Volunteer Week 2023: Celebrating Thousands of Ontarians Supporting Children, Youth, and Families 

Volunteers play a critical role in supporting children, youth, and families receiving child welfare services in Ontario.

Each year, thousands of individuals offer their time, skills, and energy to support the well-being of children, youth, and families across the province. Together, they contribute hundreds of thousands of hours in roles such as drivers, mentors, tutors, special event organizers, and board members.

“The child welfare sector would not function without the daily work of volunteers,” said Nicole Bonnie, CEO of OACAS. “They are there for children, youth, and families in important ways that may sometimes seem small but can have a huge impact on their ability to stay connected to their community, get the support they need, and thrive.”

Volunteers often get to know the children and youth they work with and form an integral part of the service team working to ensure their success. This National Volunteer Week, OACAS recognizes and celebrates the volunteers that care for the children, youth, and families in their communities through child welfare. We are grateful for all that they do.

If you are interested in learning how you can volunteer your time to help vulnerable children, youth, and families in your community, visit oacas.org/locate to find your nearest child welfare agency.