Volunteer Program Support, Beyond the Basics Program

Volunteer Position:                        Volunteer Program Support, Beyond the Basics Program
Location:                                            900 Merivale Road (Main site)
Team:                                                  Parent-Child
Days:                                                   Fridays for 3 months (2 sessions per year); exact dates to be determined
Time:                                                   10:00-1:30
Minimum commitment:                    3 months
Volunteer will report to:                  Team Administrative Assistant


The Beyond the Basics Program is a CAS mandated group for parents of children, aged from birth to 6 years old. Parents are given the opportunity to share issues, strengths, challenges and strategies, on a wide-range of parenting topics. Meals and childcare are included for participants.

Description of Volunteer Role:

  • The volunteer will assist with preparing snacks/lunch for program participants by preparing food trays, setting food on the table, setting out cutlery and dishes, and monitoring the warming up of food for group participants.
  • Working with a team of childcare providers, the volunteer will assist with engaging children in play while their parents attend program when needed.


  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated genuine interest in children and children’s activities
  • Good communication skills, ability to speak in English (other languages, such as Somali, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, an asset)
  • Caring, patient, non-judgmental, and understanding of children and children’s needs
  • Punctual, reliable, and dependable.
  • Sensitive to multicultural issues
  • Sensitive to issues facing low-income population.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to obtain an appropriate Police Records Check.