Opt's Community Relations program is looking for dynamic and passionate volunteers to get involved in their communities. The Community Relations team is the public face of Opt and attends exciting community events to help disseminate information about Opt and sexual health.
There is no such thing as a typical shift as a Community Relations Volunteer! Outreach events can range from music festivals to wellness fairs, to Opt conferences.
The main role of the Community Relations volunteer is to assist with sexual health promotion by providing administrative support to Opt Branches and staff, and by providing sexual health information to the public.
What you can expect
Community Relations volunteers form part of a team that meets at regular intervals (at this time in the Lower Mainland only). Volunteer responsibilities include:
- Sharing information about Opt's mission, services, and programs to the public (Level two volunteers)
- Volunteering at Opt outreach booths at health, community, volunteer and other events (Level two volunteers)
- Identifying and evaluating opportunities to enhance sexual health awareness and/or Opt's profile in the community
CR volunteers may also perform a variety of functions including:
- researching outreach opportunities for Opt on the Internet or through community listings
- assisting in correspondence for Opt by making telephone calls, writing letters/emails
- assisting in the development and creation of (outreach) resources and props
- accurately answering questions and distributing resources about reproductive and sexual health issues
- networking with potential allies
- assisting in setting up and taking down displays
Community Relations Volunteers should:
- be committed to on-going learning in the area of sexuality
- be a confident and skillful communicator
- be approachable, outgoing, and comfortable engaging with the public
- be able to work independently and as part of a team
- be available for events (on weekends in the summer, and usually during the work week when school is in session
- have access to own transportation (an asset, as is drivers license)
- have an interest in birth control, STIs, gender and sexuality
- being multilingual is an asset
What kind of commitment do I have to make?
Level One volunteers are asked to:
- commit to participate in 2 "shifts" per month (one team meeting, plus one administrative shift taking place at head office)
Level Two volunteers are asked to:
- commit to participate in 2 "shifts" per month (one team meeting taking place at head office, plus one off-site or event-based shift)
- commit to completing the online volunteer training course (a flexible learning tool) and half-day in-class session
- provide leadership and guidance to new Community Relations volunteers, as experience is gained
The supervisor will evaluate the volunteer's progress.
Please click here for a detailed role description.