Looking for ways to have fun, gain skills, and give back to your community? We offer various volunteer and leadership opportunities in our programs for youth (ages 13+), adults, and seniors.

Information About Volunteering

Whether helping set up for a special community event, mentoring a student who needs support, or serving breakfast to elementary students, each of our volunteers makes a valuable contribution to our programs and events. Most of our volunteers make long-term commitments, such as volunteering for a school term or for the full school year. Click on the tabs below to learn more about volunteering with CCS.

Click Here to access our Volunteer brochure.

Click Here to access our Volunteer Application Form

Click Here to access the Volunteer Login Page (For current Volunteer Members)

Our volunteers enjoy sharing their time with Connections Community Services for many reasons, including:

  • Give back to your community
  • Meet new people
  • Network and build relationships
  • Gain volunteer hours for school or club requirements
  • Learn new skills
  • Gain practical experience to help with career or personal goals
  • Build and practice leadership skills
  • Feel useful and connected
  • Learn more about your community

Make a difference in your community! Volunteers are a huge part of our success. We value our volunteers and want to be sure that they are gaining the experience and skills needed to be successful in their volunteer role and to meet their own personal goals.

  • We offer the following benefits to our volunteers:
  • Training, mentorship, and on-site supervision by CCS staff
  • Access to ongoing free professional development and skills training workshops
  • Opportunities to be nominated for volunteer recognition awards for outstanding service (CCS ‘Volunteer of the Month’, Volunteer Richmond ‘Volunteers Are Stars Awards’, City of Richmond ‘U-ROC Youth Awards’, etc)
  • Invitation to our annual Volunteer Appreciation party
  • References and/or recommendation letters (upon request)

Here’s how to get involved:

  1. Look below in our “Current Volunteer Opportunities” to see if there are any open positions. Complete a volunteer application (which typically includes providing 2-3 references).
  2. Attend in a mandatory volunteer training session (approx 1.5 to 2 hours). Volunteer Training Sessions are held 1-2 times per month.
  3. Complete a free, mandatory criminal record check either online, on paper, or at the main RCMP detachment.

Many of volunteer positions are seasonal (either during the school year or the summer), and most of our volunteer positions involve working directly with children and youth. If you do not see a current volunteer position that is a fit for you, the best way to stay updated about new opportunities is to sign up online for our email newsletter.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Below are the current available volunteer opportunities, separated by age range. If there are no volunteer positions currently available that are of interest to you, you can sign up for our monthly email newsletter to stay updated when new volunteer positions open up. Click on the tabs below to see our current volunteer and leadership opportunities.

We welcome younger youth ages 13+ to begin building their leadership skills and gaining volunteer hours.

  • Join Generation Connect, our free community program where seniors (ages 50+) and youth (ages 25 & under) connect to build community through mentoring and learning from one another. See the Generation Connect details and application form here. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.
  • Looking for other outreach and support programs to help youth ages 13+ build confidence, gain life skills, reach their academic goals, and more? Check out the current programs and services that RYSA offers at the Connections Youth Resource Centre and Pathways Aboriginal Centre.

We have opportunities for youth ages 15+ to take on greater responsibilities as leaders while continuing to gain volunteer and leadership experience.

  • Join Generation Connect, our free community program where seniors (ages 50+) and youth (ages 25 & under) connect to build community through mentoring and learning from one another. See the Generation Connect details and application form here. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.
  • Serve as a Camp Leader in Spring/Summer Break Camp. Download the Application Form here. Deadline to apply is June 22, 2015.

We support youth ages 17-18 to take on peer leadership roles and gain professional skills while engaging as volunteers and leaders.

  • Join Generation Connect, our free community program where seniors (ages 50+) and youth (ages 25 & under) connect to build community through mentoring and learning from one another. See the Generation Connect details and application form here. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.
  • Serve as a Camp Leader in Spring/Summer Break Camp. Download the Application Form here. Deadline to apply is June 22, 2015.

We encourage volunteers ages 19+ to find a volunteer position that fits their interests and allows them to further their career or education goals while making a meaningful contribution to their community.

  • Join Generation Connect, our free community program where seniors (ages 50+) and youth (ages 25 & under) connect to build community through mentoring and learning from one another. See the Generation Connect details and application form here. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

We highly value the importance of bringing together older and younger generations and welcome our senior volunteers to share their skills and experience with the young people in our programs, while building connections in their community.

  • Join Generation Connect, our free community program where seniors (ages 50+) and youth (ages 25 & under) connect to build community through mentoring and learning from one another. See the Generation Connect details and application form here. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Is your community group, school club, or workplace looking for a fun chance to volunteer in Richmond? Depending on availability in our ongoing programming, we may be able to arrange or facilitate a volunteer opportunity for your group.

Please contact the Volunteer and Leadership Coordinator at volunteer@connectionscommunityservices.com to discuss your group’s interests and needs.

For any questions or for more information about our volunteer opportunities, please email us at volunteer@connectionscommunityservices.com.

Breakfast Club Leader

Breakfast Club is one of our newest programs at Connections. Did you know that many families in Richmond struggle to afford basic necessities such as food? One in five children go to school hungry in our own community. One way you can help is through volunteering as a Breakfast Club Leader. You will have the opportunity to teach children healthy eating habits and play skill building games. This program runs out of Blundell Elementary before school.

Workshop Presenter

Do you have a special skill, talent or area of expertise? Why not share it with others through leading a workshop. We offer workshops for all ages, from fun science experiments for kids to cultural art projects for youth and employment-related topics for adults. Other examples of workshop topics include: gardening, cooking, financial literacy, video editing, song writing, drumming, personality types, etc. Opportunities vary depending on program needs.

Administrative Assistant

Are you looking to get some hands on office experience? Volunteer Administrative Assistants provide reception help and are often the first point of contact for our clients. Other administrative tasks may also include filing, preparing documents or photocopying. Due to strong communication skills needed for this position, volunteers should have proficient computer skills and a good command of the English language.

Tutor-Mentor

Make a difference in the life of a local child or youth by being a positive role model and helping them succeed in school and beyond. Tutor-Mentors commit to one afternoon a week for at least one semester. You don’t have to be an expert, but academic confidence and study skills are a great asset for this position. Remember, it’s not all about academics, there are a lot of fun activities and meaningful discussions along the way.

Generation Homework Club

This program supports students in Grades 4–7 and runs Mondays–Thursdays throughout the school year. The program includes lots of fun outdoor play and inside activities, so energy to keep up is definitely important in volunteering with this program.

Special Event Assistant

If you are looking for a short-term volunteer commitment, helping at one of our special events is a wonderful way to give back. Events include National Aboriginal Day, Canada Day, Youth Forum and our Stay in School Awards Ceremony. Special Event Assistants help in a variety of ways from set up and take down to working at registration and information tables or helping with food or workshops.

Day Camp Leader (Spring and Summer Break)

Day Camp Leaders volunteer for one to two weeks throughout the year and have a lot of fun in the process. Our camps are filled with outings, activities, games and crafts and our youth volunteers assist the children throughout the week ensuring that they have a safe and positive experience. Camp is a rewarding, but time-consuming volunteer opportunity as youth must be able to commit to at least one full week, Monday to Friday.

U-Connect Crew

U-Connect is a youth leadership program that runs Wednesday nights throughout the school year. Members plan and lead projects such as fund raisers, community dinners, environmental stewardship, family activities that impact our community.

Volunteering FAQ

Most volunteers attend our volunteer training session, “Child & Youth Mentorship 101,” which is a practical, introductory training to working with young people as a tutor, mentor, or leader. It covers topics such as an overview of RYSA’s programs and opportunities, how to facilitate activities with youth, boundary setting, conflict resolution, child and youth safety, and more. This is a training that you can share as a credential on your resume. The training lasts 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on the size of the group, and this time counts toward your volunteer hours.

For volunteers who will not work directly with children and youth, such as Volunteer Administrative Assistants, a separate one-on-one or small group training session may be set up instead.

We require all of our volunteers to complete a free criminal record check through the British Columbia Ministry of Justice. This is a standard screening procedure for volunteers that helps us create a safe environment for the children and youth in our programs.
A reference is anyone who can give a strong, positive statement about you and your volunteer or work experience, such as a teacher, counsellor, employer, volunteer leader, colleague, or supervisor. We may contact one or more of your references to get to know you better or to verify your skills and background.
We are happy to help support our past and current volunteers by providing references or recommendation letters as needed. Contact the Volunteer & Leadership Coordinator at volunteer@connectionscommunityservices.com or at 604.271.7600 ext 111. Let us know what you need the reference for and by what deadline. We may need a few days to check with your on-site supervisor to confirm how many volunteer hours you have, so please request references in advance.