Become a Volunteer

Volunteers are an essential part of our organization to support staff and youth in different capacities. We are currently taking volunteers, see how to apply below.

Friends of Ruby is delighted to welcome volunteers back into our space! If you want to make an impact on 2SLGBTQIA+ youth, meet new people, and gain new skills and experiences, we invite you to join our volunteer team! 

Available positions

Pride 2023 – Volunteer

Friends of Ruby is excited to be one of Pride Toronto’s Charity of Choice this year! We’re looking for enthusiastic volunteers to support us during our Pride events.
This form is intended for adults (18+).

Apply Here

Pride 2023 – Youth Volunteer

Friends of Ruby is excited to be one of Pride Toronto’s Charity of Choice this year! We’re looking for enthusiastic volunteers to support us during our Pride events.
This form is intended for youth under 18 who are interested in volunteering with Friends of Ruby.

Apply Here

Kitchen Volunteer – Transitional Home

The Friends of Ruby Transitional Home is Canada’s first custom-built transitional home for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth. In addition to housing, the residents are provided with wrap-around support services, including financial literacy support, mental and physical health programs, and case management. To learn more click here.

 See details below on how to apply.

Application & Onboarding Process 

  1. Look through the current volunteer opportunities to understand the requirements and qualifications necessary for the role.  
  1. Fill out a volunteer application form.
  1. Email your most updated resume to the Volunteer Coordinator, Ashmita (she/her), at aroy@friendsofruby.ca.  
  1. Volunteer Coordinator will reach out to you to schedule an interview.
  1. Complete virtual and in-person training prior to your first shift.

FAQ 

  • Will training/orientation be offered? 
    Yes, we offer hybrid-model training, with a combination of self-led training videos, in-person orientation, and on-the-job training/shadowing.  
  • Do you have to be part of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community to volunteer? 
    Any direct-service roles (i.e.: roles that put volunteers directly in contact with youth participants), require volunteers to be a part of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. Other roles, those which are not direct service, are open to members of the community as well as allies.  
  • Do you need to get a background check to volunteer? 
    Yes. We work with a vulnerable population and want to ensure their safety. All staff, placement students, and volunteers must undergo a police check before they start working with Friends of Ruby.  
  • I work a 9-5 job – will I still be able to volunteer?  
    Yes! Our Drop-In is open from 11:00AM-7:00PM, and we have opportunities to support the Drop-In centre in the evenings. We are not open on weekends.  
  • Do I need any certifications to volunteer? 
    Depending on the role, we may need specific certifications. For the most part, we will provide all the necessary training for the volunteer position. Please refer to the role descriptions for any specific requirements. 

Student Placement Opportunities  

We offer placement opportunities at our Drop-In and Transitional House in various capacities. Please complete the following Student Placement Application Form if you are interested in completing your placement at Friends of Ruby. 

COVID Protocols

All staff, students, and volunteers must follow COVID protocols, including proof of vaccination, self-screening prior to your shift, and wearing a mask while at the Drop-In. We have PPE available onsite. 

Get Involved

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Contact Us

To receive information about our programs and services, please write us an email or give us a call. 

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Donate

When you give to Friends of Ruby, you directly support essential services for LGBTQI2S youth. We provide meals, groceries, community programming, practical supports and mental health services.

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Careers

Think you’re a good fit for the Friends of Ruby team? Check out the positions we’re currently looking to fill.