Volunteer with Voices

Call for Volunteers

Are you interested in promoting civic engagement and encouraging all people to use their voices and to contribute to their society?

Voices-Voix is a nonprofit volunteer-driven and non-partisan coalition of Canadians and Canadian organizations committed to defending our collective and individual rights to dissent, advocacy and democratic space. All Voices-Voix members, including those engaged in editorial, research, and writing, are volunteers, supported by a part-time coordinator.

As a volunteer orgnaization, we're always looking for new, energetic people and writers to join us in our work. If you're looking for a fulfilling and interesting volunteer opportunity, read on!

Who Should Consider Volunteering?

Voices-Voix offers volunteers of all ages the opportunity and experience of contributing their time and energy to building an online community for the mission of Voices-Voix. The experience offers a limited number of supervised volunteer positions to individuals interested in social organizing, social media, communications, and writing. Themes addressed in Voices-Voix’s work include political science, environmental science, law, human rights, social media, public administration, public policy, sociology and related fields.

Applicants should be at least eighteen years of age.

This experience is unpaid and is on a voluntary basis only.

Purpose

The volunteer experience is aimed at supporting the work of Voices-Voix in accordance with its mission. The project focuses especially on federal government policies and decisions that affect civil society organizations (non-profits and charities), environmental sciences, knowledge organizations and the public service, and on tactics that affect democratic space for dissent and advocacy in Canada. We also explore projects and programs which promote the growth of democratic spaces and civic engagement. Volunteers may be engaged in social organizing, support for participation in civil society events and conferences, fund development, research, social media writing, and case studies. Every effort is made to match eligible volunteers with their area of interest.

It should be noted that case studies, as well as research and writing destined for publication are peer reviewed and edited, and made available to the public online via the Documentation Project on the Voices-Voix website.

How to Apply

Send an email to communications(at)voices-voix(dot)ca. Write “Application for Volunteer” in the subject line. Attach the following documents in PDF or Word format:

  1. An expression of interest for the volunteer experience (about one page in length), that includes an e-mail address and a telephone number where you can be reached.
  2. In your letter of intent, please let us know what your availability is (available dates and hours? On what date will you have to end your volunteer experience).
  3. If you are interested in writing and editing, please attach 1 to 3 examples of your articles, press releases, or other short writings that are relevant to Voices-Voix’ work and Fact pages. 

Successful candidates will be contacted and chosen for the Fall term between September 1 and September 15, and afterwards on an ongoing basis, within a month of application. Voices-Voix does not have the ability to keep applications on file.

All applicants are screened in accordance with applicable laws and norms, including the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement: Values, Guiding Principles and Standards of Practice.

When to Apply

We are always seeking volunteers! We'll be in touch within a few days to discuss how you can volunteer at Voices-Voix.

Acknowledgements and References: For research and writing, Voices-Voix generally functions on a no-byline basis. No one receive public acknowledgement for published materials unless a prior arrangement is reached.

All volunteers are entitled to seek acknowledgement and, where appropriate, references from the coordinator, members of the editorial collective, and other members of Voices-Voix depending on the nature of the volunteer experience. This may include references for verifying academic achievement, meeting volunteer service requirement, or for relevant employment opportunities with other organizations. Voices-Voix does not offer employment opportunities to volunteers.

Location: Volunteers can be based anywhere and operate on a virtual basis. Voices-Voix has members across Canada. Volunteers may work from anywhere they choose, at their own level of commitment and engagement, and may communicate by email, phone and Skype. 

Supervision: The volunteer experience is supervised by the Voices-Voix Coordinator. Those interested in research and writing tasks are also supported and supervised by members of the editorial collective. Each Volunteer has an orientation session with the Voices-Voix Coordinator, who will provide the necessary training and background information. Volunteers must be able to work with minimal supervision but willing to respect required formats and to be responsive over email and telephone for feedback.