At Monica Place, our Volunteer Coordinator meets personally with each volunteer, and regularly afterwards to ensure you are getting the most out of your act of kindness. Some of the things our Volunteer Coordinator will do for you are:
- Provide volunteer orientation and training
- Meet with you to ensure your skill set is best utilized
- Ensure an “open door” policy in order to support your questions and concerns at any time
- Provide flexible, yet structured schedules that are adapted to your availability (However we do ask that volunteers have a schedule of consistency and open communication)
- Invite you to attend agency events to further your knowledge of Monica Place and the work that we do
Child Care Volunteer
The Nursery Position involves providing care to children 3 months to 2 years old, while their mothers are in school on site. This program is only offered during the public school year, and is closed during all school holidays. The requirement for this position is to be available for 2 hours per week, during the day, Monday through Friday. Volunteers would choose a morning (9:00AM – 11:45AM) or afternoon (12:30PM – 2:30PM) once per week, with a minimum of 4 months commitment.
The Respite Position is to provide support to our new mothers by caring for their child. This is primarily in the late afternoons or evenings, on week days. We offer this program to our clients at Monica Place Waterloo, and Monica Place Cambridge. Moms are able to utilize this time to clean their rooms, do laundry, make a meal, have a rest, etc. – but do not leave the premises. The requirement for this position is to be available for 2 – 3 ½ hours per week, between 2:30PM – 6:00PM in Waterloo and 6:00PM – 8:00PM in Cambridge, with a minimum of 6 months commitment.
The Tutor position involves providing one on one academic support to the young women we support in the community school program. This program is only offered during the school year, and is closed during all school holidays. Tutors assist students to work through independent course workbooks and provide support to the teachers for special projects. The requirement for this position is to be available for 2 hours per week, during the day, Monday through Friday. Volunteers choose a morning (9AM – 11:45AM) or afternoon (12:30PM – 2:30PM) once per week, with a minimum of 4 months commitment.
Life Skills Support
The Life Skills Support position involves providing one on one and group skill building programs for young women in our Cambridge and Waterloo locations. Volunteers may be involved in a variety of areas including Meal Planning / Preparation Groups, Social and Recreational activities.
The Marketing and Promotions position involves providing enthusiastic help to promote Monica Place fundraisers and activities. Responsibilities include: distributing flyers, fundraising, soliciting donations for silent auctions, as well as marketing involvement (eg: developing posters, etc.)