VOLUNTEERING

We need you! You can volunteer your time with OPACC in many rewarding ways! Please contact us if you are interested in any of the options below, and we will be happy to get back to you with more information.

  • Board of Directors

  • Drop-in volunteer at SickKids or CVH: Our Parent Liaisons at SickKids and CVH welcome volunteers who would like to come out and join them at our drop-ins! You don't have to be a trained Facilitator to volunteer. Just come out and see what running a support group is like, meet families, and generally help out!

  • Event volunteers (including for our annual fundraising gala)

  • Packing care kits for our families with Kits for a Cause

  • Starting a new parent support group in your area or supporting an existing local parent support group in your area

These are just some of the places where our Volunteers help out:

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Rae-Lynn N.

OPACC Volunteer

"I am so happy I was able to run the session this evening [Tuesday evening hospital drop-in] as tonight really demonstrated to me how much having these Tuesday sessions mean to the family even if it’s a quick drop by to just say hello and have a quick chat and cup of coffee.

 

[After experiencing an emotional moment with a parent:] I saw in that moment how powerful these sessions are and even though I have not lived through what she is going through, my presence and shoulder to cry on was just what she needed…someone to listen to her and just be there. 

 

Thank you again Susan for the opportunity for being part of this amazing organization that I believe is making a difference to these parents' experience at Sick Kids."

Lucienne B.

OPACC Drop-in Visitor

"My experience there with you [Susan] and Karen, was surely one that I would not forget. You both bring a vast amount of ‘much needed value’ to  both the families and their kids’ lives. I saw the warmth and comfort shared among you all, and I was delighted to have had that opportunity to witness this first-hand.  [...] Your time, energy and thoughtfulness to get opinions across, and sharing your thoughts and values (with the decision makers) are well rewarded."

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FAQ:

I want to volunteer. How do I start?

Read our Volunteer webpage here to view available positions and fill out the application. Depending on your area of interest, you will be contacted by the appropriate person (our Parent Liaison Susan for hospital volunteers, your community group facilitator, or our Administrator Sarai for all others) with next steps.

What benefits do I get?

  • Parking reimbursements for shift (hospital volunteers)

  • Beverages and snacks for shift

  • Experience and opportunity to give back to the community!

Do I need to have a Police Check to volunteer?

OPACC volunteers that work directly with children are recommended to submit a recent police check (within 2 years). Many municipalities offer free police checks for volunteers with a letter from the organization (OPACC can provide).

Do I have to register with the hospital?

Although OPACC is an organization operating and funded separately from SickKids, we are closely integrated within the hospital and as such are subject to hospital rules and regulations. If you decide to volunteer regularly with OPACC at SickKids, you will need to register with Volunteer Services at SickKids to get an ID badge. Our Parent Liaisons can provide more information about this.

Is there a dress code?

Wear any required identification and appropriate clothing. All items of clothing must be suitable for the work environment and should not contain offensive or objectionable material (slogans or graphics).

Can I give medical advice as a volunteer?

No. Volunteers are here to provide non-medical support for families.  In addition, volunteers are not permitted to act as professional health care providers when they are here in a volunteer capacity, regardless of any professional background they may have.

What if I can’t show up for my shift?

For volunteers at the hospital, please contact Susan directly to let her know via email at liaison@opacc.org or phone at 416-543-3701. For community group volunteers, please contact your facilitator.

Will I get a letter of reference after I volunteer?

In most cases a letter of reference can be given to the volunteer upon request.

Will volunteering help me get a job?

There is no guarantee that volunteering will lead to paid employment; however, volunteering can help you increase your professional network, build skills and add to your resume – to name a few of the many benefits.

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Got all your questions answered and ready to begin? Please start by filling out the Volunteer application below and we'll get back to you with more information. We thank you for your time and interest!

(If the form below isn't working for you, you can also access it at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8799R6D)

Email us:

info@opacc.org

A program of OPACC

Call us:

Toll-free: 1-888-290-5496

Local:         705-828-7965

Mail us: 

524 Bayfield Street North
P.O. Box 20005
Barrie, ON L4M 5E9
Canada

 

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