Victim Services Toronto is so fortunate to have the dedicated support of over 150 volunteers who generously donate their time, skills and resources to our organization. Victim Services Toronto volunteers are valued members of our team and are critical to the ongoing success of the agency. Without the dedication, commitment and hard work of our volunteers, the organization would be unable to fulfill its mission and mandate.
Victim Services Toronto actively recruits, trains and engages qualified volunteers on a semi-annual basis to support all aspects of agency programming, service delivery, and operations.
Must be at least 19 years of age
Never been charged and/or convicted of a criminal offence for which a pardon has not been granted
Able to attend mandatory training (30 hours in-class, 12-16 hours in-office)
Able to complete a minimum of 2 shifts (3 or 4 hours in length) per month
Able to make a one year commitment (excluding the training time)
The volunteer selection and training process includes the following:
Submission of an online application form (include link)
Completion of reference checks (2 employment and 2 character references)
Completion of 10 in-class training sessions (30 hours – 3 hours per week for 10 weeks)
Completion of 4 mentoring shifts (12-16 hours)
Volunteers are an integral part of our team and work alongside our professional crisis counsellors to provide crisis intervention, support and referrals/linkages to community resources to individuals who have been affected by crime and sudden tragedies. Volunteers will assist in addressing the emotional, practical, psychological and immediate safety needs of victims and follow through to ensure those needs are met.
Volunteers are recruited semi-annually, once in the spring and once in the fall. Volunteer applications can be submitted online at any time.