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Volunteers are an essential part of the team at North York Women’s Shelter (NYWS). Your investment of time and energy enables NYWS to achieve our vision: a community characterized by gender equality where women and their children are empowered and safe. Your support is vital to our success!

Current Volunteer Opportunities

We do not have any opportunities at the moment.

How to Apply to Volunteer

If you are interested in volunteering with the NYWS, please complete our online application form and a member of our team will contact you within five business days. Please note: the application will take 5-10 minutes to complete and will ask you to list your area of interest, your personal experience and qualifications, as well as two professional references. Click on the purple button below to be re-directed to the application form. Thank you!

North York Women’s Shelter encourages applications that reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. Women of colour, Aboriginal women, lesbian, gay, bisexual and other equity-seeking women are strongly encouraged to apply.

If you have any questions, please contact us at communityengagement@nyws.ca or 416.638.7335 x241.

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Volunteer FAQs

1. How do I become a volunteer?

The first step to becoming a volunteer is to submit an online application form (see above) after which you’ll receive a welcome email. Your application will then be reviewed and if your experience matched the desired qualifications for an open volunteer role, you will receive an invitation for an interview with the Volunteer Coordinator. If we do not have any volunteer roles available at this time, you you will be added to our volunteer database and you will receive emails regarding all new volunteer opportunities. We have both long-term roles and one-off opportunities throughout the year.

2. Can I volunteer in the shelter?

The opportunity to volunteer within the shelter does arise occasionally for candidates with the skills and experience needed for shelter services roles. We require that shelter volunteers commit to a one 4 hour shift per week, for a minimum of six months, and submit a recent police record check. Additionally, all shelter volunteers are required to complete a volunteer orientation and on the job training.

3. Can I volunteer on the weekends?

There is the opportunity to get involved with planning and staffing Special Events on evenings and weekends throughout the year. These volunteer roles can take place in locations other than the shelter. We do ask that volunteers occasionally attend training during office hours.

4. How old do I need to be to volunteer?

To volunteer in the shelter, all volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and able to submit a police record check. To volunteer in the office, we ask that volunteers be at least 16 years of age and have a guardian co-sign their volunteer agreement.

Do you have more questions? Send an email to communityengagment@nyws.ca and we’d be happy to help!