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Thanks for your interest in donating your time and talents to support Five Counties. Volunteers play an important role, as they support the valuable work our staff provides to kids and families in our communities. We have current volunteer opportunities at Five Counties Children’s Centre in the following areas:

Clinical Services - Click to view volunteer opportunities

Below are the volunteer opportunities available from time-to-time within our clinical services. We have current volunteer opportunities at our Lindsay and Peterborough sites. To apply for any of the clinical volunteer positions, please email volunteers@fivecounties.on.ca. When applying by email, be sure to specify which position for which you want to volunteer.

Peterborough Site

  • Recreation Therapy Volunteer 
    • Open to individuals 16 years of age or older
    • Opportunity to interact with kids and families in a welcoming capacity
    • One student who is enrolled in a post-secondary Therapeutic Recreation program will be selected each semester – FILLED
    • Click here for complete details on this Volunteer Opportunity
    • Time Commitment:
      • Hours – Late afternoon/early evening programming. Specific dates to be confirmed
    • Activities:
      • Supports children and adolescents with disabilities to participate in a wide range of activities including; adaptive sports, arts and crafts, social and/or cooperative group games etc., either in-person or virtually (Click here to learn more about Leisure Exploration Program).
    • Skills/Experience Required:
      • Positive attitude and willingness to try new things
      • Previous experience working with children and adolescents with disabilities is required

Lindsay Site

  • Language Program Volunteer
    • Open to individuals planning to enroll in a post-secondary speech language/communication disorders program
    • Opportunity to interact with kids on a limited basis
    • Time Commitment:
      • 3.5 – 7 hours per day on any 1 day per week
    • Activities:
      • Assist with group therapy preparations
      • Printing, laminating etc. materials created for therapy
      • Printing & re-stocking therapy materials
      • Organizing / cleaning toy storage areas
    • Skills/Experience Required:
      • Positive and mature attitude
      • Ability to use computer and willingness to be trained to use laminator
      • Requires good fine motor skills and ability to use scissors and other small tools
      • Eager to learn; independent self-starter
  • Occupational Therapy Volunteer
    • Open to individuals planning to enroll in a post-secondary rehabilitation program (Occupational Therapy, Occupational/Physiotherapy Assistant)
    • Opportunity to interact with kids on a limited basis
    • Time Commitment: 
      • 3.5 – 7 hours per day on any 1 day per week
    • Activities:
      • Assists with preparation of therapy materials such as homework packages, booklets, etc.
      • Organizing/cleaning toy storage areas
    • Skills/Experience Required:
      • Positive and mature attitude
      • Eager to learn; an independent self-starter
      • Ability to use computer and willingness to be trained to use laminator
      • Good fine motor skills, and ability to use scissors and other small tools

Fundraising - Click here to view volunteer opportunities

Thanks for your interest in donating your time and talents. The Fund Development Team raises awareness about Five Counties and secures the necessary funding to provide critical services for our kids and their families.

Have a few hours? Or looking for a more ongoing time commitment? We can provide short and long-term volunteer roles. As our volunteer opportunities change on a regular basis, please call 1-888-779-9916 or (705) 748-2337, ext. 380, or email development@fivecounties.on.ca to learn more about our current openings.

Ways To Help

  • Fund Development Committee
    • We’re always looking for new community members to join us. This volunteer group helps brainstorm new ideas, shares their opinions, champions Five Counties and lends a diverse voice to the Fund Development Team. 
  • Event Volunteer
    • Your assistance helps ensure our events are successful! Whether it’s annual planning a few times a year, joining a specific committee over a few months, or helping at a one-time event for a few hours, you can get involved in the way that works best for you and helps kids in our community.
  • Administrative Volunteer
    • If you have an interest and/or experience in strategic planning, marketing & communications, recognition or grant writing, your talents can help us grow both awareness and funds to get more kids into treatment. Have another idea where you could help? Let us know!

Please Note All Volunteer Roles Require:

  • Vulnerable Sector Check (for volunteers working with kids) or Criminal Record Check, dated within previous 12 months
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination (3 doses)
Meet Some of Our Fabulous Volunteers!

'Volunteering is in the smiles and thank-yous'

Meet Bob

Bob has dedicated his life to children and his love of physical activity. A long-time educator, but now retired, Bob still supports kids as a volunteer at Five Counties.

Pam is no stranger to Five Counties. In fact, she was the very first client.

Meet Pam

Pam is no stranger to Five Counties. After all, she holds the distinction of being ‘client 001’ – the first child client served by the newly opening children’s centre in 1974. Now she’s giving back to Five Counties by serving as a volunteer.

'We are not an island. We all need each other in life'

Meet Judy

Having worked in the charitable sector for many years, Judy realizes no person is an island. It’s why, in her retirement, Judy has become a bridge builder of sorts, helping out local non-profits to fill the gaps to do their work. Five Counties is benefiting from this wonderful volunteer.

'The work Five Counties does is incredibly important'

Meet Jackie

Jackie is a donor, a fundraiser, a volunteer, and an incredible asset in our community.

She is also a dedicated volunteer at Five Counties!