Alsont

How You Can Help


For more information about volunteering with us, please contact Helen Taylor, Coordinator of Volunteer Services, at volserv@alsont.ca or 1-800-267-4257 ext 210

The ALS Society of Ontario depends on its volunteers whose contributions, dedication and simply amazing work are vital to the ALS Society of Ontario and make our mission possible.  Each year volunteers with the ALS Society of Ontario across the province provide invaluable support to persons with ALS and their families and raise funds through special events within their community to support programs, services and research. 

There are many opportunities to volunteer with the ALS Society of Ontario.  Volunteers are needed on an ongoing basis within communities to provide support to persons with ALS and their families and to create awareness, to educate and to advocate within those communities.  Volunteers are also needed to help with planning fundraising events or helping out on the day of. 

In addition to helping the ALS Society of Ontario and its clients, there are many personal advantages to volunteering.  The list of reasons to volunteer below was developed by Volunteer Canada:

Volunteers give freely of their time and expertise in order to make a difference. Volunteering can help you:

•        make important networking contacts

•        learn or develop skills

•        gain work experience

•        build self-esteem and self-confidence

•        improve health

•        help you meet new people

•        feel needed and valued

•        make a difference in someone’s life

•        express gratitude for help you may have received in the past from an 
         organization.

Whether it is important to you to solve a community problem, advance a worthy cause or to develop as a person, volunteering offers many benefits in appreciation for the gift of your time and expertise.

Volunteer within your community

The three pillars to community volunteering are: Support Services, Awareness, Education and Advocacy, and Fund Development.  At the ALS Society of Ontario, there are volunteer opportunities across the province in each of these categories.  Leadership positions in each of the three pillars are listed below.  For more information about volunteering for these positions, please contact Helen Taylor, Coordinator of Volunteer Services, at volserv@alsont.ca or 1-800-267-4257 ext 210.

Community Council Chair
Support Services Volunteers
Awareness and Advocacy Volunteers
Fund Development Volunteers

There are also opportunities to support these leadership positions within your community.  For example, volunteers are needed to assist Caregiver Group Facilitators and to become members of a Walk to D’Feet ALS Walk Committee.  To volunteer for a community team, contact your local Chapter or Regional Office.  If there is no office in your area please contact Helen Taylor.

To see the locations of Chapters and Regional Offices for the ALS Society of Ontario, please click here. 

For information about upcoming events that you can volunteer at, please click here. 

Community Council Chair

Duties:  The Community Council Chair’s main responsibility is to act as liaison between the volunteers in the three pillars, to support the pillar chairs in the recruitment, screening and placement of volunteers, to set and monitor the community budget and to insure that volunteers follow proper financial procedures.

Support Services

The support service pillar is dedicated to providing services at the community level to people living with ALS and their families to help them manage the effects of the disease.

Chair – Community Support Services

Duties: Act as a liaison between Support Services volunteers and the Community Council.  Responsibilities include acting as the first point of contact for newly diagnosed and existing clients and their families; providing information and referral services; assisting with pillar volunteer recruitment and facilitating the transfer of volunteers to and from other pillars as appropriate; acting as a liaison with the Regional Manager / Director of Services – communicate needs and referring clients to them where necessary (complex needs, additional support cases etc).

Support Group Facilitator – P’ALS

Duties: Facilitate regular support group meeting for P’ALS. Responsible for initiating new members, scheduling support group meetings, inviting guest speakers and ensuring that needs of support group members are being met. Liaise with Chair – communicate support group needs and report on support group activities (and expenses) to Chair and communicate chapter/community activities to the support group.

Support Group Assistant – P’ALS

Duties: Assist the Support Group Facilitator in organizing and running the support group meeting.  Responsibilities include contacting participants telling them about the upcoming meeting; room set-up and takedown if needed; facilitating the group when required.

Caregiver Group Facilitator

Duties: Facilitate regular informal/formal meetings for existing and past caregivers. Responsible for initiating new members, scheduling meetings, inviting guest speakers where necessary, and ensuring that needs of caregiver group members are being met. Will be assisted by caregiver group volunteers in managing these tasks. Liaise with Chair – communicate caregiver group needs and report on caregiver group activities (and expenses – should be funded by chapter) to Chair and communicate chapter / community activities to the caregiver group.

Community Equipment Volunteer

Duties: Liaise with Regional Managers/Client Services Coordinator to ensure all clients have knowledge of, and access to, the ALS Equipment Program. Liaise with local supplier (where applicable) to ensure equipment pool is being properly maintained and clients needs being properly served – recommend disposal of old, unsafe equipment to Regional/Provincial staff as necessary and draw their attention to cases where equipment program standards are not being met by supplier and/or clients are unsatisfied with their service. Arrange equipment pick-ups where possible. Will be assisted by other volunteers in these duties. Provide regular feedback / suggestion / reports to Chair (community equipment program stats will be provided by regional / provincial office on a quarterly basis) and communicate program changes to clients.

Awareness, Education and Advocacy

The Awareness, Education and Advocacy Pillar is dedicated to educating the public, government officials, and members of the caregiver team about ALS, the needs of people living with ALS and their families, the ALS Society of Ontario and community activities.

Chair – Community Communications

Duties: Act as a liaison between Awareness, Education and Advocacy volunteers and the Community Council.  Responsibilities include setting an awareness and education plan for the community; conveying requests and needs of the Support Services and Fund Development pillars to appropriate Awareness, Education and Advocacy pillar volunteers; assisting with pillar volunteer recruitment and facilitate the transfer of volunteers to and from another pillar as appropriate; acting as a liaison with Director of Resource Development or Regional Manager.

Media Contact

Duties: Act as the main contact between the Community Council and the local media.  Responsibilities include submitting public service announcements regarding community events, accomplishments, points of interest to the local media; working with media contacts to submit community interest stories.

In Service Coordinator

Duties:  Organize presentations at local agencies (e.g. hospices, long-term care facilities) involved as part of the caregiving team.

One-to-One Advocacy Liaison

Duties:  Assist individual clients in obtaining services; identify potential big picture issues and discuss with the Chair of Community Communications and the Government Advocacy liaison.

Advocacy Liaison – Government

Duties: Raise awareness of ALS and care issues with local government representatives in conjunction with the Chair of Community Communication and Community Support Services.

Fund Development

The Fund Development Pillar is dedicated to raising funds and identifying individual, corporate and public funders to support services for people living with ALS and their families and for research for a cure.

Chair – Community Fund Development

Duties:  Act as a liaison between Fund Development volunteers and the Community Council. Responsibilities include setting fund development plans for community; assisting in the recruitment of pillar volunteers and facilitating the transfer of volunteers from and to another pillar as appropriate; acting as a liaison with the Director of Resources Development or Regional Manager.

Walk to D’Feet ALS Walk Coordinator

Duties:  Organize the walk to D’Feet ALS at community level and recruits walk volunteer team including Family Team Chair and Corporate Team Chair.

Cornflower Days Coordinator

Duties:  Organize cornflower sales at community level and recruit team of volunteers to assist; identify locations for sales and ensure appropriate requirements are met.

Membership Coordinator

Duties: Identify and recruit members in conjunction with chair of Community Support Services and to facilitate their involvement with Society activities.