CMHA Niagara offers a variety of volunteer positions to help serve individuals with mental health conditions and to raise awareness about mental health in our community.

Volunteers play an integral role in our agency though their contributions of time, inspiration, energy and expertise. Volunteers gain a sense of satisfaction knowing they have directly influenced individuals with mental health issues. Anyone may apply to become a volunteer, including those with lived experience. We are a diverse set of individuals, embracing all cultures, age groups, and backgrounds. We are are also diverse in our experience; from students wanting to gain knowledge and experience in the mental health field, to young and seasoned professionals wanting to make an impact in our community, to seniors contributing a breadth of knowledge gained from their life experiences.

How can I help?

Social Connections Program:

Interested in helping people feel more socially connected? Volunteers will telephone or Skype one-to-one with someone who is socially isolated to help develop their social skills and interactions.

Community Engagement Program:

Want to help someone get connected to the community through social and recreational activities? Participate one-on-one or in a group setting to foster someone’s social engagement through various recreational and leisure activities.

Speakers Bureau:

Have a personal experience with mental illness? Share your story to help raise awareness, provide education, and decrease the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Other Opportunities:

Bingo Volunteer: Help raise funds for CMHA Niagara. Money raised goes directly to our programming.

Fundraising/Events/Women & Wellness: Help organize events to raise funds and awareness for CMHA Niagara.

Board Member: Become an active member on our Board of Directors.

Frequently asked questions:

The minimum age to volunteer is 18 except for event-day volunteers.
We ask for a commitment of at least one year. Time ranges from 1 to 2 hours a week to a few hours a month.

Hours are flexible and dependent on your schedule.

When matched with someone, you can discuss activities that you both enjoy. This can be anything from hiking, playing games, exercising or just simply talking out in the community.
Training in provided through our partnership with the Distress Centre. This includes training in active listening, boundaries, and suicide skills (16 hours).

An online orientation is completed by all volunteers.

Additional professional development training is offered throughout the year.

Police clearance with vulnerable sector.

Reference checks

Volunteer Application Form

For more information contact the Volunteer Coordinator:  905-641-5222  or info@cmhaniagara.ca

For general inquiries on our programs and services, please call 905-641-5222.

The following 24/7 crisis and information is available:

Distress Centre Niagara: 905-688-3711

COAST: 1-866-550-5205 (Press 1)

Mental Health and Addictions Access Line: 1-866-550-5205 (Press 2)