Volunteering at CHATS
Our more than 450 volunteers are the heart and soul of CHATS and make a positive difference in the health and wellness of more than 8,500 York Region and South Simcoe older adults and their caregivers each year.
Our volunteers play an integral role in the lives of our clients—delivering Meals on Wheels to older adults at their homes; engaging them in activities at CHATS programs; making friendly phone calls; driving them to medical appointments, errands and malls; providing essential administrative support in our office, and more.
Volunteering with CHATS allows you to meet new people, learn new skills, have fun—and it’s flexible! You choose how you want to volunteer based on your interests, skills, schedule, and availability.
Be a volunteer out in the community, or your own home—we will work together to find the volunteer role that’s right for you.
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.
If you would like to volunteer with older adults, view our Volunteer Opportunities, call the CHATS Volunteer Department at 905-713-3494 (toll-free at 1-877-755-3494).
Kits for a Cause: Another Way to Volunteer
Are you looking for a fun group or corporate volunteer opportunity that can make a lasting impact? Help us build CHATS Care Kits for our clients who need it most.
There are no limits to group sizes—whether your group is 5 or 500, you can help us to help our community! To learn how you can help, click here for more information.
Under the AODA—Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, CHATS is required to provide Customer Service Training to all volunteers. This training will outline the accessibility standards and provide practical solutions for successfully interacting with people with different abilities.
The goal is to make Ontario accessible for people with disabilities by developing and enforcing accessibility standards. This training takes approximately 35 minutes.
To complete your training, please watch the following video:
Once you have watched the video, please confirm your training by completing the AODA Volunteer Training and Acknowledgement form in your application package.
To learn more about CHATS’ Accessibility policies, please view our Corporate Information page.
I started out driving people to appointments around Mount Albert, then began working in the lunch out program in Markham. The most rewarding is the relationships developed with elderly clients and the appreciation they show us. The in-person sessions are the best, but the on-phone bingo calls have also been great. We all miss the face-to-face.