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Volunteer in a variety of community settings

Explore Volunteering

Engage with the community alongside peers!

Age

Youth, Young Adult

Regions

Lower Mainland

Seasons

Fall, Winter, Spring

The Explore Volunteering program provides opportunities for youth and adults with autism to sample volunteer tasks in a variety of community settings. The program encourages community engagement alongside peers while developing volunteer experience, work skills, and communication and social skills.

Program Structure

  • Each session consists of 2.5 hours, once per week, for multiple weeks. Sessions for this program take place three times during the year: Fall (October-December), Winter (January-March), and Spring (April-June).
  • Up to six participants will be enrolled each session, supported by a program leader, support workers and volunteers.
  • Volunteer opportunities vary across settings and work environments (ex: Science World, Union Gospel Mission, community gardens)

Program Criteria

  • Ages 15+
  • Participants must meet session’s age requirements as of the day of the program
  • Have an autism diagnosis, and an active CAN membership
  • Individuals across the autism spectrum are welcome
  • Commitment to attend session on a weekly basis (See Attendance Policy)

This program is specifically designed and adapted for individuals on the autism spectrum.

Three young adults enjoy having fun outdoors.
A teen with autism and a peer mentor shovel together in our CommunityWorks program.

Supports Provided

At Canucks Autism Network, we recognize that each individual with autism is unique. All individuals across the autism spectrum are welcome in our programs. We strive to meet the unique needs of each participant through conversation and collaboration. Please do not hesitate to contact our Youth & Adult Program Coordinator at [email protected] with any questions.

Stay Informed

Subscribe to the Youth and Adult newsletter to stay up-to-date with our upcoming opportunities.

Newsletters will be sent monthly and will include important information regarding programming, events, and registration.

Ready for work?

Ready, Willing & Able (RWA) is a national initiative that engages, educates and supports employers to hire people with intellectual disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Canucks Autism Network is an RWA partner, co-delivering the program with Inclusion BC in British Columbia.

If you are an individual with autism looking for work, or an employer interested in inclusive hiring, we can help you reach your goals.

Learn more about RWA > 

Check canucksautism.ca/health

Please check canucksautism.ca/health for the most-up-to-date information regarding CAN programming.

Interested in Online Resources & Activities At Home? Check out our Virtual Team Meetings, Story Time Series, and more!