Archived Opportunities

These volunteer opportunities have been archived based on an expiry date set by the originator (i.e. nonprofit organization). Please note that these opportunities are only presented for interest – to give volunteers and site visitors an opportunity to see the types of positions offered by organizations.

Personal Disaster Assistance (PDA) Responder

Organization: Canadian Red Cross (CRC)
Category: Social and Community Service
Description: Do you want to make a difference in your community? Join the world’s largest humanitarian network. The Canadian Red Cross, a not for profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to helping the most vulnerable in Canada and throughout the world, is currently seeking a Personal Disaster Assistance (PDA) Responder Volunteer for the Disaster Management program. What will you do Working collaboratively as part of an experienced team of trained responders and supervisors, you will: Conduct client needs assessment to determine immediate and short-term needs of clients for items such as shelter, food, clothing, and transportation Provide emotional care and comfort to clients; Provide referrals to partner agencies and other community-based groups for services; Work with your team and your supervisor to ensure response supplies are always properly stocked and available; Work with your team and your supervisor to ensure the overall health, safety and security of the team you work with; Conduct emergency preparedness activities. What you bring and can further develop with the organization Customer Service Skills – provide comfort and care, patience in dealing with upset clients, active listening to understanding needs, finding a solution and good communication so clients understand the services available and how to obtain them; Commitment – to the Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross Movement and model the core competencies of the Canadian Red Cross: team excellence, service excellence, accountability and results focused; Language – responders can deliver services as appropriate in English or French; Communication skills – understanding of verbal and non-verbal cues, active listening, clearly able to explain and confirm understanding from client; Attention to detail - accuracy in maintaining logs, in completing forms, giving information statistics and financial documentation for use of service, as required; Data entry - able to enter data into a computerised database through a structured form. Able to use an email account to read, print and reply to emails (including opening attachments); Teamwork - share information, be helpful, respectful, approachable, build strong relationships; Dependability - Timely, takes initiative and ownership of work; Remains calm during a crisis - Don’t allow emotions to get in the way, don’t take things personally, stay positive, and respond decisively. You will stand out if you Completed a high school Diploma and/or equivalent experience; Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the Red Cross in disaster response, relief and recovery is an asset. What we offer As an Emergency Management volunteer, you’ll help people to be better prepared, better connected to each other and more resilient when emergencies happen. The Red Cross will ensure you have training, ongoing support and access to other opportunities within the World’s largest humanitarian network. Working conditions The majority of preparedness work is performed in community or in an office environment which is clean and comfortable. The majority of the response work is performed in an environment which is moderately clean and comfortable. Potential for responding in disaster areas with vulnerable populations, as well as difficult and unstable conditions (environmental, physical, social, etc.) and uncomfortable conditions (noise, odors, smoke, humidity). Able to work non-traditional hours (daytime, evenings and weekends), be on-call and respond to emergency/disaster related requests periodically. Ability to respond in your local community and outside of your community periodically. Responders may be asked, if available, to work for 3 days or more in large-scale events. Valid driver's license is required if driving for society business; clear driver’s abstract (3 years) required if using Red Cross vehicles; access to transportation is mandatory. Completion of online courses as well as in-person training is required as part of orientation and ongoing learning. This position requires a satisfactory Canadian criminal record reference check and a satisfactory vulnerable sector check. How to apply If you're aged eighteen years or older and have a genuine desire to assist vulnerable and displaced people before, during and after an emergency event, this role may be for you. The Canadian Red Cross is committed to gender equality and social inclusion in our workplace. All volunteer applicants will receive consideration without regard to sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, nationality, disability, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. We welcome applications from all applicants particularly Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, visible minorities, and others who may contribute to diversification and share our values. Please notify us as soon as possible of any adaptive measures you might require at any stage of the recruitment process. Tell us about yourself along with any skills and experience you can bring to Red Cross by completing an online application within the province of your residence listed below: Alberta Atlantic Provinces British Columbia/Yukon Territory North West Territories Manitoba Ontario Saskatchewan

Safety and Wellbeing Responder

Organization: Canadian Red Cross (CRC)
Category: Social and Community Service
Description: Region: Various Locations Across Canada Application deadline: September 30, 2020 The Canadian Red Cross Society, a non-profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to helping Canadians, as well as the most vulnerable throughout the world, is seeking a Disaster Management Safety and Wellbeing (SWB) Responder.  Reporting to the SWB Supervisor and as part of the ERT, the SWB Responder will work in collaboration with other responders to province SWB services in a safe environment to beneficiaries as part of a team within the mandate of the Canadian Red Cross. Job Summary: The Disaster Management Safety and Wellbeing (SWB) Responder, under the direction of the SWB Supervisor and as part of the ERT, will work in collaboration with other responders to provide SWB services in a safe environment to beneficiaries as part of a team within the mandate of the Canadian Red Cross. Specifically, this position will focus on: Supporting the implementation of SWB services and programs for beneficiaries Facilitating the resilience, emotional and psychosocial well-being of the affected population, in collaboration with other Operation personnel Communicating accurate information for knowledge sharing and referrals Being prepared for the intensity and types of activities that may vary week by week according to the ongoing assessments and needs   RESPONSIBILITIES/ACTIVITIES These are the duties and tasks applicable to the Safety and Wellbeing Responders in a DM emergency operation. The incumbent is expected to carry out all areas of responsibility as listed below according to defined Minimum Standards Responsibility 1 –Provide psychosocial support and contribute to protection through activities Support basic psychosocial support and protection actions as part of the overall Field Operations Team. These may include: Assist in the set up, running and/or closing of the SWB service or activities within a reception centre, shelter or other site as directed. Support the implementation of the safe and supportive environments guidelines, and provide guidance to others within the operation on beneficiary protection issues. Support complex cases through consultation with ERT responders and ensure appropriate referrals Support the implementation of outreach activities (e.g. community-awareness raising sessions, information-mobilization and establishment of support groups) as directed Inform SWB Supervisor on any emerging needs that are observed within the beneficiary population (including psychosocial issues, including psychosomatic, grief and extreme stress reactions that can occur within beneficiaries) Attend meetings as required Outside of response, support the ongoing integration of SWB programming within disaster management in teams. Responsibility 2 – Advocate for beneficiaries Advocate for beneficiaries to SWB Supervisor in matters of mental health and psychosocial support. Assist SWB Supervisor in ensuring that beneficiaries are aware of the Feedback and Complaints mechanism and refer complaints to SWB Supervisor. Ensure appropriate follow-up on beneficiary issues through access to databases used in response, such as EMIS.   DUTIES APPLICABLE TO ALL PERSONNEL Actively work towards the achievement of the CRC’s values of: Respect, dignity and inclusiveness Integrity, accountability, effectiveness, transparency and adaptability Quality and safety Abide by and work in accordance with the Red Cross/Red Crescent principles: To prevent and alleviate human suffering To protect life and health and ensure respect for the human being Making no discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions, and giving priority to the most urgent cases of distress Not taking sides in hostilities or engaging in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature Not prompted in any manner by desire for gain Sharing equal status with other Societies in the Movement and equal responsibilities and duties in helping each other Abide by and work in accordance with the DM Standard Operating Procedures, Foundational documents, Technical Standards and other relevant guidance materials. Contribute to a positive team environment and service excellence to meet the needs of beneficiaries, including a healthy and safe working environment. Perform any other work related duties and responsibilities that may be assigned by the line manager.   QUALIFICATIONS EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE Experience in an emergency environment and/or with the Red Cross, an asset. Experience of taking care of others Experience in living or working in a cultural context other than their own Training in Psychological First Aid.   Preferred Education & Experience The following are considered strong assets for this position: Background in psychosocial work, nursing, teaching, social work, youth engagement, public health is considered a strong asset. Training in protection and violence prevention, or psychosocial support in emergencies is a strong asset Previous deployment experience in a large-scale operation is considered a strong asset. Mandatory Background Checks This position requires a satisfactory Canadian criminal record reference check This position requires a satisfactory vulnerable sector check   KNOWLEDGE Demonstrated skills in diplomacy, cultural awareness and practical approach Strong communication skills Strong cultural safety skills Ability to work with other volunteers   LANGUAGES This position requires all candidates to be fluent in English For candidates working in Quebec, French fluency is a requirement. Fluency in another language is considered a strong asset   SKILLS AND ABILITIES Customer service skills Communication skills - verbal and non-verbal cues, active listening, clearly able explain self and confirm understanding from client Ability to work well within a team Dependable and takes initiative Remains calm during a crisis Strong presentation and facilitation skills Ability to adapt to changing circumstances in a fast-paced environment Discrete, professional and mature Demonstrated ability to work with youth (15-25) and children (0-15)   WORKING CONDITIONS The majority of the work is carried outside of an office environment and is primarily a field based position.  Difficult and demanding working conditions are expected including the following: Due to the dynamic nature of response, there may be issues of access and mobility; Adaptable living conditions; Long hours of work in a demanding context with limited resources; Stressful rapidly changing environment with limited information to make decisions. Ability to respond during non-traditional hours (i.e. late night or weekends) and long hours of work in a demanding context. To apply for this position, click here. A valid provincial driver’s licence and First Aid Certification (training provided) is required. This position also requires a successful Canadian criminal record check with vulnerable sector screening. Candidates must be 18 years of age or older.  The Canadian Red Cross Society is an equal opportunity employer.   The Canadian Red Cross is committed to gender equality and social inclusion in our workplace. All qualified applications will receive consideration without regard to sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnic origin, color, religion, nationality, disability, age, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. We encourage all qualified persons to apply, particularly Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, visible minorities, and others who share our values and contribute to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace. Please notify us as soon as possible of any adaptive measures you might require at any stage of the recruitment process.

Information Services (IS) Tier 1 Volunteer

Organization: Canadian Red Cross (CRC)
Category: Computers / Technology / IT
Description: Region: Multiple locations across Canada; please refer to posting Do you enjoy working with computers?  Setting them up and solving related problems?  Are you a friendly, outgoing person who enjoys helping people?  Are you interested in deploying to National Canadian Red Cross Society disaster responses? The Canadian Red Cross Society (CRCS), a non-profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to helping Canadians, as well as the most vulnerable throughout the world, is seeking several Information Services (IS) Tier 1 Volunteers from across Canada for the IS Department. The IS Tier 1 Volunteer can support IS Emergency Management or IS Operations, or both. IS Emergency Management involves supporting IT Kits which are remote offices consisting of network equipment, several computers, and a printer, that are deployed during a disaster response. IS Operations involves assisting the Operations Team with regular operations duties. Key Responsibilities IS Emergency Management Maintain IT Kits.  Ensure all returned equipment is functioning properly.  Repair and/or replace defective or missing equipment and consumables.  Update equipment as required.  Inspect equipment quarterly. Maintain documentation. Deployment.  Assist with setting up, operating, and taking down the IT Kit while on-site.  Assist users with related questions. IS Operations Assist IS Operations staff with tasks as necessary. Record, track and document the problem-solving process, including all successful and unsuccessful decisions made, and actions taken, through to final resolution. Test fixes to ensure problem has been adequately resolved. Qualifications The incumbent must have the commitment to the Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross Movement and model the core competencies of the CRCS: team excellence, service excellence, accountability and results focused. This position requires a satisfactory Canadian criminal record reference check. Knowledge & Experience Working knowledge of hardware and software, including: Windows PCs.  Printers.  Wi-Fi gateways.  Network switches. Apple devices, iPhone, iPad. Microsoft Office. Excellent interpersonal skills, with a focus on rapport-building, listening and questioning skills. Solid written and verbal English-language skills Knowledge of French is an asset.  (French is required in Quebec locations) Experience at working both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment Experience with the CRC as a paid or unpaid worker is a definite asset Personal Attributes Excellent customer service orientation. Ability to present ideas in user-friendly language. Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities. Availability IS Emergency Management volunteers will be placed on an availability list for assisting during CRC responses to small and larger scale disasters. While not an obligation of the position, availability to respond is a definite asset IS Operations; 1 day per week for a minimum of 8 weeks or more.  (Work schedule is negotiable) Working Conditions Lifting and transporting of moderately heavy objects, such as computers and peripherals Much of the work is performed in an office environment In time of disaster, the volunteer may be asked to perform work in an environment that has modified health and safety considerations This position is available in all of the following locations: British Columbia -  Burnaby, Castlegar, Fort St John, Kelowna, Nanaimo, Prince George, Victoria Alberta - Calgary and Edmonton Saskatchewan - Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon Manitoba - Brandon, Thompson, The Pas and Winnipeg Ontario - Ottawa, Mississauga, Thunder Bay, Timmins Quebec - Montreal New Brunswick - Saint John Newfoundland - St. John's Nova Scotia - Dartmouth Interested parties please APPLY HERE. The Canadian Red Cross is committed to gender equality and social inclusion in our workplace. All qualified applications will receive consideration without regard to sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnic origin, color, religion, nationality, disability, age, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. We encourage all qualified persons to apply, particularly Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, visible minorities, and others who share our values and contribute to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace. Please notify us as soon as possible of any adaptive measures you might require at any stage of the recruitment process.

Create a community projet in Winnipeg - Become a RISE ambassador

Organization: Apathy is Boring
Category: Social and Community Service
Description: Have you always wanted to create change in your community? Do you want to connect with young people in your city? Are you interested in gender inclusion?  We got you! If you're a youth aged 18-30, apply to join Apathy is Boring's RISE program starting in January 2021 Apathy is Boring is a national, youth-led organization that supports youth to become change-makers in their everyday lives and communities.   Our RISE program is designed for young people with little or no previous experience in volunteering. Yet! Over the course of 22 weeks as a RISE Ambassador, you will develop skills, learn about community engagement, and work with your peers to build something meaningful together.  The theme of this  RISE cohort is Gender Inclusion. For us, gender inclusion is about understanding and working to remove the barriers faced by folks with marginalized gender identities (i.e. two-spirit, trans, non-binary, women, etc). LEARN MORE AND APPLY ON OUR WEBSITE: https://www.apathyisboring.com/rise  DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 7 - APPLICATIONS VIA OUR WEBSITE ONLY   Working towards gender inclusion involves the engagement of all genders and allies. In RISE, you don't need to be an expert. You just have to be open to learning. All are welcome to apply!  The RISE program will run for 22 weeks from January 18 to June 12, 2021. There is a mandatory virtual retreat February 18-21, 2021. Youth ambassadors have to commit 6 hours a week, which includes a weekly 3 hour meeting one evening per week in your city. LEARN MORE AND APPLY ON OUR WEBSITE: https://www.apathyisboring.com/rise  DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 7 - APPLICATIONS VIA OUR WEBSITE ONLY 

Growth of the soul is our goal, and there are many ways to encourage that growth, such as through love, nature, healing our wounds, forgiveness, and service. The soul grows well when giving and receiving love. I nourish my soul daily by loving others and being vulnerable to their love. Love is, after all, a verb, an action word, not a noun.
Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.