Volunteer With Us
Volunteer with VON Durham and become part of our Community Team!
Volunteers are central to our Mission and work in partnership with VON Durham staff to develop, implement, and deliver services that meet community needs. Volunteers undergo extensive training to support our programs, and as such we require a 1 year minimum commitment. For a comprehensive list of our volunteer opportunities, please see below:
Palliative Care Volunteer
Palliative Care Volunteers must complete the online Hospice Palliative Care of Ontario volunteer training, which takes 30 hours to complete. Through one-to-one matches and facilitated group discussion, volunteers provide support to individuals living with a life-limiting illness and caregivers. Volunteer matches are made based on a client’s preference, and where possible, shared interest, cultures, language and faith. VON Durham Hospice Services implements an early approach to Palliative Care, meaning that supports can be provided to individuals with a life-limiting illness as early as initial diagnosis
Grief & Bereavement Volunteer
Grief and Bereavement Volunteers provide social, emotional and/or spiritual supports to individuals who are bereaved. Our Grief and Bereavement program uses a peer-support model, which requires that volunteers supporting this program must have experienced a significant loss. Grief and Bereavement volunteers can provide supports to individuals both one-on-one or in a group setting.
Fundraising Initiatives, Events and Community Awareness Volunteer
Volunteers represent VON Durham in the community at-large and are important ambassadors for VON.
Volunteers help to promote VON Durham Hospice Services programs and supports at local health and information fairs and public events. Throughout the year, there are several fundraising events in the community where volunteer support is always welcome to make these events a success. In addition, volunteers may choose to support ongoing fundraising iniatives such as Charitable Gaming through Delta Bingo (Pickering).
Administrative volunteers assist during regular business hours at the VON Durham office. Some of the adminsitrative tasks include, but are not limited to: filing, photocopying, assembling marketing materials and bookkeeping.
VON DHS Community Corporation (VON CC)
The VON CC provides leadership as a Board at the local site level of VON. People interested in this level of volunteering choose to share their expertise and knowledge to enhance organizational objectives and support the goals of advocacy, strategic development and fundraising to enable VON charitable programs to be delivered locally. The VON CC members generally meet in the evenings on a monthly basis.
The contributions of VON CC are vital to the success of VON in the local community and across Canada. Community Corporation Directors provide leadership, identify local community needs, and advocate for those needs. They also build partnerships in the community, raise funds, and speak on behalf of VON within the community. As such, these boards carry a major responsibility for developing effective relationships with community partners using a strengths-based approach and working together to build a healthy local community.
How to Become a Service Volunteer:
It is as easy as calling or emailing the VON Durham office and expressing your interest in becoming a VON volunteer. We will ask that you:
- Complete a confidential application form
- Attend an interview with the Program Coordinator(s) and successfully complete our screening process
- Participate in training and orientation appropriate to your Volunteer position
How to Become a Community Corporation Volunteer:
- Contact the VON Durham office and express your interest in joining the Community Board
- Submit a written resume
- Attend an interview with the Community Corporation Chair, Board Development representative and VON staff representative
- Participate in Community Corporation and/or Committee Member training and orientation
VON Durham Hospice Services serves all of the residents of Durham Region with respect and dignity. We respectfully acknowledge that the land on which we serve and operate on is the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, which is home to many First Nation, Inuit, and Métis People. We are a team that is committed to learning, understanding, and acknowledging the colonialist history faced by Indigenous peoples and the impact this history has today. We aim to provide culturally safe and anti-bias approaches to hospice palliative care across our team’s disciplines.
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Charitable Number: 119 284 453 RR0001