Volunteer Coordinators' Association of Sarnia-Lambton

VOLUNTEERING: A Great Way To Grow

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where do the volunteer opportunities come from?

VCASL hosts the website, and members list volunteer opportunities which are available at the member organizations.

2. How much time do I need to give?

Volunteer opportunities vary greatly with some volunteering requiring many hours a week and some only a few hours each month. Member organizations can assist you to find a volunteer opportunity that will best fit with your busy life style.

3. How long will I have to commit for?

Volunteer opportunities range from one time special events to on-going involvement over many years. Volunteering selection will depend on your needs, availability of time and commitment to a cause, as well as the organization’s requirements.

4. What skills will I need?

Each volunteer opportunity is unique. Some volunteering may not require any particular skill while others might have job descriptions which make use of specific training or skills.

5. Will my expenses be paid?

Member organizations can advise you of their individual policies regarding expense repayment. Most organizations will reimburse costs you have incurred, for example, volunteer drivers are often paid a per kilometre rate for transportation of clients.

6. What can I expect as a volunteer?

You should expect to be treated in a respectful way, have a clear understanding of your role, and receive appropriate training and support. If you are unclear about anything or feel uncomfortable about what you have been asked to do, remember – you have the right to ask for clarification regarding your role or tasks. Talking to the volunteer co-ordinator can help ensure a positive volunteering experience.

7. Can I volunteer if I have a disability?

Yes. Many organizations provide volunteer opportunities for disabled volunteers.

8. Can I volunteer if I’m under 16 years of age?

Yes. There are a number of volunteering opportunities for youth. Some organizations may have specific age limits detailed in their policies.