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Volunteer in a variety of community settings

Explore Volunteering

Engage with the community alongside peers!


Youth, Young Adult


Lower Mainland


Fall, Winter, Spring


The Explore Volunteering program provides opportunities for youth and young 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.

CommunityWorks Canada® program to end in January 2019

The federal grant for the CommunityWorks Canada® program comes to an end in January 2019. This pre-employment training program is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities Program and is offered by Canucks Autism Network as part of a new federally funded national project called Worktopia.

If you have any questions regarding the CommunityWorks Canada® program, please contact: [email protected]

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

Program Criteria

  • 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.

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 & Young Adult Program Coordinator at [email protected] with any questions.

Registration Closed

Stay tuned to our newsletter for the next program offering in 2019.