Volunteer opportunities

Leisure Mate - GTA

Location details: Community Location

Community Locations across the GTA! Toronto, Peel Region, York Region, Durham Region. CNIB has individuals waiting for a volunteer in all areas of our region. We will work with you to find a match that is convenient for you.

Ideal for: Individual, Corporate, Groups

If you are friendly, reliable and have an interest in health, fitness, the arts and fun, then this is the opportunity for you! As a Leisure Mate, you'll act as a sighted guide to provide support either as part of a larger group or on a one-on-one basis.

Share your passion with someone with sight loss! Activities will be based on your skillset. Fitness activities might include running, cycling, or gym-based support. Leisure activities could be museum outings, theatre adventures, social activities, crafting projects or an activity of your choosing.     

Tech Mate - GTA

Location details: Community Location

Community Locations across the GTA! Toronto, Peel Region, York Region, Durham Region. CNIB has individuals waiting for a volunteer in all areas of our region. We will work with you to find a match that is convenient for you.

Ideal for: Individual, Corporate, Groups

Volunteers help unleash the power of technology to ensure people with sight loss have the skills and tools to connect with the outside world. Tech volunteers work with participants to nurture the necessary skills to use a range of mainstream technology, including smartphones and mobile apps. You don’t need to be tech savvy to get involved!

In this role, you'll:

  • help people set up new devices and/or troubleshoot any tech issues;
  • teach participants how to use and navigate various mobile apps (ex: Uber, Google Maps, Facebook, Twitter)
  • share tech skills by leading or supporting technology workshops in a supportive environment;
  • provide one-on-one support to people in your community.

Event Team Member Phone It Forward

Location details: Community Location

Training will be from a CNIB location close to you! or over the phone. Phone drives can occur across the region.

Ideal for: Individual, Youth, Corporate, Groups

Ideal for: This volunteer position will be of interest to enthusiastic individuals who are highly organized, self-starter and enjoys team work.

Objective:

Assist in executing a Phone It Forward drives and advocating for smartphone donations in support of CNIB’s mission.

Summary of Primary Responsibilities:

The Event Team Member reports to the Team Captain and is responsible for supporting the development of Phone It Forward Phone Drives in local communities, raising awareness about CNIB and its programs, elevating community profile, advocating for smartphone donations and educating the public on the impact technology has in the hands of individuals impacted by blindness. 

Phone It Forward Tech-Expert.

Location details: Community Location

Training will be from a CNIB location close to you! or over the phone. Phone drives opportunities can occur across the region.

Ideal for: Individual, Youth, Corporate, Groups

Ideal for: This volunteer position will be of interest to enthusiastic individuals who are highly organized, tech -savvy, self-starter and enjoys team work.

Objective:

To contribute in executing a Phone It Forward Phone Drive; supporting smartphone donations and assisting of data removal from donated phones.

Summary of Primary Responsibilities:

The Tech-Expert reports to the Team Capitan and is responsible for on-site technical support during the Phone Drive, such as erasing donors' personal data of phones given during the Phone It Forward drives, unlocking phone and making sure all files and personal information are removed to protect the identity of our donors. 

Phone It Forward Team Captain

Location details: Community Location

Training will be from a CNIB location close to you! or over the phone. Phone collection drives opportunities can occur across the region.

Ideal for: Individual, Youth, Corporate, Groups

Ideal for: This volunteer position will be of interest to enthusiastic individuals who are highly organized, self-starter and enjoys team work.

The Team Captain reports to the CNIB Specialist, Phone It Forward and is responsible for coordinating and supporting the development of Phone It Forward phone drives in local communities, raising awareness about CNIB and its programs, elevating community profile, advocating for smartphone donations and educating the public on the impact technology has in the hands of individuals impacted by blindness.

The Team Captain is responsible for recruiting and coordinating a team of volunteers to implement the phone drives and ensure the team has the information and support they require to be effective. This position acts as a liaison between CNIB, volunteers and stakeholders.

Tasks vary on event requirements; however, this position will always include:

  • Assist with team recruitment, selection, training and recognition
  • Conduct regularly scheduled follow up (calls or emails) with volunteers; report any issues or concerns immediately to supervisor.
  • Be available to volunteer team to provide support and guidance in their role
  • Responsible for managing all the in kind and cash donations during the event.
  • Report on volunteer hours and other event measurables.
  • Provide training and on-site assistance to the Event Team Members.

National Elections Advocate

Location details: Virtual
Ideal for: Individual, Youth, Groups

We are looking for Canadians who are blind, partially sighted, deafblind, or part of the wider community to join the CNIB Foundation in changing what it means to be blind today. Join us as an advocate!

Celebrating 100 years in 2018, CNIB Foundation is a non-profit organization driven to change what it is to be blind today. We deliver innovative programs and powerful advocacy that empowers people impacted by blindness to live their dreams and tear down barriers to inclusion.

Our focus over the next few months is ensuring the needs of Canadians with sight loss are on the agenda of all federal political parties and candidates. With a federal election this October 2019, CNIB's advocates will be a powerful voice. Join us to advocate in your community by engaging with federal candidates, voters and community organizations. Our goal is to have at least one advocate in each federal riding.

Specific Responsibilities and Tasks

Advocacy is persuading a person with influence, the public, businesses, organizations or governments to change their attitudes, policies and/or practices around an issue. We will advocate for an inclusive and barrier-free society in which people with sight loss can participate fully and are equal in every respect.

  • Become part of a network of active volunteers and create positive change for Canadians who are blind or partially sighted.
  • Connect with the candidates in your riding to find out how, if elected, they would work to improve the lives of Canadians with sight loss.
  • Raise awareness of CNIB's election campaign by attending town halls and local debates, sharing information and key messages on social media, and connecting with other advocates.
  • Share CNIB advocacy resources and tools to build awareness.
  • Take part in CNIB advocate training opportunities when required.

When advocating as representative of CNIB, you are agreeing to keep to CNIB's messaging and not express personal opinions that are in conflict with CNIB's mission and values.

Other Responsibilities

  • Act as a community representative to raise awareness and deliver key messages on advocacy issues.
  • Participate in community events and consultations to ensure the needs of Canadians with sight loss are always top of mind.
  • Work with decision makers, such as local elected representatives and government officials, as well as businesses and organizations to discuss issues and concerns facing individuals living with sight loss.
  • Build community relationships to work together to break down barriers to accessibility for Canadians who are blind or partially sighted.
  • Raise advocacy issues for discussion with the wider community and provide regular feedback on your community advocacy initiatives.

Children's Day Program Assistant - GTA

Toronto (GTA), Peel Region, York Region, Durham Region 

Ideal for: Individual, Youth, Corporate, Groups, Student Placements, all

In this position, you will assist staff and other volunteers to supervise children with sight loss and their siblings as they participate in fun and interactive activities in a safe and accessible environment.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist program lead in planning and organizing fun and interactive social and recreational activities for children and youth with sight loss and their siblings
  • Assist with supervision of children and youth during program activities/events
  • Promote participation of children/youth in planned activities
  • Encourage children/youth to try new things and make connections with others
  • Promote a safe and inclusive environment for all children and youth attending program events/activities
  • Track and report volunteer hours
  • Provide sighted assistance for participants as needed
  • Other duties as required

Peer Support Facilitator

Location details: Community Location

Communities across Ontario. 

Toronto (GTA), Peel Region, York Region, Durham Region Barrie, Simcoe/Muskoka, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, St. Catharines, Kitchener, Hamilton, Burlington, Stratford, London, Windsor, Ottawa, Kingston, Brockville, Peterborough, Belleville, Sault Ste. Marie, etc. 

Ideal for: Individual

Peer Support group volunteers help to facilitate meetings that are outlined by CNIB and the participants. The meetings are a place for the participants to get information on different topics that relate to sight loss. The volunteer is responsible for making sure the group stays on task and working with the CNIB staff person to get the meeting info and speakers. 
The volunteers do not need to have any experience with vision loss but it can be helpful. 

Responsibilities & Tasks:

  • Attend and lead meetings once or twice a month depending on your location
  • Determine topics of discussion with client and program lead input
  • When a client needs more support, service, counseling or information than you are able to give, refer them to staff

Child and Youth Program Assistant - GTA

Toronto (GTA), Peel Region, York Region, Durham Region 

Ideal for: Individual, Youth, Student Placements

To assist in the planning and implementation of fun and dynamic programs for children and youth, changing what it means to be blind today. Responsibilities:

  • Assist program lead to plan and organize fun, interactive activities and events for children with sight loss and their families
  • Assist with shopping for necessary program materials/resources
  • Encourage participants to interact and socialize during group events
  • On the day of the event, assist with room setup, refreshments and other resources, as well as help with clean-up after the activities
  • Track participant attendance
  • Complete reminder and follow-up phone calls to participants
  • Track volunteer hours

Technology Volunteers - GTA

Communities across the GTA. Toronto (GTA), Peel Region, York Region, Durham Region 

Ideal for: Individual, Youth, Student Placements

We are launching exciting initiatives for the Accessible Technology programs in the GTA which include technology workshops, training, vendor demos and the start of our tech hub where people can come touch and play with technology on display.

We also need volunteers to help provide one to one coaching sessions helping participants use their smartphones and tablets.

CNIB Ambassador

Location details: Community Location

Training will be from a CNIB location close to you!  Ambassador speaking opportunities occur across the region.

Toronto (GTA), Peel Region, York Region, Durham Region , Barrie, Simcoe/Muskoka, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, St. Catharines, Kitchener, Hamilton, Burlington, Stratford, London, Windsor, Ottawa, Kingston, Brockville, Peterborough, Belleville, Sault Ste. Marie, etc. 

Ideal for: Individual, Youth, Corporate, Groups, Student Placements, all

Contribute to increasing knowledge by educating the public about vision health, living with vision loss and CNIB programs and services; enabling Canadians impacted by blindness to live the lives they choose.

CNIB Ambassadors:

  • Represent CNIB to the general public and specific audiences including community groups, corporations, schools, seniors’ centres, and vision health professionals
  • Some Ambassadors may receive training and requests to give media interviews
  • Share your personal experience with vision loss and CNIB’s role in your journey
  • Depending on need, other tasks may include setting up displays and demonstrating technical aids

Vision Mate

Location details: Community Location

Community Locations across the province! CNIB has individuals waiting for a volunteer in all areas of our region.  We will work with you to find a match that is convenient for you.

Ideal for: Individual, Corporate, Student Placements

Vision Mates provide regular, one-to-one assistance and companionship for a person who is blind or partially sighted. Matches are made with someone who lives close to your home, school or work. You visit once a week for a couple of hours to assist with four main tasks: reading, errands (like groceries and shopping), going for walks, and socializing.

Recreation assistant - GTA

Location details: Community Location

Communities across the GTA. Toronto (GTA), Peel Region, York Region, Durham Region 

Ideal for: Individual, Youth, Groups, Student Placements

The CNIB Foundation hosts a variety of recreation programs for people who are blind or partially sighted. Recreation assistants provide sighted assistance and support for a program. 

Volunteers assist with setup and teardown, work with group leads to track attendance, promote programs and connect with participants. Programs include: 

Knitting Groups:

Teach someone with sight loss how to knit and provide practical support. Knitting needles and yarn are provided through donations.  

Gaming Groups:

This informal and non-competitive group aims to make board games accessible for people who are blind or partially sighted. Gaming group volunteers will host and play accessible board games with participants at local community centres.

Walking Groups:

As a volunteer, you'll provide sighted guide for participants on neighbourhood group walks. Volunteers will identify and assess environmental risks and ensure all participants are safe. 

Monthly Socials:

Designed for individuals who are blind or partially sighted to connect with each other in local community centres, our Monthly Socials provide participants with the opportunity to learn from their peers and guest speakers on a variety of topics. Volunteers involved with this event would help by greeting people at the door and being available to provide sighted assistance during the events.

    Shop CNIB - Mississauga

    Location details: Office

    Mississauga, Ontario. 50 Burnhamthorpe Rd. W, Suite 421, Mississauga.

    Ideal for: Individual, Youth

    Oversee all aspects of operating the CNIB store in various community hubs in the region, including customer service, inventory, communicating with internal stakeholders and external vendors. Work closely with other CNIB shops to assist in customer service, inventory and stocking.

    Driver and guide

    Location details: Community Location

    Communities across Ontario. 

    Toronto (GTA), Peel Region, York Region, Durham Region  Barrie, Simcoe/Muskoka, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, St. Catharines, Kitchener, Hamilton, Burlington, Stratford, London, Windsor, Ottawa, Kingston, Brockville, Peterborough, Belleville, etc. 

    Ideal for: Individual, Corporate, Groups, all

     

    • Drive staff and volunteers with vision loss, provide support and orientation at their destination

    Hub Master - Toronto

    Location details: Office

    CNIB GTA Community Hub, 1525 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON.

    Ideal for: Individual, Youth, Student Placements

    Administrative coordinator at local CNIB community hub.  Be the first point of contact for guests visiting the Hub, providing information, orientation and support.