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Our hundreds of volunteers are the heart and soul of CHATS and make a positive difference in the health and wellness of more than 6,000 York Region and South Simcoe older adults and caregivers each year.


Hours contributed by 216 volunteers


Meals delivered to 890 clients through our Meals on Wheels service


Transportation rides provided to clients by staff and volunteer drivers


Social & Safety visits conducted


Attendances to community Lunch Out & Senior Wellness Programs


Municipalities served within the CHATS community

Why Volunteer at CHATS?

Volunteering with CHATS allows you to meet new people, learn new skills, share your time and talent and have fun!

Through a variety of CHATS programs and services, we have many different ways to get involved and make a difference. From driving to making deliveries, in-person and virtual opportunities, individual or group activities, and office or event support. We will work together to find the volunteer role that’s right for you based on your interests, skills and schedule.

CHATS is committed to providing programs and services that meet the cultural and linguistic needs of older adults. As such, we invite volunteers from diverse communities to join us.

Volunteer Requirements

Requirements may vary by volunteer position and are listed on the volunteer postings.

Volunteer Application

To be completed by logging into our online Volunteer Portal.


Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination, Valid Driver’s License, Insurance and Abstract (for driver positions only).

Background Checks

Reference Check, Vulnerable Sector Screen (associated cost covered by CHATS).

Volunteer Opportunities

If you would like to volunteer with us, please view our volunteer opportunities prior to completing a volunteer application.

Have questions? Call the CHATS Volunteer Department at 905-713-3494 or email volunteer@chats.on.ca.

Frequently Asked Questions

Still have questions? Send us an email at volunteer@chats.on.ca or call 905-713-3494 and a member of the CHATS volunteer department will follow up on your inquiry.

CHATS head office is located in Aurora with additional offices in Bradford, Richmond Hill and Vaughan.

Volunteer opportunities take place at various locations throughout York Region and South Simcoe, both at CHATS-run sites (Adult Day Programs Office support) and at community-based locations (Social, Wellness & Diversity, Event support) and at the home of Older Adults (Friendly Visiting).

If you are interested in a role that has direct interaction with clients, you will be required to complete a Vulnerable Sector Check prior to volunteering. Requirements are listed on the volunteer posting and you will be informed if you require one during the screening process. CHATS will reimburse the processing fee for Vulnerable Sector Screening.

All volunteer applications are reviewed, and applicants are contacted when there are vacancies. We will contact you to discuss your skills, interests and availability for CHATS’ current volunteer needs.

Once you are matched to a volunteer opportunity, screening of potential volunteers may take between 2 to 4 weeks to complete for positions that have direct interaction with the vulnerable population.

CHATS has a limited number of group volunteer opportunities throughout the year. We invite you to join our interest list and we will contact you with more information about group & teambuilding opportunities.

No, all volunteers must be pre-screened and are required to coordinate all volunteer shifts with CHATS in advance.

All individuals who are volunteering with us must provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 and follow all health and safety guidelines.

No. Due to the high volume of volunteer applicants, we give priority to volunteers who are seeking an ongoing commitment with CHATS.

Yes. Some positions may have a minimum age requirement which you will find listed on the volunteer posting.

Ready to apply?

Please click below to create your login and complete an online volunteer application.

Give us a call. We are here to help! 905.713.6596