Opportunities for Individuals
At Youth Without Shelter, we welcome the involvement of individuals who share our commitment to helping end homelessness, one youth at a time, one step at a time. Your contribution as a volunteer helps us provide the best service and support we can to our residents. We offer a range of volunteer opportunities for individuals who want to make a difference in their community.
Please note: In order to respect the privacy of our clients, we do not have on-site volunteer opportunities for youth in the same age range as our clients. (16-24 or younger) However, we offer opportunities specifically designed for youth to support other youth in their community: check out the Youth4Youth section.
Student Placements: Please know YWS accepts student placements through a partnership with Humber College and George Brown College. Students are required to apply for the placements within their schools. We do not have opportunities for other placements.
If you are interested in volunteer opportunities with Youth Without Shelter, please contact our Engagement Specialist at 416.748.0110 ext. 39 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some of the ways volunteers can lend a hand at Youth Without Shelter:
Donate A Meal
If cooking is your thing, have we got a job for you! For many years, various individuals, faith groups, youth groups and families have volunteered to provide and prepare Saturday or Sunday dinners for our residents. You can do this once a year or once a month. It’s up to you. Be prepared to cook for 53 hungry tummies.
Sleep-in Sundays Brunch
Sleep deprivation can limit a youth’s ability to learn, listen, concentrate, or even problem solve. At YWS we strive to ensure our youth get as much rest as they can and on Sundays, youth are provided with the option to sleep in until 10:30am. When they wake, we invite you to be there. Come and help our youth start their day off right with a delicious Sunday brunch that will not just brighten their day but provide them with the energy to achieve their goals.
Share Your Talent
If you have a special skill or talent that you’d like to share with our residents, we’d like to hear from you. Workshop possibilities may include hairdressing, nutrition, creative writing, health and physical fitness, and personal care.
Become A Tutor
Tutors are required in the YWS Stay in School Program on an as needed basis. As a tutor you will be helping remove barriers to a positive future for the youth residing in the Stay in School Program. You will be asked to work one on one or in a small group with youth (ages 16-24) from a diverse range of backgrounds. Tutoring sessions can be facilitated through a combination of on-site visits and online communication. You will work closely with the Stay in School Program Program Coordinator, providing regular updates on your tutoring sessions. Tutoring needs change regularly but may include support with spelling and grammar, instruction and clarification in a particular subject to build confidence in completing the work. Areas of greatest need are Grade 10 – 12 math and science.
A volunteer shares why volunteering at YWS is an important part of her life
“You know what I like about you? …..You don’t feel sorry for us. These were words spoken to me while I was spending time with youth, showing them how to cook dinner. Having been a homeless youth myself in 1986, I remember very well how it felt to wake up in the mornings with the weight of depression, wondering if this was all my life would ever be. I remember how it felt not to eat, or have money for simple comforts. But these youth have asked for help by going to Youth without Shelter and are making use of the opportunities available. They are in the process of change and they refuse to be seen as victims. Youth Without Shelter is the make or break difference to many youth who live in survival mode.
I have done various things for this special place, most of it seems to revolve around food! Baking cookies for a fundraiser, or prepping dinner. I have often found that while preparing a meal together these kids open up and talk to me about their days, dreams, and lives. I have also donated design work, and would do anything that they asked of me.
Volunteering here is a very important part of my life, because it allows me to give back. No matter who is on staff that day I am always warmly welcomed, treated with respect and I receive excellent support.”
– Candace Raymond, YWS Volunteer.
YWS has adopted the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement.