Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Got a skill that you can teach to children? Looking for a leadership opportunity that allows you to use your expertise, knowledge, and give back to the community at the same time? 

We ask for a commitment of 8 hours per month and you can choose your own schedule that will fit in with our hours of operation for each program.

Interested in volunteering with

  1. Children and youth*
  2. Seniors
  3. Maintenance
  4. Seniors' transit
  5. Administration

    *Volunteers for youth programs must be 18+ years.

As a volunteer you will:

• Have the opportunity to interact with clients and engage them in various activities.
• Lead and supervise program activities ranging from fitness activities to creative arts.
• Enhance your skills, add to your resume, and most importantly, have fun!

How to Apply

A volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club of London (BGCL) enjoys working with children and youth and is an enthusiastic role model who is willing to set a good example. Applicants must be at least 14 years old volunteer.

Volunteer opportunities are available in the summer for 13-year-olds who are starting high school in September of the same year.

The Boys & Girls Club of London is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes and encourages applications from women and men including people of visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

The process for becoming a volunteer 

  1. Fill out an application, and return it to the BGCL. The application is also available online.
    • Mail.
    • Fax.
    • Scan and e-mail.
    • Drop it off at the Aquaplex Booth or the Front Desk.

  2. The three references listed on the application will be contacted. You can also include letters of references if you have them. Examples of people who qualify include teachers, coaches, co-workers, friends of the family, neighbours, etc. Family members, spouses or equivalent do not qualify as references.

  3. You will be invited to attend an orientation session by phone and/or email once your references have been completed. Once the three steps have been completed, you can begin volunteering according to the schedule you chose.

Important Note

• Applicants who are 18 years old or older will have to complete a Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC) that is specific to their duties at the BGCL. The cost of the PVSC will be reimbursed to volunteers by the BGCL. This step can be done in person through your local police service or online through London Police Service for current residents who are 21+ years old. Please contact the Volunteer Booth before completing this process.

• There will be a mandatory waiting period before you can begin volunteering. A record does not automatically preclude eligibility.

Volunteer Opportunities

Some volunteer opportunities are also posted on Pillar Nonprofit Network.

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Prospective Placement Students
Placement opportunities exist for students who are currently involved in a high school, college or university programs that require a placement as part of their curriculum. The placement opportunities available at the Boys and Girls Club of London focus mainly on program support on site but are dictated by the requirements of the placement and the needs of our organization.

If you are interested in doing your student placement with Boys and Girls Club of London please contact the Volunteer Coordinator.

M.A.P. Tutor (My Action Plan to Education)
Assist children and/or youth with homework one evening per week (Operates Monday to Thursday only during the school year – September to June). Tutors are required to commit to 3 hours per week. Opportunities are available at the downtown facility and off-site at our After School Program sites. For more information about the M.A.P. Program, please click here.

Children's Program
Assist with recreation activities in various program rooms and supervise groups of children. Be actively involved with programs and provide a safe environment for our clients to participate. This program operates Monday to Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. throughout the school year September to June. On PD Days and holiday breaks we are only open for day camps.

Evening opportunities activities included but are not limited to:
   • Computer Club (digital photography)
   • Crafts (knitting, crochet, and traditional arts and craft activities)
   • Music (piano, guitar, rhythm, vocal)
   • Fitness (sports, dance, gymnastics – mat tumbling, yoga, Aquatics)
   • Educational programs (homework help, literacy activities) 

Youth Program
Youth Zone offers a safe space for youth in Grades 9 to 12 to socialize with peers and learn new skills. This program operates throughout the school year in the evening. Volunteers assist staff with leading activities ranging from sports, arts, music, and digital media.

Café Opportunities
Volunteers assist with serving meals and wash dishes and trays after school for children and youth during the school year from September to mid-June. This program operates Monday to Friday only. Volunteers are needed from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. for 1 shift per week.
Opportunities in the Café during the day may be available at various times throughout the year.

Special Events
Assist with various special events organized by BGCL. Duties vary from event to event. Duties range from leading games and activity stations to assisting with set-up and clean-up.
Swim-A-Thon – annual fundraiser (March 27, 2020)
Koats for Kids – annual event (TBA for 2020 - October)

After School Program (A.S.P.) Assistants
The After School Program operates in various neighbourhoods in London. We are looking for volunteers who can commit to at least 1 shift per week from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to help staff members. Volunteers supervise and lead fun activities and provide homework help for children in Grades 1 to 8 who are registered in the program. 

You will be responsible for your own transportation to and from the sites. A.S.P. aims to help children get active, develop healthy eating habits, gain confidence and do better in school, which helps to decrease childhood obesity and youth conflict.

Please contact us for the locations of the After School Program.

Volunteers work independently around the facility doing light cleaning duties such as dusting, snow shoveling, lawn maintenance, and they also assist with event set-up and tear down. Opportunities are available throughout the year between 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. Flexible shifts are available.

Various administration tasks such as a front desk greeter, organizing files, preparing mail outs, and data inputting are available. Volunteers would need to be available for 2-3 hour shifts weekly for a minimum of 6 months. Most shifts are during the week from Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. throughout the year.

Seniors Program (Horton Street Seniors Centre)
Volunteers ride on one of our shuttles with staff drivers around the city to pick up or drop off senior members of the Horton Street Seniors' Centre. You assist with supervision of our clients on the shuttles and have the opportunity to socialize with clients. Our senior members are adults who are 55+ years old. Volunteer shifts are available Monday through Friday throughout the year. Two shifts are available: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Volunteers must be available for one 4-hour shift per week.

For More Information

Please Contact
Volunteer Booth

519-434-9115 ext. 226

Main Volunteer

Volunteer Application

PDF Form

Online Form

Become a

More Information

Please Contact
Volunteer Booth
519-434-9115 ext. 226

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