Volunteer

Our volunteer philosophy:

To provide opportunities in which volunteers and residents of Indwell are involved in meaningful activities which enhance the programs provided and contribute to the well-being of the  individuals that we serve.

Current opportunities

⭐️ General Volunteer

Location

Southern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario

Time Commitment

6+ months

Responsibilities

  • Establishing a relationship of trust and respect with individuals and/or groups 
  • Reinforcing life skills, spirituality, and social and community skills 
  • Planning and facilitating recreational programs 
  • Supporting individuals and/or groups to achieve their goals while encouraging independency 
  • Maintaining a safe and healthy environment 
  • Liaise with staff as required 

Qualifications

  • Warm, pleasant and caring approach with problem-solving ability and dependability.
  • Able to maintain good interpersonal relationships and have a genuine interest in supporting people living with mental illness. 
  • Experience providing support, ideally to vulnerable people 
  • An empathetic and non-judgmental approach 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills 
  • Personal integrity with an open and honest approach 
  • A willingness to work within professional boundaries 
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality 
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team, with flexibility 
  • Police clearance (vulnerable sector check) with results acceptable to Indwell 
  • Agreement with Indwell’s Code of Conduct and other policies and procedures 
  • References acceptable to Indwell 

Equipment Needed

Transportation

*Orientation and training for this position will be provided. In addition, program staff will be available for questions and assistance.  

Gardening Volunteers

Group Opportunity

Location

Hambleton Hall, Simcoe (Norfolk County)

Time Commitment

  • Visit the site a minimum of once per week to assess garden needs
  • Plan work days as needed.
  • Staff and residents will ensure gardens are watered

Responsibilities

  • Clean out existing gardens of debris
  • Re-plant gardens with new plants and trim existing shrubbery
  • Re-mulch garden beds and trees
  • Maintain gardens throughout the season
  • Liaise with staff

Qualifications

  • Knowledge of mental illness
  • Compassionate
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Reliable
  • Empathetic and non-judgmental
  • Professional
  • Able to maintain confidentiality

Equipment Needed

  • Gardening tools (trowel, shovel, rake, gloves etc.) – provided and can be purchased as needed
  • Mulch and plants will be provided

Sewing/Mending Support Volunteer

1 position(s) available

Location

Hamilton, ON

Time Commitment

1-2 hours per week (1 year +)

Responsibilities

  • Offer mending services to tenants across Hamilton programs
  • Interac with tenants in a positive, friendly manner
  • Liaise with staff as required

Qualifications

  • Knowledge of mental illness
  • Compassionate
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Reliable
  • Empathetic and non-judgmental
  • Professional
  • Able to maintain confidentiality

Hair Cutting Volunteer

1 position(s) available

Location

Hamilton, ON

Time Commitment

3-4 hours per month (1 year +)
(6 months–1 year)

Responsibilities

  • Providing hair cuts to men and women
  • Interacting with tenants in a positive, friendly manner
  • Liaising with staff as required

Qualifications

  • Knowledge of mental illness
  • Compassionate
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Reliable
  • Empathetic and non-judgmental
  • Professional
  • Able to maintain confidentiality

ongoing opportunities

A group support volunteer offers emotional and/or practical support to a group of Indwell tenants on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis in a variety of social and recreational activities, including tea-time, arts and crafts, exercise, cooking, baking, Bible study, worship, games, and music. Group support volunteers might also provide a service such as hair cutting or pet care.

An individual support volunteer offers emotional and/or practical support to an Indwell tenant on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Examples of individual support include meeting up for coffee, playing games, or walking to the store.

A meal support volunteer will help prepare and serve nutritious meals for an Indwell program. This position is ideal for individuals or small groups.

A facilities volunteer will assist the infrastructure team in the ongoing maintenance of Indwell facilities. This may include plumbing, electrical, appliance repairs, painting, cleaning, and construction on occasion.

One-time group projects include things like community meals, apartment upkeep, painting, and gardening. This is a great opportunity for churches, small groups, and classes looking to engage in meaningful work and learn about affordable housing in their communities.

Indwell partners with corporations who wish to engage their staff members in a community building project. This is a great opportunity to get hands-on experience serving one of Indwell’s supported affordable housing programs.

FAQ's

Ongoing positions vary from two hours per week to two hours per month. Some activities may be scheduled during the day while others may be scheduled in the evening or on weekends. We will do our best to help you find a position that fits your schedule.

Absolutely! Volunteer groups offer regular social and recreational programming, such as community meals and games nights. One-time projects are also a great option for those looking to engage in meaningful work and give back to the community.

Yes! Indwell is committed to working with passionate and qualified volunteers to find a position that aligns their personal skills with a program need. We welcome and encourage anyone wishing to share their gifts and talents with Indwell to apply.

Police check requirements will be discussed at an interview, as they may vary depending on your volunteer placement.

Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community. As a volunteer, you are helping us further our vision of hope and homes for all. In your role, you will gain valuable skills and form new relationships with staff, tenants and other volunteers. One-time projects and corporate volunteering are also great opportunities for team-building.

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