Dickinsfield Amity HouseDickinsfield Amity House is a family resource centre providing support services to the community since 1972. We offer a wide range of programs and services to individuals and families.
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Volunteer Information for Dickinsfield Amity House
What services does your organization provide?
- Arts and Crafts: Free drop in art classes for adults run by volunteers from the community.
- Collective Kitchen: We offer the collective kitchens program, one of our longest running and most successful programs. Collective Kitchens brings people together in groups to plan meals and cook in bulk to save money and time.
- Community Lunch: Amity House offers a free nutritious lunch every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, with the goal of building community.
- Cooking Club: Members of the community come together to cook a variety of recipes from around the world.
- Early Childhood Services: We offer workshops, activities and programs for parents of preschool children.
- ESL Classes: Improve your spoken and written English language skills, held once a week and lead by a certified ESL Teacher.
- Garden Club: We offer a community garden space, where Garden Club member can come together to learn about gardening, meet new people, as well as grow their own fruits and vegetables.
- Income Tax Filing: From March until September we offer free income tax filing provided by Volunteer Accounting Students.
- Job Search Assistance: We can help prepare resumes, provide information about employment opportunities, fax your resume to employers, and provide referrals for clothing for job interviews.
- Outreach: Amity House employs a full time Outreach Worker. Our Outreach Worker is a Registered Social Worker, who can assist people in need and connect people to resources.
- Support Groups: We run various support groups which change as needs arise. Some of the groups we run are Anger Management for Women and How to Talk so Kids Will Listen. See our newsletter or contact us for information on current programs.
- Swap Shop: Amity House collects clothing and small household donations, and has a `swap shop' area where people in need can get these items for free.
- Teaching Tots: Teaching Tots is a licenced preschool program for 0-6 year olds. The program is geared towards low income families, with the goal of providing high quality, preschool enrichment program to ensure that all children start school on equal footing. Most of the children in our Teaching Tots program are children of newcomers to Canada, many are refugees of war torn countries, such as Sudan and Somalia. We believe that Parents are a child's first and best teacher, therefore we provide a Family Support Worker to work with the parents of children in the program, providing parenting information and support.
- WeCan Food Co-op: We are a delivery site for the WeCan Food Co-op -a program that allows participants to stretch their food dollar by joining a larger group, enabling bulk purchases.
Do you have any age requirements?
What time commitment(s) are you expecting from a volunteer?
One 2.5 hour shift per week for a four month period is what we prefer!
Are there any other requirements for being a volunteer?
All volunteers must also submit to a police security check and a child welfare check.
Are there any specific skills and experience required?
We are looking for volunteers who are dynamic, outgoing and energetic. Previous experience working with children would be an asset.
What type of volunteer positions are typically available?
Preschool classroom Volunteers will assist the teachers in the preschool with a variety of activities. Volunteer duties will include interacting with the children while helping them experience a variety of new activities, such as arts/crafts, music and sports. Helping with equipment set up and take down for the program will also be occasionally required.
Our preschool program is called Teaching Tots. It targets low-income families with the goal of providing a high-quality enrichment program to ensure all children start school on equal footing. Most of the children registered in Teaching Tots are the children of new immigrants and refugees. Teaching Tots has a morning (9-11:30) and afternoon (1-3:30) class each with 22 children ranging in ages from 3-5.
Do you provide training for volunteers?
In classroom training will be provided to the volunteers.
What are the typical volunteer activities occurring at your organization?
Helping our community become a better place!
How will a person benefit from volunteering with Dickinsfield Amity House?
Volunteering provides many great new challenges, relationships, and rewarding circumstances! We are happy to write letters of reference for our volunteers, as well as invite them to our annual volunteer appreciation event.
Do you accept high school students?
Not for out preschool classroom unfortunately.
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