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Join our Volunteer Team

PAL Canada is in the process of building a Supporting Cast Volunteer Team. We are reaching out to you for help. If you would like to be a part of the new exciting Supporting Cast Volunteer Team, please complete the form below and someone will contact you to further discuss all of the volunteer activities listed on this page. Please note that those wishing to volunteer in an area where we have an existing Chapter Supporting Cast Team, you will be referred to the coordinator of that chapter's Supporting Cast team.

We thank you for showing an interest in helping us work to alleviate the consequences of poverty, isolation and housing challenges among senior and disadvantaged members of Canada’s professional artists’ community.

Supporting Cast Volunteer Application Form

 

Supporting Cast 

Volunteer Opportunities

 

Resource Coordinators communicate with seniors and others in the professional arts community who need assistance accessing community social service agencies and/or community health and well-being providers. Coordinators will be sensitive to the needs of others, and good listeners.

Commitment: 2 hours per week, 6 months to 1 year

Police Check Required: Yes

Finger Print Required:  No

Friendly Drivers provide a much-needed service to those who are not able to drive or use public transit. Volunteer drivers use their own well-maintained vehicles to drive clients to and from important appointments.

Commitment: 6 months to 1 year

Police Check Required: 

Yes Finger Print Required: No

Fellowship Reps. In our effort to help alleviate isolation among senior artists, our Fellowship Reps perform home visits with Supporting Cast clients on a pre-arranged schedule. Every effort is made to match reps with clients who have similar interests. Fellowship Reps are patient, compassionate, caring, physically fit, and reliable with outstanding interpersonal and communication skills.

Commitment: Ongoing/minimum: 1 year

Police Check Required: Yes

Finger Print Required:  No

Phone Companions commit to a weekly telephone call to an isolated senior or adult with a physical disability. Every effort is made to match phone companions with clients who have similar interests. Phone Companions are patient, compassionate, caring, and reliable with outstanding telephone communication skills.  

Commitment: On-going/ more than 1 year

Police Check Required: Yes

Finger Print Required: No

Handy Helpers assist with odd jobs to ensure that seniors and adults with physical disabilities live in a safe, clean and well-maintained house, apartment and home. These jobs include light housekeeping as well as small jobs like changing light bulbs, changing clocks back or forward, replacing smoke detector batteries, hanging pictures, setting up a TV or a DVD player, and other small jobs.  

Commitment: On-going/ More than 1 year

Police Check Required: Yes

Finger Print Required: Yes

Client Recruiters are responsible for finding and connecting senior arts professionals in need with the volunteer support available through Supporting Cast. Recruiters communicate with other arts organizations, associations, and unions.  

Commitment: 6 months to 1 year

Police Check Required: Yes

Finger Print Required: No

Grocery Shoppers - Volunteers shop for clients (for food and non-alcoholic beverages), according to their stated needs.  

Commitment: 6 months to 1 year

Police Check Required: Yes

Finger Print Required: No

Cheerful Chaperons accompany a Supporting Cast client on outings and to arts events etc. This volunteer position plays a particularly important role as it serves in providing social interaction for socially isolated clients. Volunteers may require their own well-maintained vehicle. Hours are flexible.  

Commitment: 6 months to 1 year

Police Check Required: Yes

Finger Print Required: No

Housing Envoys communicate with Government Housing Authorities, Building Managers, Real Estate and other Housing Matching programs in their community to source affordable housing for senior, and disadvantaged artists for the PAL Website’s Available Housing Board. Housing Envoys also accept referrals from individuals who may have knowledge of affordable housing opportunities in various areas, including shared accommodation opportunities.

Commitment: 6 months to 1 year

Police Check Required: Yes

Finger Print Required: No

Technocrats educate and empower seniors to proactively protect themselves with simple cybersecurity best practices to help them protect sensitive information and reduce their risks online.Technocrats offer free resources and tips to help seniors understand how scammers operate, familiarize themselves with the most common scams targeted at seniors, and provide proactive steps seniors and caregivers can take to protect sensitive information. Technocrats teach seniors about tech support scams, tax scams, ransomware, false debt collectors, sweepstakes and lottery scams and how these and other scams can be detected. (these positions are a great fit for technology savvy youth seeking high school volunteer hour credit)

Commitment: Ongoing/minimum: 1 year

Police Check Required: Yes

Finger Print Required: No

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