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Canadian charity.
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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I join?

First, you should complete and return your application form and resume by e-mail to volunteer@theredwood.com, by fax to (416) 533-7867, or by mail to P.O. Box 16023, Toronto, ON M6J 3W2.

The application, orientation and training process generally takes one to two months. Once we receive your application forms, you will be contacted for an interview. If your skills and interests match an existing position description you will be invited to attend an Anti-Racism Anti-Oppression Volunteer Orientation and asked to submit three references, including a police reference check. You will be invited to training sessions once you start to volunteer.

What would I be doing?

Volunteers provide support in many of our programs. For example, some of them are Tutors, Children's Program Assistants, Emergency Childcare Providers, Parent Relief Workers, Donation Workers, Drivers, ESL (English as a Second Language) Tutors, Cooks, Mail Drive Volunteers, and Special Event Volunteers.

The Volunteer Coordinator can tell you what programs have openings. Sometimes, it's hard to say when there will be an opening in a program so we maintain a list of trained volunteers who are willing to wait a bit and/or fill in as back-up volunteers.

What is the time commitment?

The minimum length of commitment is six months. Many volunteers have been involved with The Redwood once per week for many years while other special event volunteers will only get involved in one event each year.

Who volunteers at The Redwood?

Everyone! The Redwood has a Trans-Inclusion Policy as well as an Anti-Racism Anti-Oppression (ARAO) Policy for all. We seek a diverse mix of volunteers from all ages and backgrounds with a variety of skills. A talent that you may have thought unimportant may be what we are looking for. So join today!

Can men volunteer at the shelter?

Yes. When men volunteer with us they also act as positive role models for the children at The Redwood.