Volunteer

Are you passionate about caregiving and the importance of your role to family, friends and the Ontario health care system? Do you want to share your experience and insight to improve the supports and services available to caregivers? Join us by applying for a volunteer position with the Ontario Caregiving Organization.

Volunteer positions include:

  • Mental Health Working Group – We are looking for 6-8 passionate and committed volunteers to actively participate by sharing your expertise, guidance and insight to help guide our next steps for programs and supports related to caregiving and mental health. The OCO strives to embed the caregiver voice in every program it supports. Volunteers must be or have been unpaid caregivers to family members, friends, and/or neighbours, regardless of their health condition, age or where they live. While this working group’s primary focus will be caregiver mental health promotion and open to all caregivers, issues related to caregiving for someone with a mental health illness will also be covered; therefore, caregivers with such experience are encouraged to apply. For more information, please download our call for applicants. 
  • Caregiver Advisory Panel – province-wide online discussion forum –  provide regular input and feedback on some of our caregiver-focused ideas, tools and products, and be surveyed on different aspects of the caregiving experience on a regular basis
  • Caregiver Advisory Group – provide insights to guide the strategic work of the Ontario Caregiver Organization
  • Caregiver Working Groups – co-design caregiver supports and services
  • Caregiver Peer Mentors – provide support to other caregivers

We value caregivers‘ time. That’s why we provide respite and child-minding for in-person volunteering/participation, as well as honorariums. There are also options to participate by web-conference.

Complete our volunteer sign-up form and join us in providing support to Ontario’s caregivers. 

Volunteer Opportunity

1:1 Peer Support Program

In the next few months, the Ontario Caregiver Organization is launching a province-wide 1:1 Peer Support Program to connect caregivers with each other by telephone to receive support. As we prepare for the launch of this new program, we are recruiting volunteers to become Peer Mentors.

We are looking for volunteers who meet the following criteria:

  • A caregiver who is currently or has previously provided physical and/or emotional support to a family member, partner, friend or neighbour
  • Are at a point in your caregiving journey where you can provide support to others
  • Complete a criminal records check (CRC) before starting as a volunteer (OCO will reimburse all selected volunteers for expenses related to the CRC)
  • Participate in mandatory training and sign volunteer/confidentiality agreements
  • Agree to a one-year commitment to the program starting from the time you are matched
  • Must be 18 years of age or older

Complete our volunteer sign-up form and join us in providing support to Ontario’s caregivers.