Family Meal Children Assistant

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Posted Date: October 24, 2017

Time CommitmentShifts are on Thursdays either 4:30pm-7:30pm or 5:30pm -7:00pm.
Minimum AgeMust be 13 years of age or older.
Location(s)Durham YWCA Early Years – 1 McGrigor St, Oshawa

Program Description

Eat, Play, Love is a pilot program designed to encourage at risk families to enjoy a family meal and interaction with their children. This free program is running Thursday evenings until June 14, 2018. Families must have at least one child under the age of 6 to participate. After dinner families enjoy play and activities in an early learning environment and close with a circle. Community partners are available to provide informal parenting support one to one, referrals, or short information sessions as appropriate to the group’s needs.

Major Duties

  • Provide support to parents during the meal portion of the program by holding babies, assisting small children with hand washing and eating in a relaxed conversational environment
  • Provide supervision to special needs children so that parents can enjoy the meal/ conversation/ have respite in the same or adjacent room
  • Assist program staff in set up and clean up, such as setting up chairs, tables, washing dishes, tidying as required by our user agreement with the host site
  • Encourage children to participate in developmentally appropriate play on their own or with other children.


  • Must be 13 years of age or older.
  • Successful applicants to this role will need to provide a Vulnerable Sector Screening from their local police service before their first day of volunteering and every three years on the anniversary of their first day of volunteering.
  • Sensitive to the needs of young/single/ isolated/ parents and the role of community in supporting adult and child mental health in a strength’s based model
  • Respectful of different family types and models
  • Comfortable working with children in the presence of their parents
  • Physically capable of lifting 40lbs and mobile
  • Working with children with autism an asset
  • Skills and experience with cooking or crafting an asset


  • Opportunity to provide practical assistance to hard working families and enjoy being with children from infancy through school age
  • Opportunity to work in a multi-disciplinary setting for career exploration
  • Volunteers will be provided dinner

How to apply

Complete the online volunteer application. You will need to provide the position title and location information of this position during step 3 of the application.

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YMCA of Greater Toronto aspires to be a great place to volunteer through an environment that embraces diversity and social inclusion, valuing differences and supporting full participation by all volunteers. The YMCA provides thousands of volunteers with meaningful opportunities to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities. The YMCA works to build healthy communities. This is achieved through a shared culture and values.

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The YMCA of Greater Toronto values the diversity of people and communities and is committed to excellence and inclusion in our Association. We are committed to an environment that is barrier free. If you require accommodation during the interview process, please inform us in advance to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation.

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About YMCA of Greater Toronto

The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a dynamic charity offering opportunities for personal growth, community involvement and leadership. Our 2010-2020 strategic plan, Strong Start Great Future, calls upon our Association to invest in young people across their life stages to deliver on our vision of ensuring our communities will be home to the healthiest children, teens and young adults. This community health strategy includes a significant role for adults and older adults.

Mirroring the region’s diversity, the YMCA offers a variety of programs responding to the needs of the community, including employment and essential skills, education, newcomer programs, youth outreach and intervention, fitness, sports and aquatics, international programs, child care and camps.

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