Volunteering with GreenUP – Frequently Asked Questions
What’s in it for me?
Volunteering is a great way to:
- Learn new skills
- Meet new people
- Build your resume
- Fulfill school or other community service requirements
- Give back to your community
- Do your part to help the environment
- …. And many others!
Volunteers at GreenUP may:
- Be recognized through our e-newsletter and website
- Receive discounts on special events
- Be provided with letters of recommendation
- Receive the GreenUP volunteer e-newsletter
- Be a part of the GreenUP family!
What kinds of things would I do as a volunteer?
GreenUP’s volunteer opportunities are as diverse as our programs. You can check out our current volunteer opportunities online, or visit our Store & Resource Centre. If you don’t see a current volunteer opportunity that speaks to you, we still encourage you to apply as a volunteer to get updates on new opportunities as they arise.
Do I have to make a long-term commitment?
Some of our volunteer opportunities are one-day occurrences (like helping out during the GreenUP Expo), while others might be for a longer amount of time (like sitting on a committee to plan a fundraiser, or volunteering part-time for several months). You can decide what’s right for you.
How do I become a volunteer?
You can fill out our online applicaiton form If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, you need to fill out an application form. You can either apply online, or fill up an application at our Store & Resource Centre on 378 Aylmer Street North.
I’ve handed in my application. Now what?
Once we’ve received your application, you will be added to our volunteer e-newsletter, where you’ll be the first to know when a volunteer opportunity arises. When a volunteer opportunity arises that you are interested in, you will be contacted to set up a short interview and orientation with a staff member, and you will be asked to submit a resume. During the interview, we’ll orient you to GreenUP’s programs and activities, and see if there’s a match between your interests and experience, and what opportunities are available. We will also ask you to provide us with one or two references you have worked or volunteered for. If there’s a suitable opportunity, and we’ve contacted your references, we’ll put you in touch with the staff member who will be supporting you during your placement. We’ll provide you with an Agreement that clearly outlines the roles and responsibilities of both you and GreenUP.
Do I have to provide a police reference check?
Only volunteers who will be working one-on-one with children (e.g. assisting with children’s programs) are required to provide a police reference check.
Am I guaranteed a volunteer opportunity?
Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee a volunteer role for you, either immediately or in the future. If there’s not a current match for your volunteering skills, you’ll still receive our volunteer e-newsletter so that you can be kept up to date with opportunities as they arise. Because we have more interested volunteers than opportunities, GreenUP will place the most qualified candidate in the role. GreenUP also reserves the right not to place a volunteer who is unable to either fulfill the duties as outlined in the placement agreement and/or is deemed unsuitable for the specific opportunity, even if there’s not a better candidate available.
What’s involved with training?
Regardless of the nature of your volunteer position, a staff member will give you the training you need to succeed in your volunteer placement. The length and depth of the training will depend entirely on what volunteer opportunity you end up pursuing. For example, if you’re interested in helping out at an event one day, we may just have you come a little early so that we can explain what your specific job for that day will be.
I don’t see any current volunteer opportunities that I want to do.
No problem! It sometimes takes a while for the right volunteer opportunity to come along. That’s why we’ll make sure to send you our volunteer e-newsletter from time to time when there are new volunteering opportunities that you might be interested in pursuing.
Who can become a volunteer?
We encourage anybody who wants to volunteer with GreenUP to fill out an application form. We do not discriminate against somebody based on race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, or socio-economic status. We strive to support volunteers as best we can, and to place them in roles that match their abilities. It’s up to the volunteers to identify whether they are capable of performing the required tasks.
Can a child, teen, and/or student volunteer?
Youth between 14 and 18 years wishing to volunteer will be placed at GreenUP’s discretion, based on the potential volunteer’s experience, ability and the specific volunteer opportunity. As a registered charity, GreenUP is able to sign off on service hours, but students must provide the necessary paperwork. It may be possible for children under 14 years of age to volunteer alongside a parent or guardian, but this will be made on a case-by-case basis, depending on the nature of the volunteering opportunity.
Can I suggest my own volunteer opportunity?
Absolutely! As a community-focused organization, we definitely like to hear from our residents. If you think that there’s something we could be doing – and you can help us to achieve this – we’d love to hear from you. Please feel free to suggest possible volunteering opportunities that you could help out with – this is especially good for motivated, initiative-taking individuals.
Are there any current volunteer opportunities?
Check out our main volunteer page for the most up-to-date volunteer opportunities. Click here….