Volunteer Opportunities

Why volunteer? 

Are you seeking a meaningful volunteer experience where you can help enrich the lives of children and youth? Volunteering with BGC Durham is great opportunity to give back to community, expand your social and professional network, gain leadership experience, and enhance your skill set.

Volunteers are the backbone of the great work we do at BGC. We rely on the efforts of volunteers and staff to ensure that children and youth have access to the best programs and services. BGC Durham has a variety of exciting volunteer opportunities, including assisting in the After-School Program, aquatics programs, special events, fundraising, and becoming a committee member.

How to get involved? 

If helping children and youth overcome obstacles and reach their potential sounds like a rewarding experience for you please complete our volunteer application form and submit it to volunteer@bgcdurham.com.

For more information, contact Tracy at: 905-728-5121 x257 or volunteer@bgcdurham.com

Current Volunteer Opportunities

We are currently looking for volunteers in the following areas

After-School Program Volunteers
Board Director
Board of Directors Treasurer

Swim with a Buddy Volunteers
Swimming Lesson Volunteers

Please scroll down for more information about each opportunity

After-School Program Volunteer

The After-School Program Volunteer will assist with set up, preparing healthy snacks, playing games, helping children with homework, playing sports, and clean up. The After-School Program runs Monday through Friday for 3 hours a day beginning at last bell (varies by location) and supports children 4-13 years of age. BGC Durham operates at 21 locations in Durham Region.

Volunteers must be at least 14 years old, provide 2 references (not family), be able to commit to a set schedule, and volunteer at least one day a week.


Board Director

Primary Duties and Responsibilities 

Strategic Plan, Vision and Mission 

  • Engage in ongoing planning and oversight of activities to support the mission of BGC Durham and its strategic direction 
  • Define specific goals and objectives related to the mission and strategic direction and monitor and evaluate the success of BGC Durham’s achievement of such goals and objectives 

Financial and Risk Management 

  • Approve policies for the effective, efficient and cost-effective operation of BGC Durham 
  • Through effective and prudent planning and risk management, oversee the financial resources in a manner that meets operational goals and strategic objectives 
  • Approve and monitor the annual operations budget 
  • Ensure compliance with regulatory reporting and filing requirements 

Fund Development 

  • Actively participate in the fundraising process through fundraising events sponsored by BGC Durham 
  • Review and approve fundraising activities 

Human Resources and Governance 

  • Oversee the performance of the Executive Director (including hiring, monitoring performance, etc.)
  • Approve written Human Resources and Board Governance policies and procedures
  • Delegate the operations of the organization to the Executive Director

Community Relations 

  • Represent the organization at community activities to enhance the organization’s community profile. 

Meeting Attendance

  • Attend and actively participate in monthly Board Meetings (3rd Wednesday evening of the month), or ad-hoc as required
  • Participate on Board Committees


The ideal candidate should possess some or all of the following:

  • Financial acumen (ability to read financial statements, and identify risks)
  • Governance experience as it relates to non-profits
  • Marketing/Communications experience related to branding
  • Solid Communication skills
  • Human Resources experience
  • Legal knowledge/expertise
  • Business acumen (strategic thinking ability, understands economic impacts and organization culture)
  • Community representative

The BGC Durham is an equal opportunity employer committed to an inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection process. We thank all applicants for their interest however, only those considered for an interview will be contacted. 

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to the attention of Kathleen Hutton, Executive Director at khutton@bgcdurham.com.

Board of Directors Treasurer

Main Function: The Treasurer of the Board of Directors has oversight responsibilities for the maintenance of proper accounting records in compliance with the Not-for-Profit Corporations Act. Whenever required, the Treasurer shall render to the Board of Directors, an account of the financial position of BGC Durham. This is a Volunteer position.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Financial and Risk Management

  • Monitor the annual and projected position of BGC Durham.
  • Confirm that effective financial measures, controls and procedures are in place, and are appropriate for BGC Durham.
  • Liaise with the Finance Director of BGC Durham regarding the monthly financial statements, annual budget and auditors report. 
  • Chair the Finance Committee (a subset of Board Directors, plus other community volunteers with solid financial acumen). Ensure that Committee minutes for Board distribution.
  • Ensure the Board of Directors is adequately informed of financial related issues to ensure good decision-making, and achievement of strategic objectives. 
  • Present monthly financial statements to the Board of Directors for approval. 
  • Participate in the development of the annual budget, and present to the Board of Directors for approval.
  • Liaise with external Auditors regarding the preparation of annual Audited Financial Statements. Oversee any actions to address auditor identified problems of deficiencies. 
  • Recommend to the Board, the need for a review or renewal of auditing services provided. 
  • Oversee the maintenance of up-to-date Financial Policies and Procedures and their review by the Board.
  • Serve as a co-signer of cheques with at least one other signing Officer.

Strategic Plan, Vision and Mission

  • Participate with the Board of Directors in the continued development of the strategic plan to guide the organization in serving the Region of Durham.



  • University Degree or College Diploma in a related field coupled with ongoing formal or informal career enhancing education.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Not-for-profit Board experience, preferably in the social service and/or recreational sector.
  • Astute financial and business acumen, preferably with a professional accounting designation.
  • Ability to understand the business implications of decisions, requiring an awareness of issues, processes and outcomes impacting the financial position of BGC Durham.
  • An understanding of, and experience with, good financial management and reporting practices.
  • Solid written, verbal and listening communication skills with the ability to present to small groups.
  • Commitment to BGC Durham’s mission and strategic direction.
  • An appreciation of the kind and level of financial information needed at a Board level to support decision making.
  • An ability to commit to the time required to fulfill the responsibilities described.

Time Commitment

  • 3-4 per month (Board meetings, meetings with the Executive Director/Finance Director, committee meetings), plus 2 additional annual budget meetings, and 2 additional audit meetings. 

Please visit our website at www.bcgdurham.com for more information about the Club.

BGC Durham is an equal opportunity employer committed to an inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection process. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those considered for an interview will be contacted.

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to the attention of Kathleen Hutton at khutton@bgcdurham.

Swimming Lessons

Swimming Lesson Volunteers will assist the Swimming Instructor during lessons. The program runs Monday to Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings at our Eastview location - 433 Eulalie Ave, Oshawa, and supports children 6-13 years of age.

Volunteers must be at least 13 years old, have their Bronze Cross or Medallion, intend to become an Instructor or Lifeguard, provide 2 references (not family), be able to commit to a set schedule, and volunteer at least one day a week.


Swim with a Buddy

Swim with a Buddy Volunteers will swim with children in the shallow end during fun swim. The program runs Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4pm-5pm and supports children 6-13 years of age at our Eastview location - 433 Eulalie Ave, Oshawa

Volunteers must be at least 13 years old, provide 2 references (not family), be able to swim, be able to commit to a set schedule, and volunteer at least one day a week.


Youth Justice Committee Volunteer

Reports To: Youth Justice Services Director/Volunteer Coordinator

Location: Oshawa/Durham Region

Time: Weeknight Hours

The Youth Justice Committee is a youth diversion program established under the Youth Criminal Justice Act as an alternative to the formal court system to handle low risk offences committed by young persons between their 12 and 18th birthdays in the Durham Region. Volunteers will meet with young people alleged to have committed a low risk offence and possibly the person(s) harmed, to discuss what happened and how the young person is going to make amends. Due to current social distancing requirements, meetings with youth will be conducted via zoom until such time that in-person meetings are permitted.


  • Excellent listening and communication skills
  • A willingness to work with youth
  • Facilitate conferences with the youth and person(s) harmed
  • Maintain confidentiality 
  • Respect fellow facilitators as well as the youth, person(s) harmed and other participants
  • Be committed to the interests of young people, person(s) harmed and the community as a whole
  • Bilingualism is an asset


  • Minimum age of 21
  • Clear Criminal Reference Check
  • Complete required Ministry training provided by BGC Durham
  • Take an Oath of Confidentiality 
  • Attend Youth Justice Committee meetings as arranged 
  • Attend all other trainings and workshops that enhance your role as a volunteer
  • Be available evenings during the week

Please contact Jared Brown at jbrown@bgcdurham.com or (289) 404-3259 for more information.

To apply, please submit a resume to Jared Brown (email listed above). All interviews will be conducted via Zoom.

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