How Do I Become a WindReach Farm Volunteer?

Volunteering at WindReach Farm is an exciting experience. We are very fortunate to have so many great volunteers ready and willing to support our service areas. As a not-for-profit organization, we have a relatively small staff and rely heavily upon the commitment of our volunteers. More volunteers are always welcome! See below for upcoming 2017 Volunteer Orientation dates.

STEP 1:

Register for a New Volunteer Orientation

You must register for and attend a New Volunteer Orientation prior to volunteering by contacting the Volunteer Coordinator, Amanda Wood, at volunteering@windreachfarm.org or (905) 655-5827 x225.

Occasionally a one-on-one orientation can be done by the Volunteer Coordinator if deemed appropriate.

We ask all volunteers to provide two references (including daytime phone numbers, preferably NOT family members) when registering for a New Volunteer Orientation.

Volunteers must be 14 years of age or older. We ask for a commitment of at least 10 hours per month for a year.  Volunteer days and times are Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Thursday from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm (stables only) and Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Each volunteer opportunity requires different availability.

Upcoming Volunteer Orientation Dates for 2017
Wednesday, September 27th from 5:45 – 8:30 pm
Tuesday, October 24th from 5:45 – 8:30 pm

STEP 2:

Attend a New Volunteer Orientation and Complete Paperwork

All potential volunteers must attend a New Volunteer Orientation. Each  orientation is 75 minutes in length and is held in the Visitors’ Centre at WindReach Farm.  During the orientation, you will become familiar with WindReach Farm’s mission, programs and services, volunteer commitment, and volunteer opportunities.

Those interested in volunteering at the Stables MUST ALSO attend a Stables orientation which are held four times per year on the same night as a the main orientation and run from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

Forms to be completed can be found here.

Criminal Record Check

All WindReach Farm volunteers are asked to submit a current (within the last year) Criminal Record Check including the Vulnerable Sector Check. You must get the Criminal Record Check from the area in which you live.

The current fee in Durham is $20 for volunteers. Only exact change will be taken. Acceptable forms of payment include: cash, Visa, MasterCard, Debit, certified cheque, money order or bank draft.

In order to ensure faster service and to minimize costs for those applying for volunteer positions, citizens are now required to bring a letter from the organization they are volunteering for, on the organization’s letterhead. You will get this signed letter from the Volunteer Coordinator at your New Volunteer Orientation. This letter will ensure you receive the volunteer rate of $20 (in Durham Region) instead of the $55 fee.

Note: Costs associated with the completion of the Criminal Record Check (including the Vulnerable Sector Screening) is the sole responsibility of the volunteer.

STEP 3:

Interview

After attending the New Volunteer Orientation and handing in your completed paperwork, you will be contacted by the Volunteer Coordinator for an interview. This is done after your 2 references have been contacted and is typically 3-4 weeks after the Orientation.

STEP 4:

Placement and Training

Once your interview has been completed, you will discuss volunteer placement opportunities and a start date with the Volunteer Coordinator. It is suggested that new volunteers focus on one area for a minimum of three months prior to expanding into other volunteer areas.

Each volunteer position has additional ‘on-the-job training’ and/or shadowing. Some volunteer roles have yearly refreshers for their volunteers.