Frequently Asked Questions

How can I become a volunteer?

Fill out our online application form or contact your local Coordinator, Volunteer Services. He or she will provide information about the opportunities in your area, and the application, screening and training process.

There's no CNIB Centre in my community. Can I still volunteer?

In some regions, volunteers are engaged in the community rather than coming to a CNIB centre. Volunteers help us provide service in communities where we don't have offices. Contact your local  Coordinator, Volunteer Services to find out more.

I work/go to school full time. Can you accommodate my schedule?

Maybe. We have volunteer positions with flexible schedules, and some volunteers contribute time during evenings and weekends. But positions based at a CNIB office can only be done during regular office hours. Contact your local Coordinator, Volunteer Services for information on opportunities in your community.

Do I have to make a long-term commitment? 

Many of our opportunities ask for a six-month commitment. But we also need people for special events and short-term projects. Contact your local Coordinator, Volunteer Services to find out what needs to be done in your area.

Do I have to make a weekly commitment?

No. Some positions are weekly, but we also have opportunities with monthly and occasional commitments. Some positions are extremely flexible - you volunteer when it works for you.

Do I need to get a Police Record Check?

It depends on the position you apply for. Any position that includes unsupervised contact with clients, access to client information, or access to cash requires a Police Record Check. You'll get more information at the interview or orientation session.

I'm in high school. Can I volunteer?

If you are 14 or older, yes. Students can help with special events, fundraising and administrative work during school breaks. Please contact your local Coordinator, Volunteer Services to find out what's going on in your area. Volunteers who work with clients, client information or cash must be 19 or older.

I'm interested in volunteering, but I don't know very much about CNIB and what you do.

All volunteers receive orientation and training. You will learn about what we do and the clients we serve. You'll also learn about the impact of vision loss. All volunteers receive training specific to their placement. ​​