Our volunteer program provides a unique opportunity for clients and the general public to enhance the services offered through CMHA. Volunteers are an integral part of CMHA and support the Branch in a variety of areas. Volunteer positions include Peer Support, Group Activities Support, Volunteer Driver, Special Events Support, and the Speakers Bureau.
Peer Support Volunteer*
Peer Supporters are people who have a lived experience with a mental illness and are now in recovery. They understand a lot about mental health because they have been there themselves. Peer Support is based on empowering individuals to take the lead on cultivating their own mental health recovery. Peer Support is about health and ability, not illness and disability. Peer relationships are built around a mutual understanding and trust, and are designed to be a compliment to traditional clinical care programs and not to replace them.
*Actively recruiting, learn more here: Peer Volunteer
Group Activities Support
Trained volunteers will assist staff members in carrying out group activities, whether social or educational groups. The Volunteer will meet regularly with the staff member to coordinate group preparation. The objective is to promote, support and/or encourage participation group activities and work to engage clients who may need extra assistance. This role is non-clinical, with a goal to provide a friendly, supportive volunteer relationship.
Volunteers are needed to support clients by providing dependable transportation to and from their homes to appointments and/or groups. Volunteer drivers must be 21 years of age or older and have minimum 5 years driving experience. Travel is primarily throughout Oxford County, with the possibility of leaving the county. Provide agency with valid license, and insurance that shows two million dollar liability, submit monthly paperwork of volunteer hours contributed and mileage expenses, if it applies. Drivers using their own vehicles will be reimbursed for mileage.
*Actively recruiting, learn more here: CMHA Oxford Volunteer Driver
Special Events Support
Volunteers are needed for the planning/organizing for events and attending on the day of the event itself. Tasks may include helping to set up, take down, run a booth or support an activity, be a runner to bring supplies to those who need them. Volunteers may also be asked to help advertise our events (design posters and tickets), place posters, sell tickets, use social media, phone calls and bulletins to local organizations and businesses.
Persons with lived experience or their family members are needed as volunteers to make themselves available to speak to community groups, schools, clubs and other organizations throughout Oxford County. This service is free, although travel expenses may be requested to some locations.
For more information, Check out our Volunteer Manual (February 2015) here
In demand Volunteer Postings:
We are always in need of more volunteers to fill these roles:
For the above postings, and to apply to be a general volunteer, please fill out the Volunteer Application Form here and email it to email@example.com or mail, fax, or deliver it to our Woodstock office:
ATTN: Volunteer Coordinator
522 Peel Street
*CMHA Oxford is happy to accommodate applicants with disabilities, if you require accommodations related to a disability at any point during the volunteer application process please let us know.