Volunteer with the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario

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We have many activities, events, programs and projects focused on supporting people living with mood disorders and their families. We wouldn't be able to provide all the support we do without our incredible volunteers.

As a volunteer with the Mood Disorders Association, you have the opportunity to meet new people, make new friends, and be involved in purposeful, meaningful work.

Volunteers receive a complimentary membership to the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario. Volunteers also receive initial and ongoing training by a team of generous, supportive and accepting individuals. Volunteers learn more about mood disorders, treatments and coping skills and have the opportunity to build skills in areas such as telephone and computer work, interpersonal communications and administrative work. Volunteers also have opportunities to provide leadership, support, information and resources in groups and programs, telephone and administrative support, and communications work in an office setting.

We offer a number of volunteer opportunities, which will be discussed further during the volunteer application process:

Administration Volunteer: This person will join a team of generous, supportive and accepting individuals who have many projects on the go. Staff at the Mood Disorders Association often need office assistance which covers a wide range of tasks, including filing and organizing information, managing publications, letters and mailings, maintaining resource lists and statistics, proof-reading leaflets and documents and telephone calls.

Phone Peer Support Volunteer: The Telephone Information and Peer Support (TIPS) volunteer offers support to callers through our confidential, free phone helpline that is open daily during the week. This person also offers support for agency walk-ins. Training and orientation is provided, as is ongoing support for the volunteer. This is an opportunity to build interpersonal communication skills as well as to derive personal satisfaction from the important job of helping others.  position's job description

Peer Support Group Facilitator Volunteer: This person provides leadership as a facilitator in peer support groups for individuals and their families living with mood disorders. Training and orientation is provided, as is ongoing support. Further training opportunities are also available and the opportunity to help others who are reaching out to help themselves is one that will provide a great deal of personal satisfaction.

Speakers Bureau Volunteer: This person gives presentations on personal and indirect experience of mood disorders to groups, organizations and local schools and represents the Mood Disorders Association at community events. Volunteer support meetings and developmental training are provided, and the individual will have a great opportunity to contribute to public awareness of and education about mood disorders.

Special Events Volunteer: This enthusiastic person helps to organize events and raise valuable funds to support the important work the Mood Disorders Association does. The work is ongoing throughout the year, and the volunteer can help make the events a success by participating in marketing, registration, logistics and more. Training is provided and your contribution will be an invaluable accomplishment to an important cause.

Online Peer Support Forum Volunteer: This person provides support to the Mood Disorders Association’s online community forums by ensuring the site is safe for all users. You will use your computer skills to monitor the peer support forum and share your experience where appropriate. Initial training and on-going support and training opportunities will be provided, and you will have the opportunity to develop interpersonal communication skills and benefit from meaningful, purposeful work.

Program Research Volunteer: The Mood Disorders Association has many projects on the go that require research assistance. This person has strong computer and Internet research skills and organizes the information gathered and also help maintain library resources and consolidate statistics, among other things. This position provides the volunteer with the opportunity to help the Mood Disorders Association further its mission to provide support to people with and affected by mood disorders, and to be involved in purposeful and meaningful work.

Communications and Promotion Volunteer: Interested in writing and designing brochures, flyers or other materials? Want to help promote our programs and services? If so, this is the perfect volunteer position for you! 

Community Engagement Committee Volunteer: Members of the Community Engagement Committee (CEC) are responsible for developing new and engaging display material, interactive and engaging activities and creative ways of representing the organization within the community.  The committee also facilitates the preparation and execution of community events.  This includes conducting research on upcoming events, making note of, and selecting from resources available, developing new materials when appropriate, scheduling CEC members to attend the various events, and providing relevant feedback based on the success and learning opportunities of the events being attended.

Continuous Improvement Project Assistant Volunteer: The Continuous Improvement Projects Volunteer's key role is to assist the Project Manager with the organization’s several ongoing projects to improve quality of services and office operation efficiency. Their responsibility will include assisting in conducting research, gathering of materials, as well as compiling and keeping track of project documents. The areas that the CI team work on include policy and procedure, process and program development, and addressing clients and stakeholders’ concerns.

Recovery Program Administrative Assistant: The role of the RPAA will allow for more efficiency and responsiveness when organizing recovery programs, namely the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) and Laughing Like Crazy (LLC). The RPAA will ensure that the registration process and communication with participants runs smoothly. They will be responsible for handling logistical tasks throughout the preparation and duration of programs. It is expected that the incumbent will put in 3 hours of volunteer work weekly.

Youth Advisory Committee: The Youth Advisory Committee was established to provide perspectives and guidance directly from young people on the issues and information that are most important to them. Youth Committee members discuss the many challenges in their social and educational environments and are involved in the development of  many MDAO programs and trainings, emphasizing a youth perspective.

To apply to be a volunteer please click here to complete the online application.

 You may also download a pdf version of the application below, and then submit the completed pdf to volunteer@mooddisorders.ca