Volunteer Opportunities

What is a Host/Host Family

A host or host family is an individual or family ideally from the neighbourhood or community who has expressed an interest in getting to know a child or youth with a disability.  The Coordinator’s role is to recruit, connect and support the relationship between a host / host family and an individual with a disability and their family.  The frequency, in which people get together, depends on everyone involved.

What is the Host/Host Family process

Hosts are often met as the coordinator begins to look around the natural community of the individual with a disability and their family.  More recently, hosts are also identified through community or university websites such as the Volunteer Toronto Website or similar volunteer network programs.  These sites provide an opportunity to match or bring people together.  For specific volunteer Host opportunities on our site:

Please click here for the Toronto East region (East of the Don  Valley Parkway/Highway 404).

Please click here for the Toronto Central region (between Dufferin Street and the Don  Valley Parkway/Highway 404).

Please click here for the Toronto West region (West of Dufferin Street).

Why have a Host/Host Family connection

Host relationships have the potential to provide typical experiences, create mutual friendship, provide a safe social network and provide respite that friendships have the potential to create.  So often whereas society tends to see the disability, in a host or friendship relationship, one sees the person and his or her strengths.

How to get involved

To find out more about this unique opportunity of friendship, please fill out the application form provided, (to download it, click here), along with three references requested and mail it to our head office.  A police check reference form will be required of anyone in the household over the age of eighteen and will be provided on receipt of the completed application.  Once we receive your application, a coordinator from your region will call and make an appointment to meet you and/or your family.

Our relationships keep us safe and bring meaning and a sense of belonging into our lives.  Through relationship we often give most deeply of ourselves.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Co-op placements – College and University:
We have no co-op placements at this time.

High school – Community Services placements:
This is a great opportunity for students to be involved in making new friends and at the same time, gain a great rewarding experience.

Board member opportunities:
This is a great opportunity to learn more about Extend-A-Family and become an active member to form new changes, policies and direction of the organization.

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