Are you looking for ways to get involved in your community? Consider volunteering at one of BAVA's member agencies.

Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County

Contact: Marguerite Glanfield, Volunteer Resources Coordinator

Location: 20 Anne Street South, Barrie, ON L4N 2C5  

Phone: 705-722-1066  Fax: 705-722-9392

Mission: Persons affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia live well and thrive in their community.

Services provided: In collaboration with persons affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and care partners, we will provide the highest quality support, education and advocacy.

Volunteer opportunities: Volunteer roles with the Alzheimer Society include administrative support, support group facilitators, education assistants, health fairs, speakers bureau, Walk for Alzheimer’s Planning Team, Coffee Break® deliveries and Tag Days.

Requirements: Requirements vary depending upon the volunteer position. Information will be provided at the interview.​

Autism Ontario Simcoe County Chapter

Contact: Erin Nightingale, Chapter & Programming Manager

Location: 80 Bradford St Unit 105 Barrie, ON L4N 6S7

Phone: 705-252-7429 x 100 Fax: 705-252-7431

Mission: To ensure that each individual with ASD is provided the means to achieve quality of life as a respected member of society.

Service Provided For: Children, Youth, Young Adults & Families

Volunteer Opportunities: Chapter Leadership Council, Program assistance, Fundraising committees, Social Skills coaches

Requirements:  Vulnerable Sector Police Check and sign a code of conduct.  Chapter Leadership Council volunteers must become members of Autism Ontario. 

Barrie Community Health Centre

Contact: Co-facilitators BCHC Volunteer Services, Stephanie Butler (ext. 241) and Rebekah North (ext. 231)

Location: 490 Huronia Road, Barrie ON, L4N 6M2

Phone: 705-734-9690 ext. 241

Fax: 705-734-0239

Mission: BCHC "encourages personal responsibility for one's own health and that of the community through health promotion, illness prevention, chronic disease management and integrated health care".

Service provided for: Individuals across the lifespan including families with young children and seniors

Volunteer Opportunities: Board members, standing committee members, administrative assistants, program assistants, food volunteers and welcome desk volunteers

Requirements: Volunteer application with three references, criminal reference check, vulnerable sector screen may be required depending on role. A specific time commitment will be required for board and committee members and program assistants

Barrie Public Library

ContactSylvia Mueller, Coordinator of Volunteer Resources

Location: 60 Worsley Street, Barrie, ON L4M 1L6  

Phone: 705-728-1010 ext. 2266  Fax: 705-728-4322

Website: http://www.barriepubliclibrary.ca

Mission: Enriching the economic, social and cultural vitality of our community by opening doors to lifelong learning.

Volunteer opportunities: Barrie Public Library offers volunteer opportunities in two locations - Downtown Branch, 60 Worsley St. and Painswick Branch, 48 Dean Ave.: Circle of Readers (Downtown and Painswick); Children’s Programs (Downtown and Painswick); Shelf Reading (Downtown and Painswick); Teen Advisory Board (Downtown); Café Customer Service (Downtown); Visiting Library Service; Barrie Dragon Boat Festival; English Conversation Circle Facilitator (Downtown and Painswick).

Services provided for: Barrie and area

Requirements: Must be 14 years or older for most positions (see position descriptions on the Barrie Public Library website for additional age requirements); application form with two references; Police check (depending on the position)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of

Barrie and District  

Contact: Ainsley McCallum and Glenda Barendregt, Mentoring Coordinators 

Address: 168 Bayfield Street, Barrie, ON L4M 4T2

Phone: 705-728-0515  ext. 3 Fax: 705-728-2965

Mission: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Barrie & District is committed to providing children and youth with valuable mentoring programs vital in fostering their full potential to succeed.

Opportunities: Looking for adult mentors for Game On, Go Girls, In School Mentoring, Big Brothers and After School Mentoring Program. 

Services provided for: Matching up positive adult mentors with children and youth within the Barrie area. 

Requirements: All applications have to go through the screening process which includes: an orientation, application, interview, reference and police checks, training and home visits (Big Brothers volunteers). Minimum age to volunteer is 18 and we are currently looking for males that are able to volunteer in our school based programs starting in September. Additional program information can be found on our website.

Bob Rumball Home for the Deaf

Contact: Jennifer PilonManager of Social Services

Location: 1 Royal Parkside Drive, Barrie, ON L4M 0C4  

Phone: 705-719-6700 ext. 308  Fax: 705-719-6752

Mission: To merge exceptional long term care with the language and culture of the deaf seniors resulting in a communication rich environment that enhances the quality of life for each resident.

Services provided for: Seniors, deaf, deaf/blind, hearing in a long term care facility.

Volunteer opportunities: in our Programs/Activities department; dietary; administration (front desk) support; environmental support; Café support; outings; feeding (mealtime) assistance; monthly socials; weekly visits; reading; various trip and outings.

Requirements: Police check, TB 2 step test, signed confidentiality agreement, interview/orientation.

Camphill Communities Ontario

Contact: Sandra Mucci, Office Manager

Address: 7841 4th Line, Angus, ON, L0M 1B1 & 78 Toronto Street, Barrie, ON L4N 2V1

Phone: 705-424-4121

Mission: to enrich society by creating meaningful opportunities to live, learn and work together.

Services provided for: Adults with development and cognitive disabilities (20-86) residents and day program attendants.

Volunteer opportunities:

*Angus site – Biodynamic farming, herbery, land development, pottery, woodshop, maple syrup taping & making assistant.  Administration, (fund development, event management, Craft - fairs) 

*Barrie site- Café, Office Administration, Mosaic Art Studio, Dance, Music (holiday pageants)

*NEW Opening November 2015 - store front in Barrie (cash, shocking, inventory, café, morning and afternoon shifts available 6 days a week). 

Requirements: This depends on the role.  Volunteers complete the volunteer application, provide references, attend an interview & orientation.  Some volunteers may need to obtain a criminal reference check/vulnerable sector screening, drivers licence,  Other agency forms will be reviewed with volunteer and signed off on – confidentiality, code of conduct. Minimum age 14.

We are starting a volunteer  ambassador program within Camphill Communities Ontario and are looking for volunteers 20 and over to be the role takers.  If you are interested in learning more about CCO give us a call or email.

Canadian Mental Health Association - Simcoe County Branch

Contact: Marg Gow, Coordinator of Volunteer Resources

Location: 128 Anne Street, Barrie, ON L4N 6A2

Phone: 705-726-5033 ext. 532  Fax: 705-719-0908

Mission: To provide integrated mental health and addiction services to individuals and families using a recovery approach that respects individual uniqueness and choice.

Services provided for: Individuals aged 16+ with mental health or addiction difficulties.

Volunteer opportunities: reception and clerical assistance; special projects and events; one-on-one client support; facilitating and supporting groups in various programs.

Requirements: Minimum 6-month commitment, non-judgemental, empathetic, patient, reliable, flexible, share knowledge and skills.

Canadian Red Cross

Contact: Heather Stone, Program Coordinator

Location: 65 Cedar Pointe Dr., Unit 809B, Barrie, ON L4N 5R7

Phone: 705-721-3313 ext. 5278  Fax: 705-739-9916

Mission: To improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.

Services provided for: Community Support Services are provided for seniors and adults with physical disabilities.

Volunteer opportunities: Meals on Wheels (drivers, servers, dispatchers); transportation drivers; friendly visitors; telephone assurance; office help (switchboard, reception, filing); disaster management volunteers; Branch Council.

Requirements: Volunteer application form with two references, criminal record check and vulnerable sector search. Valid drivers license with fewer than three demerit points required for some positions.


CNIB Simcoe/Muskoka

Contact: Sherri Helsdingen, Program Lead, Advocacy and

                 Team Coordinator 

Location: 20 Anne Street South, Unit 10, Barrie, ON L4N 2C6

Phone: 705-728-3352 ext. 5289  Fax: 705-722-5305

Mission: To enhance independence for Canadians who are blind or partially sighted and to be the leader in promoting vision health.

Volunteer opportunities: ShopCNIB storefront; Vision Mates; Low Vision Clinic assistants.

Services provided for: People who are blind or partially sighted (all ages).

Requirements: Depends on level of volunteer role. Volunteers complete the volunteer application, provide references, attend an interview and orientation. Some volunteers may need to obtain a criminal reference check/vulnerable sector screen, drivers’ abstract, etc. Minimum age is 14. Volunteers who work with clients, client information or cash must be 19 or older.

Coleman Care Centre

Contact: Michelle Sattler, Social Worker & Volunteer Coordinator

Location: 140 Cundles Road West, Barrie, ON L4N 9X8

Phone: 705-726-8691 ext. 111 Fax: 705-726-5085

Mission: To provide holistic health care in a home environment, located within an internal neighbourhood design that promotes a caring community, with emphasis on optimal health and life purpose for each resident.

Services provided for: Long Term Care Facility

Volunteer opportunities: Activities (crafts, bingo, cards and other games, support groups, one to one visits, reading, writing stories, laundry folding, etc), events (birthday and other seasonal parties, entertainment, pub night, etc) and outings (restaurants, sporting events, greenhouses, parks, shopping, bowling, etc); Opportunity to become volunteer leader.

Requirements: Criminal reference check with vulnerable sector if 18 or older, personal references, interview, orientation; Students welcome, minimum age is 14.

Dress for Success Orillia and Barrie

Contact: Kimberly Davis, Outreach Coordinator, Volunteers

Locations: Bayfield Mall, 320 Bayfield St, Barrie, ON L4M 3C1 and 10 Peter St. North, Unit 102, Orillia, ON L3V 4Y7  

Phone: 705-252-9200

Mission: The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Volunteer opportunities: Suiting stylists, donation sorting, boutique maintenance, mentoring and workshop facilitation.  We are also looking for dedicated individuals to apply to join our Board of Directors. 

Services provided for: Our Suiting program provides disadvantaged women with professional attire for interview and employment as well as a network of support and peer mentoring.

Requirements: Vary depending upon the volunteer position. Contact Valerie Barath for more information.

Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka

Contact: Susan Haiplik, Volunteer & Community Outreach Coordinator

Location: 10 Quarry Ridge Road, Barrie, ON L4M 7G1  

Phone: 705-726-5199 ext. 230  Fax: 705-726-7101

Mission: To ensure that all people impacted by any cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.

Volunteer opportunities: We've got a mix of volunteer roles available...from being a Gilda's Greeter at the front desk to taking a lead at workshops, helping with our children's program and special family events, assisting at fundraising and outreach fairs & events...it really depends on your time and interests! Everything that we offer is based on the idea that ‘So No One Faces Cancer Alone’. Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka is a cancer support community that offers free emotional support for anyone who’s life has been touched by cancer.

Requirements: All interested applicants are required to go through a screening process which includes: completing an application form (including 3 references) (available on our website www.gildasclubsimcoemuskoka.ca), interview, orientation & training session, police check (including vulnerable sector screening).  

Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario

Contact: Bonnie Morrison, Area Administrator

Location: 112 Commerce Park Drive, Unit I, Barrie, ON L4N 8W8 Phone: 705-737-1020  Fax: 705-737-0902

Mission: A volunteer organization whose mission is to reduce the risk of premature death and disability from heart disease and stroke by raising funds for research and health promotion.

Volunteer opportunities: office work; receipt writing; computer work; event helpers; drivers.

Requirements: 16 years or older, computer skills an asset, no police check required.


Hospice Simcoe

Contacts: Katherine Stewart, Volunteer and Community Programs Manager and Tonya Claughton, Volunteer Coordinator

Location: 336 Penetanguishene Road, Barrie, ON L4N 7C2

Phone: 705-722-5995 Fax: 705-722-0716

Mission: As an integral partner in the healthcare continuum, Hospice Simcoe comforts and empowers those living with life threatening illness and bereavement.

Services provided for: In-home visiting, bereavement support, care for caregivers, residential hospice, community programs and community outreach.

Volunteer opportunities: flexible opportunities to become involved in client care (residential and in the community), reception, kitchen, community outreach, awareness and the fund development team.

Requirements: complete an application form (available on our website www.hospicesimcoe.ca), interview, 30 hour training/orientation course, police check.

IOOF Seniors Homes Inc.

Contact: Gaja Damas, Director of Program Support and Volunteer Services

Location: 10 Brooks Street, Barrie, ON L4N 5L3

Phone: 705-728-2389 ext. 338  Fax: 705-728-6024

Details coming soon...

Leacock Care Centre

Contact: Leigh Ann Febrey

Location: 25 Museum Drive, Orillia, ON  L3V 7T9

Phone: 705-325-9181 ext. 250  Fax: 705-325-5179

Mission: To make an outstanding difference in the lives of others.

Volunteer Opportunities: Assist the Life Enrichment department with large and small group programs such as musical entertainment, bingo, crafts, baking, games, outings, spiritual programs, 1-1 visiting, palliative care and special events.

Requirements: Criminal Reference Check, personal references, interview, orientation, 2 Step TB test. Students welcome.

MacLaren Art Centre

Contact: Peter Bogle, Volunteer Coordinator

Location: 37 Mulcaster Street, Barrie, ON L4M 3M2  

Phone: 705-721-9696  Fax: 705-735-6935

Mission: The MacLaren Art Centre is a public art gallery. Our mission is to integrate visual arts and culture within our community and to promote understanding and awareness by creating accessible means for the visual arts to be an intrinsic part of everyday life.

Volunteer opportunities: greeter; tour guide; store assistant; special events; Teen Committee; TV Bingo (stapling); and Ambassadors (promotions).

Requirements: Application form, references, police record check.

Matthews House Hospice

Contact: Lisa Shaler, Volunteer Coordinator

Location: 6028 Hwy. 89 Alliston

Phone: 705 435-7218 Fax:705 435-7255

Mission: Matthews House Hospice is dedicated to helping our clients  to live life fully everyday by offering volunteer based services in home, in the residential hospice and throughout the community.

Service Provided for: Clients and families

Volunteer Opportunities: In-home client visiting, driving, Residential End of Life, Facilitating, Bereavement Support , Caregiver, Office, Kitchen , House and Maintenance, Gardening, Board and Community Members and Fundraising/Events

Requirements: Volunteer application form, 2 References,  Criminal Record Check/Vulnerable Sector Check, Confidentiality form

Mill Creek Care Centre

Contact:  Volunteer and Admissions Coordinator

Location: 286 Hurst Drive, Barrie, ON L4N 0Z3  

Phone: 705-719-6222 ext. 5235  Fax: 705-719-1891

Mission: To build and provide a community where residents achieve all they can be and experience holistic care in a Christian manner and environment.

Volunteer opportunities: Assist with activities (ex. Bingo, creative arts, baking, crafts, active games); 1:1 visiting; taking residents out into the community; special projects; assist with outing and special events; administrative assistance.

Services provided for: People requiring Long Term Care.

Requirements: Volunteers complete the volunteer application, provide references, and attend an interview and orientation. If over 18 volunteers must obtain a criminal reference check/vulnerable sector screening. If under 18 a letter from the school is required. Other policies/forms will also need to be reviewed and signed. Minimum age is 14.

MS Society, Simcoe Muskoka Chapter

Contact: Laura Downing, Development Coordinator

Location: P.O. Box 22072, Big Bay Pt. Road, Barrie, ON, L4N 0Z5

Phone: 705-733-0488

Mission: To be a leader in finding a cure for multiple sclerosis and enabling people affected by MS to enhance their quality of life.

Services provided for: People living with MS and their family, friends and caregivers

Volunteer opportunities: Committees, fundraising and education events, support groups, peer to peer support

Requirements: Volunteer application and sign confidentiality policy. Drivers licence and/or record check required for some positions.

Roberta Place

Contact:  Coordinator of Volunteer Services

Location: 503 Essa Road, Barrie, ON L4N 9E4  

Phone: 705-733-3231  Fax: 705-733-2592

Mission: We make a positive difference in the lives of everyone we touch.

Services provided for: Long Term Care Facility

Volunteer opportunities: Dining Room Assistant; Administrative Assistant; Craft Assistant; Friendly Visitor; Games (cards, board); reading/story telling; walking program; special events; palliative care; music programs; computers; manicures; garden; men’s club; sports trivia.

Requirements: Criminal reference check, personal references, interview, orientation; 2 stage Mantoux TB skin test (provided by Roberta Place). Students welcome.

Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre

Contact: Iris Laycock, Coordinator Volunteer Resources

Location: 201 Georgian Drive, Barrie, ON L4M 6M2  

Phone: 705-728-9090 ext. 42410  Fax: 705-739-5659

Mission: Enhancing the delivery of exceptional services to our patients and their families.

Service provided for: All persons

Volunteer opportunities: clerical assistants; porters; information desk; coffee bar; gift shop; department liaison; greeters; and more.

Requirements: Police Check required, two references, Mantoux 2 step T.B. Test (provided by RVH), Communicable Disease Information. A minimum one year commitment is required for regular scheduled shifts, either every week or every other week on the same day and time each week. Minimum age 16 or entering grade 11.

Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions

Contact: Joanne Oblin, Coordinator of Volunteer Services

Location: 60 Bell Farm Road, Barrie, ON L4M 5G6  

Phone: 705-726-6587 ext. 2370  Fax: 705-726-9788

Mission: To work together with families, community partners, and colleagues to enhance the safety and wellbeing of children, youth and families.

Service provided for: Children, youth and families

Volunteer opportunities:  Drivers, mentors, parent assists, child care, special events.

Requirements: Volunteer application form with three references, criminal record check and vulnerable sector search, sign an oath of confidentiality, and a CPIN search. Valid drivers license with fewer than three demerit points required for some positions.

Sunset Manor Long Term Care

Contact: Jennifer Baulke, Supervisor Program & Support Services

Location: 49 raglan Street, Collingwood ON L9Y 4X1

Phone: 705-445-4499 ext 6080 Fax: 705-445-9742

Mission: To provide effective, high quality, safe, and efficient long term care services in a home like setting for the clients  (residents) and families that we serve.

Services provided for: Seniors living in Long Term Care

Volunteer Opportunities: 1:1 Assistance during programs;

administrative duties: filing, organizing, decorating, mail delivery

assisting at meal times, Portering Residents to programs, friendly visiting manicure and spa treatments, pet care, running computer labs

Requirements: Volunteer Application form with references, criminal

record check with vulnerable sector search current within the last six months, TB screening, complete orientation, start making a difference


Contact: Jenna Robinson, Store Manager/Community Ambassador & Jessica Crowe, Community Ambassadors Executive Member

Website: www.TELUS.com/community

We Give Where We Live: Giving back is at the core of our culture at TELUS, and our Team TELUS Cares programs make it easy for our team members and retirees to create positive social change in their local communities, supporting the causes they care most about, 365 days a year.

TELUS’ social mission: our social impact goals include building a greener planet, creating a healthier Canada, educating youth, and strengthening our communities.

TELUS Barrie Community Board: Our innovative Community Boards put funding decisions in the hands of community champions who best understand the needs in our communities. The focus of the Boards is to provide grants to grassroots charities that support local youth. Preference is given to projects that also demonstrate tangible technological or social innovation. To find out more information please visit telus.com/community

Trillium Manor Long Term Care

Contact: Crystal Rosewell, Supervisor Program & Support Services

Location: 12 Grace Ave. Orillia On L3V 2K2

Phone: 705-325-1504

Mission: To provide effective, high quality, safe, and efficient long term care services in a home like setting for the clients  (residents) and families that we serve.

Services provided for: Seniors living in Long Term Care

Volunteer opportunities: 1:1 Assistance during programs; outings,

decorating, mail delivery, assisting at meal times, Portering Residents to programs, friendly visiting manicure and spa treatments, pet care, running computer labs

Requirements: Volunteer Application form with references, criminal

record check with vulnerable sector search current within the last six months, TB screening, complete orientation, start making a difference

Victoria Village Manor

Contact: Charlene Urbach, Volunteer Coordinator/Recreation Therapist

Location: 78 Ross Street, Barrie, ON L4N 1G3  

Phone: 705-792-3520  Fax: 705-728-4057

Mission: Long-Term Care Facility (non-profit facility)

Services provided for: Seniors/Elderly

Volunteer opportunities: Volunteer opportunities in the recreation, laundry and physiotherapy departments.

Requirements: Must be 14 years or older, police check required.


Contact: Jennifer McLellan, SMART Program Coordinator

Location: 14 Cedar Pointe Dr., Unit 1501, Barrie, ON L4N 5R7

Phone: 705-737-5044 ext. 221  Fax: 705-737-1903

Mission: VON Canada works in partnership with Canadians for a healthier society. 

Services provided for: Community Support Services are provided for seniors.

Volunteer opportunities: SMART (Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together) ® Exercise Program, which involves leading seniors in exercises 1:1 or in a group setting.

Requirements: Minimum age is 18.  Volunteer application form with two references, criminal record check and vulnerable sector search.

Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie

Contact: Kaity Fotherby, Community Administrative Assistant

Locations: Barrie, ON

Phone: 705-728-6300 x228

Mission: The Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie provides a safe refuge and emergency support services for abused women and their dependents in its commitment to end the cycle of violence.

Volunteer opportunities:  Our main volunteer positions are: administrative support, donation sorting, fundraising and information events, data entry and social media support. 

Requirements:  Volunteer application with two references, criminal reference check, vulnerable sector screen may be required depending on role. Volunteer interviews with some positions may be required. Contact Kaity for more information.

Woods Park Care Centre

Contact: Pat Reilly, Volunteer/Wellness Coordinator

Location: 110 Lillian Crescent, Barrie, ON L4N 5H7  

Phone: 705-739-6881 ext. 427  Fax: 705-739-0638

Mission: Dedicated to continually improving healthcare and services provided for our clients.

Volunteer opportunities: one-to-one visits; dining; programs; café; outings; special events; walks; physio assistance; dental assistance.

YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka

Contact: Tasha McPhee, Human Resources & Volunteer Assistant

Address: 22 Grove St. West, Barrie, Ontario, L4N 1M7

Phone: 705-726-6421 ext. 239

Mission: The YMCA is dedicated to the growth of all persons in spirit, mind and body, and to their sense of belonging to each other and the global community.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Membership Services, Fitness & Recreation, Facility, Community Services, Child, Youth & Aquatics, Fundraising & Events.

Services provided for: Everyone in the community.

Requirements: Requirements vary depending on volunteer positions. All volunteers must complete an application and provide (3) references. The majority of volunteers providing service in YMCA programs must complete our mandatory training such as: Child Protection Training, AODA, AODA (I), B168, Health & Safety Awareness and Payment Card Industry for volunteers over 16. Volunteers over 18 also need to submit a police reference check with a vulnerable sector screen. Volunteers who work in adult fitness must be 16 or older.

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For more information, please contact: Jen Bercier BAVA President

Phone: 705-627-5647 ext 2266 Email: Jen.Bercier@sm.ymca.ca

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