Volunteers are valued members of the CAS team.
Each day volunteers offer their time and commitment to make
a difference in the lives of children. You can join us by
working with children, behind the scenes or out in the community.
If you live and/or work in York Region and are willing to
donate a few hours a month, please send a letter indicating
your skills and area of interest to the Volunteer Recruitment
. Committee Chair via email:
National Volunteer Week (April 6-12, 2014) is Canada's largest
celebration of volunteers, volunteerism, and civic participation.
We would like to thank the 195 volunteers who selflessly
give their time and talent to help the children and families our agency
supports. You are truly making a difference!
Some of our volunteers, share what it means to them to give back:
Donna Harrison A volunteer with York CAS for five
years, Donna currently volunteers with the homework club and in the access program.
She has also helped out with special events and tutoring.
"Volunteering is a very big part of my life,
and it means giving what you can and using your talents and abilities in a productive
way. It also means reaching out and maybe doing things that we have never done before,
and having experiences that are fun and rewarding. Being a volunteer is the most
rewarding experience that anyone can have.
"We don't really know what the impact will be on others, but if we
all try to help each other, just think of the possibilities."
Jennie Fagan Jennie volunteers with a number of
organizations, and joined York CAS as volunteer in 2009 as a driver.
"I think if someone wants to do volunteer work,
it must be from the heart, they must love what they do and like people."
"My volunteer experience with York CAS has been two-fold. I have done a
small amount of work in administration and met some wonderful people. I felt there was a
greater need for drivers, so that is where my focus has been."
"I volunteer to give back to society. I get great joy from making a
difference in the lives of others. The experience has certainly humbled me and has
allowed me to meet and drive adults and children that have touched me deeply."
Serena Orlow Serena has been volunteering with York
CAS for five years and is currently helping out as an access volunteer.
"I started volunteering back in 2009 for York
CAS as a big buddy and then as an access volunteer where I still help. I also help with
the Holiday Heroes program by creating baskets for teens."
"Initially I didn't know what to expect, but once I was paired up with a
social worker and matched up with my little buddy it was very easy. It was very fulfilling
spending time with her-teaching her things I knew, showing and taking her places she had
never been. The smiles I received were truly priceless and I feel like I really made a
"If someone is thinking about volunteering, I'd tell them to go for it!
There are many options to choose from to get involved. York CAS is very good at matching
you with what works for you and your schedule."
I don't have time to volunteer right now. How else can I help?
Please consider making a financial donation. Community support is essential to help provide for basics
for families in crisis as well as life-enriching opportunities for York CAS children. Positive,
confidence-building experiences like learning a musical instrument, playing sports, going to camp and
post-secondary education are extremely important to the development of children and youth. They are
especially crucial for our community's most vulnerable children who have faced abuse or neglect.
To make your donation, click here - Together, we can make a
difference in the life of a child.