Child and Family Support Volunteer
Make a Difference in Your Community
VHA Home HealthCare (VHA) believes that quality care begins with quality people. Our volunteers work directly with our clients and make a difference in people’s lives every day. We’re looking for volunteers who share and enhance VHA’s values of:
- Client and family focused care
- A co-operative and collaborative work environment
- Continuous quality improvement
- Advocacy for our clients and their families
Parent and Child Volunteers
Help support families experiencing multiple stressors and isolation. Volunteers act as a resource to families providing them the means to discover and connect with social supports in their community and to make positive changes in their lives. Volunteers work with families in their homes and interact with children (newborn- 4 years of age) along with parents.
AREA SERVED Throughout Toronto: Volunteers are matched with clients according to their availability and location
- Visit weekly on the same day and at the same time for three hours
- Engage in meaningful conversation with parent
- Partner with parent to plan and cook new, healthy meals for children and family
- Provide information and referrals to community resources
- Accompany mom and child(ren) to local community resources i.e. Early Learning Years Centre
- Educate and inform parents on upcoming community events and activities
- Introduce new learning activities to the children
- Complete and submit weekly log
- 3 hours plus travel time
- 1 visit per week
- Each assignment is 12 weeks in duration
- Visits occur Monday- Friday between 9am-7pm
- Commitment 3 - 6 months.
- Opportunities will be available to help more than one family during this time frame.
AGE REQUIREMENT: Must be 18 years-old or older.
Visits occur in the homes of families with at least one child under the age of 5 living in priority neighbourhoods
- Friendly and caring attitude
- Related childcare experience an asset
- Experience and sensitive to working with culturally diverse families
- Creativity in planning and implementing activities
- Knowledge of community resources an asset
- Good listening skills and good oral communication skills
- Previous volunteer experience an asset
- Second Language an asset
- Volunteers are supported through an orientation, monthly meetings, workshops, seminars, and one-on-one supervision. We provide an environment where volunteers are engaged, challenged, and rewarded.
- Opportunities to meet new people.
- Develop social and professional networks.
- Build on your communication, interpersonal and leadership skills.
- Gain valuable work experience to build your resume.
- Make a difference in a person's life.
- Support your community.
- Enhance client’s lives and deliver life-changing supports and services.
- Reference letter given after fulfillment of commitment.
- No personal care given to clients.
- No exchange of personal contact information (phone numbers, e-mails, addresses, etc).
- Keep the disclosure of other personal information limited.
- Do Not accept gifts from client
ORIENTATION AND TRAINING
- Orientation to the agency and volunteer program
- Training on various aspects of child and family work
- Monthly Volunteer Support Meetings where we invite speakers from various community agencies to present on topics relevant to your role as a Child and Family Support Volunteer
- Ongoing education/development opportunities provide
SCREENING AND SUPERVISION
- Application form with 2 supervisory references
- Clear Criminal Reference check including Vulnerable Sector Screening
- Signed Volunteer and Confidentiality Agreements
- Reports to Program Supervisor on a regular basis
- Formal 3 month and annual evaluation
- Volunteer Coordinator & Program Supervisor will be available for feedback and support
If you require accommodation to participate fully in the application and screening process, please let us know.
For more information & to apply, contact
Dawn Ashford, BSW, Volunteer Coordinator
(416) 489-2500 ext. 4327
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or apply online at www.vha.ca
About VHA Home HealthCare
Since 1925, VHA Home HealthCare—a not-for-profit, charity—has empowered Ontarians to create possibilities for more independence. VHA’s team of over 2,000 support clients in throughout Ontario and are a founding member agency of United Way Toronto.