Whatever your initial motivation, you will soon realize that the people you come to help have much to teach you about life.
Be a friend: Some volunteers choose to develop a stable long-term friendship with an individual member. For example, a volunteer might cook dinner with a core member once every two weeks, go to a pottery class together or attend community events. Whether you want to go out for coffee with a core member or help with a gardening project, you are always welcome.
Offer your skills: Some volunteers become friends to a home by maintaining the garden of a house, or catch up on the sewing, or do seasonal cleaning or odd jobs in the home.
Share creativity: Some volunteers have a gift for art or programming and want to share this with the Day program and Creative Hands Art Studio. Or help in the office or with fundraising projects.
Grow your knowledge: Some volunteers come to L’Arche because they are interested in the field of intellectual disability. They may come as an Intern for a field placement through university or college. Or they may be drawn by our vision.
Be a part of a community: Some volunteers want a sense of community, to be with people of differing intellectual capacity, social origin, religion and culture. They want to experience a community built around the vulnerable members of our society.
Deepen your spiritual journey: Some volunteers come to L’Arche because of a social justice motivation or because the spiritual dimension of L’Arche attracts them.
Fulfill your volunteer requirements for school: High school students in Ontario are required to fulfill 40 hours of community involvement in order to graduate. You can now start collecting the 40 volunteer hours you’ll need in the summer. Commit 4 hours a week at our Day Program and in only 10 weeks you will have fulfilled your requirement. Volunteer for 1 month or do all 10 weeks in one summer. You’ll have fun, meet great people, learn a lot about yourself and what it means to make a difference. Our Day Program is open all year, weekdays from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM.
To volunteer, contact our Assistant’s Coordinator or apply online using this form: