken English. Make sure to check with the organization about their language requirements if it is not listed in the position description.

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Can I volunteer for only one role at a time or I can do multiple activities?

 

You are free to get involved in multiple volunteer roles and activities as long as you have time to commit to each of them. 

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If I have concerns about my volunteer experience, who can  I talk to?

 

We recommend you speak out about any issues you may be facing to the organization’s staff or management. Also, ask about the organization’s policies and procedures for addressing issues regarding treatment of volunteers. 

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Can I leave my volunteer duties at any time?

 

If, for whatever reasons, you are unable to continue volunteering, we recommend you communicate with the relevant staff or contact in the organization to inform them. Make sure to give the organization plenty of notice if you decide to leave. This is a respectful way to end your commitment and will allow time for the organization to prepare a replacement. 

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