Volunteers have been a part of Archway Society since it began in 1975 and they continue to play an integral role today. Volunteers invest their time and skills to help Archway Society to achieve their goal of supporting women, children and families transition to a future free from violence. We invite you to look through the information on our volunteer program and consider investing your skills, talents and experiences.
All volunteers will go through a screening interview and will be required to undergo a criminal record check.
If you have accessed any of our programs we ask that you wait to apply for a minimum of 2 years before applying to be a volunteer with our society.
Special Event Volunteer
A variety of volunteers are needed for special events such as our annual Little Black Dress fundraiser, outreach events, and helping at various events for our clients. Involvement is based on the time and skills the volunteer can offer.
As a service to the women and children residing at the Transition House a Volunteer Cook plans, cooks and cleans up after the meal they prepare. There is also the role of Assistant Volunteer Cook who assists the main Volunteer Cook in the kitchen. Baking is also an option for volunteers. Cooks can volunteer their time weekly, bi-weekly or monthly according to their personal schedules.
Donation Garage Volunteer
Volunteers in the donation garage are responsible for sorting through all donations and keeping the garage clean, safe and tidy. Volunteers can donate time on a monthly basis as their personal schedule permits. They are also are involved in the yearly garage sale and Christmas Hamper program.
Therapy/activity volunteers use their skills to provide various services to residents, such as yoga, massage, stress management instruction, craft making etc.. All therapists must provide proof of certification in their field. These therapies/activities can be provided on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis according to the volunteer’s schedule.
Administrative volunteers help in several programs throughout the society by providing basic reception duties (such as receiving people at the door and answering the phone), internet research, general office duties, and help the staff as requested.
Child-minding volunteers observe and monitor children’s play activities. They read to children, teach them simple painting, drawing, handicrafts, and songs. They organize and participate in recreational activities, such as games, and outside play when appropriate.
Volunteers help women from the Support Young Parents Program to access shopping areas once a month. They also transport women from transition house and SYP to planned events.
Society Representative Volunteer
Society Representatives help by promoting and representing Archway Society at events or in the community. They may be asked to solicit donations. They are required to be familiar with Archway programs and the needs of the Society.
Law Clinic Volunteer
Volunteers assist volunteer lawyers at the law clinic. They assist clients with access and managing the lawyer’s time. General office duties and light administrative tasks may also be required.
Volunteers are needed in the Society in many ways throughout the year. Tasks are forwarded to the general volunteers for completion and they accept the jobs based on their skill and availability (ie. Raking leaves, sweeping, shredding papers, bicycle repair, delivering posters etc.)