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Volunteer Opportunities

We have opportunities for newcomers and Canadians who are interested in volunteering with our Centre in the following areas:

• Customer Service
• Newcomer Children
• Special Events
• English Language Practice
• Newcomer Seniors (50+)
• Interpretation
• Fundraising
• Newcomer Youth (Ages 13-24)
• Workshop Facilitation/Speaking
• Leisure/Group Activities
• Professional Mentorship

We also offer learning opportunities for co-op placement (longer term) and service-learning (shorter term) students as well as community interns (not connected to an educational institution) who are looking for personal and/or professional experience in the settlement field.

Our Community Connections staff can also help newcomers who are interested in volunteering in the larger community find opportunities for them to get involved in Niagara.

How to Get Involved

If you are interested in volunteering with our Centre and are at least 18 years old, please review the following list of current opportunities and email our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@folk-arts.ca to apply or find out more:

  • "Art Hub" Facilitators (All Art Forms Welcome)
  • "Art Hub" Instrument Leads (Guitar, Ukulele or Bongo/Cajon Drum)
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Tutors (Ongoing Call for One-on-One Language Matches)
  • Interpreters (Albanian, Creole, Dari/Pashto, Farsi (Persian), French, Hindi, Hungarian, Kurdish, Turkish, Ukrainian/Russian and Urdu)
  • "Pride Leadership Committee” Members (2SLGBTQIA+ Allies/Friends Welcome)
  • Way-finder (High-level, Customer-Service Role/Position)
  • Youth Subject Tutors (Ongoing Call for English, Math and Science One-on-One and Group Supports)

If you are specifically interested in becoming a volunteer mentor, please share some more about your professional experiences with us by Applying to be a Career Mentor.

If you are interested in completing a student placement or community internship at our Centre, please tell us more about you and your placement requirements/internship goals by Applying to Be a Student.

If you are under 18 years old and need to complete your community service hours, please reach out directly to our Youth Services staff.‍

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Volunteer Success Stories
Since March 2020
Since March 2020

Volunteer Success Stories *Covid-19

Volunteer Program - Years in Review

Volunteer Year in Review 2021

Volunteer Year in Review 2021

Volunteer Year in Review 2020

Volunteer Year in Review 2019

Eligibility Requirements

We have no immigration-status eligibility requirements if you are interested in volunteering with our Centre but as most of our volunteer roles/positions require a certain level of English, we usually ask applicants to please have a minimum Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) Level 5.

If you are a newcomer who has not had a language assessment done in Canada or have been assessed at a LINC Level 3 or 4, please email our Volunteer Coordinator directly at volunteer@folk-arts.ca to explore your options for volunteering.

Contact a Team Member

If you have any questions about volunteering at our Centre, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator.

Resources

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Building Blocks for Newcomers: A Guide on Volunteering

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A Newcomers Guide to Volunteering in Niagara

A Newcomer’s (Quick) Guide to Volunteering in Niagara.

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The Value of Volunteering Wheel

The Value of Volunteering Wheel illustrates the many benefits of volunteering to building confidence, competence, connections, and community. It also serves as a portal to research that examines the social and economic value to organizations, neighbourhoods, businesses, society-at-large and to volunteers themselves.

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5-Step Volunteer Application Process

How to get started volunteering with the Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre.

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Our Mission

We celebrate and promote cultural, social and economic inclusion and well-being of all immigrants and newcomers.

Our Vision

We are a gateway to equitable, respectful and welcoming communities for immigrants and newcomers in Niagara.

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