HOW TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER
As a peer-to-peer support based organization, our volunteers are at the heart of everything we do. Our programs are led by trained volunteer facilitators and students who have experiential knowledge in grief and bereavement. Our programs are made possible through the passion, dedication, and skills of our volunteers.
Completing and attending our trainings is required for Group Facilitators, One-on-One Peer Supporters, Mission Ambassadors, and Students at the Centre for Grief & Healing. This ensures that volunteers gain a thorough understanding of organizational values and culture, along with adequately preparing for various volunteer responsibilities. *Please see 'Volunteer and Student Positions' for more information on training specific to roles not listed above and for position requirements/availability.
We greatly appreciate your time and commitment as a volunteer and hope to schedule volunteer hours and tasks that benefit your work-life balance and personal goals. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or further inquiries.
Road to Becoming a Volunteer
Successful applicants will be invited to schedule a brief phone interview during a weekday between 9:00am-5:00pm. This will help us to better get to know you and your goals. A reference check will be completed following.
You will be required to attend a full day of in-class/online training where you will learn about your role as a volunteer. The training lasts up to 7.5 hours and will be held on a Saturday.
After completing the volunteer training program, you will be required to submit a satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC) (completed within the past year of applying). Contact the Volunteer Coordinator for a Vulnerable Sector Check letter if required. *Wait times vary, we encourage successful applicants to retrieve a VSC as soon as possible. Mandatory for all volunteer roles.
Congratulations! At the end of the training program, you will be awarded a certificate and will begin your role as a volunteer!
While we appreciate all applicants, we will screen each submitted application to ensure that the skills and interests are best matched to our available volunteer roles. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
We will send online training materials to successful interviewees. You will be required to complete this and send it to the Volunteer Coordinator within a designated time frame, prior to attending a full day of in-class/online training.
The Volunteer Coordinator will send the organizational policies and procedures, including health and safety policies and vulnerable sector reporting to be signed and submitted by a certain date. *Mandatory for all volunteer roles.
Your training will continue with shadowing and co-facilitating sessions alongside trained volunteers or staff members (Group Facilitators and One-on-One Peer Supporters only).
To save your completed application, go to the top-right corner where the print icon is, click it and it will provide you with the option to: "Save as a PDF" next to where it says "Destination". We accept photos or scans of the completed form if unable to save and send. Please save your application file name as follows: First Name, Last Name, Volunteer Application, 20XX (e.g. John Smith Volunteer Application 2021)
Initial Training Outline
The following training is mandatory for all volunteer Group Facilitators, One-on-One Peer Supporters, and Mission Ambassadors to complete:
7.5 hours of online learning specific to grief and bereavement theories and our peer-support model
7.5 hours of in-class or virtual learning specific to your role with the Centre for Grief and Healing
1-2 peer support group shadow sessions (Mission Ambassadors and Event Support excluded)
2 peer support group co-facilitation sessions (Mission Ambassadors and Event Support excluded)
Ongoing Training Outline
Existing volunteers will be offered ongoing training opportunities annually
Optional monthly Zoom volunteer check-ins are held at the end of every month to chat, ask questions, get feedback, and stay updated
Volunteer Facebook group is made available to share resources, connect with others, ask questions, and more
Monthly Volunteer eNewsletters that contain resources, grief information, Volunteer of the Month highlights, and so much more!
Volunteer Engagement Nights will be held quarterly; volunteers must attend at least one volunteer engagement night per year
The ‘Topic of the Night’ for the volunteer engagement nights are derived from initial training components. *These discussions will serve as ‘refresher’ training for all our volunteers