Volunteer with CultureLink

CultureLink provides opportunities for individuals, particularly newcomers to Canada, to learn, practice, and utilize their newfound skills and knowledge. Volunteering is one way to obtain valuable local experience, often requested by employers. Volunteering is also an excellent way to gain valuable new references while building social and professional networks and connections in the community.

Seeking Board Members

CultureLink is a non-profit charity with the mission and mandate of developing and delivering settlement and community services to meet the needs of diverse communities since 1988. Join an organization that is passionate about providing innovative services to newcomers; we adapt to changes and create new programs that best respond to and address our clients’ specific needs. Our team of over 50 staff members, speaking more than 30 languages, are dedicated, knowledgeable, and multicultural. In everything we do, we are committed to embracing differences and linking the old with the new.  CultureLink is recruiting new members for its Board of Directors.

CultureLink works within a non-discriminatory framework to ensure a respectful, safe, and inclusive environment.

Our Board of Directors is looking potential candidates who are passionate about CultureLink’s mission and who are committed to welcome and empower newcomers in Toronto.

We are particularly interested in finding members who possess broad expertise to oversee and direct the organization. In addition to experience with the settlement sector, we need individuals with skills and expertise in governance and leadership in the following areas:

  • Fundraising
  • Communications, Media and Public Relations
  • Finance & Accounting
  • Human Resources & Labour Law
  • Community development

We are particularly interested in hearing from individuals who reflect the diversity of Toronto.

This is a volunteer commitment; Board meetings are held on Mondays, every eight weeks from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (for a maximum 5-6 times a year). Members are expected to join one of the standing Board Committees, which require additional time,  of two hours every six weeks.

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The following opportunities are currently available:

Volunteer/Graphic Designer

Volunteer/Editor

Volunteer/ Receptionist

Volunteer/NOW Program

Volunteer/Wintegration After-School Project

Volunteer/Youth Recreation Club

Volunteers also play a crucial role in governing CultureLink by serving on our Board of Directors and various committees of the board.

Application

To apply for the positions above:

  • Send the Volunteer Application Form, resume, and cover letter to Claudia Rivera, Volunteer Coordinator at crivera@culturelink.ca.
  • Once we receive the application, an interview will be scheduled with the potential supervisor.
  • If the application is accepted, the applicant will sign the confidentially agreement and will submit all required documents.
  • An on-boarding session will be scheduled with the candidate and the Volunteer Coordinator to provide orientation on Volunteer Policy, Agency Overview, Health and Safety procedures, and agency tour.

Volunteer Mentors (Need Qualified Volunteers Throughout the Year)

Culturelink’s Community Connections Mentorship Program provides a variety of mentoring opportunities to foster your leadership qualities. Please call 416-588-6288, ext. 210, to inquire.

Additionally, newcomers who would like to obtain their first Canadian work experience can apply for volunteer opportunities with the New Canadian Experience initiative where newcomers are engaged in meaningful volunteer activities and at the same time, receive support from a dedicated volunteer mentor within volunteer programs.

Check back often to learn about other upcoming opportunities. Volunteers can contribute to CultureLink in many other areas, such as assisting with special events like the CultureLink Annual Picnic, holiday celebrations, and cultural festivals. Volunteers provide interpretation and translation for the Roma Program (Hungarian and Czech) and for the Newcomer Seniors Centre (Chinese, Polish, and Spanish). With the Library Settlement Partnership, volunteers facilitate English Conversation Circles.

For more information, please contact Claudia Rivera, Volunteer Coordinator at crivera@culturelink.ca