Volunteer With Us
Studies show that regular volunteer activity can have a positive effect on mental and physical health. Volunteering with CMHA provides the opportunity to build skills, learn more about mental health and meet new people, while helping build a more caring community. Because of the benefits of volunteering, we especially encourage those personally affected by mental illness to volunteer.
Volunteering with CMHA Vernon also provides an opportunity for social contact and interaction. Volunteers represent the best in our communities. You too can make a difference by becoming a volunteer. When you do, you become part of a helping network – part of a caring community.
It doesn’t matter how much or how little time you have to offer. All that matters is that you have the desire to get involved!
- Good Morning Program Volunteer
- Crisis Line Volunteer
- Trans Peer Support Volunteer
- Care to Speak Peer Support Volunteer
Good Morning Program
“Offering people a safer independence”
The Good Morning Program is a free telephone service for seniors or people with high health risks, who live alone or feel isolated in the community. The program enables these individuals to remain living independently longer by providing a daily phone call to ensure participants are safe. Phone calls are made seven days a week 365 days a year by trained volunteers.
Each call is a non-intrusive, non-judgmental safety check that provides some social interaction. Volunteers listen, provide support and offer referrals when needed.
Training is approximately 4 hours. Shifts are Monday-Sunday 8:00 am – 11:00 am.
For more information please contact Jessica [email protected] or 250-542-3114 ext 235
You can apply to volunteer by filling it out the Good Morning application form. A member of our team will contact you.
The demand on our service is growing substantially and working on our crisis lines is a way to make a real difference in the community. Each time you answer the phone or respond to a chat, you know you’ve made a difference.
There is a $95.00 training fee. The training fee contributes to the costs associated with the training program. The training fee is never a barrier to volunteering, please let us know if this is a concern for you.
For more information about volunteering, https://cmhavernon.ca/crisis-line/ or call 250-542-3114 ext. 236.
You can apply to volunteer by filling it out the Crisis Line Volunteer application form. A crisis line program staff person will contact you within three business days.
Trans Peer Support Volunteer
The Trans Peer Support Program is a peer led community based social support service run by peers with lived experience. We offer a safe space that provides an opportunity to engage in knowledge exchange, resource sharing, social connection, mentorship and personal growth.
Volunteer duties include:
- To attend mandatory training
- To provide one-on-one support to trans, gender diverse and Two Spirit youth (16 and over), adults and their families/caregivers who live in the North Okanagan
- To provide resources, when needed
- Honorarium provided
For more information please contact us at [email protected] or 250-542-3114 ext.228
You can apply to volunteer by filling it out the Trans Peer Volunteer application form. A member of our team will contact you.
Care to Speak Peer Support Volunteer
We understand that those working in the social services and healthcare sector have been facing challenges navigating complex situations while supporting others during the COVID-19 pandemic. Especially over the past couple of years those working in these sectors have made significant personal sacrifices and juggled challenging work conditions on behalf of their work to support those in need. We are seeking volunteers to serve as a support system for these individuals during this extraordinarily challenging time.
Care to Speak is searching for individuals who currently or previously worked in the healthcare or social services field and would be interested in volunteering their time to provide peer support to our service users.
Interested applicants should be experienced, empathetic, non-judgmental, open-minded, open to feedback, have access to – and are comfortable operating – a computer, respect the confidentiality of others, and can commit to volunteering one day per week for a 1-year term.
Interested parties must complete online training prior to starting their role and can expect to volunteer one day per week. The Canadian Mental Health Association of BC will provide ongoing support to volunteers. Applicants must be residing in BC and over the age of 19. In order to be chosen two references must be provided and the applicant must be willing to complete a required criminal record check.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please complete the form below. A representative from the Canadian Mental Health Association of BC will be in touch.
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