IRCOM is committed to providing equal access to volunteer opportunities. Applicants who identify as an Indigenous person, a visible minority, a member of the LGBTTQ* community, come from an immigrant or refugee background, or who speak languages other than English are all encouraged to apply. Where possible, IRCOM will strive to make our programs accessible for volunteers with physical or other limitations as well as volunteers who bring a support person with them.
Everyone who wants to volunteer at IRCOM can expect to go through an application process free of judgment. The steps for applying to IRCOM are the same for everyone, and include:
- Submitting an online application, including the name and contact information for two references
- A one-on-one interview with a member of the Volunteer Team
- Providing a clear Child Abuse Registry check
- Providing an acceptable Criminal Record check (note that having a criminal record does not exclude a person from volunteering unless it suggests a risk to IRCOM staff, volunteers or community members)
- Attending a training specific to the program of interest, if available
IRCOM has the right to check the information provided by a volunteer at any stage of this process and refuse a volunteer if the information is inaccurate or suggests a risk to other staff, volunteers, or community members.
By agreeing to these policies volunteers agree to go through this application process.
Most programs that IRCOM run have specific time requirements, generally a minimum 3 month commitment, or the course of a full session if the program is time-bound. The time requirement is provided on the information button beside each general interest category.
By agreeing to these policies, the volunteer agrees to meet the time requirement for their program of interest.
IRCOM expects volunteers meet certain standards. More details on volunteer rights and responsibilities are provided later on, but in general volunteers are expected to:
- Abide by IRCOM's core values (put people first, be agents of change, be holistic, and support integration, independence, diversity and partnerships)
- Treat all staff, volunteers and community members with respect, consideration and dignity
- Understand the job requirements before accepting it, asking questions if needed
- Follow guidelines and procedures
- Communicate openly and honestly with staff, volunteers and community members
- Accept guidance and supervision from the staff member in charge
- Share knowledge and experience with new volunteers
- Inform the Volunteer Team as soon as possible if unable to attend, arrive on time, or carry out the assigned duties
By agreeing to these policies, the volunteer agrees to meet these standards.
IRCOM and the Volunteer & Community Services Program (VCSP) are committed to ensuring the privacy and confidentiality of our volunteers. Your personal information will not be shared outside of IRCOM.
VCSP communication consent:
The main vehicle of communication for VCSP and its volunteers is electronic mail (email). VCSP uses The Better Impact Volunteer Management system as the primary form of communication. Emails you receive from the system will appears as “firstname.lastname@example.org.”
VCSP communicates organizational updates, changes to the volunteer schedule, upcoming events, and various other kinds of information pertinent to volunteers.
In order for us to email you we need your express consent.
Yes, I consent to receive emails from VCSP
No, I do not give consent
Please note: you have the right to withhold consent; however, doing so will make you ineligible to be a volunteer with VCSP.
IRCOM communication consent
From time-to-time IRCOM shares information with friends and supporters on the work we do helping newcomers.
We need to know if you want to receive this information updates because we want everyone's wishes to be respected.
If you give your consent to receive IRCOM messages you can expect to get stories on tenants and programs, information on opportunities to attend events and donate, and updates the organization and the settlement sector.
IRCOM uses Constant Contact as the primary form of communication. Emails you receive from the system will appears as “email@example.com.”
Yes, I consent to receive emails from IRCOM
No, I do not give consent
By clicking Yes you're granting IRCOM permission to email you. You can revoke permission at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe link found at the bottom of every email.