Various Opportunities   Midland 
Quest Art School + Gallery
Midland

Exhibition / Event set up: There’s a lot to learn about hanging an exhibition and the curatorial practices in a professional gallery, which you could learn by assisting our director and the team as they carefully change exhibitions. These happen all year round so get in touch if you’d like to have valuable insight into what goes on behind-the-scenes! You can also help set-up displays for one of our varied fundraisers, which also involves teamwork and an attention to detail. You might also be asked to lift or carry items, depending on the event.

Reception and Greeting: An integral part of events at Quest is the welcoming face our visitors see when they first arrive. If you feel you are a friendly, welcoming person then you could assist us by greeting visitors, taking down their information or assisting with ticketing. This role requires someone well-presented and able to multi-task.

Office / Administrative Support: There’s a lot that goes on behind-the-scenes to organize exhibitions and fundraisers! We are always seeking volunteers to help in the offices at Quest. If you are adept at multi-tasking, are comfortable making phone calls and have an eye for detail then this may be the perfect role!

Workshop / Educational Support: There are many different workshops held at Quest Art School + Gallery, and off-site, to a wide variety of students. We offer classes to children, youth and adults of all skill levels. If you are curious, patient and eager to lend a hand, then you might be perfect assisting one of our instructors as they lead a workshop.

Off-Site Events: Quest Art, as a charitable organization, is often invited to a wide range of events in the Midland-Penetang’, and sometimes wider, region. These vary by season and year, so depending on where you can get to, you could assist at one of these events. Please let us know your preferences as this would be a real asset to us at Quest when seeking location specific volunteers!

Gardening Volunteers   Midland 
Midland Community Gardens, Midland Community Garden
Midland

Volunteers may assist with: watering and weeding, mulching the pathways, researching a variety of gardening practices or plant care information, composting/soil building, participate in group gardening activities, create and maintain garden structures such as display board or plant lattices, administration and fundraising.

Outreach Volunteer for Orillia Public Library   Severn Township - Coldwater, Washago, Marchmount 
Orillia Public Library
Orillia and area
Delivering library materials to Retirement/Nursing Homes
Distress Line Operator   
Telecare Distress Line of Greater Simcoe
Orillia
Telecare of Greater Simcoe is looking for caring and compassionate people to answer our 24 hour distress lines.  
The service is anonymous and confidential and referrals are provided as necessary.  
All that is required is a non judgmental attitude, an empathetic nature and a desire to help.
Adult Literacy Tutor   Midland 
Gateway Centre for Learning
Midland
    To help adults with low literacy skills acquire and/or improve basic reading, writing, math and computer skills needed to function successfully in society.
  • Establish a learning relationship with an assigned student(s) based on mutual respect and a shared commitment to work together to achieve identified goals
  • Plan, prepare and deliver student-centred learning activities and lessons
  • Evaluate and recognize progress towards the student’s learning goals
  • Comply with administrative requirements of the program
  • Contribute to the ongoing improvement of the program
Volunteer Companion   Christian Island  Midland  Penetanguishene  Springwater Township inc. Elmvale, Midhurst, Hillsdale  Tay Township including Port McNicoll, Victoria Harbour, Waubaushene  Tiny Township inc. Perkinsfield, Lafontaine, Wyebridge, Wyevale, Waverly 
Community Reach, Transportation
Simcoe North
Volunteers are needed to accompany North Simcoe residents registered with our Transportation programs.
    Volunteers will assist people:
  • Shopping
  • Getting to social activities
  • Help navigate health appointments
Meal Supports & Drivers for Senior Support   Midland 
Georgian Bay Native Women's Association
Midland
Meal Sharing program as some of our members/participants do not have access to healthy meal options. Volunteers would:
  • Make healthy meals at their house
  • Deliver meals to members/participants
  • Other ways to get involved:
  • Take a seniors out of their house for a nice drive
  • Help organize and move items around our organization
  • Peer Mentor (Virtual)   Christian Island  Midland  Penetanguishene  Severn Township - Coldwater, Washago, Marchmount  Springwater Township inc. Elmvale, Midhurst, Hillsdale  Tay Township including Port McNicoll, Victoria Harbour, Waubaushene  Tiny Township inc. Perkinsfield, Lafontaine, Wyebridge, Wyevale, Waverly 
    Ontario Caregiver Organization, Online Services/Find Support
    Ontario
    Mentoring is a method of passing on lived experiences to support another caregiver in an empowering and meaningful way. Anyone who has been a caregiver will know that the caregiving role presents many challenges. These challenges will be different for every caregiver and from time to time support will be needed. A Peer Mentor has a wealth of experience and knowledge which can help another caregiver with the challenges of their caregiving situation. Caregivers share a common identity and can create a bond through sharing their experiences. You can easily connect by phone or by online/virtual discussion with your Caregiver Participant without leaving your home. An OCO trained peer mentor will:
  • ‘Just be there’/Listen
  • Provide encouragement, support and acceptance
  • Acknowledge a caregiver’s strengths
  • Share lived experience and give real life examples
  • Discuss a caregiver’s wellbeing
  • Provide support with developing coping strategies
  • Provide relevant information
  • Provide support to set goals the caregiver identifies
  • Celebrate any goals the caregiver achieves
  • Be someone for a caregiver to bounce ideas of
  • The Ontario Caregiver Organization invites caregivers with diverse backgrounds from across Ontario to join our 1:1 Peer Support Program as a Peer Mentor. We are actively recruiting bilingual or multilingual caregivers who are fluent in English and also other languages.
    Volunteer Opportunities   
    Leacock Care Centre
    Orillia

    Volunteer opportunities for individuals interested in assisiting with recreation programs, outings, friendly visiting, computer programs, reading programs and special events.

    Speaker's Bureau Volunteer   Penetanguishene 
    Hospice Huronia, Fuller Ave, Tomkins House
    Penetanguishene

    Public speaking to groups of various sizes - giving an overview of Hospice Huronia, our services and our capital campaign to build a residential hospice for the area. Power point presentation is developed and scripted.

    Fracture Prevention Educator - Barrie & Simcoe County   
    Osteoporosis Canada [Central East], Simcoe Muskoka - Mailing Address, Simcoe Muskoka Chapter

    Be trained to conduct education sessions on fracture prevention to seniors at seniors centres, retirement homes and active living programs.

    Health Fairs, Community Displays-Simcoe County Locations   Midland  Penetanguishene 
    Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County, Barrie
    Simcoe County

    * Assist in promoting the programs and services of the Society to the attendees of the Health Fair.  
    * Provide basic information about Alzheimer's disease.  
    * Direct people to appropriate community support services. 
     
    Volunteers: 
    * Pick up display and brochures at the Society offices or an agreed to location.  
    * Set up the display as per the Procedures listed in the Health Fair Resource Manual.  
    * Answer general questions and distribute information about the programs and services of the Society.  
    * Refer individuals to appropriate community support services.  
    * Take down the display, pack up the brochures and return the display and brochures to the Society offices or an agreed to location.  
    * Complete the Evaluation Form located in the Health Fair Resource Manual

    Support Group Co-Facilitator - Simcoe County Locations   Penetanguishene 
    Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County, Barrie
    Simcoe County

    Volunteers work with Alzheimer Society Family Support Coordinators in 1) a morning Support Group, 2) an afternoon Support Group or 3) an evening Support Group, depending upon the community.

    Youth Justice Committee Volunteer   Christian Island  Midland  Penetanguishene  Severn Township - Coldwater, Washago, Marchmount  Springwater Township inc. Elmvale, Midhurst, Hillsdale  Tay Township including Port McNicoll, Victoria Harbour, Waubaushene  Tiny Township inc. Perkinsfield, Lafontaine, Wyebridge, Wyevale, Waverly 
    Elizabeth Fry Society Simcoe Muskoka, Volunteer Program
    Simcoe County, including Collingwood, Midland, Penetanguishene and Orillia

    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.

    Gilbert Centre Volunteer   
    Gilbert Centre for Social and Support Services, Barrie Office
    Barrie

    The Gilbert Centre's volunteer program is on hold due to COVID-19 until further notice. Volunteers assist with:

    • Special events (World AIDS Day, Fundraisers, Annual campaigns)
    • Bingo
    • Harm Reduction
    • Board of Directors
    Habitat ReStore Volunteer   Christian Island  Midland  Penetanguishene  Severn Township - Coldwater, Washago, Marchmount  Springwater Township inc. Elmvale, Midhurst, Hillsdale  Tay Township including Port McNicoll, Victoria Harbour, Waubaushene  Tiny Township inc. Perkinsfield, Lafontaine, Wyebridge, Wyevale, Waverly 
    Habitat for Humanity Huronia, Barrie, ReStore, Barrie
    Barrie

    Volunteers would be responsible for stocking shelves, cleaning the store, re-organizing items, aseembling product, and assisting customers. Volunteers who are interested should visit the website to register to volunteer. 
     
    Volunteers must wear certified safety shoes, be capable of lifting up to 25lbs, able to stand for extended periods of time and be comfortable with 2-3 step instruction.

    Bench Warmer- Active Listener   Christian Island  Midland  Penetanguishene  Severn Township - Coldwater, Washago, Marchmount  Springwater Township inc. Elmvale, Midhurst, Hillsdale  Tay Township including Port McNicoll, Victoria Harbour, Waubaushene  Tiny Township inc. Perkinsfield, Lafontaine, Wyebridge, Wyevale, Waverly 
    CFS Counselling + Wellbeing, Barrie - Anne St S, MatureMinds
    Barrie, Orillia, Bradford

    Bench Warmers are friendly people who allow others to engage in conversation in either parks or malls. Studies show that loneliness has the same dire consequences on physical health as smoking a pack a day! Social connection is so needed (and often lost in the shuffle of busyness and technology) and MatureMinds Friendship Bench offers an opportunity for interaction and social engagement. The implementation is simple but the results are deep and  meaningful. Volunteers will receive training in active listening, self care, mental health awareness, and ageism. After successfully completing the training, volunteers become Bench Warmers. They sit on a bench either at a park or in a mall with a sign that says "If you want to talk, I want to listen." Be part of the cure for the loneliness epidemic! Become a Bench Warmer.

    Butt Blitz Volunteer   Christian Island  Midland  Penetanguishene  Severn Township - Coldwater, Washago, Marchmount  Springwater Township inc. Elmvale, Midhurst, Hillsdale  Tay Township including Port McNicoll, Victoria Harbour, Waubaushene  Tiny Township inc. Perkinsfield, Lafontaine, Wyebridge, Wyevale, Waverly 
    A Greener Future

    In 2015, we ran our first ever Butt Blitz — an action-oriented campaign focused on raising public awareness about cigarette litter, while simultaneously removing as much of it from the environment as possible.   

    Cigarette butts account for 1 in 5 pieces of litter found at our cleanups. These small plastic filters are one of the most common forms of litter globally and when not disposed of properly, they cause negative impacts on local ecosystems, wildlife, and human health.  

    We’re calling on volunteers from across Canada to pick up cigarette butts in their local communities, then send them to TerraCycle Canada for recycling. The social impact of this event is just as important as the environmental impact, as it helps prevent cigarette butt litter from ending up on the ground in the future!   

    We are looking for Butt Blitz Volunteers in communities across Canada to join us in picking up butts locally throughout the month of April. Join a local team, or take part wherever you are!  

    The Butt Blitz will run from April 1st to 30th, 2023. Our goal is to collect and remove 1 million cigarette butts over the course of a month!   

    As a Butt Blitz Volunteer, you are dedicating your time throughout April to help reduce the amount of cigarette litter in your local community and create a safer, healthier environment.   

    All you need to participate is a pair of gloves, an up-cycled container (e.g., old yogurt tub) to collect your butts in, and an interest to improve your local environment!   

    Volunteer Responsibilities: - Review and understand the Butt Blitz Volunteer Information Package - Sign a virtual Liability Waiver - Participate in cigarette litter cleanups to contribute to the overall goal of removing 1 million cigarette butts - Drop off your cigarette butt collection to a local team coordinator (or mail in your own collection if participating independently) - Attend virtual team meetings via Zoom (optional; 3 in total, max 30 minutes in length) - Attend a team Butt Blitz cleanup locally (optional)   If this opportunity interests you, please fill out the form below!   

    All participants must be 19+ (18+ in Alberta or Quebec)  

    Apply Here.

    Gutsy Walk Planning Committee Member   
    Crohn's and Colitis Canada, Mailing Address, Northern Ontario

    Across the country, the Gutsy Walk is made possible due to the time and talents shared by thousands of volunteers in their communities. With a collective goal to deliver our mission of finding a cure for Crohn's and colitis, we are greatly appreciative and thankful for our volunteers who have continuously led the Gutsy Walk to success each year.

    As a Gutsy Walk Planning Committee Member, you’ll be working closely with a team of other volunteers to plan and promote your local Gutsy Walk. Your efforts in connecting and engaging your community—whatever your volunteer role with Gutsy Walk—will make a big impact in raising awareness about IBD and finding cures.
    In particular, we’re looking for volunteers to support their local Gutsy Walk in the following ways:

    • Community Outreach –inspire people to sign up and participate in the local Gutsy Walk
    • Media Relations –connect with local media outlets to promote the Gutsy Walk
    • Social Media –raise awareness about IBD and the Gutsy Walk through social media
    • Fundraising –organize exciting fundraisers in your community
    • Corporate Sponsorship –engage with local businesses to promote donations of sponsorship and gifts in kind
    • Stewardship –build relationships with Gutsy Walk participants and encourage engagement
    Helpline and Chat Service Volunteer   Christian Island  Midland  Penetanguishene  Severn Township - Coldwater, Washago, Marchmount  Springwater Township inc. Elmvale, Midhurst, Hillsdale  Tay Township including Port McNicoll, Victoria Harbour, Waubaushene  Tiny Township inc. Perkinsfield, Lafontaine, Wyebridge, Wyevale, Waverly 
    Muskoka Parry Sound Sexual Assault Services

    Volunteers would be required to provide support to individuals on a helpline or chat service who have experienced sexual trauma, violence and or assault. A 30 hour training course and interview is to be completed before starting on the helpline and chat service. 

    National Experience Participant   Christian Island  Midland  Penetanguishene  Severn Township - Coldwater, Washago, Marchmount  Springwater Township inc. Elmvale, Midhurst, Hillsdale  Tay Township including Port McNicoll, Victoria Harbour, Waubaushene  Tiny Township inc. Perkinsfield, Lafontaine, Wyebridge, Wyevale, Waverly 
    Katimavik's National Experience
    Across Canada

    Katimavik’s National Experience is an amazing opportunity for any Canadian citizens, permanent residents or landed refugees aged 17 – 25 who are looking for 5.5 months of creative learning, community engagement, Truth and Reconciliation, and self-discovery! Youth will live in a group with up to 10 of their peers in two separate communities throughout the course of the program. During the program they engage in 32 valuable volunteer hours a week, learn how to manage a house, make lifelong friends, and gain confidence that they themselves can make an impactful difference in our country. This is a fully funded opportunity where participants’ travel expenses, living accommodations, food costs, and daily needs are covered. All they will need to bring is their dedication, empathy, and commitment to making a better world!

    Some of the topics and skills that Participants will be challenged to learn about include:

    • The history of Indigenous peoples in Canada and the importance of Truth and Reconciliation;
    • The benefits and impact of civic engagement;
    • Professional work skills in a variety of sectors, depending on volunteer placements;
    • Cooking skills, house maintenance, and practical life skills;
    • Conflict resolution, communication, and how to strive within a team environment;
    • Environmental protection and sustainable development;
    • English or French as an additional language;
    • Leadership, advocacy, and project management skills;
    • Canada’s cultural, geographic, and linguistic diversity.
    Volunteer   Midland  Penetanguishene  Severn Township - Coldwater, Washago, Marchmount  Springwater Township inc. Elmvale, Midhurst, Hillsdale 
    Glowing Hearts Charity, No Physical Address
    Barrie

    Join our incredible team of volunteers and help Glowing Hearts Charity disrupt the cycle of poverty by empowering children and youth to realize their full potential. Please fill out the form on the volunteer page on our website.