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Volunteering with the Legal Network

… is a valuable experience. It can allow you to acquire knowledge, gain insights and make contacts, while defending the legal and human rights of people with, and vulnerable to HIV/AIDS.

Before applying for a volunteer position…

Before applying for a volunteer position at the Legal Network, think about the following questions and please let us know your answers:

  1. Am I available during daytime hours during the week or only evenings and weekends?
  2. How much time can I currently spare? 2 hours per week or 4 hours per month?
  3. Can I work remotely or would I prefer an in-office experience, working directly with others?
  4. What skills can I offer? Identify 2 or 3 skills which could include: experience in making contacts by phone; ability to use software such as Word or Excel; writing skills, including in languages other than English; experience in providing reception or filing services; research abilities; etc.
  5. What am I looking to gain from this experience? Volunteering will be more fulfilling if you can let us know what you’re looking for: experience to build your resumé; a way to support a worthy cause; social relationships or contacts within the community of non-governmental organizations?

Available Opportunities

The Legal Network seeks to benefit from the valuable input of volunteers in a number of positions. Here are 3 examples:

  1. Advocacy Campaign Volunteer: gathering information on Members of Parliament and keeping track in a database; making contacts by phone or email with other concerned Canadians across the country; helping write advocacy pieces; developing web content, including video and text; programming and design for websites.
  2. Office Assistance: greeting people at reception; fielding calls and helping respond to emails; supporting mailings; being present at events.
  3. Policy Research: doing research on-line or in material available within the office; helping formulate policy and legal briefs; summarizing in-depth research reports.

Process

The Legal Network will review all applications for volunteer positions but cannot commit that you will be offered a position. A decision is contingent on several factors including: staff ability to support volunteers, appropriate matching of our needs and your skills, scheduling and other priorities, as well as office space and equipment availability.

To submit your application for a volunteer position, please send your CV and answers to the above questions to Terry Gould, Program Support Manager at:
tgould [at] aidslaw.ca.

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