Volunteering FAQs



How can I become a volunteer?

Group of volunteers wearing t-shirts that say Volunteer on the chestFill out our online application form or contact your local Program Lead. He or she will provide information about the opportunities in your area, and the application, screening and training process. You can also call the CNIB Helpline at 1-800-563-2642 and we’ll connect you with your local volunteer coordinator.

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There’s no CNIB office in my community. Can I still volunteer?

In some regions, we have volunteer positions that engage volunteers in their own communities, even if there’s no CNIB office right in your town. In fact, our volunteers are instrumental in helping us provide service in communities where we don’t have offices. 

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

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

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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 Program Lead to find out what short-term positions are available in your area. 

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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. 

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Do I need to get a police record check?

It depends on the position you apply for. Any position that includes contact with clients or confidential CNIB information will require a police record check, but we can give you more information about that when you contact us and tell us what you’re interested in doing.

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I’m in high school. Can I volunteer? 

If you’re 14 or older, yes. Students can help with special events, fundraising and administrative work during school breaks. Please contact your local Program Lead​ to learn more. Please note: Volunteers who work with our clients or client information must be 19 or older.

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I don’t know very much about CNIB and what you do. Can I still volunteer? 

Absolutely. All of our volunteers attend orientation and training sessions so they can learn about what we do and the clients we serve. As a volunteer, you’ll also learn about the impact of vision loss and receive training specific to your position. 

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Fill out our online application form​ today!​​