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Volunteer

Many people have different reasons on why they would like to get involved, such as: need to complete high school hours, looking to help and give back, meeting new people and learning new skills. Whatever your reason is, we are excited that you are interested in volunteering with us! We recommend that you browse through the entire volunteer section to see whether Variety Village is the right fit for you. Be sure to check out the Frequently Asked Questions about volunteering and then explore the Volunteer Opportunities page to see our current listings. Once you are ready to volunteer, click on the How to Get Started tab.

Become a Volunteer

Before You Get Started

Variety Village volunteer recruitment and selection is a multi-step process.

Everyone has different reasons and time commitment for volunteering and we want to make sure we know and meet yours. The steps that have been put in place not only ensure that you’re a good fit for us, but that we’re also a good fit for you!

Before applying, please consider the following:

What is your time commitment?

We have many opportunities that can meet your availability needs:

  • One day events, such as our various special events
  • Short term (3 months or less), such as camps
  • Long term (3 months or more), such as helping in our programs

What’s your area of interest?

We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities in special events, programs, camps and administration.

Volunteer Opportunities

To get the most out of your volunteer experience, we encourage you to pursue your interests. Challenge yourself by trying new activities and get connected with others. You can choose to volunteer in a variety of areas that match your skills, interests and availability.

Programs

Variety Village offers many programs such as leadership programs, adaptive activities for all abilities, and programs tailored for tots, families and seniors. Please see our Program Guide for more information.

Camps

Variety Village offers a broad range of integrated full-day camps for children of all abilities throughout the year. Participants range from ages 4 to 20+.

Events

We host many special events and fundraising events throughout the year. Our goal is to connect with our community while raising funds for our programs. These events help support Variety Village through supporting healthy and active lifestyles.

General and Administrative Positions

There are various administrative or customer service roles available in our facility to provide assistance to staff in the efficient operation of business needs.

 

If you find a volunteer position that you are interested in, see the How to Apply tab.

If you require more information, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator.

How to Apply

Ready to volunteer? Here’s how to get started!

  1. Fill out a Volunteer Application FormOnce completed, please submit the form to the Volunteer Coordinator via email or drop it off at the front reception at Variety Village. All submitted forms will be reviewed by the Volunteer Coordinator.
  2. Successful applicants will be contacted and invited for an interview.
  3. All volunteers are required to get a police check done. You can get one done at Variety Village for a $27.50 fee. Forms are available with the Volunteer Coordinator. You can also visit your local police station.
  4. Please provide us with 2 non-family members as your references. This could be a former employer, teacher, coach, etc.
  5. Upon successful completion of the above requirements, you will have to attend the Volunteer Orientation Session before placement. Volunteers must also attend an In-Service Training Session. These sessions will be scheduled by the Volunteer Coordinator.
  6. Once all the process are completed, you will be place in your volunteer role based on the skills and requirements of the role.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the minimum age to volunteer?

The minimum age to volunteer at Variety Village is 15 years old.

Who can volunteer?

Whether you’re in a group or wanting to sign up as an individual, you are more than welcome to volunteer! Check out the Become a Volunteer section to learn how to get started.

I want to volunteer. How do I get started?

The volunteer application process at Variety Village is a multi-step process. Please refer to the How to Apply tab for more information.

Why do I need a police check? Who pays for it?

You are required to get a police check because you will be working with people of all ages and abilities. You can get your police check done at Variety Village for $27.50 or you can visit your local police station.

What is the time commitment?

Depending on your availability, we have many opportunities to meet your needs:

  • One day, such as special events
  • Short term (3 months of less), such as camps and administrative projects
  • Long term (3 months or more), such as helping with our programs

Can I leave my volunteer duties at any time?

We would be sad to see you go. But, if you are unable to continue volunteering with Variety Village, we recommend that you communicate this with your Supervisor and Volunteer Coordinator.

Who do I contact if I have any more questions about volunteering?

Our Volunteer Coordinator welcomes any questions or feedback and will be happy to assist.

Smeeta Sohanlal
Volunteer Coordinator
416-699-7167 ext. 239
ssohnalal@varietyvillage.on.ca

Volunteering is a rewarding experience. We recognize and appreciate the contributions and impact our volunteers have made throughout the years. Coming from a broad spectrum of ages, cultures, abilities and experiences, each volunteer brings unique gifts through sharing their time, energy and skills.

We welcome volunteers to submit any positive and rewarding experiences that you may have had at Variety Village. If you would like to share your story, you can submit it to the Volunteer Coordinator at ssohanlal@varietyvillage.on.ca or Lynda Elmy at lelmy@varietyvillage.on.ca.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Smeeta Sohanlal
Volunteer Coordinator
416-699-7167 ext. 239
ssohanlal@varietyvillage.on.ca

BUS: We have a bus stop right outside! Take the 12A from Victoria Park Station.

FREE parking onsite.

Wheel-Trans accessible.

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