We always need volunteers!
Helping a newly-arrived refugee family can be a hugely rewarding experience.
We welcome volunteers who can make a longer-term or a task-specific commitment.
Settling a refugee family has many dimensions. Most volunteers work directly with a family on tasks such as:
- helping with English
- finding a medical clinic
- arranging initial immunizations
- applying for CCB and other subsidies
- finding housing
- helping with budgeting
The kindness and patience of volunteers can make a world of difference to a family that feels at a loss when confronting confusing requirements for health cards, social insurance numbers, language assessments, school enrollment, notes from school in children’s backpacks that cannot be read, and much more.
While volunteers play an important role in helping refugee families become established, it is equally important to respect the autonomy, decision-making and cultural differences of newcomers.
We recognize that not all volunteers have the same time availability, energy, experience or skills. We try to place volunteers in situations where they can have confidence in being successful and effective.
Teenagers and young volunteers are also welcome! We have many opportunities to help out children and teens in newly-arrived families. For high school students, we can certify volunteer hours.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us at [email protected].