Driver (Chauffer)

Client Transportation or Volunteer Drivers work towards the safety and well-being of children and youth by connecting children and parents to each other or to resources that support their family’s wellbeing.  This could be driving a new mom and baby for their first check up, taking a dad from Mount Forest to Guelph for caring Dad’s parenting group, driving a child to their weekly counselling session, or taking a family to a medical appointment.  Volunteers in this role are ‘chauffeurs’!

Commitment: 8 months to ongoing.  Days of the week and times are flexible based on the volunteer’s availability.  Weekend availability is welcome but not required.

Responsibilities:

  • Review weekly email with needed drives, select and communicate your availability
  • Drive children and/or parent to specified location set by F&CSGW (Guelph, Wellington County, and occasionally outside of the county)
  • Assist individuals to and from the vehicle when needed
  • Ensure the safe transportation during the trip
    • Follow speed limits and general road safety
    • Ensure seatbelts are in use
    • Ensure car seats are installed correctly
  • Carry a cell phone
  • Report issues and concerns to F&CS staff
  • Complete and submit monthly log for mileage reimbursement
  • Always maintain confidentiality
  • Be reliable, punctual, respectful and understanding of last minute changes
  • Attend orientation or training sessions
  • Work within the policies, procedures and practices of F&CSGW

Requirements:

  • Valid driver’s license & 3 year Drivers Abstract
  • Vulnerable Sector Check (police check) and internal agency record check
  • Proof of minimum liability insurance coverage
  • Vehicle safety inspection
  • Car Seat Training (required for younger children and babies), provided

Volunteer Perks:

  • Open commitment, opportunity to take as many or as few drives as you wish
  • Knowledge that you are working to help keep or reconnect children with parents
  • Orientation, Training and support from staff
  • Reimbursement for police check, 3 year abstract, vehicle safety check and KM’s
  • Opportunities to connect with other volunteers
  • Build your network and gain future references
  • Appreciation for your hard work
  • Access to a variety of training for example, De-escalation Skills

Staff Support:  Volunteers in this role are support by the Volunteer Drive Coordinator and Coordinator of Volunteer Resources.

You would be a good fit for this role if you are:

  • Like and enjoy being around children
  • Enjoy a variety of people and have a positive outlook
  • Patient and have empathy for others
  • Understanding that last minute changes or cancelations can occur for a variety of reasons
  • Welcoming and passionate about supporting family wellbeing in our community
  • Have problem solving skills         

 

For more information contact:

Coordinator of Volunteer Resources, 519-824-2410x 4438 or volunteer@fscgw.org