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Benefits of Volunteering

Are you interested in being a part of this incredible team of enthusiastic individuals?

Volunteering at Ontario Shores provides opportunities to gain awareness and experience in a specialized mental health facility that focuses on recovery through specialized treatment, education, advocacy and research.

Follow this link to learn more about the application process. Please note that all of our volunteer opportunities require that individuals feel confident to participate without direct supervision or support.

Why Volunteer - What’s in it for me. Explore the many benefits of Volunteering.

Volunteering is a great way for you to make connections, try something different, gain new experiences and develop your skills.

Studies have shown that volunteering can have positive benefits to ones mental and physical health as it creates meaningful connections and increases activity (check out some of the articles below for more information).

Career Exploration: Volunteering creates unique opportunities for you to connect with working professionals in clinical and non-clinical settings. Observe the daily tasks and function of the role you may envision yourself in as your advance towards and define the scope of your professional goals and aspirations.

Enhance your Resume:

Volunteering adds value to your resume, it shows employers that you are dedicated, you go above and beyond, and you are interested in meaningful activities. It shows that you are committed and invested in your community and that you have the effective time management skills to accommodate volunteering into your busy lifestyle.

Building a Network:

If you are looking to connect with like minded professionals and other volunteers who are on similar journeys as you, volunteering is a great opportunity to make meaningful connections and network with patients, staff and volunteers.  New studies conducted by LinkedIn suggest that 85% of jobs are gained through Networking. Meeting new people can build your communication skills and confidence while connecting you to the right people and departments in the organizations.

Develop and Refine skills

Volunteering can create opportunities for you to try new things, develop new skill sets, broaden and deepen your experience. Grown your knowledge in the areas you are passionate about and build up your capabilities to position you for success in your future career journeys. Volunteering can help you retain your skills, and develop soft skills such as adaptability, problem solving, setting and achieving goals and group collaboration.


Want to learn more about the various benefits of volunteering? Check out some of these resources

TEDx Talks:

Be Selfish. Volunteer! | Kevin White -  TEDxColoradoSprings

Volunteering - the beneficial side effects | Eric Cooper -  TEDxSanAntonio

How Volunteering can help Change the World -  Trishya Screwvala | TEDxChennai

What Volunteering Taught Me -  Hajira Khan at TEDxKinnaird

Volunteering - the beneficial side effects | Eric Cooper -  TEDxSanAntonio

Articles on Volunteering:

Volunteering may be good for body and mind - Harvard Health

How Volunteering Can Help you Build Skills For Your Career – Charity Village

Volunteering, What’s In It for Me? - LinkedIn

11 Ways Volunteering Can Help You Find a Job

Benefits of Volunteering

Volunteering and its Surprising Benefits

Volunteer Testimonials

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