Getting Started

The CAS of Toronto seeks a diverse contingent of volunteers that represent the diverse clientele we serve. The diversity in experience and skills in our volunteer contingent means that we have volunteers working in a range of roles from client-facing to administrative and donation-related positions. Candidates must be 19+ years of age to engage in our direct service roles, and if under 19, may participate in our donation and administrative projects. Those who have received child welfare services must wait one year after case-closure to apply to volunteer with us.

Many volunteers join us to assist with access visits or engage in one-on-one opportunities with a caregiver, child or youth; however, we currently have limited opportunities in these roles at this time.

Please click on the roles to understand the requirements for each by clicking on the role name below. If you wish to apply for these roles, you can click on the hyperlinks to the appropriate application.

Volunteer Drivers

Role description  |  Apply now

Driver Screening: Info Session, Mandatory Training, Core Training, Child Welfare Check/CPIN consent, Vulnerable Sector Check, Oath of Confidentiality, three references, submit three year Driver Abstract, Proof of one million dollar liability insurance, vehicle safety and car seat training.

Events Volunteers

Role description  |  Apply now

Events Screening: Info Session, Mandatory Training, Child Welfare Check/CPIN consent, Vulnerable Sector Check and Oath of Confidentiality.

Tutors

Role description  |  Apply now

Tutor Screening: Info Session, Mandatory Training, Core Training, Child Welfare Check/CPIN consent, Vulnerable Sector Check, Oath of Confidentiality and three references.

Male Mentors

Role descriptions: Special Friend   |   Mentor   |  Apply now

Mentor Screening: Info Session, Mandatory Training, Core Training, Child Welfare Check/CPIN consent, Vulnerable Sector Check, Oath of Confidentiality and three references.

Black individuals with experience working with Black children, youth and/or families

Role descriptions: Special Friend   |   Mentor  |  Caregiver Support   |  Apply now

Black Direct Services Caregiver Support and/or Mentor Screening: Info Session, Mandatory Training, Core Training, Child Welfare Check/CPIN consent, Vulnerable Sector Check, Oath of Confidentiality and three references.

LGBT2SQ individuals to work with LGBT2SQ children, youth and/or families (talent pool)

Role descriptions: Special Friend   |   Mentor  |  Caregiver Support  |  Apply now

LGBT2SQ Direct Services Caregiver Support and/or Mentor Screening: Info Session, Mandatory Training, Core Training, Child Welfare Check/CPIN consent, Vulnerable Sector Check, Oath of Confidentiality and three references.

We welcome applicants of all backgrounds to apply and if approved for direct service roles you may become part of a talent pool so that we can provide a timely placement to any requests for children, youth or families who need a volunteer.

Once approved, direct service approved volunteers can participate in the following opportunities:

Assisting with events and projects

These roles provide an excellent opportunity to support children, youth and families and for you to get to know our departmental and agency staff. Our events are for high energy people who want to reach out, support children, youth and families, and get to know fellow volunteers in party-like atmospheres. We also have flexible administrative and donation related activities where we ensure that children, youth and families receive needed kits for school, holidays and camp.

Ensuring children and youth in Foster Care get to visits

Unassigned direct service volunteers may opt to fulfill the driver screening and commit to 1-2 drives for a minimum of a year so they can gain experience, get to know the agency and its work, and most of all, develop meaningful relationships with children and youth.

Engaging in professional development

The Volunteer department offers a range of core training and optional webinar training free of charge. We encourage all volunteers to take the core training, and support you in expanding your professional knowledge by taking the optional webinars.

Offering Networking Opportunities

We often invite our volunteers to participate in events as guests, and have an annual event to celebrate volunteer engagement at the agency and we’re developing more opportunities for you to grow your network through your time with us!

Using your specialized skills

We know many of you come with professional skills and we are always willing to brainstorm and consider ways for you to apply those skills in moving our work to support children, youth and families forward where appropriate.

If you are interested in volunteering with our Board of Directors via the Board Nominating Committee

If you want to learn more about student placements via the Child Welfare Institute, click here.