Volunteer Opportunities

Why volunteer? 

Are you seeking a meaningful volunteer experience where you can help enrich the lives of children and youth? Volunteering with the Boys and Girls Club of Durham is great opportunity to give back to community, expand your social and professional network, gain leadership experience, and enhance your skill set.

Volunteers are the backbone of the great work we do at Boys and Girls Club. We rely on the efforts of volunteers and staff to ensure that children and youth have access to the best programs and services. Boys and Girls Club of Durham has a variety of exciting volunteer opportunities, including assisting in the After-School Program, aquatics programs, special events, fundraising, and becoming a committee member.

How to get involved? 

If helping children and youth overcome obstacles and reach their potential sounds like a rewarding experience for you please complete our volunteer application form and submit it to volunteer@bgcdurham.com.

For more information, contact Tracy at: 905-728-5121 x257 or volunteer@bgcdurham.com

Current Volunteer Opportunities

We are currently looking for volunteers in the following areas

After-School Program Volunteers
Board Director
Resource Development Committee Members
Swim with a Buddy Volunteers
Swimming Lesson Volunteers

Please scroll down for more information about each opportunity

After-School Program Volunteer

The After-School Program Volunteer will assist with set up, preparing healthy snacks, playing games, helping children with homework, playing sports, and clean up. The After-School Program runs Monday through Friday for 3 hours a day beginning at last bell (varies by location) and supports children 4-13 years of age. Boys and Girls Club of Durham operates at 21 locations in Durham Region.

Volunteers must be at least 14 years old, provide 2 references (not family), be able to commit to a set schedule, and volunteer at least one day a week.

Please apply to tfarrsullivan@bgcdurham.com by submitting this form.

Board Director

Primary Duties and Responsibilities 

Strategic Plan, Vision and Mission 

  • Engage in ongoing planning and oversight of activities to support the mission of BGCD and its strategic direction 
  • Define specific goals and objectives related to the mission and strategic direction and monitor and evaluate the success of BGCD’s achievement of such goals and objectives 

Financial and Risk Management 

  • Approve policies for the effective, efficient and cost-effective operation of BGCD 
  • Through effective and prudent planning and risk management, oversee the financial resources in a manner that meets operational goals and strategic objectives 
  • Approve and monitor the annual operations budget 
  • Ensure compliance with regulatory reporting and filing requirements 

Fund Development 

  • Actively participate in the fundraising process through fundraising events sponsored by BGCD 
  • Review and approve fundraising activities 

Human Resources and Governance 

  • Oversee the performance of the Executive Director (including hiring, monitoring performance, etc.)
  • Approve written Human Resources and Board Governance policies and procedures
  • Delegate the operations of the organization to the Executive Director

Community Relations 

  • Represent the organization at community activities to enhance the organization’s community profile. 

Meeting Attendance

  • Attend and actively participate in monthly Board Meetings (3rd Wednesday evening of the month), or ad-hoc as required
  • Participate on Board Committees


The ideal candidate should possess some or all of the following:

  • Financial acumen (ability to read financial statements, and identify risks)
  • Governance experience as it relates to non-profits
  • Marketing/Communications experience related to branding
  • Solid Communication skills
  • Human Resources experience
  • Legal knowledge/expertise
  • Business acumen (strategic thinking ability, understands economic impacts and organization culture)
  • Community representative

The Boys and Girls Club of Durham is an equal opportunity employer committed to an inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection process. We thank all applicants for their interest however, only those considered for an interview will be contacted. 

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to the attention of Kathleen Hutton, Executive Director at khutton@bgcdurham.com.

Resources Development Committee Members

Boys and Girls Club of Durham is looking for energetic volunteers to join our newly created Resource Development Committee. Contact Tracy at: 905-728-5121 x257 or volunteer@bgcdurham.com.

Do you have a close affiliation/community presence in the Region of Durham? Do you live here and/or work here? Join our community and make a difference right where you work and play! The Resource Development Committee’s responsibility is to enhance the capacity of the Boys and Girls Club of Durham to achieve its mandate, by creating new and innovative ways for the community to become sustainable donors.

1. Experience/knowledge in Fundraising
2. Experience/knowledge in Individual Giving/Planned Giving
3. Experience/knowledge in Marketing and Media relations
4. Experience/knowledge in Sales
5. Experience/knowledge in Event Management
6. Excellent verbal and written communications
7. Strong Interpersonal/Relationship building skills

Swim with a Buddy

Swim with a Buddy Volunteers will swim with children in the shallow end during fun swim. The program runs Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4pm-5pm and supports children 6-13 years of age at our Eastview location - 433 Eulalie Ave, Oshawa

Volunteers must be at least 13 years old, provide 2 references (not family), be able to swim, be able to commit to a set schedule, and volunteer at least one day a week.

Please apply to tfarrsullivan@bgcdurham.com by submitting this form.

Swimming Lessons

Swimming Lesson Volunteers will assist the Swimming Instructor during lessons. The program runs Monday to Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings at our Eastview location - 433 Eulalie Ave, Oshawa, and supports children 6-13 years of age.

Volunteers must be at least 13 years old, have their Bronze Cross or Medallion, intend to become an Instructor or Lifeguard, provide 2 references (not family), be able to commit to a set schedule, and volunteer at least one day a week.

Please apply to tfarrsullivan@bgcdurham.com by submitting this form.

Youth Justice Committee Volunteer

Reports To: Youth Justice Services Director/Volunteer Coordinator

Location: Oshawa/Durham Region

Time: Weeknight Hours

The Youth Justice Committee is a youth diversion program established under the Youth Criminal Justice Act as an alternative to the formal court system to handle low risk offences committed by young persons between their 12 and 18th birthdays in the Durham Region. Volunteers will meet with young people alleged to have committed a low risk offence and possibly the person(s) harmed, to discuss what happened and how the young person is going to make amends. Due to current social distancing requirements, meetings with youth will be conducted via zoom until such time that in-person meetings are permitted.


  • Excellent listening and communication skills
  • A willingness to work with youth
  • Facilitate conferences with the youth and person(s) harmed
  • Maintain confidentiality 
  • Respect fellow facilitators as well as the youth, person(s) harmed and other participants
  • Be committed to the interests of young people, person(s) harmed and the community as a whole
  • Bilingualism is an asset


  • Minimum age of 21
  • Clear Criminal Reference Check
  • Complete required Ministry training provided by the Boys and Girls Club of Durham
  • Take an Oath of Confidentiality 
  • Attend Youth Justice Committee meetings as arranged 
  • Attend all other trainings and workshops that enhance your role as a volunteer
  • Be available evenings during the week

Please contact Jared Brown at jbrown@bgcdurham.com or (289) 404-3259 for more information.

To apply, please submit a resume to Jared Brown (email listed above). All interviews will be conducted via Zoom.

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