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Free Resources for Volunteer-run Community Groups

The coronavirus pandemic has inspired kind Canadians to organize 'Caremongering' groups offering help to those most at risk amid the outbreak. Volunteer Toronto supports these initiatives through our COVID-19 Response Team Alerts* and providing access to free resources to help recruit and safely engage volunteers during this challenging time.


COVID-19 Health & Safety

If you or your community are organizing volunteers for the first time, this quick overview will help you engage volunteers safely.

Dos and Don'ts for Volunteers
COVID-19 necessitates changes in life's routine and consequently, new standards. Please review these mandatory guidelines to be adhered to before, during and after volunteer activities.

Vehicle Wipe Down Precautions
For groups and volunteers engaging in activities involving drivers or delivery services.

Food Handling Guidelines
For groups and volunteers engaging in activities that include food preparation and delivery.

We're here to help! Send your urgent volunteer recruitment needs to Volunteer Toronto by submitting your role description through the above link. Your initiative will be shared on our website, and through our COVID-19 Response Team Alert, to over 3000+ Torontonians looking to lend a hand.
Land Acknowledgments
While many of your volunteer activities may be delivered virtually, wherever we are, we are sitting on traditional lands and encourage you to continue to include a land acknowledgement when possible. Here is a script to use as a starting point:

We [insert your group name] wish to acknowledge this land on which we live, work, and help one another. For thousands of years this has been the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississuagas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples. This land is also now the home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work and build community on this land.

Self-Care Tips & Tools
During a crisis it is normal to feel stressed, confused, scared, sad or angry. This checklist focuses on self-compassion and quick steps and reminders to help you create healthy daily routines and rituals.

Research, Resources & Leading Practices

Please note: These resources are not COVID-19 specific, they are foundational guidelines for program and group development.

A Growth Strategy for Grassroots Groups
Learn more about volunteer run initiatives. Ontario’s robust and expanding networks of volunteer-run organizations are defying expectations. Volunteer Toronto's Grassroots Growth Project provides a glimpse into the state of volunteer-run non-profits across Ontario, in an effort to highlight their achievements and learn how we can best help them increase their impact through volunteer engagement.

Volunteer Policy & Procedure Templates
Review Volunteer Toronto's official volunteer program documents. Non-profit organizations and volunteer-run groups are welcome to use these as templates and samples.

With so much change in the Voluntary Sector it is hard to keep up with the current best practices and policies for working with volunteers, especially if you are new to this process. Be sure to check our Sector Q & A for answers to the most frequently asked policy questions.

Volunteer Planning & Recruitment
This resource guide contains tools and templates to help you get started with planning for volunteer roles, recruiting new volunteers and starting the screening process.

Introduction to Volunteer Impact
This resource guide contains tools and templates to help you plan and prepare training for your volunteers along with details on coaching volunteers and providing support. For more information on these topics, the Supporting Volunteers Resource Guide provides more details.


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