Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization.
For every successful service we offer, there are many volunteers who work behind the scenes providing their skills, time, and energy to make our services possible—all while connecting with other like-minded individuals.
Current volunteer opportunities
Friendly Visitors Program (Seniors & Older Adults)
(Covid-19 Update: Friendly Phone Calls)
Our Friendly Visitor Program matches LGBTQ2SAI+ volunteers with LGTBQ2SAI+ seniors for social visits in senior’s homes, long term care facilities, or spaces within the community. Volunteers also accompany seniors to medical appointments or QMUNITY programs and events. This is a terrific way to add peer-to- peer social support if you’re a senior feeling you require more connection to queer, trans, and Two-Spirit communities.
We will be seeking more volunteers for this program in the new year. Please stay tuned for updates by checking this space or signing up for our newsletter.
Student Practicum Placements
QMUNITY accepts practicum students from a variety of programs in local institutions. Some of our past practicum students for our Youth and Older Adults Programs have come from UBC, Douglas College, Erickson College, Adler, Counsellor Training Institute of Canada, and The Vancouver Art Therapy Institute.
Placements have been filled for the current – April 2021 season. Please check back for more opportunities in the future. For more information, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected]
QMUNITY’s Pridespeaks Program is a part of our education services. Pridespeaks provides meaningful volunteer and professional development opportunities for youth to facilitate workshops in schools, classrooms and other youth spaces (eg. after-school programs, clubs, etc.). The Pridespeaks workshops are designed to address LGBTQ2SAI+ issues, sexism, gender identity and stereotypes in the classroom and provide tools for allyship and combat discrimination and bullying in school. Pridespeaks are usually delivered in teams of two in schools across Metro Vancouver and surrounding areas, and provide students aged K – 12 non-judgmental information in an interactive setting.
Interested in starting a support group? QMUNITY runs several peer social and support groups, which are run by volunteer facilitators. Facilitation roles are well suited to those with lived experience with the subject matter of the group and who have backgrounds in social work, counselling, psychology, mediation, or teaching.
Counselling Advisory Committee
The goal of the committee is to establish a group composed of LGBTQ2SAI+ mental health professionals and peers with lived experience accessing mental health services, with community development skills and a commitment to contribute to the success of the organization’s counselling program. The QMUNITY Counselling Advisory Committee (QCAC) will serve as an advisory group and a sounding board, offering ideas and expertise and providing feedback and recommendations on QMUNITY’s counselling services.
QueerSmart Newsletter Proofreader
The QueerSmart Newsletter is a quarterly e-zine letter that we launched in August 2020. It comprises educational materials, resources, videos, articles, with a focus on enhancing inclusive practices, tips, and resources for culturally safe programs and service delivery. With content created of submissions by community members, volunteers will be proofreading the copy of each submission.
If you’re interested or have any questions, please contact our Volunteers Coordinator at [email protected]