Volunteer Opportunities

You can make a difference to an individual with autism - Volunteer!

Autism is a developmental disorder that most commonly affects people's communication and socialization skills. Autism Spectrum Disorder affects as many as 1 in 68 people with a 4:1 male to female ratio. Individuals with Autism often require support from others to participate in they types of activities that many of take for granted. You can make a difference in the life of an individual with Autism by volunteering with the Centre.

The Centre has a strong and highly-skilled volunteer team of more than 80 members. Our comprehensive volunteer program matches qualified individuals to a range of volunteer opportunities, most notably in our Community groups programming.

As a volunteer, we commit to provide you with appropriate orientation and training with added on-the-job training as required. We will make every effort to provide a dynamic, educational, and rewarding experience for our volunteers.

As a volunteer, you will gain as much, if not more, from your experience helping individuals with Autism as they will gain from your support!

Next Volunteer Training is January 9 & 10, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

 

If you are interested in completing a volunteer application or forwarding a resume please email Catherine Buhr, Administrator of Volunteer Services

Catherine Buhr, Administrator of Volunteer Services 
780-488-6600 ext 226
Catherine Buhr
cbuhr@centreforautism.ab.ca

Philosophy

We operate under a person/family-centred model. Our framework of practice is based on a developmentally-informed behavioural approach and empirically-supported practices inform eveything we do. Our focus is on inclusion and family engagement. 

The Centre's Volunteer Program reflects and supports inclusion and family engagement. Volunteers allow individuals with Autism and their families to participate fully in their community. 

Volunteer Requirements

Volunteers must:

  • Have a love for people
  • Possess good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Be at least 18 years of age and independently mobile
  • Be able to read, follow instructions, and work independently
  • Attend a welcome and orientation session as well as a training session. If necessary, a volunteer must attend program specific training at a later date.
  • Be willing to give a minimum of 2-3 hours per week for 10-12 weeks
  • Have a clean Criminal Record Check and Child Intervention (welfare) check
  • Make a minimum one year volunteer commitment with the Centre

Training Information

Volunteer welcome orientation and training sessions occur approximately three times a year. Training is comprised of 5 modules each 1-2 hours. Modules can be taken 2-3 months in advance of initial volunteer sessions. Our greatest need is for our Summer Camp and Fall Group Programs. Volunteer orientation and training begins in June of each year for these opportunities.

NOTE: Our volunteer training sessions fill very quickly. It is recommended that applications are submitted as soon as possible.

Autistic child in canoe with paddleCommunity Programs Volunteer

Group programs can vary in time and length. They are usually held in 2-3 hour weekly sessions over a 10-12 week period. Programs include Art, Camp, Cooking, Sports & Recreation among others.

CommunityWorks Canada Volunteer

We are seeking high-school students for Peer Mentors for this after-school pre-employment volunteer program for teens/young adults with ASD. 

Quest for Independence Volunteer 

Support the clinical team and the young adults with ASD who are enrolled in this post-secondary program to develop skills of independence.

Department Assistant Volunteer

The Volunteer Department Assistant works under the supervision and direction of the Centre’s Administrator of Volunteer Services at the Centre’s office located at 4752-99 St. for 2-3 hours per week during regular business hours. Hours are flexible. Duties include assisting volunteer development, recruitment strategies, and other related administrative tasks.

Fund Development Opportunities

Volunteers are needed to help raise charitable donations for Centre programs including: securing program sponsors, soliciting donations of funds and/or goods and services, and selling tickets for fundraising events.

Volunteers at Community WorksUniversity of Alberta Student Association Volunteer

The U of A Centre for Autism Services Alberta Student Association is an official club recognized by the student union. Under the leadership of the Association president and an 8-member executive team, the group increases autism awareness among the student population and faculties.The Association also supports programming for youth and young adults at the Centre and raises funds that are dedicated to youth and young adult services.

The Association seeks volunteers who are interested in developing leadership skills and learning how to organize special event fundraisers. Creativity, exceptional organizational skills, business experience, and an interest in working with volunteers are all an asset.

Email President Ramita Verma to volunteer with the U of A Student Association

Benefits of Volunteering

  • Help to make a difference in the lives of individuals with autism, their families and the community
  • Gain real life experience with individuals with ASD
  • Volunteer Training, Orientation, and Volunteer Manual provided
  • Staff always on site for volunteer support
  • Gain interpersonal and communication skills
  • Opportunities for volunteer advancement
  • Opportunities for continued advancement and paid employment as an Interventionist
  • Reference letter available upon request

If you are interested in completing a volunteer application or forwarding a resume please email Catherine Buhr, Administrator of Volunteer Services

 

Contact Person

Catherine Buhr, Administrator of Volunteer Services
780-488-6600 ext 226
Catherine Buhr
cbuhr@centreforautism.ab.ca

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