Volunteer Coordinators' Association of Sarnia-Lambton

VOLUNTEERING: A Great Way To Grow

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where do the volunteer opportunities on this site come from?

VCASL member organizations list volunteer opportunities on this website that they have available.

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 people with disabilities.

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.

9. I want to volunteer.  How do I start?

Click on the Opportunities link at the top of any page in this website. When you find an opportunity that interests you, contact the organization directly using the contact information in the posting. You could also contact an organization even if you don’t see what you want, but would still like to help. Each organization has its own application and onboarding process for volunteers, which they will help you through.