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VOLUNTEER FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions
What types of volunteer opportunities are available?

Volunteer advocates are matched one-on-one to people with disabilities (Friends). Matches participate weekly in activities they both enjoy, planning what they’ll do and when they’ll do it at their own convenience. There are a couple of choices within this broad description:

  • Chance for Choice: This program matches older people with age-related disabilities who are isolated and vulnerable with volunteer advocates in one-on-one long-term relationships.
  • Everyday Champions one-on-one match: Everyday Champions makes one-on-one matches between a volunteer advocate and a child, youth, adult or senior with a disability.
  • Everyday Champions group home match: This program supports group home residents who have a disability.
What makes a good Everyday Champion?

Our volunteer advocates come from all walks of life and offer a range of experiences and knowledge. Many of our volunteers did not have any previous experience with people with disabilities. It doesn’t take special training to know how to care. A volunteer advocate:

  • is supportive and flexible
  • can accept someone for who they are
  • finds joy in doing simple things
  • is open to new experiences
  • is 18 years or older
  • is available 3-4 times per month, for a few hours each time
  • makes a commitment to staying matched for at least 12 months
  • is open to a long-term match beyond the one-year commitment, if available
  • knows they can ask for support from Citizen Advocacy any time
What are the benefits of volunteering for me?
  • know you are making a difference in your community
  • extending your social network
  • make your own schedule
  • pick your own activities
  • enjoy flexibility around work, travel, family, school, etc.
  • include family and friends in your match
  • training and support from Citizen Advocacy
What are the benefits of being matched for the person with a disability?
  • reduced loneliness and isolation
  • help to achieve their hopes and dreams
  • an opportunity to develop personal networks and relationships
  • decreased vulnerability
  • may be able to contribute to their community
  • increased self-confidence, mental and physical health
How do I become a volunteer with Citizen Advocacy?
  • Attend a 1-hour information session
  • Get a recent Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector(it’s free with a letter from us saying you’re applying to volunteer).
  • Tell us the names of three references that we can contact.
  • Participate in one or more in-person conversations with a social worker, lasting 60 to 90 minutes. We’ll get to know you, your personality, hobbies and interests. This helps us narrow down the entire waiting list to those that are possibly the best match for you.
When can I volunteer?

Our program allows you to pick the times you volunteer that fit into your schedule. We ask that you commit to getting together with your match partner three to four times a month.

Do you have evening and weekend volunteering opportunities?

Yes. Our program allows you to pick the times you volunteer that fit into your schedule. We ask that you commit to getting together with your match partner three to four times a month.

Do you have evening and weekend volunteering opportunities?

Yes. Our program allows you to pick the times you volunteer that fit into your schedule. We ask that you commit to getting together with your match partner three to four times a month.

Can involve my friends and family in this volunteering opportunity?

Yes, once your match is established and this is something your match partner (Friend with a disability) would like too.

How old do I need to be to volunteer with Citizen Advocacy?

Volunteers must be a minimum of 18 years of age and be available to make a minimum commitment of 12 months to their match.

Do you take student volunteers?

We are pleased to work with students at colleges and universities but unfortunately we are unable to assist high school students in the completion of the 40 hours of community service.

Do I require a police records check?

Yes, we require all volunteers to obtain a vulnerable sector police check (it’s free with a letter from us saying you’re applying to volunteer).

Will I be photographed during my volunteer activity?

You will be asked to sign a waiver as part of your volunteer application and confidentiality agreement with Citizen Advocacy.

Can I just drop in to volunteer?

We do not have occasional volunteer opportunities that allow people to do this.

What is the time commitment?

Volunteers must be available to make a minimum commitment of 12 months to their match.

Can I do court appointed community service hours at Citizen Advocacy?

We do not accept individuals with court appointed hours.

Do you accept all volunteers?

All volunteer applicants are fully screened (vulnerable sector check, learning conversation, references) and are not accepted unless all parts of the screening process are completed and cleared.

What is the information session?

The volunteer information session (approximately 1 hour long) is a no-commitment opportunity for you to find out more about Citizen Advocacy and help you decide if our volunteer program is a good fit with your interests.

Why must I obtain a vulnerable sector check before beginning my volunteer duties?

Volunteers play a strong role within the organization. They are working with vulnerable populations. We work hard to ensure the safety of the Citizen Advocacy community, which includes the Friends, volunteers and staff vulnerable sector checks are ones of the measures in place to uphold this high level of safety.

I would like to volunteer on a trial basis. Is that okay?

We ask our volunteers to commit for at least one year. We will be matching them with a vulnerable population. If matches close earlier than 12 months it can have a huge impact on the Friend’s self-esteem.

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