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Volunteer to paid work

Volunteering can be great, exploitative, a path to work or a path to non-stop-internship-hell. For some people, volunteering can help your mental health stuff and give a sense of purpose. Volunteer Toronto has a lot of listings and tips on finding a meaningful place.  Also check out Charity Village.

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6 Ways Volunteering Supports Job Search

Volunteering is a great way to help you gain skills and experience for the job-market. It also allows you to try out new things, meet new people and have some fun.This interactive hour and half session will focus on the benefits of volunteering and six ways volunteering can help you find a job.

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Volunteering As a Newcomer

Are you new to Canada and want to learn more about volunteering? This information session will focus on the benefits of becoming a volunteer along with a clear overview of how to get started.

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Court Ordered Community Service

5 Tips For Completing Your Court Ordered Community Service Hours: 1. View It As An Opportunity: Determine what the courts define as a 'volunteer activity' then think about whether you want to gain a new skill or share a skill you already have. 2. Start Looking Immediately: In many cases, you will have to go through an interview and training process, which can take a few weeks to complete. Give yourself the time to find something that interests you so you will be more willing to put in the time. 3. Be Prepared: Write a resume with at least two references (not family members) who can attest to the positive aspects of your character and work ethic. Outline your skills and any past experience you have that could relate to the position you are applying for. 4. Reach Out: Once you have found a few positions that interest you, contact the person listed in the posting by phone or email. Be patient. Volunteer Managers are often overworked so give them a few days to return your message then reach out one more time. If they don't return your call then continue your search. 5. Show Up Ready To Work: Make sure you arrive on-time with a positive attitude. This will go a long way in building trust with the organization as well as help you have a good volunteer experience. Remember, you are there to help the organization regardless if you have hours to complete. Do your best and the benefits could be surprising.

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