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:
Thank you, York CAS volunteers!
National Volunteer Week, the week of April 21-27, is Canada's largest
celebration of volunteers, volunteerism, and civic participation. We
would like to thank the 206 volunteers who selflessly
give their time and talent to help the children and families our agency
supports. You are truly making a difference!
Hear in their own words what it means to some of our volunteers to give back:
Adam Erwood, York CAS volunteer, big buddy
and former tutor. Adam has volunteered with York CAS for 1.5 years.
"During my final year of university,
I was looking for a place to volunteer where the time I put in would have a big
impact on the lives of others, so I chose York CAS. I volunteer to make a
difference in the lives of others. Above all else, it feels good to help
others. Volunteering is also a great way to brush up on some of your own
skills, like creativity, patience, and leadership. There's no reason not
to volunteer. Just two hours of your time per week will make a huge
difference in the life of a child. There are many different ways to
volunteer at York CAS and the agency does a great job of matching you with
a child of similar interests."
Deanna Smith, York CAS volunteer, big buddy
and special events. Deanna has volunteered with York CAS for 12 years.
"My parents were involved as
volunteers with CAS for over 30 years, so I actually volunteered with
CAS as a child and teen helping with the annual Holiday Heroes program.
I recognized the importance of CAS and helping others in our community.
I wanted to continue volunteering with CAS as it is a wonderful
organization and supports so many children. Volunteering is not only fun
- it's rewarding. Being involved gives me the opportunity to be a friend,
mentor, and support to a child and their parent/guardian. I have become
close to the children and families I have volunteered with, and I look
forward to volunteering each week. I know that these opportunities not
only enrich my life, but also the children and families I volunteer with."
Hazel Smikles, York CAS volunteer,
driver and big buddy. Hazel has volunteered with York CAS for 10 years.
"I enjoy volunteering with York CAS and knowing
that I am making a difference in the life of each child that I come into
contact with. Volunteering is very beneficial and gives me a sense
of purpose. I also believe that being able to change the life of
others can teach you about compassion for others and yourself. For
those who don't volunteer, I say, 'Get involved. Change a life.
Take action. Volunteering does make a difference!"
"This is a drawing my little buddy made for me.
It's me as a Lego man."