VOLUNTEER: Be the change you seek

The JCA is actively recruiting talented individuals to add to the mosaic of the organization. We appeal to you to come forward and help us in a big way. Please submit your resume to info@jcaontario.org and within the body of the email state the specific area of interest. The JCA Volunteer Program allows for the development of interpersonal and communication skills, skills enhancement, work experience, self-esteem and self-confidence and gives individuals the opportunity to network and make new friends.

Photography/Videography/Graphics/Art Expressions Volunteers
Pursue your development by capturing ours. Photography, film and other art forms document the story behind the tireless volunteers, the awe of an amazing event and the excitement of a people. This is a great way to share your abilities, build your portfolio, interact with new people, make invaluable connections and cement your career. The skills required are the ability to document accurately, create and share art (print or digital in all its forms).

Fundraising Volunteers
JCA is currently looking for volunteers who will be members of the Fundraising Committee. The duties include but are not limited to: attending committee meetings, planning and coordinating fundraising events and researching fundraising initiatives/opportunities. The Fundraising Committee is a collaborative group, taking into consideration everyone’s ideas and working together to raise funds for the organization. We are seeking people who are creative, resourceful, fund creation oriented and committed.

Tutors/Teachers (SMTP) Volunteers
The Saturday Morning Tutorial Program (SMTP) is a weekly homework assistance program supporting students from grades 1 – 12. We are seeking committed tutors/teachers who are passionate about teaching and student improvement. The focus areas are Mathematics,French, EQAO testing, English Language, Arts, Social Studies and Sciences. Tutors must be able to provide subject guidance, weekly progress report and respect for individual student’s development. This is a great opportunity for students, people who are interested in a career in teaching, newcomers, retired people and anyone who has the knowledge and communication skills to help young people improve their skills.

Event/Facility Facilities Volunteers
These volunteers work either behind the scenes of an event decorating, loading/unloading or setting-up/taking down. This role may require some dexterity, lots of team work and the ability to lift about 25lbs. Time management, organizational efficiency and communication skills are essential component of this volunteer segment.

Promotions/PR Volunteers
These individuals main duty is to promote JCA at events. Greet, provide information about the JCA and socialize while being in representation. This is an important role which is designed to increase the visibility of JCA. Sales experience would be beneficial but not a requirement. Extroverts with excellent customer service skills.

Research/Write Volunteers
JCA intends to refocus on advocacy, to influence public-policy and resource allocation decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions. In this area, volunteers may be required to do any of the following: general internet/document research, letters to editors and institutions, statistical analysis, article discovery, write and edit. JCA seeks resourceful, insightful and committed individuals passionate about the issues affecting our Communities.

Communications Volunteer
Do you have the ability to inform and transform through the media, social media, video, signage, text or speech? Give of your excellence. We need you to assist in developing better ways to connect our concerns and build collaborations. We are seeking individuals with a natural interest and understanding of social media: Facebook, Twitter, Googe+, LinkedIn, Youtube, blogs, forums etc. Volunteers will be required to demonstrate an ability to articulate ideas clearly and appropriately influence other.

The Jamaican Canadian Association (JCA) Volunteer Program recruits, interviews, orients, trains and places volunteers within the organization. This program provides opportunities for members of the community to support activities within their community

Volunteers are placed in the following areas:

Saturday Morning Tutorial & Heritage Program (SMTP)
Office Administration
The JCA Committees (e.g. Education)
Special Events (seniors, youth and children programs)
Building Maintenance
Youth Committee
Seniors Program
Fundraising Activities
Our volunteers are a vital part of our organization!

The JCA Volunteer Program allows for the development of interpersonal and communication skills, skills enhancement, work experience, self-esteem and self-confidence and gives individuals the opportunity to network and make new friends.

” I have been a volunteer in the Newcomer Settlement program with The Jamaican Canadian Association since March of 2005. I was interested in the NSP and wanted to work with people from different cultures. This experience has been very satisfying and rewarding, for it has given me an insight into the field of immigration and an understanding of the diverse needs of the public. Also, it has reinforced my interest to work for Citizenship and Immigration. As a volunteer, I have realized how important these services are for many individuals and how there should be more resources of this nature available to immigrants, especially those new to the country.”

–Ana Barbosa- February 2006