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Volunteer FAQs

Who are Team BREATHE volunteers?

They are all ages. They may know someone – a friend or relative – who has a breathing problem. They may want to make a difference in the lives of others. Above all, they care about the health of their community.

Why join Team BREATHE?

  • Because you’ll have fun while making a difference in your community
  • Because you’ll learn about lung diseases and how you, your friends and family can maintain healthy lungs for life
  • Because you’ll meet others in an engaging and fun environment
  • Because you’ll use and expand your skills
  • Because your community needs your help!

How can I help?

The possibilities are endless! We have opportunities to suit everyone. You can:

  • Help organize or volunteer at a special event
  • Organizing and/or facilitating patient support groups in your neighbourhood
  • Provide leadership to help us achieve our goals – as a Board, Council or Committee member
  • Help out with administrative tasks – at home, with one of our regional offices, or at our Provincial Office
  • Raise awareness of our programs and services – by staffing displays at health fairs, volunteering at expos, giving presentations to community groups, distributing educational material, etc.
  • Help us raise funds to support lung health education and medical research

I am a high school student. Can I volunteer and get the credits I need for graduation?

Of course you can! Students volunteer with us at special events or by holding their own fundraising events. To do so, you must be at least 14 years old and your parent or guardian must sign a waiver form on your behalf.

Is there a screening process for volunteers?

Once you fill out the volunteer inquiry form, you may be interviewed, have your references checked, and/or be asked to provide a qualification check (such as a driver’s license or criminal record check). The purpose of the screening process is to allow us to get to know you better, and to ensure you are matched to a position that is suited to your skills and interests.

How much time do I have to commit?

Different volunteer roles have different levels of commitment. Any contribution you make is greatly appreciated, whether it is a few hours, days, or months.

How do I get the most out of being part of Team BREATHE?

Here are some suggestions to fully enjoy your time with us:

  • Challenge yourself. Don’t be afraid to develop new skills or try new activities.
  • Tell us your ideas, questions or concerns.
  • Stay informed. Explore our website, check out new volunteer postings, become a part of our social media community, and sign-up for our e-newsletters to learn even more about us.
  • Help new volunteers understand their new roles.

What if I want to try a different volunteer activity?

You are welcome to sign up for any volunteer opportunity that is available.  You can also ask to meet with your Team BREATHE leader to discuss your ideas. By working together you can determine a new position based on your interests and needs.

What do I do if I can’t attend the volunteer activity I signed up for?

If it is on the day of the event, please email or phone your Team BREATHE Leader and let them know.  If you know you will not be able to attend a day or more before your shift, please log in to your Team Breathe account, and you can unregister from that shift.