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Volunteer with us!

Share your time, skills, and ideas with us! Your involvement will make a real difference and directly impact the successful delivery of our programs and support which benefit the over 6 million Canadians living with arthritis. We could not have come this far in our almost 70-year history without our volunteers, and we are truly thankful for their selfless contributions. Our volunteers come from many walks of life and they all have one thing in common – they make a huge difference in the lives of Canadians with arthritis.

We offer many exciting and rewarding volunteer opportunities that allow you to share your skills, talents and knowledge including:

Special Events, Fundraising & Revenue Development

The Arthritis Society runs many fundraising and awareness events, including The Society’s marquee fundraising event, the Walk to Fight Arthritis. Volunteers are needed to help organize and assist on event day with registration and logistics. Depending on where you live in Canada, volunteer roles may also include joining an event committee, delivering phone campaigns, or canvassing door-to-door.

Administrative Support

Assist with administration, data entry, and evaluation.

Community Champion/Advocacy

The Arthritis Society recruits speakers to become the voice for those living with arthritis in communities across the country to help generate awareness. Volunteers do this by promoting new initiatives from The Society in their communities and letting The Society know what needs to be addressed. This role may involve letter writing, working with local elected officials, and other forms of advocacy.

Education

In some provinces, The Arthritis Society delivers education classes. Volunteers are needed to lead and facilitate workshops and classes (both in-person and online) or to assist with workshop set up to empower others living with arthritis.

Management & Leadership

This could include serving on a Division Advisory Board or Committee, leading other volunteers, or sharing your professional skills and networks to help The Society create a future without arthritis.

For more information about our current volunteer opportunities please fill out the Volunteer Application Form, or contact our office at 1.800.321.1433.

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Volunteering FAQs

  • How can I get involved?

    Fill out a Volunteer Application Form so that we can find more about you and how you want to get involved. We will then contact you to talk further. You may also contact the Arthritis Society office nearest you at 1.800. 321.1433.

  • Can I volunteer to get community service hours?

    Yes. You should discuss your expectations with the volunteer coordinator so that both of you understand your requirements.

  • Does the Arthritis Society need volunteers with specialized or professional skills?

    Yes. The Arthritis Society focuses on many different areas including research, advocacy, community engagement and special events.

    If you feel that you can provide specialized skills through your employment (e.g. marketing, human resource management, event planning) and are willing to share some of your expertise, please contact us to discuss ways that you can support us.

    If you are personally interested in volunteering, please fill out our Volunteer Application Form or call us at 1.800. 321.1433.

  • Is there volunteer work available that I can do at home or out of the office?

    Yes. Many of our volunteer opportunities can be done outside of both the office and office hours. Many of our positions are out in the community or can be done virtually.

  • How much time do I have to commit?

    Volunteer time is based on many factors including the volunteer position being filled, your schedule, and The Society’s needs. Many positions are flexible. We are more concerned with you committing to your position and seeing it through to the end of your specified “contract”.

    For example, you can volunteer at The Walk To Fight Arthritis once a year, or you can help us on a weekly basis.

  • How will I learn what I need to know?

    We provide all volunteers with the necessary training and tools to fulfill their responsibilities.

  • What kind of opportunities are there?

    Volunteer positions are based on the needs of the regional offices. Choose your province above to find out what opportunities exist in your region, or contact the Arthritis Society office near you at 1.800. 321.1433.

  • Do I have to have arthritis to help?

    No. You do not have to have arthritis or know someone with arthritis to get involved.

  • Can I get a reference?

    Yes, we do provide references. Feel free to discuss your reference needs with your volunteer coordinator.

  • What will I gain from volunteering?

    Volunteering is a great opportunity to gain skills, share expertise, be part of a community and above all, make a difference.