Volunteer With Us

As members of the Chapter Leadership Council (CLC) of Autism Ontario – Durham Chapter, there is nothing we love more than to watch our members enjoying quality family time at one of our events. Whether it’s a Family Day, a Summer BBQ, a trip to the Pumpkin Patch, or Breakfast with Santa, those smiles make everything we do worthwhile.

Did you know that Autism Ontario - Durham Chapter is run solely by volunteers? Some of us work full time outside of the home, while others are stay at home moms. Some of us have children on the spectrum, while others do not. Some of us are able to volunteer many hours of our precious time, while others can only spare a few. The point is: we are each doing all that we can to continue to provide support to our members and their families.

As you can imagine, a shortage of volunteers greatly restricts the number of family events and support sessions we are able to offer. All local chapters of Autism Ontario must have a Chapter Leadership Council (CLC) with a minimum of three (3) elected members. The minimum three members were elected to the 2017/2018 Chapter Leadership Council.  This means that the Chapter will not be able to offer the abundance of services and programming that we are used to providing for our ASD families.  We, your CLC, urge you to join us, come and volunteer with us. It’s a rewarding and fun way to connect with others, spread awareness, and help your fellow members.

To learn more about the positions available, please visit the About Us page on our website at autismontario.com/durham.

Sincerely,
Chapter Leadership Council
Autism Ontario-Durham Region


The Durham Region Chapter has a variety of volunteer roles available; from one-time special events, to administrative help, to year-round planning committees, to working with kids and adults who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) - no matter your level of commitment, availability, background or education, we have a volunteer opportunity for you!

If you're interested in becoming a volunteer, please fill out our Volunteer Application Form. You MUST be a registered volunteer to sign up for any Durham Region Chapter volunteer opportunities.

You can submit your application electronically by sending it to autismdurham.volunteer@gmail.com or you can print out a copy and mail it to Autism Ontario - Durham Region, P.O. Box 40008, Whitby, Ontario, L1R 0G2.

Note:  As our organization is run by volunteers who do not keep regular office hours, unfortunately we canot accept applications for internships or co-op placements.

Volunteer Opportunites

Administrative - Help with mailings, thank yous, research to keep our website current, grant writing, etc.

Events - we run several annual events which require volunteers for registration, activities or setup/takedown.

Committees - we have several ongoing and ad hoc commitees that meet during the year, including the Scholarship Committee, Fundraising, Event Planning, Advocacy, etc.

We are currently seeking volunteers for:

● Young Adult Social Group facilitators
● Chapter Event Planning Committee
● Event Registration
● Fundraising Event Planning
● Grant/Funding Proposal Writer
● Administrative Assistance/researcher
● Membership Coordinator

Benefits of Volunteering

In addition to helping Autism Ontario – Durham Region achieve its goals and contribute to the community, potential benefits to those who volunteer include:  

● meeting new people and being part of a team
● developing knowledge and skills
● adding to a resume
● making new community contacts
● fulfilling volunteer requirements for academic achievement
● career exploration
● contributing to a corporate volunteer program
● personal fulfillment
● being acknowledged

We are also looking for individuals who would like to get more involved with our organization by joining the Chapter Leadership Council.  You can find more information about his on our About Us page. 

Chapter Leadership Council

Click here for descriptions of the above council positions. If you are interested in filling one of the above positions or would like to volunteer now to support our coordinators, email our Volunteer Coordinator at autismdurham.volunteer@gmail.com.

If you would like to know more about how our chapter functions "behind the scenes," you are welcome to attend our monthly Chapter Leadership Council business meetings. Email our chapter Secretary at durham@autismontario.com to receive an agenda and location/directions to our next meeting.

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