Volunteer opportunities

Peer Support Facilitator

Location details: Community Location

Communities across Ontario. 

Toronto (GTA), Barrie, Simcoe/Muskoka, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, St. Catharines, Kitchener, Hamilton, Burlington, Stratford, London, Windsor, Ottawa, Kingston, Brockville, Peterborough, Belleville, Sault Ste. Marie, etc. 

Ideal for: Individual

Peer Support group volunteers help to facilitate meetings that are outlined by CNIB and the participants. The meetings are a place for the participants to get information on different topics that relate to sight loss. The volunteer is responsible for making sure the group stays on task and working with the CNIB staff person to get the meeting info and speakers. 
The volunteers do not need to have any experience with vision loss but it can be helpful. 

Responsibilities & Tasks:

  • Attend and lead meetings once or twice a month depending on your location
  • Determine topics of discussion with client and program lead input
  • When a client needs more support, service, counseling or information than you are able to give, refer them to staff

Technology Volunteers - GTA

Communities across the GTA. 

Ideal for: Individual, Youth, Student Placements

We are launching exciting initiatives for the Accessible Technology programs in the GTA which include technology workshops, training, vendor demos and the start of our tech hub where people can come touch and play with technology on display.

We also need volunteers to help provide one to one coaching sessions helping participants use their smartphones and tablets.

CNIB Ambassador

Location details: Community Location

Training will be from a CNIB location close to you!  Ambassador speaking opportunities occur across the region.

Toronto (GTA), Barrie, Simcoe/Muskoka, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, St. Catharines, Kitchener, Hamilton, Burlington, Stratford, London, Windsor, Ottawa, Kingston, Brockville, Peterborough, Belleville, Sault Ste. Marie, etc. 

Ideal for: Individual, Youth, Corporate, Groups, Student Placements, all

Contribute to increasing knowledge by educating the public about vision health, living with vision loss and CNIB programs and services; enabling Canadians impacted by blindness to live the lives they choose.

CNIB Ambassadors:

  • Represent CNIB to the general public and specific audiences including community groups, corporations, schools, seniors’ centres, and vision health professionals
  • Some Ambassadors may receive training and requests to give media interviews
  • Share your personal experience with vision loss and CNIB’s role in your journey
  • Depending on need, other tasks may include setting up displays and demonstrating technical aids

Vision Mate

Location details: Community Location

Community Locations across the province! CNIB has individuals waiting for a volunteer in all areas of our region.  We will work with you to find a match that is convenient for you.

Ideal for: Individual, Corporate, Student Placements

Vision Mates provide regular, one-to-one assistance and companionship for a person who is blind or partially sighted. Matches are made with someone who lives close to your home, school or work. You visit once a week for a couple of hours to assist with four main tasks: reading, errands (like groceries and shopping), going for walks, and socializing.

Recreation assistant - GTA

Location details: Community Location

Communities across the GTA. 

Ideal for: Individual, Youth, Groups, Student Placements

The CNIB Foundation hosts a variety of recreation programs for people who are blind or partially sighted. Recreation assistants provide sighted assistance and support for a program. 

Volunteers assist with setup and teardown, work with group leads to track attendance, promote programs and connect with participants. Programs include: 

Knitting Groups:

Teach someone with sight loss how to knit and provide practical support. Knitting needles and yarn are provided through donations.  

Gaming Groups:

This informal and non-competitive group aims to make board games accessible for people who are blind or partially sighted. Gaming group volunteers will host and play accessible board games with participants at local community centres.

Walking Groups:

As a volunteer, you'll provide sighted guide for participants on neighbourhood group walks. Volunteers will identify and assess environmental risks and ensure all participants are safe. 

Monthly Socials:

Designed for individuals who are blind or partially sighted to connect with each other in local community centres, our Monthly Socials provide participants with the opportunity to learn from their peers and guest speakers on a variety of topics. Volunteers involved with this event would help by greeting people at the door and being available to provide sighted assistance during the events.

    Hub Master - Toronto

    Location details: Office

    CNIB GTA Community Hub, 1525 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON.

    Ideal for: Individual, Youth, Student Placements

    Administrative coordinator at local CNIB community hub.  Be the first point of contact for guests visiting the Hub, providing information, orientation and support.

    Shop CNIB - Mississauga

    Location details: Office

    Mississauga, Ontario. 50 Burnhamthorpe Rd. W, Suite 421, Mississauga.

    Ideal for: Individual, Youth

    Oversee all aspects of operating the CNIB store in various community hubs in the region, including customer service, inventory, communicating with internal stakeholders and external vendors. Work closely with other CNIB shops to assist in customer service, inventory and stocking.

    Driver and guide

    Location details: Community Location

    Communities across Ontario. 

    Toronto (GTA), Barrie, Simcoe/Muskoka, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, St. Catharines, Kitchener, Hamilton, Burlington, Stratford, London, Windsor, Ottawa, Kingston, Brockville, Peterborough, Belleville, etc. 

    Ideal for: Individual, Corporate, Groups, all

     

    • Drive staff and volunteers with vision loss, provide support and orientation at their destination