Frequently Asked Questions

What does the People and Information Network (PIN) do?

We are a registered non-profit, charitable organization that connects people to meaningful volunteer opportunities, provides community information and services, and is home to the Snow Angels program. We are a membership-based organization with over 150 nonprofit members. We support our membership through volunteer recruitment, training, consultation and a variety of other services that you can read about here.

How do I volunteer during Covid-19?

The pandemic has changed the landscape of volunteering. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t give back to the community. PIN Network’s volunteering database has listed a number of remote volunteering opportunities you can do safely and from the comfort of your own home. If you don’t see a volunteering opportunity that sparks your interest, don’t feel discouraged as the volunteering database is updated on a frequent basis.

Moreover, as Ontario is easing its Covid-19 health and safety restrictions, in-person volunteering opportunities will slowly but surely become available. If you decide to volunteer in person make sure to read Volunteer Canada’s Health and Safety Considerations for Volunteering.

I want to volunteer. How and where do I start?

Reflect: Think about why you want to volunteer. Is it to learn new skills, offer the skills you already have, gain work experience or give back to a cause? More importantly, think about the time you can and want to commit to volunteering.

Research: Use our online volunteer database to search for volunteer opportunities that are in line with your skills and interests. Read each volunteer position description carefully to understand the requirements and duties for the volunteer role.

Reach Out: Follow the given instructions to apply or contact the organization directly using the contact information provided. Ask any questions you may have about the volunteer role.

Can I volunteer with the People and Information Network (PIN)?

Yes! We are always looking for more Snow Angels volunteers. Visit our Snow Angels page to learn more about the roles and responsibilities. We also engage volunteer receptionists to work at the front desk completing a variety of tasks, such as responding to inquiries in-person and on the phone about community services, resources and events.

What is the minimum age to volunteer?

It varies between organizations; however, youth ages 13-14 can find a number of volunteer opportunities that they can pursue by themselves. Generally, if you are younger than 13, you will require a parent, or guardian, to volunteer with you. Click here to find volunteer opportunities specifically for youth.

Why can I not start volunteering immediately?

Each organization has a different intake process to ensure the best match between the volunteer and the position. We appreciate your ambition, but these processes are important to ensure the safety and quality of programs for participants. For this reason, you may be asked to submit a resume, have an interview, provide references, submit a police record check, or go for a TB Test. Read the volunteer opportunity description carefully to make sure you are prepared and know what to expect during an intake process.

I am looking for work, how can volunteering help me?

There is no guarantee that volunteering will lead to paid employment; however, volunteering can help you increase your professional network, build soft skills and add to your resume – to name a few of the many benefits.

How can volunteering help me gain experience for a future career?

Not only can volunteering help you explore different careers if you are unsure what direction you want to take, but it can also help build your resume and give you experience that can help when applying for jobs or for post-secondary studies. If you already have a career in mind that you wish to work towards, you might find our Volunteer to Career Guide helpful!

Is volunteering and an internship the same thing?

An internship is something that you choose to do in order to develop your skills in a profession (can be paid or unpaid). Volunteering can also serve this purpose, but the driving force is your desire to help out. So for example, a volunteer teaching program can be viewed as an internship by those who wish to develop their teaching skills, or as volunteering for those who are just looking to help out.

Can I volunteer with my friends/family/group?

Totally! There are many opportunities for groups of all sizes. Search group opportunities here.