Do you have an interest in working with children, youth, or seniors? A skill that you’d like to share, or an area of expertise you’d like to put to use? Are you looking for a leadership opportunity that allows you to gain experience and give back to your community at the same time? Volunteering at the Boys & Girls Club of London might just be the perfect thing.
The Boys & Girls Club of London takes volunteers in a wide range of programs to help us in many different ways. Volunteers are able to select a role that they feel would best suit their abilities and interests and a schedule that fits their availability and our hours of operation for each program.
Volunteers can help in:
For details on volunteering opportunities, see below.
Whatever area in which you would like to volunteer, the application process is the same. Applicants must be at least 14 years old to volunteer.
Volunteer opportunities are also available in July and August 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.
Fill out an application and return it to the BGCL. Applications can be obtained at the BGCL or online. Applications can be returned
There is also an online version of the application that can be filled out and submitted electronically available here.
The three references listed on the application will be contacted. You may also include letters of reference, if you have them. References may be personal or professional; examples of appropriate references include supervisors and employers, teachers, coaches, co-workers and classmates, friends of the family and neighbours, etc.
References cannot be family members, spouses, significant others, or equivalent.
Applicants will be invited to attend an orientation session and provided with required online training. Following completion of the orientation, online training, and new volunteer paperwork, volunteers may set up a schedule of their choosing, based on their availability and program needs.
Applicants who are 18 years old or older will be required to complete a Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC). The Boys & Girls Club of London requires an original, hard copy of a PVSC that is specific to volunteering duties at the BGCL. A criminal record does not automatically preclude eligibility.
The BGCL will provide instructions and a letter to the police department requesting you obtain a PVSC. The cost of the PVSC will be reimbursed to volunteers after they begin volunteering. If you would like to begin the process of obtaining a PVSC prior to attending a volunteer orientation, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator.
Placement opportunities exist for students who are currently involved in a high school, college, or university program that require an unpaid placement as part of their curriculum. The placement opportunities available at the Boys & Girls Club of London focus primarily on program development and support on site, but the details of each placement will be determined based on the requirements of the placement and the needs of the BGCL.
Volunteers assisting in our recreation programs will be responsible for assisting in setting up and cleaning up activities, supervising participants to ensure safety, and engaging with the children to make sure everyone involved is safe and having fun. Volunteers may be asked to support staff with recording participant statistics, escorting children through the building, and generally ensuring smooth operations of activities. Flexible shifts are available.
The Evening Adventure program runs during the school year September to June, Monday to Friday, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (not including holidays and school closure dates). In it, children from Grade 1 to Grade 8 are provided with a range of activity options, including swimming, arts and crafts, sports, and free play. Volunteers are placed in activity areas based on their comfort and interest to assist staff.
Over P.D. Days, summer holidays, and other breaks in the school year, the BGCL offers day camps for children from 4 years old to 13 years old (15 years old in the summer). Camps offer full day activities from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., including group games, use of facility rooms, swimming, and lunch. Volunteers assisting in day camps are placed with a specific camp to assist staff in daily activities, including supervising participants, distributing lunch and snacks, and playing with the children.
The M.A.P. program offers tutoring, homework help, and mentorship to children and youth from Grade 4 to Grade 12. It operates during the school year September to June, Monday to Thursday, from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. M.A.P. operates both at the BGCL facility and out of partnered elementary schools and family centres throughout London.
Volunteers in M.A.P. assist children and/or youth with homework, provide tutoring in a specific subject, lead provided educational activities, and provide mentorship on more general life skills. Volunteers work individually or in small groups with participants, and are required to commit to a regular weekly schedule.
In addition to recreation programs at our downtown facility, the BGCL also offers After School Programs in various neighborhoods throughout the city. A.S.P. runs during the school year September to June, Monday to Thursday, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Volunteers help to supervise and lead fun activities, prepare and serve snack, and provide homework help for participants from Grade 1 to Grade 8.
Volunteers are responsible for their own transportation to and from A.S.P. sites. A.S.P. aims to help children get active, develop healthy eating habits, gain confidence, and do better in school.
The Horton Street Seniors Centre (HSSC) offers exercise, art, and social programs for seniors 55 years old and older year round, from Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Volunteers assisting in HSSC recreation programs help with setting up activities, running programs, and socializing with senior clients. Volunteers can also assist in seniors’ transit program, accompanying one of our shuttle drivers on their rounds, assisting clients get seated, supervising clients during transit, and generally socializing with the passengers.
The Boys & Girls Club of London café programs serve lunch to senior clients and supper to children and youth. Volunteers assisting in the café help with small food prep work, plating and serving food, some cash handling (for seniors’ lunch program), and clean-up, including washing dishes and trays.
Volunteers in the café programs are needed from September to June, Monday to Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (for seniors’ lunch program) or 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (for children’s supper program). Volunteers are required to commit to a regular weekly schedule.
Volunteers work independently around the facility taking on a range of duties, including light cleaning, snow removal and lawn maintenance, and event set up and tear down. Occasionally, volunteers may also assist staff with small repairs or similar tasks. Opportunities are available throughout the year, from Monday to Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Flexible shifts are available.
Volunteers will assist with various administration and reception tasks such as organizing files, preparing mail outs, serving as a front desk greeter, inputting data, and making phone calls. Opportunities are available year round, from Monday to Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Volunteers are required to commit to a regular weekly shift for a minimum of 2 months.
For more information regarding volunteering opportunities or the application process, please contact:
Gregory RaymondVolunteer Coordinator
519-434-9115 ext. 226
519-434-9115 ext. 226