Volunteering

Volunteering with the Rainbow Resource Centre:

Twice annually the Rainbow Resource Centre holds volunteer training sessions. All volunteers are required to attend these initial 12 hours of training to prepare them to volunteer at the Centre. The fall training happens over four weeks, with weekly, evening, three-hour sessions. Spring training takes place over one weekend. The dates change from year to year.

Prior to training, potential volunteers are required to submit an application form and two reference checks. These forms can be found on the website. Once these forms are submitted, the program coordinator will contact potential volunteers to set up an interview. After the interview, successful applicants will be asked to submit a criminal record check and provide consent for the Centre to request a child abuse registry check on the applicant’s behalf.

Volunteer roles can be found on the website, as well as a copy of the volunteer contract listing expectations for volunteers. All Centre group leaders are required to follow this process and become volunteers as well. Volunteer interviews happen during the 6 week period prior to training.

 

Roles Requiring Volunteers:

LIBRARY SUPPORT VOLUNTEERS: Library support volunteers help the librarian maintain the daily operation of the library. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: (re-)cataloguing the library collection, shelf-reading, sorting and weeding donations, reminding folks of overdue books, entering our library collection into our online database, and participating in RRC used book sales. For information about the RRC Library, please visit: www.rainbowresourcecentre.org/library/.

CENTRE AMBASSADORS: The Centre Ambassador works 6-9pm weeknight shifts twice each month. Their duties include, greeting and directing people who come into the centre, completing assigned tasks, such as Web site management, newsletter creation, data entry and more based on their own unique skills and the prearranged duties discussed with program coordinator.

PEER PROJECT FOR YOUTH VOLUNTEERS: Peer Project for Youth is currently looking for volunteers.  Please click here to view the volunteer posting. Please click here to view the PPY volunteer posting.

Please read our Vision, Mission, and Value Statements in the About the RRC section of our website.

Benefits & Importance of Volunteering with the RRC:

  • Helps you retain and sharpen established skills.
  • Increases your knowledge about LGBTT* experiences and issues.
  • Improves your job opportunities/gives you an opportunity to explore new career options.
  • Offers networking opportunities and visibility through community involvement and community building.
  • Provides an opportunity to develop new skills. Such skills may include, but certainly is not limited to: Interpersonal skills (understanding people, motivating others, and dealing with difficult situations),
  • Communication skills, and Job/work/career related skills that may be documented in a resume.

By volunteering with the RRC, you are also enhancing the intensity and quality of programs and services the RRC currently provides to Manitoba, and North Western Ontario LGBTT* individuals, communities and families via our Vision, Mission, and Value Statements. A little does go a long way. You and the RRC produce a shared and valuable relationship.

Application Forms

If you are interested in volunteering for the Rainbow Resource Centre, please download and complete the Volunteer Application Form. To download the form, click on the link: Volunteer ApplicationCompleted Applications may be dropped off, mailed, or faxed in confidence to the Rainbow Resource Centre Programming Coordinator via:

  • Fax: (204) 478.1160
  • In person: 170 Scott Street
  • Mail: Box 1661 Stn. Main Winnipeg, MB R3C 2Z6.

References

As part of the volunteer screening process, applicants are required to provide two (2) references to assist the Rainbow Resource Centre determine volunteer suitability. One character reference and one professional reference (teacher, employer, social worker, etc.) will be sufficient. References should know the applicant for 12 months or more.

Criminal Record & Child Abuse Registry Checks

Rainbow Resource Centre is committed to ensuring a safe, abuse-free environment for its participants/clients/visitors, staff, volunteers and all independent employees. To eliminate potential for these incidents, all individuals considered on a voluntary basis or on a paid employment basis will be subject to a criminal record and child abuse registry investigation prior to commencing work at Rainbow Resource Centre. All persons with a regular ongoing role in RRC’s programs and services must submit a current copy of their criminal record and child abuse registry check on or before their stated start date.

Contacting the Programming Coordinator

If you have any questions or concerns about the Rainbow Resource Centre Volunteer Program, the application form, volunteering with the Rainbow Resource Centre or Rainbow Resource Centre programs, services, or events, please contact the Programming Coordinator via phone: (204) 474-0212 Ext. 204 or email: volunteer@rainbowresourcecentre.org.