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Volunteer with Outreach & Advocacy

Chimo Community Services invites volunteers to join its exciting Outreach and Advocacy program. With a storefront office located near Richmond Centre, this leading edge program operates during business hours from Monday to Friday.

Chimo trains and supports skilled volunteers to work one-on-one with clients experiencing a range of challenges. Volunteers help clients gather information, gain knowledge, and develop the confidence and skills to effectively speak and act for themselves to resolve their crises.

Please visit our Get Help page to learn more about the type of services our volunteers provide to Outreach and Advocacy clients.

Outreach and Advocacy Volunteers will work together one-to-one with each client to:

  • Establish a supportive relationship
  • Determine the scope of client wishes and needs
  • Analyze client’s needs and goals
  • Prioritize objectives and develop an action plan
  • Implement the plan
  • Accompany clients to access external services as needed
  • Monitor and review results and revise the plan as needed
  • Effectively close the file when the work is done

Minimum Volunteer Requirements:

  • 19 years of age or older
  • Ability to speak and write fluently in English
  • Successful completion of Chimo's Core Training and Personal Advocacy Training
  • Ability to demonstrate empathy with people in crisis
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and Internet Explorer 
  • Fluency in another language is an asset
  • Experience working in community services is an asset
  • Minimum commitment of 100 hours upon completion of training
  • Volunteer one four-hour shift per week during business hours (Monday – Friday, 9AM – 4:30PM)
  • Complete a Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check

Volunteering at Outreach and Advocacy allows you to develop and practice personal advocacy skills, and to become familiar with various community and government resources and regulations. If this sounds like a challenge that would be a good fit for you, please complete our application and join us in carrying out Chimo's mission “Crisis, Transition, Education.

“I have learned how to deal with people in crisis. I have also learned about multiple resources available from the ministries and in the community, which was unexpected but very valuable.”

- Outreach & Advocacy Volunteer -