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Explore Volunteering

During the COVID-19 pandemic, thisprogram will be offered in a hybrid format that includes virtual (Zoom-based) sessions as well as in-person experiences where safe physical distancing can be maintained.

Age

Youth, Young Adult

Regions

Lower Mainland

Seasons

Fall, Winter, Spring

The Explore Volunteering program provides opportunities for autistic youth and adults to sample a variety of volunteer tasks. The program encourages community engagement 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)

Participant Safety Plan

Our safety protocols are detailed in full in our 11-page Safety Plan.

All parents, guardians and/or participants must read the full document and agree to the protocols before their enrollment is confirmed in any CAN program.

For the latest updates, visit: canucksautism.ca/health.

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 autistic individual 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.

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 > 

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.

Registration is open

View our Winter Program Guide for full list of programs, dates, times, and locations.

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

Those times don’t work for you? Access our online resources and pre-recorded programs that you can follow along at anytime or send us feedback – we’d love to hear from you!