One of the greatest strengths in any community is its volunteers, and The Town of Whitby is no exception.
Volunteering for Town events is an excellent way to build new skills, gain experience and play an active contributing role in our community. We welcome new and current volunteers at our events and strive to provide exciting and rewarding volunteer experiences.
There are plenty of events to choose from. Each year, Whitby hosts eight large scale annual community events and a series of summer event programming supported by more than 150 volunteers. Collectively, the Town’s event volunteers dedicate close to 900 hours of their time annually at events that attract over 60,000 people.
- Have fun and meet new people;
- Participate in a new and rewarding experience;
- Gain practical experience and learn new skills;
- Make new connections and possibly generate work references;
- Feel like part of the community.
|How to Become a Volunteer
There are three easy steps to becoming a volunteer:
- Fill out an online application form to create your volunteer account
- Once selected, attend a mandatory volunteer training workshop; and
- Sign up for Volunteer Shifts
- The minimum age to volunteer with the Town of Whitby is 14. You must be 14 years old as of the start date of your training.
- Volunteers under the age of 18 require parental/gaurdian approval.
- References or Police Reference Check may be required.
Once an application is approved Volunteers must attend a mandatory volunteer training workshop and read the Accessibility Standards Training Guide and complete a short Quiz.
Volunteers will receive specific on-the-job training the day of the specific event they are working including onsite orientation
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Special Events and Opportunities
Generally event volunteers assist with the implementation of annual events on events day, including but not limited to: greeters, set-up, clean-up, games/Kids Zone supervision, food collection, and recording attendance.
The time commitment or shifts available per event is between 3.5 hours and 7 hours.
You are welcome to apply to volunteer at the following special events:
Family Day in Whitby – February
Doors Open – May
Canada Day in Whitby – July
Whitby in Bloom – July
Harvest Festival – September
Open Streets Whitby – September
Christmas in the Village – November
Annual Tree Lighting – December
Volunteer Strategy and Action Plan
The Town of Whitby has developed its first ever Volunteer Strategy and Action Plan to support the hundreds of volunteers that help us deliver Town events. The strategy aims to establish a consistent Town-wide approach to the process of engaging with volunteers. The strategy will build on the Town’s current volunteer program by creating an Action Plan for how the Town will continue to attract, retain, train and recognize its event volunteers. Whitby is the first municipality in Durham Region, and among the few municipalities in Ontario, to develop such a strategy to support its events volunteers.
Key milestones include:
- Research and Engagement – Q2 2018, completed
- Strategy Development – Q3 2018, completed
- Action Plan and Tools –Q1 2019
- Program Launch Q2 - 2019
On September 17, 2018, Whitby Town Council approved the Town’s first Volunteer Strategy - read our news story to learn more. The strategy – along with its accompanying Action Plan and tools – is expected to launch in spring 2019.