Become a Volunteer
"There are those who open their hearts to others…who never think twice about giving of themselves.
They are the wonderful warm-hearted people who make all the difference in our lives."
- Gilda Radner
Thank you so much for your inquiry about volunteering with Gilda’s Club! Below is some additional information about volunteering and the steps to follow to start the process.
*Reminders: the steps to follow to become a volunteer:
1) Complete the application form (Volunteer Application Form) and submit to the Coordinator. If you have a current resume, you can send it along with your application.
2) Attend an Orientation and Training Session (Upcoming session dates: Wednesday Feb. 27th 5:30-7pm OR Tuesday April 2nd from 4:30-6pm. Sessions are the full 1.5 hours and are held here at Gilda’s Club). Reserve a seat today!
3) Attend a personal interview with the Coordinator. This will be booked at the Orientation.
4) Complete two references (Email Reference Form). The forms are for you to send to your references. Instructions for them are on the form.
5) A vulnerable person’s police check is required for volunteering. We will have you complete the form at the interview and we will submit it to Toronto Police Services. We require a $20.00 deposit for the police check and when you return the form to us when it is mailed to you, we return the deposit to you. We pay $20 for each police check so the deposit ensures we receive the forms back. Checks take a few weeks to be returned to you. If you live outside Toronto, you will have to acquire the check in your city/town.
*Once all steps are completed we will book your volunteer start date and role orientation here at Gilda’s Club!
Volunteering with Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto
We welcome volunteers with a variety of life experience and diversity, looking to help others in a meaningful way. We would not be able to provide all of our programs without our amazing volunteers. Volunteers are an integral part of the Gilda’s Club community and are involved in every aspect of the club. In the spirit of Gilda Radner, we encourage a light-hearted, warm and welcoming space and our volunteers represent that idea.
Assist members, staff and visitors by answering phones, customer service, administrative duties and registering members for programs. Volunteers with experience and good communication skills are required for this role. Shifts are Monday to Friday 9:30am-1:00pm, 1:00-5:00pm and evenings 5:00-9:00pm during programs (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday). Must also be experienced with data entry and excel. Minimum 6-month commitment.
Social Media Volunteers
Volunteers will work closely with staff and update social media to promote events, fundraisers etc. on behalf of the organization. Experience with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. and strong writing skills required. Flexible hours and completing duties from off-site optional. Minimum 6-month commitment.
Tuesday and Thursday “Not Just Supper Club” and “Nutrition Showcase” Volunteers
Help prepare and serve a nutritious community supper for members and families attending support groups on either Tuesday or Thursday evening under the direction of our Chef/Coordinator. Once a month we have a Nutrition Showcase event with our Chef and need volunteers to prepare food and assist (Tuesday’s monthly from 10:00am-3:00pm). Afternoon availability is required. Shifts are 3:00pm-7:00pm (or can be 3:00-5:00pm or 5:00-7:00pm (Tuesdays) or 5:00pm-7:00pm (Thursdays) in 10-week cycles, 3 times per year. Minimum 3 commitment/one ten-week cycle.
This is a great volunteer opportunity if you would like to be a part of the Gilda’s Community but do not have too much time to donate. We organize a number of special events and fundraising events throughout the year. Most events are a one-day commitment. Events include: Member BBQ (June), Member Holiday Party (December), Spring Garden clean up and Planting Day, Fall Garden clean-up Day, Annual Variety Show “It’s Always Something Gala and Variety Show” (November), Jeanne Beker Clothing Sale (June), Scotiabank Marathon Brunch (October) and other events that are planned throughout the year. If interested, dates and times are planned a few months/weeks in advance. Volunteers assist with a variety duties including set up, serving, ticket sales, decorating, coat check, greeters etc. Smart Serve and Food handling certification are an asset. Days and shift hours vary. Minimum commitment is to help with two events over one year.
Camp Sparkle and Camp in the City Volunteer Counsellors
Camp Volunteers are required from 8:00am-4:30pm Monday – Friday during March Break annually and/or for three weeks in July each summer. In July, we have Kids, Tween and Teen Leadership Camps. Help make camp fun by assisting with programs at the clubhouse and on day trips. We ask that applicants commit to one of the camp weeks and volunteer the full week or a minimum of 3 days.
New Member Tour Guide Volunteers
Wednesdays from 1:00pm-2:00pm after new member intake meetings, we need a volunteer to provide a tour of the clubhouse to potential new members. Help make them feel welcome, introduce staff and volunteers in the clubhouse and share more about Gilda’s Club and the programs we provide. Training provided. Minimum 6-month commitment.
Help support families by providing childcare for infants/toddlers/kids while their older family members engage in groups. This role is subjective to need during program cycles.
From May-October annually we need volunteers to keep our gardens beautiful! Fall and spring-clean up, planting, watering, and weeding/trimming over garden season. Flexible days/hours can be scheduled 9:30am-5:00pm. Minimum commitment is one season.
Help spread the word about Gilda’s Club at events throughout the city, such as volunteer fairs, by setting up and attending our information display. We are seeking outgoing volunteers who enjoy talking to the public. Duties may also include delivering program calendars and brochures to local hospitals and organizations. Daytime availability is required when events are booked. Commitment may vary.
Program Facilitator Volunteers
If you have a special skill/training/certification (artistic, knowledgeable in a specific area, physical fitness) that you would like to share with our members, we are open to proposals for our workshop/program calendar. We would love to learn about your skills and interest and how it can benefit our members or staff. The time commitment will vary upon acceptance as a facilitator.
Education Session Support Volunteers
We are seeking a volunteer who can welcome guests, present the speaker, monitor the time and wrap up the sessions on Wednesday evenings from 6:00pm-8:00pm. We also have other days/times in the month when we host guest speakers and entertainers and need volunteer support. Training provided. Minimum 6-month commitment.
Assist in the Clubhouse with room set up for programs, tidying up and a number of duties to help keep the program spaces organized and welcoming for our members. Shifts available Monday through Friday for flexible hours between 9:30am-5:00pm. Minimum 6-month commitment.
Make your Mark Art Program Assistant
Assist the Facilitator once a month to set-up, clean up, organize art supplies, assist during the program as directed by Facilitator (dates TBA). Minimum 6-month commitment.
Corporate Group Volunteer Opportunities
We have one time/half day opportunities for corporate groups. Inquire with the Volunteer Coordinator to discuss a variety of options!
Thank you! I hope to hear back from you soon!
Kimberly Penton B.A., D.S.W.
Volunteer Coordinator, Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto
Address: 24 Cecil Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1N2
Tel: 416-214-9898 ext. 213