#100-7900 Alderbridge Way
Richmond, BC V6X 2A5
Hours of Operations
RYSA Main Office
Monday to Friday
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Monday to Friday
9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Open till 8:00 PM
10:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Looking for ways to have fun, gain skills, and give back to your community? We offer various volunteer and leadership opportunities in our programs for youth (ages 13+), adults, and seniors.
Whether helping set up for a special community event, mentoring a student who needs support, or serving breakfast to elementary students, each of our volunteers makes a valuable contribution to our programs and events. Most of our volunteers make long-term commitments, such as volunteering for a school term or for the full school year. Click on the tabs below to learn more about volunteering with RYSA.
- Giving back to their community
- Meeting new people
- Networking and building relationships
- Gaining volunteer hours for school or club requirements
- Learning new skills
- Gaining practical experience to help meet career or personal goals
- Building and practicing leadership skills
- Feeling useful and connected
We offer the following benefits to our volunteers:
- Training, mentorship, and on-site supervision by RYSA staff
- Access to ongoing free professional development and skills training workshops
- Opportunities to be nominated for volunteer recognition awards for outstanding service (RYSA 'Volunteer of the Month', Volunteer Richmond 'Volunteers Are Stars Awards', City of Richmond 'U-ROC Youth Awards', etc)
- Invitation to our annual Volunteer Appreciation party
- References and/or recommendation letters (upon request)
1. Look below in our "Current Volunteer Opportunities" to see if there are any open positions. Complete a volunteer application and short interview.
2. Attend in a mandatory volunteer training session (approx 1.5 to 2 hours).
3. Complete an free, mandatory criminal record check.
Many of volunteer positions are seasonal (either during the school year or the summer), and most of our volunteer positions involve working directly with children and youth. If you do not see a current volunteer position that is a fit for you, the best way to stay updated about new opportunities is to sign up online for our email newsletter.
How do I request a reference from RYSA for school, work, etc?
- We are happy to help support our past and current volunteers by providing references or recommendation letters as needed.
- Contact the Volunteer & Leadership Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 604.242.3335.
- Let us know what you need the reference for and by what deadline. We may need a few days to check with your on-site supervisor to confirm how many volunteers hours you have, so please give us as much advance notice as possible.
What is a reference?
- A reference is anyone who can give a strong, positive statement about you and your volunteer/work experience, such as a teacher, counsellor, employer, volunteer leader, colleague, or supervisor. A reference is may be contacted to get to know you better or to verify your skills and background.
What is a criminal record check?
- We require all of our volunteers to complete a free criminal record check through the British Columbia Ministry of Justice. This is a standard screening procedure that helps us create a safe environment for the children and youth in our programs.
- A person whose criminal record suggests they present a risk of physical or sexual abuse to children or a risk of physical, sexual or financial abuse to vulnerable adults will not have access to these groups. Learn more about police records checks.
How do I complete a criminal record check for RYSA?
- Ages 18 & under: You will fill out a short paper form. You will need your parent or guardian's signature. It is free. The Volunteer Coordinator will fax the form to the Ministry of Justice. The results are sent directly to us at Richmond Youth Service Agency and are confidential. Read more about who must have a criminal record check under the Criminal Records Review Act.
- Ages 19 & older: You will fill out a short paper form. It is free. The Volunteer Coordinator will fax the form to the Ministry of Justice. The results are sent directly to us at Richmond Youth Service Agency and are confidential. Read more about who must have a criminal record check under the Criminal Records Review Act.
What will I learn at the volunteer training session for RYSA?
- Most volunteers attend our volunteer training session, "Leadership 101," which is a practical, introductory training to working with young people as a tutor, mentor, or leader. It covers topics such as an overview of RYSA's programs and opportunities, how to facilitate activities with children, boundary setting, conflict resolution, child and youth safety, and more. This is a training that you can share as a credential on your resume. The training lasts 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on the size of the group, and this time counts toward your volunteer hours.
- Breakfast Club volunteers will attend an on-site orientation session on their first morning as a Breakfast Club volunteer.
- For volunteers who will not work directly with children and youth or for specific opportunities, a separate one-on-one or small group training session may be set up instead.
RYSA has a number of volunteer opportunities for youth 15+ and adults throughout the year.
Summer camp volunteer
We have two locations that run 8 weeks throughout the summer. If you are at least 15yrs old and can offer a minimum of one week during the summer let us know. A great way to spend part of your summer. July 4-August 26
Volunteer to help connect newcomer youth with their community, work together on fun projects, learn from each other and share your experiences as a Canadian Youth in Richmond. There will be three groups throughout the year.
- Summer - July 27/28 & Aug 2/3/4/10/11, 3hrs (1-4pm) each day and then 3-4 hrs for a special event /community activity date to be determined), Other sessions are for 10 weeks, 2hrs each week with an added community activity.
- Fall - October 5-Dec 7 Wednesdays 3:30-5:30
- Winter - January 13-March 16. Volunteers need only do one session but are welcome to join more than one. Ages 13-24
Winter and Spring break camp volunteers
Running one week and two weeks have fun being a leader, playing games, arts and crafts and going on out trips.
Help make and serve breakfast to elementary students at Blundell School on Tuesday or Thursday mornings 7:30-8:30 am. Runs September to Jun.
Homework club Mentor/Tutor
Help grade 4-7 students with their homework and enjoy some fun activities /games after the work is done. Once a week from 3:30-5:15. ( three locations to choose from , Mon/Tuesday and Thursday) Must be 15yrs old or older. Runs September - Jun
After School Care Volunteer
If you like working with kids and have some time during the week after school , why not volunteer at one of our licensed after school programs ( at Cook and Blundell elementary)
Special event volunteer
As needed be on our call list for special events in the community
Be available for at least 4 hours during office hours (9-5) to answer phone, basic data entry or general office duties as needed. Act as a first point of contact to our visitors
Please bring a filled in application form. Be aware that some positions require additional paperwork such as a criminal record check, immunization records or Dr. Notes. This will need to be complete before volunteering begins.
After a short interview you will be informed of start date if applicable.
A Reference letter will be provided, as well as a record of the hours you volunteered.
Any question, please feel free to email email@example.com or call Jane at 604-271-7600