The Nanaimo Disability Resource Centre depends upon the generosity of volunteers. We are a volunteer driven organization with about 30 active volunteers at any given time and 5 staff members – only one of which is full time. If you are looking for a great way to make a difference and would like to get out and meet new people, we would love for you to join our team!
Join Our Team!
All positions require a RCMP criminal record check with no cost to the volunteer.
Volunteers must be fully vaccinated and wear masks whenever clients are present, or when in close proximity to other volunteers. In all positions training is provided and there will always be a support staff member nearby. Our volunteers’ safety and comfort is always a priority.
The Volunteer Coordinator is Allison Frame
Covid has impacted the way we teach technology so please see the Computer School section for the most up-to-date information on what our technology program currently looks like.
This volunteer does not have to be a computer expert, but should:
- Have a general working knowledge
of laptops and at least one other device (Android smartphone/tablet iPhone/iPad)
- Have a calm and easy going attitude.
Perfect for Volunteers Who:
- Want to give 1-3 hours of their time every week
- Prefer one-on-one connection with clients
Front Desk Reception
This volunteer greets walk-in clients, answers telephones, takes messages, provides
information and referrals and processes parking
This volunteer should:
- Be comfortable making and answering phone calls
- Be comfortable with computer basics. If you can navigate instructions like “double click, right click, tab, type___” you should be fine.
- Be willing to commit to volunteering for at least 6 months (due to training time required)
Perfect for Volunteers Who:
- Have 3+ Hours to give every week
- Enjoy working with clients
We now have 4 committees currently looking for members:
- Fundraising and Publicity
- Community Resources
Committee volunteers participate in meetings, help brainstorm idea and participate in committee activities.
Currently these committees are chaired by Marie and/or Allison and have few members. However, it is our hope that these committees will grow and become more active in the coming years.
Committees are Perfect for Volunteers Who:
- Don’t have a consistent schedule
- Want to be involved but need flexibility
- Are creative! Lots of brainstorming and planning involved in these committees.
- Like to write and/or edit
Additionally, we have our Bursary Committee. However, this is our first year offering this bursary so at this time we are keeping the committee member numbers small to avoid confusion and disagreements.
Fundraising and Publicity Committee
- Brainstorm and investigate fundraising opportunities.
- Assist and/or develop promotional ideas
- Represent NDRC at any events attended
Community Resources Committee
- Brainstorm new programs for NDRC or how to expand existing programs
- Come up with and participate in membership incentives/events
- Help keep our membership database up to date
- Come up with human interest stories
- Research other non-profit organizations for our “NDRC Celebrates” segment
- Research local events and news that our readers might be interested in.
- Make decisions on how to distribute locally (currently it is only via our website, Facebook, email subscriber list and those who pick up in person)
Resource Coordinators maintain the brochure wall, contact organizations to verify services offered and other small related tasks. They may also follow up on researching and answering client questions.
All training is provided.
Board of Directors Member
NDRC is not currently seeking board members. But for those interested in the future, this position requires:
- Average of 3-10 hours a month dedicated to committees and monthly board meetings
- Active participation in organization and fundraising activities/other committees
- 1 year minimum commitment period
- Governing the organization
- Developing policies which enable the board to make responsible decisions on fiscal matters
- Making decisions about current and proposed programs
The ideal candidate would have:
- Demonstrated interest in the mission and vision of the organization
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills
- Ability to work on a team with like-minded individuals
- Awareness of disability issues
Interviews are conducted as applications are received.
RCMP criminal record check is required and paid for by NDRC.
Before applying, please take a moment to browse our site to familiarize yourself with the programs we offer.
You can then apply online using the form below or come into the NDRC office (#2- 4166 Departure Bay rd).