Volunteer Opportunities with Summit Housing & Outreach Programs
SHOP is committed to supporting volunteerism in Halton Region. We recognize that in order to achieve our goals as an organization, we need to involve volunteers in our work. We regard volunteers as a valuable resource and encourage them to get involved at all levels of the organization and within all appropriate activities. SHOP recognizes the instrumental role volunteers can be in strengthening and enriching our organization. Volunteering can also be an effective empowerment and recovery tool for individuals living with a mental illness. The Volunteer Program offers opportunities for community members to get involved at SHOP in a variety of ways. The program will have opportunities to volunteer in four areas:
- Peer Mentorship – this opportunity is for individuals with mental health and/or addiction lived-experience (consumer survivors) that are looking to support people one-on-one in their own recovery journey.
- Accompaniment – many of the people SHOP serves are dealing with social anxiety and other struggles that increase isolation, and could benefit from involvement in their community. The volunteer in this role would assist and support individuals to attend appointments and community events or groups.
- Drivers – transportation to appointments, SHOP groups, and community events are a major barrier to individuals living in Halton Region. Volunteers are needed to provide rides in their own vehicles or utilizing the two SHOP vans.
- Other Volunteer Opportunities - volunteers who would like to facilitate one-time or ongoing group events are welcome to submit an application and a letter outlining their plan (i.e. a yoga class or art group, fundraising events, etc.). We strive to host groups and events that are “safe spaces” for clients that may not yet be ready to participate in community activities.
Volunteers and people interested in working with a volunteer are encouraged to contact the Coordinator of Volunteers at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 905-333-4814 x21.
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This program has been made possible through a generous grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario. Please see www.otf.ca for more information about the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
SHOP would also like to acknowledge community partners, who support this project: Support & Housing Halton’s T.E.A.C.H. program, S.T.R.I.D.E. and Community Development Halton/Volunteer Halton. SHOP is grateful to the Client Advisory Committee Members that recognized the need for this program and for their input with this project.