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The Guelph and District Multicultural Festival had its beginnings as a small downtown event in 1978. It has since moved to Riverside Park, attendance has increased from 2,000 to 25,000 people and generates cultural awareness and funding for local community groups, as well as foster economic development in Guelph and beyond.
The Guelph & District Multicultural Festival relies heavily on an enthusiastic group of volunteers. Due to Covid-19, our organization has evolved beyond just a 3-day Festival. We now have several different positions that focus on ensuring our ethnic communities and youth group are engaged. We strongly believe it is through these engagements we can create a culturally diverse and inclusive community.
Info Tent Volunteers provide general information to visitors, performers, and volunteers about
Festival programming, including schedules, location, activities, etc.
Knowledge of the Festival is an asset but not required. The volunteer should
be comfortable engaging verbally with the visitors and have good
communication and interpersonal skills. Training will be provided for this
GDMF is committed Inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility are all values that we hold dear. We seek to provide an environment that allows all participants to thrive. We encourage applications from people of all races, ethnicities, religions, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Based on volunteer interest and staff need, this role may include:
• Greet and welcome visitors and clients in a friendly manner
• Confirm clients appointment, ensure appointment is to be in person and not virtual
• Screen everyone coming in, asking clients COVID screening questions, take temperature
• Confirm we have the correct phone number for clients and up to date health card number and version code
• Assess visitors’ and clients’ needs and connect them with appropriate CHC and community supports
• Assist with forms, applications, etc.
• Accompany clients to the recommended service within the CHC (ie let them know to go to reception for their appointment check-in)
• Stay informed of current community resources
• Communicate with staff for support if needed
• Attend volunteer meetings, required training and orientation
• Follow all record-keeping and evaluation processes, as required
• Assist with collection of health services surveys
• Assist main reception with client related needs (handing out referrals, giving directions, doing reminder phone calls etc)
Volunteers are asked to Review and abide by Guelph CHC’s policies, Pandemic requirements for screening and stay home if unwell.
• Initiate conversations based on a pre-determined topic with a small group of newcomers
• Engage and encourage all participants to speak English
• Explain unfamiliar concepts and words when needed
• Collaborate with other Conversation Circle Leads to determine topics
• Record the time spent volunteering and preparing for the session
• Maintain a warm and welcoming environment where each participant is treated with dignity and respect
Become trained to offer support and lead group sessions providing feeding & parenting support to other parents. Keep logs of supporting, track hours, remain in good communication with the program coordinator.
Volunteers in this role are required to have had breastfeed or chestfeeding experience. Please consider joining this program as an administrative support or in a health promotion role if you do not have breast or chest feeding experience.
Guelph CHC acknowledges the importance of Peer-led work and offers 20 hours of training for this position but also ask for a minimum 6 month commitment.
One of our strategic aims to build capacity in our community. Volunteers in this role must have a connection to Guelph.
** This is currently an online program.**
- Go through Food Market to see what items are running low on stock
- With supervision, bring up additional food items from basement
- Stock Shelves & move shelved product to the front of shelves
- Portion items such as:
- Bag toilet paper
- Fill produce baskets with produce bags to make them ready for restocking
- Bag rice or dry beans
- Sort eggs in the walk-in cooler and put into empty half containers to put in Food Market for selection
- Break down boxes
- Do community members' shopping
- Pack perishables and non-perishables for deliveries
- Maintain tidy and organized work space
- Assist with taking grocery orders as needed - language skills an asset
- Follow health & safety protocols
- Other duties as required, as in support the Breakfast Program
- Answer phones in a friendly fashion, take messages, redirect calls
- Manage and book appointments
- Connect Community Members with resources
- Answer questions regarding HOPE House and other programs
- Enter information into a computer database
- Answer email, return phone calls
- Other duties as assigned, as in support other volunteer teams and/or admin tasks
- Language skills an asset
*High responsibility/trust role