Offers a full range of volunteer opportunities including: supporting and leading program activities (Gilda's Greeters, Clubhouse-based volunteers for activities, general clubhouse support, Program support), helping with special events and outreach, and assisting with fundraising in the community.
- To volunteer, contact Cara Dyke, Volunteer Coordinator Volunteer at Gilda's Club
Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions is a Child Welfare (Simcoe & Muskoka) and Children’s Mental Health (Muskoka only) agency licensed by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services. We support children, youth, families and communities with multiple services including fostering for children and youth up to 18 years old.
Our agency has an urgent need for foster parents across Simcoe and Muskoka. We are looking for diverse caregivers who understand children’s needs. Children & Youth lose so much when they have to leave their community. Foster caregivers provide a safe home and a temporary solution for children and youth, while their families make the changes needed for them to come back home.
Would you consider opening your home and heart to providing care to youth and children? Fostering can be challenging, but it’s a very rewarding career. You don’t have to be perfect to make a difference in the life of a child. Fostering can be flexible and fit in with your lifestyle!
We encourage all applicants to apply regardless of sex, gender, marital status, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, orientation or religion.
Our application process and training program are very detailed, and may seem daunting, but please don't let that stop you from choosing a career in fostering. We find that all successful foster parents believe that the rewards of fostering, including building strong, loving relationships that last a lifetime, far outweigh the challenges involved.
We look forward to hearing from you! Please share with anyone you think might be interested!
You can make a difference by becoming a Volunteer Driver for children and youth.
Run a 7 week program within the elementary schools for kids in grade 6,7 and/or 8. The program focuses on core themes including; body image, self-esteem, healthy eating/activity and building healthy relationship. Volunteers are responsible for a group of 4-8 kids. Its once a week for 90 minutes and its a 7-week program. They run during the school day 9-3pm, Monday-Friday from September-June. Volunteer can run multiple groups during the school year. Location of the program is Barrie, Innisfil, Angus, Baxter and Minesing.
We currently have 11 Littles on our waiting list who are looking to be matched with a Big.
If you have 4 hours within a month to spend with a child, contact us today!
Administrative: help with mailings, thank you letters, grant writing, etc.
Events: we run events year-round, which require volunteers to keep them running smoothly
Committees: we have several ongoing and adhoc committees that meet during the year
Chapter Leadership Council (CLC)
Volunteer as a camp counselor at one of our two sleepover sites in Waterford (Rainbow Lake) or Rosseau (Muskoka) or day camp in Toronto or Ottawa.
Youth Justice Committee's (YJC) bring together youth 12-17 who have been involved in the criminal justice system, their parent(s), and trained members of the community. In this role:
* you would attend YJC meetings to determine appropriate and meaningful ways for the youth to make amends for their actions.
* ensure that the youth is aware of the purpose of the meeting, and discuss police report information.
* explore perspectives of all parties, including the youth and others represented at t he meeting, such as community members, community agency representatives, and the parent(s).
* present and agree upon appropriate sanctions for the youth.
* provide information and referrals to supportive community agency programs.
* respect the confidentiality of the youth and other YJC members.
For high school students who want to get involved helping raise childhood cancer awareness and/or funds in their schools and communities.
If you are a high school student looking to give back to your community and get volunteer hours, we need you for our OPACC Golden Hearts Youth Council!
- Get community service volunteer hours from OPACC and OPACC partner organizations
- Be notified of new volunteer opportunities in your community
- OPACC can promote your fundraiser, project, campaign through our network
- Looks great on your resume for work or school/scholarships
- References for work/school
- Give back to the childhood cancer community and help other kids in a meaningful way
- Special thank-you perks for our youth volunteers
- Option to become an OPACC Board Member at age 18 to continue your involvement more formally
Examples of how you can help:
- At community events
- With OPACC programs (i.e. Comfy Cases, Million Dollar Smiles, Courage Capes sewing events, Parent Liaisons in hospitals, etc.)
- Running a childhood cancer awareness campaign at your school and/or in your community, especially in September (Childhood Cancer Awareness Month). Some ideas include: organizing a Flag Raising or Proclamation at City Hall; doing a yellow shirt day at school; or doing morning announcements in September about childhood cancer facts
- Doing fundraisers like organizing a Kaps4Kids event at school; selling foods or crafts at school with funds going to OPACC; putting together a fun walk; or doing a third-party fundraiser to benefit OPACC
- Creating cards (i.e. Valentines or Christmas cards) or organizing a gift drive to distribute to kids in hospitals
- Do chalk drawings with inspiring and/or awareness messages outside of a children's hospital or other local community centre
- Doing a social media campaign to raise awareness about OPACC and childhood cancer like making a TikTok video, Instagram post, etc. (subject to approval)
Opportunities are available throughout Ontario. There are many ways to help out independently, with friends, teammates, and with classmates through a school club or initiative! Time is flexible depending on what you want to do (self-directed projects), we also try to do monthly virtual drop-in meetings on Zoom to answer questions, brainstorm ideas, and support each other.
Working with Children and Families, the EarlyON Assistant will help with childcare and meeting/greeting of families at our Collingwood site. Assist with innovative childcare programming and professionals while supporting families.
This is a one day volunteer event on Sunday, May 7, 2023. Volunteers will be needed for approximately 8 hours on the day of the event. A 1 hour mandatory training session before the event will also be required. Please see below the available volunteer roles.
Logistics Volunteer: Working alongside Kids Help Phone staff, this role will ensure all site logistics are in place and ready to go. This will include helping with set up and tear down. People helping in this role will still be able to do the Walk if they choose to do so.
Event Experience Volunteer: Monitor checkpoints along the route and the start and finish line; cheering, entertaining, motivating and providing assistance for Walkers. People helping in this role will not be able to do the Walk.
Food & Beverage Volunteer: Organize onsite food and beverage distribution and ensure all health and safety protocols are being followed. These volunteers will be required to wear gloves and masks when handling food. People helping in this role will not be able to do the Walk.
Guest Services Volunteer: This role is a key function at a Walk site. You will collect fundraising monies, review pledge form information, and answer general questions. You will be required to attend a 30-minute training session 3-4 days before the Walk. People helping in this role will still be able to do the Walk if they choose to do so.
Board members are concerned community members who are:
Supportive of the Agency’s Vision, Purpose and Values
Team oriented with good decision-making skills
Able to attend and participate in 10 Board meetings each year as well as committee meetings
Age 18 or over and live or work in Simcoe County or the District of Muskoka
While we encourage all interested persons to apply, as a skills-based board, we are highly interested in community members who have lived or professional experience in the following areas:
• French Language Service
• Indigenous Heritage
• Quality Assurance
• Children’s Mental Health
• Communications /PR / Marketing
• Police/Corrections/Youth Justice
Varied skills, experience, capacity and attitude to fulfill expectations of this important role will be considered by the Nominating Committee.
**Confirmation of all prospective Directors shall be conditional on receipt and review of a vulnerable sector / criminal record check, child welfare record check and COVID-19 vaccination.
Board members gain an understanding of the issues facing child welfare, children’s mental health and the process of governance. They also help to raise the visibility of the Agency by communicating our purpose and serving as ambassadors within the community.
Volunteer Drivers take kids and youth to school, appointments, family access visits and more. Volunteers utilize thier own vehicles for this purpose.
Drives are assigned on an as needed basis, according to the volunteers schedule allowing this to be a flexible volunteer opportunity.