Volunteer opportunities

Tech Mate - GTA

Location details: Community Location

Community Locations across the GTA! Toronto, Peel Region, York Region, Durham Region. CNIB has individuals waiting for a volunteer in all areas of our region. We will work with you to find a match that is convenient for you.

Ideal for: Individual, Corporate, Groups

Volunteers help unleash the power of technology to ensure people with sight loss have the skills and tools to connect with the outside world. Tech volunteers work with participants to nurture the necessary skills to use a range of mainstream technology, including smartphones and mobile apps. You don’t need to be tech savvy to get involved!

In this role, you'll:

  • help people set up new devices and/or troubleshoot any tech issues;
  • teach participants how to use and navigate various mobile apps (ex: Uber, Google Maps, Facebook, Twitter)
  • share tech skills by leading or supporting technology workshops in a supportive environment;
  • provide one-on-one support to people in your community.

Leisure Mate - GTA

Location details: Community Location

Community Locations across the GTA! Toronto, Peel Region, York Region, Durham Region. CNIB has individuals waiting for a volunteer in all areas of our region. We will work with you to find a match that is convenient for you.

Ideal for: Individual, Corporate, Groups

If you are friendly, reliable and have an interest in health, fitness, the arts and fun, then this is the opportunity for you! As a Leisure Mate, you'll act as a sighted guide to provide support either as part of a larger group or on a one-on-one basis.

Share your passion with someone with sight loss! Activities will be based on your skillset. Fitness activities might include running, cycling, or gym-based support. Leisure activities could be museum outings, theatre adventures, social activities, crafting projects or an activity of your choosing.     

Child and Youth Program Assistant - GTA

Community Locations across the GTA!

Toronto, Peel Region, York Region, Durham Region. 

Ideal for: Individual, Youth, Corporate, Groups, Student Placements, all

In this position, you will assist staff and other volunteers to supervise children with sight loss and their siblings as they participate in fun and interactive activities in a safe and accessible environment.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist program lead in planning and organizing fun and interactive social and recreational activities for children and youth with sight loss and their siblings
  • Assist with supervision of children and youth during program activities/events
  • Promote participation of children/youth in planned activities
  • Encourage children/youth to try new things and make connections with others
  • Promote a safe and inclusive environment for all children and youth attending program events/activities
  • Track and report volunteer hours
  • Provide sighted assistance for participants as needed
  • Other duties as required

Photographer/Videographer

Location details: Community Location

Toronto (GTA), Peel Region, York Region, Durham Region , Barrie, Simcoe/Muskoka, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, St. Catharines, Kitchener, Hamilton, Burlington, Stratford, London, Windsor, Ottawa, Kingston, Peterborough, etc.

Ideal for: Individual, Youth, Student Placements

Want to be involved in storytelling in pictures or videos?

We are currently seeking a volunteer photographer and/or videographer who has the capacity to donate their time to the CNIB Foundation throughout the year.

Primary Tasks
Provide professional-grade images of:

  • People who are blind or partially sighted participating in community outings and CNIB Foundation programming/activities;
  • Profile pictures of participants to accompany stories;
  • Philanthropy (Fundraising) events;
  • Community Events & Conferences;
  • and volunteers at work;

Peer Support Facilitator - Ontario ALL

Location details: Community Location

Communities across Ontario. 

Toronto (GTA), Peel Region, York Region, Durham Region Barrie, Simcoe/Muskoka, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, St. Catharines, Kitchener, Hamilton, Burlington, Stratford, London, Windsor, Ottawa, Belleville, etc. 

Ideal for: Individual

Peer Support group volunteers help to facilitate meetings that are outlined by CNIB and the participants. The meetings are a place for the participants to get information on different topics that relate to sight loss. The volunteer is responsible for making sure the group stays on task and working with the CNIB staff person to get the meeting info and speakers. 
The volunteers do not need to have any experience with vision loss but it can be helpful. 

Responsibilities & Tasks:

  • Attend and lead meetings once or twice a month depending on your location
  • Determine topics of discussion with client and program lead input
  • When a client needs more support, service, counseling or information than you are able to give, refer them to staff

CNIB Ambassador - Ontario ALL

Location details: Community Location

Training will be from a CNIB location close to you!  Ambassador speaking opportunities occur across the region.

Toronto (GTA), Peel Region, York Region, Durham Region, Barrie, Simcoe/Muskoka, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, St. Catharines, Kitchener, Hamilton, Burlington, Stratford, London, Windsor, Ottawa, Brockville, Belleville, etc.

Ideal for: Individual, Youth, Corporate, Groups, Student Placements, all

Contribute to increasing knowledge by educating the public about vision health, living with vision loss and CNIB programs and services; enabling Canadians impacted by blindness to live the lives they choose.

CNIB Ambassadors:

  • Represent CNIB to the general public and specific audiences including community groups, corporations, schools, seniors’ centres, and vision health professionals
  • Some Ambassadors may receive training and requests to give media interviews
  • Share your personal experience with vision loss and CNIB’s role in your journey
  • Depending on need, other tasks may include setting up displays and demonstrating technical aids

Vision Mate - Ontario

Location details: Community Location

Community Locations across the province! CNIB has individuals waiting for a volunteer in all areas of our region.  We will work with you to find a match that is convenient for you.

Ideal for: Individual, Corporate, Student Placements

Vision Mates provide regular, one-to-one assistance and companionship for a person who is blind or partially sighted. Matches are made with someone who lives close to your home, school or work. You visit once a week for a couple of hours to assist with four main tasks: reading, errands (like groceries and shopping), going for walks, and socializing.

Recreation Assistant - Ontario ALL

Location details: Community Location

Communities across Ontario. 

Toronto (GTA), Peel Region, York Region, Durham Region Barrie, Simcoe/Muskoka, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, St. Catharines, Kitchener, Hamilton, Burlington, Stratford, London, Windsor, Ottawa, Kingston, etc.

Ideal for: Individual, Youth, Groups, Student Placements

The CNIB Foundation hosts a variety of recreation programs for people who are blind or partially sighted. Recreation assistants provide sighted assistance and support for a program. 

Volunteers assist with setup and teardown, work with group leads to track attendance, promote programs and connect with participants. 

    Shop CNIB - Mississauga

    Location details: Office

    Mississauga, Ontario. 50 Burnhamthorpe Rd. W, Suite 421, Mississauga.

    Ideal for: Individual, Youth

    Oversee all aspects of operating the CNIB store in various community hubs in the region, including customer service, inventory, communicating with internal stakeholders and external vendors. Work closely with other CNIB shops to assist in customer service, inventory and stocking.

    Driver and guide - Ontario ALL

    Location details: Community Location

    Communities across Ontario. 

    Toronto (GTA), Peel Region, York Region, Durham Region Barrie, Simcoe/Muskoka, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, St. Catharines, Kitchener, Hamilton, Burlington, Stratford, London, Windsor, Ottawa, etc.

    Ideal for: Individual, Corporate, Groups, all

    Provide community-based support by driving volunteer ambassadors or advocates who are blind or partially sighted.

    Hub Master - Toronto

    Location details: Office

    CNIB GTA Community Hub, 1525 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON.

    Ideal for: Individual, Youth, Student Placements

    Administrative coordinator at local CNIB community hub.  Be the first point of contact for guests visiting the Hub, providing information, orientation and support.