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Volunteer With Us

 Volunteering is a fun and rewarding way to give back to the community and meet new people. By volunteering with YWCA Hamilton, you make an impact on the lives of the women and girls that we serve.

Volunteers are an integral and valuable part of the organization and are treated with respect and dignity. Our volunteers are ambassadors in the community and embody our vision, mission and values. It is important that all volunteers identify with and strive to achieve the vision, mission and value statements that are listed below.

Vision Statement

Women and girls have the rights, resources and opportunities to shape their own lives and define their communities.

Mission Statement

YWCA Hamilton strengthens women’s and girls’ voices, broadens their choices, builds dynamic leadership and provides essential and meaningful services that promote safe, inclusive, and equitable communities.

Value Statements

Equity

We root our work in the strengths and achievements of feminism and recognize that an investment in girls and women builds a stronger future for everyone.

Self-Determination

We respect and support women’s and girls’ choices to build better futures for themselves and their families.

Inclusion

We are committed to diversity and inclusion to address the ever-changing needs of our communities.

Community

We work in community and partnership with local, national and international movements and organizations to achieve equity and justice for women and girls.

Accountability

We are responsible and accountable to the people and communities we serve.

YWCA Active Living Centre 55+: Administrative Volunteer

  • YWCA Hamilton operates two Seniors’ Active Living Centres that provide affordable programs and services for adults 55+ to enrich and support independent active living. A variety of health and wellness programs are offered to promote physical and emotional well-being; programs focusing on skill development and social programs to build community and build connections with other seniors.
  • Administrative volunteers must be 55 years of age or older and a member of the Active Living Centre. They will work at the reception desk, in the kitchen and the boutique.
  • Weekly or biweekly, 2-4hr shifts, 9:00-4:00pm

YWCA Active Living Centre 55+: Recreation/Group Facilitator

  • YWCA Hamilton operates two Seniors’ Active Living Centres that provide affordable programs and services for adults 55+ to enrich and support independent active living. A variety of health and wellness programs are offered to promote physical and emotional well-being; programs focusing on skill development and social programs to build community and build connections with other seniors.
  • Volunteers will lead a group of adults 55+ in a social activity.
  • Each volunteer will their own skills and interests to the centre and lead an appropriate activity for the group (eg game of cards, music appreciation)
  • Weekly or biweekly, flexible

Administrative Volunteer

  • YWCA Hamilton requires assistance with office and administrative work in each of its program areas.
  • Volunteers must be organized, have excellent communication skills, and the ability to take direction.
  • Volunteers must be proficient with MS Office, computers and accessing the internet.
  • 2-4hr shifts, Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:00

Be the Recipe for Change Ambassador

  • Be the Recipe for Change is an initiative of At the Table, YWCA Hamilton’s social enterprise that has an objective of providing training opportunities and healthy meals to women who access the Transitional Living Program. Volunteers support the social mission of the program by reaching out to local Hamilton businesses to let them know about opportunities to support Be the Recipe for change by booking an interactive cooking experience, sponsoring a meal, using our catering service, or coming into the café for a meal.
  • Flexible shifts of 1-2 hours; Monday-Friday 8:00-5:00pm

BINGO Volunteer

  • Bingo volunteers support the YWCA by assisting the Bingo team on its scheduled event days at Princess Bingo. Volunteers should have good basic math skills and have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Once a month (Friday or Sunday evening)

Communications Volunteer

  • Assist the Employment and Training team with adding new documents to the Advancing Women in the Skilled Trades website
  • Help out with other office duties as required
  • Weekly, 3 hour shifts, Monday to Friday, flexible from 9:00-4:00pm

Daycare Assistant

  • YWCA Hamilton offers fully licensed child care programs for toddlers, preschoolers and school age children. Qualified, caring staff engage children in programs designed to nurture each child’s natural sense of curiosity. Physical, outdoor, creative, educational, and play based activities foster a stimulating, safe and fun environment in which to grow and learn.
  • Volunteers will assist staff in providing programs for children, performing light housekeeping duties, and participating in indoor and outdoor activities. Volunteers will work in a team environment, engaging and nurturing healthy relationships with the children.
  • Flexible shifts, weekdays (8-2pm)

Event/Committee Volunteer

  • YWCA Hamilton has many events that require assistance, leading up to the event and on the day of.  Events such as Women of Distinction, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, Road2Hope, and the Active Living Centre 55+ Spring Fair all require energetic and organized volunteers to help make the event a success.
  • Volunteers are involved at the committee level in the planning and execution of YWCA events. They will also assist with registration and other duties as assigned on the day of the event.
  • Flexible, as needed for the event

Fitness Centre Support

  • YWCA Hamilton takes a holistic approach to health and wellness that focuses on mind, body, and spirit. Ours is a safe, supportive, and enjoyable environment for users to pursue their health and wellness goals. Whether training for a key competition, expanding health horizons or looking for balance in life, we’ve got experienced instructors, engaging classes, and a welcoming environment to help users succeed!
  • Volunteers will help members of the fitness centre with the equipment and provide motivation for achieving their goals
  • Flexible shifts, weekdays and evening shifts available

Girls /Children Program Assistant

  • YWCA Hamilton offers a wide variety of programming for children age 4-15. All programs offer participants a safe place to be active, healthy and make new friends. Programs include children’s summer camps and after school programs.
  • Volunteers will provide leadership and assist staff in implementing the programs, ensuring the girls are safe and engaged in unique, valuable, curriculum-based programs. They will foster healthy relationships and engage with child and youth participants in a positive manner.
  • Weekdays (2:30-5:30 approx.), Summer, December and March Breaks

Good Beginnings Volunteer

  • Good Beginnings is a volunteer assistance program available for mothers in Hamilton and the surrounding area with infants younger than six months of age. The program provides free in-home support for mothers to help them cope with the challenges of having a new baby, and/or for women who are at risk of postpartum depression.
  • The program involves weekly in-home visits from a trained (female) volunteer who can effectively support mothers for the first six months post-partum.
  • Weekly visits, 2-3hrs plus travel time, flexible schedule (no evenings or weekends)

Meals with Purpose Volunteer

Meals with Purpose, the brainchild of a group of McMaster University students, aims to gather surplus produce from the Hamilton Farmer’s Market that would otherwise be tossed out and turn it into fresh meals for the 65 women in the YWCA Hamilton Transitional Living Program.

We are seeking volunteers to assist with meal preparation, serving and cleanup two Sundays a month between 11a.m. and 2:30p.m.

Resource Centre Assistant

  • The Resource Centre offers a variety of training sessions and skill upgrading opportunities. Services include access to internet, computer, printer, fax, phone, and photocopier. The centre offers job search information and resources, individual assistance for resume writing and interview coaching, and job search workshops.
  • Volunteers will greet those who are accessing the resource centre, assist with using the equipment, troubleshoot printer/computer issues and help with job searches etc.
  • Volunteers will have excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Volunteers must be proficient with MS Office, computers and accessing the internet
    2-4 hour shifts Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:00

Shelter Health Network – Clinic Reception

  • The Shelter Health Network is a collaboration of health care professionals and social service organizations established in 2005 in order to reach a high-risk population who does not have stable housing and who has complex health problems.
  • Our patients face numerous barriers in accessing health care: from not having health cards nor the ID necessary to obtain one, to not having a phone or address to receive appointment information, to feeling stigmatized when they do access care. We bring health care directly to people who face the most barriers in accessing it.
  • Volunteers will support the mission of the program by assisting with the scheduling and administration of the YWCA Hamilton clinic location.
  • Shifts are available Monday and/or Tuesdays 1 PM – 4 PM, Thursdays 9 AM – 4 PM.
  • A six-month time commitment is required and volunteers must identify as women.

YWCA Hamilton Street Team

  • YWCA Hamilton’s street team attends festivals and events in the community to help spread the word about our awesome programs and services.
  • Volunteers represent YWCA Hamilton at appearances on the street, at events, concerts, festivals, and fairs. You will tell YWCA Hamilton’s story in a way that engages potential clients, donors, or members.
  • Shifts are flexible and include daytime, evening, and weekend opportunities

Transitional Living Program – Breakfast Program Assistant

  • The YWCA Transitional Living Program provides safe and affordable temporary housing for up to a year for women at risk and struggling with the impact of poverty, homelessness and violence. The program offers a 65 bed residence for women, along with case management support, goal planning, skills building, employment support, supportive counseling and crisis intervention.
  • Breakfast Program volunteers set up and supervise food service so that women have a nutritious start to their day
  • This program is supported by a team of women volunteers
  • Volunteers must be available for shifts on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday from 8:30 am – 10:30 am

Transitional Living Program – External Events Assistant

  • The YWCA Transitional Living Program provides safe and affordable temporary housing for up to a year for women at risk and struggling with the impact of poverty, homelessness and violence. The program offers a 65 bed residence for women, along with case management support, goal planning, skills building, employment support, supportive counseling and crisis intervention.
  • Volunteers identify community events and opportunities that may be of interest to residents and support resident participation in these opportunities
  • This program is supported by a team of women volunteers
  • Flexible shifts based on upcoming community events

Transitional Living Program – External Events Assistant

  • The YWCA Transitional Living Program provides safe and affordable temporary housing for up to a year for women at risk and struggling with the impact of poverty, homelessness and violence. The program offers a 65 bed residence for women, along with case management support, goal planning, skills building, employment support, supportive counseling and crisis intervention.
  • Volunteers develop and facilitate group recreation or information sessions with residents
  • This program is supported by a team of women volunteers
  • Flexible shifts based on volunteer availability and interest

Before you apply to volunteer, please read the list of volunteers positions in order to ensure there is an area that matches your skills and interest.

YWCA Volunteers will have the following qualifications:

  • Support YWCA Hamilton mission, vision and values
  • Working from a feminist, anti-oppressive/anti-racist perspective
  • Must provide a current Vulnerable Sector Police Check
  • Willingness to accept supervision and take direction
  • Respectful of confidentiality and privacy
  • Reliable, mature, non-judgmental, kind, caring and able to listen

All completed application forms are considered by the Volunteer Coordinator.

An in-person interview will be scheduled in order to determine if our organization is a good fit with you, and vice versa.

After the interview, we will check two references, request that you apply for a police clearance, and schedule a group training session.

After all screening is complete, you can begin volunteering in your chosen program area.

Please ensure that you have read the Volunteer Position information and screening procedure prior to applying.

If you have any questions contact Emma Fisher-Cobb, Volunteer Coordinator at
efisher-cobb@ywcahamilton.org

Fill the form below:

The Volunteer Policy and recruitment procedures are in place to support, nurture and further the rich history of volunteerism at YWCA Hamilton.

Policy

Volunteers have been involved in almost every area of activity since YWCA Hamilton was founded. YWCA Hamilton continues to attract people with a range of backgrounds and skills, with a shared commitment to seeking equity for women, girls and their families. Volunteers work within an anti-racism and anti-oppression framework and culture of philanthropy towards achieving YWCA Hamilton’s mission, vision and strategic objectives.

The purpose of our Volunteer Program is to:

  • Recruit and maintain a committed team of diverse volunteers who are reflective of the broader community to support YWCA Hamilton staff to improve and extend service delivery.
  • Provide volunteers with the level of responsibilities and involvement that meet their expectations and provide fulfilling volunteering opportunities while maintaining a high level of service to our clients and members.

The contribution of volunteers remains vital to YWCA Hamilton’s operations. The organization recognizes and values the reciprocal nature of the relationship between YWCA Hamilton and individual volunteers and is committed to providing a volunteer program which both:

  • Supports YWCA Hamilton’s work, and
  • Meet the expectations of individual volunteers

YWCA Hamilton’s Volunteer Program brings substantial benefit to:

  • Clients and members by providing them with a high level of service in a safe environment that ensures successful program outcomes and confidentiality.
  • Volunteers by providing them an avenue to: join a vibrant, creative organization with a great passion for its role in the struggle in achieving equity for women, girls and their families; and contribute their vast wealth of skills, experiences and knowledge to support women, girls and their families.
  • Staff by facilitating additional human resources to ensure we maintain a high level of service to YWCA Hamilton’s clients, members, stakeholders and the wider community.
  • Organization by bringing specialist advice and skills into the organization and through the provision of additional human resources in a wide variety of activities.
  • Community by providing an avenue for community participation in specific campaigns or the organization as a whole.

Philosophy

YWCA Hamilton’s Volunteer Program is being implemented to:

  • Complement staff expanding their reach and their efforts exponentially.
  • Increase ambassadors in the community.
  • Establish and sustain meaningful partnerships.
  • Participate in the organization’s concerted effort to effectively leverage the investment made in YWCA Hamilton’s services.

YWCA Hamilton values the contribution made by volunteers by acknowledging that volunteers:

  • Have a relationship with YWCA Hamilton that is reciprocal.
  • Exercise free choice in committing to YWCA Hamilton.
  • Are of equal status and deserve the same treatment and respect as paid employees, and that
  • YWCA Hamilton can expect the same standards of its volunteers as it expects of its paid employees.
  • Are not used to replace paid staff positions and only carry out work that they have agreed to.
  • Have written acknowledgment of their contribution in YWCA Hamilton’s documentation and recorded hours worked.
  • Receive a comprehensive training, for example:
    – Anti-racism and anti-oppression baseline orientation.
    – Accessibility for Ontarians living with disabilities (AODA) customer service standards.
    – Access to webinars, workshops and trainings offered by YWCA Hamilton in collaboration with partner agencies.
    – Are given clear policy guidelines and procedural information, recognition and support, including the provision of references if required.
    – Are reasonably accommodated in their work-related needs, as outlined in YWCA Hamilton`s Employment Equity Policy.
    – Have an opportunity for the development of skills and experiences.
    – Expand their relationship with YWCA Hamilton by becoming a member of the organization and potentially a member of the Board of  Directors or one of its committees.

Recruitment

YWCA Hamilton’s volunteer policy is driven by our purpose stated above.

It is YWCA Hamilton’s policy that all volunteers are recruited, selected, developed, evaluated and promoted in a fair and equitable manner. Criteria for recruitment, selection and development of volunteers are reviewed regularly.

YWCA Hamilton is not opposed to recruiting volunteers of immediate family members of employees in full-time, part-time or volunteer positions, provided they suitably match existing position descriptions. It is not, however, recommended that family members work where the employee would have managerial authority or where there may be deemed to be in a conflict of interest.

Related Policies/Procedures/Documents

  • YWCA Hamilton Anti-Racism Anti-Oppression Policy
  • YWCA Hamilton Employment Equity Policy
  • YWCA Hamilton Code of Ethics
  • YWCA Hamilton Conflict of Interest Policy

Please click here to access to the YWCA Hamilton’s Volunteer Policy

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