National Volunteer Week 2020 – April 19-25, 2020
National Volunteer Week is here, and it’s a coast-to-coast-to-coast celebration of the commitment, dedication, generosity and selflessness of Canada’s almost 13 million volunteers.
The year’s theme is: “It’s time to applaud this country’s volunteers.” And especially during this public health crisis, Volunteer Canada would like to shine the spotlight on those volunteering in essential services and saluting those who help by staying home to protect themselves and their communities.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Reena! Volunteers play a vibrant role in promoting dignity, individuality, independence, personal growth and community inclusion for people with developmental disabilities.

If you are looking to give back to your community, meet new people, have new experiences, volunteering with Reena could be the right fit for you.

Volunteers have the opportunity to:

  • Make a difference in the lives of individuals supported by Reena
  • Explore professional development opportunities to build skills and training
  • Develop new friendships
  • Enjoy a rewarding assignment
  • Help others discover hidden talents
  • Gain a sense of accomplishment
  • Earn community service hours

Volunteer Testimonial – What did volunteering with Reena gave me? 

“I wanted to thank you for providing me with the opportunity to volunteer at Reena and for helping me along the way. The experience inspired me to become a staff member at Camp Reena and take on new responsibilities in order to enrich the lives of those living with developmental disabilities as best as I can. It also pushed me to discover a profession that I have gained great interest in and would like to pursue – that of a developmental pediatrician. I would like to assist children with disabilities in living healthy and enjoyable lives.

This realization stemmed from my incredible volunteer experience. Thus, I would like to express deep gratitude to you for being such passionate and helpful volunteer coordinators; my life was truly enhanced by the experience.” (Eden M.)

Learn more about volunteering with us by clicking on one of the links below:

Do you want to develop new skills, earn community services hours and make a difference in the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities? Become a Reena volunteer! 

We ask for a minimum commitment of 6 months and 50 hours, with the exception of specific time-limited program sessions, activities or events. Volunteers must be 14 years of age and in grade nine or older.  

Here’s how to get started: 

Our screening process can take 2-4 weeks to complete. Here’s what to expect: 

  • Complete an orientation 
  • Signoff on policies and procedures 
  • Obtain a Vulnerable Sector Screen (Reena provides the paperwork) 
  • Submit two local references (one from a professional source and one personal) 
  • Complete training related to your volunteer assignment 

We look forward to welcoming you to the Reena Community and hope that a volunteer position with us is the right fit for you. 

Have question? Contact volunteering@reena.org!

Because of the invaluable contributions volunteers make to the operation of Reena, we make every effort to recognize and celebrate their work. Highlights that happened throughout the year include:

Reena’s Annual Report recognizes the contributions of our volunteers and vital role they play in our organization.

This past year we celebrated Elizabeth and her journey as a volunteer at Reena: “My volunteer experience at Reena has made me realize how truly mutual relationships are.”

Click here to read the full story

Reena’s Annual General Meeting presents awards to volunteers for their hard work and dedication. The recipients are given a personalized certificate highlighting their contributions to Reena.

Congratulations to Jordana K., Janine P., Judy R. and Natale W. for being celebrated at the 2019 Annual General Meeting!

Ontario Volunteer Services Awards recognize volunteers for providing committed and dedicated service to an organization. The awards are presented at ceremonies across Ontario from March to June. The recipients are given a trillium service pin and a personalized certificate to acknowledge their years of service.

Congratulations to Reena volunteers, David, Noa, Naomi, Ruth, and Sarah, for being awarded an Ontario Volunteer Services (Youth) Award and to Paula, Lorraine, and Rhonda for being awarded an Ontario Volunteer Services (Adult) Award this past year!.

Vaughan Volunteer Recognition Award recognizes the contributions of outstanding volunteers from throughout Vaughan. Congratulations to Risa Feldman for winning one of this year’s Vaughan Volunteer Recognition Awards!

National Volunteer Week is a time to celebrate and thank Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers for the selfless work they do to help those around them.

Reena has a variety of rewarding opportunities available. Below are just a few examples of what our volunteers are working on.

We hope you’ll join our volunteer team.

A group shot of a bunch of young people holding up a sign that reads "We love our volunteers"

Volunteer at Our:

Day Programs – Visit with participants and assist staff in one of Reena’s Day Programs.

One-on-one Volunteer – As a PAL-Unteer you will interact with an individual supported by Reena on a one-on-one basis, building a rewarding friendship through social and recreational activities.

Special events – As a Special Events Volunteer you will assist in variety of ways; from ensuring the people we support have a terrific time to event logistics.

Outreach – As a Rec-Buddy volunteer you will assist in a variety of social recreational programs for children, teens and adults. Programs are held on weekday evenings and Sunday afternoons throughout the school year. Also during Winter and March Break and weekdays at summer Camp Reena.

Administration – As an Administrative Volunteer you will share your talents and expertise at a Reena office during regular business hours.

Visit a Reena Home – As a Home- Buddy you will visit and interact with individuals in a Reena Home setting. You will be chatting, reading stories, playing games or participating in group outings.

Interested in signing up? Contact volunteering@reena.org.