Volunteers play an important role and their contribution provides a vital link between the Agency and the communities we serve. Family and Children’s Services of St.Thomas and Elgin County could not reach the children and families who need help without the efforts of volunteers.
No matter how you volunteer with us, you will be a part of a team that includes staff, foster families, children and their families. You will benefit from training, supervision, and recognition for your contribution – but your primary reward will be knowing that you make a difference in the lives of children and their families.
There are volunteering opportunities available for whatever time commitment you are able to give. Some volunteers donate a few hours each week or month, while others donate a large part of their leisure time.
All volunteers must understand their duty to report any suspicions of abuse or neglect.
All Volunteers are required to maintain the strictest standards of confidentiality and act in a manner which is respectful, sensitive and supportive.
All volunteers must have the ability to work in a team environment. In addition, volunteers must demonstrate reliability, openness and a non-judgmental attitude.
Volunteers must support the agency mission, mandate and values.
How to Apply
All volunteers must complete an application form prior to the screening process. (Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator to receive an application form.)
The screening process includes (but is not limited to) a personal interview, a police record check with vulnerable sector screening, signing an oath of confidentiality and providing additional reference checks. For some volunteer positions, further screening may be required. Thorough screening can take some time but is critical. Following acceptance as a volunteer, an orientation is arranged and training for the position is planned.
Learn the details about different volunteer positions available, from volunteer driving to working closely with children as a mentor. View the various skills and time commitments involved in each.
Remember that volunteering is the best way to find out if you are ready for the challenges of foster parenting and adoption.
Read about how Joan Wakeling, Pam Salvador and Alyse Payne, connect three generations through volunteer work at the agency.