Life After Stroke Needs Volunteers

Hopefully you’ve heard the exciting news by now, but if not… Life After Stroke (LAS) is officially a non-profit organization! With a website facelift and a whole slew of new initiatives being launched this fall, LAS is building a national—soon to be international—community of young stroke and acquired brain injury survivors.  

We can’t thank everyone enough who has helped us get to this point. This is just the beginning of our journey, but we are so excited to see how far this organization will go and how many Young Brain Injury Survivors (YBIS) we will be able to support and connect with one another. 

But this is where you (yes, you the reader) come in to help move the journey along, as we can only do this with help. Here at LAS, we are looking for volunteers to support our Board of Directors in enacting our mission. Building a community of this scale requires loads of resources and plenty of bright minds to generate new and fresh ideas and resources.

So, we’re officially putting out a call for volunteers to join the LAS team in the hopes of supporting the YBIS community.

We currently have six volunteer positions open:

  • Fundraising Coordinator
    • This role will work directly with the Treasurer to help with the development and management of LAS fundraising and accounting initiatives throughout the year. 
    • Experience: Accounting/Finance 
    • Commitment: Up to 1 hour per week
  • Social Media Coordinator
    • This role will work directly with PR to manage and grow the various social media platforms that are owned by LAS. This will include, but is not limited to, uploading, responding to and monitoring comments/inquiries, creative ideation, following accounts/hashtags, etc. 
    • Experience: Communication, PR and/or social media marketing
    • Commitment: Up to 1-2 hours per week 
  • Website Administrator
    • This role will work directly with PR to develop, improve and update the LAS website. This will include, but is not limited to, uploading new posts, improving existing pages, implementing new functionalities, enhancing the overall aesthetic, etc. 
    • Experience: Website development
    • Commitment: Up to 1 hour per week
  • Administrative Coordinator
    • This role will work directly with the Secretary to support and employ administrative processes across the LAS organization. 
    • Experience: Administrative and project/task management
    • Commitment: Up to 1 hour per week
  • Support Group Administrator
    • This role will manage and coordinate the LAS support group, which meets regularly to create a space that provides moral support and workshops for YBIS. This individual will be responsible for organizing and facilitating these sessions run by LAS. 
    • Experience: Social work and facilitation
    • Commitment: Up to 1 hour per week
  • General Support Volunteer
    • If none of the other roles fit what you’re looking for, this position will be a general role to provide support across the LAS organization where the need arises. This can range from event support to administrative work to PR/social media initiatives. 
    • Commitment: Up to 1 hour per week

Do any of these roles seem like the right fit for you or anyone you know? Then head to our Get Involved page to get the application process rolling. All you need to do is download the application form and send it over to us at [email protected] with the subject line [Position Title] Volunteer Application. For example if you’re applying for the Support Group Administrator role, just download the form, fill it out and send it through to us with the subject line Support Group Administrator Volunteer Application. Doesn’t take much time and we’ll get back to you shortly afterwards with next steps. 

All we ask of each of our volunteers is the following:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent completed
  • Exhibit a passion for improving the lives of Young Brain Injury Survivors (YBIS)
  • Maintain a professional attitude, comprising of accountability and excellent communication skills
  • Commit for a minimum of one month

If you’re wondering what you get out of volunteering, here are just some of the benefits of taking on one of these roles:

  • You are selflessly driven to affect positive change for YBIS
  • To complete your volunteer hours (Please note: Volunteers hours are variable based on when the need for volunteers arise and there is no guaranteed amount of hours)
  • To attain professional references (based on performance), as well as professional development opportunities/experience 
  • Gain access to non-recovery resources such as skills-specific courses and training (Please note: YBIS members will always have precedence)

We are looking for eager, excited and reliable individuals looking to support LAS along its non-profit journey and to truly make a difference in the lives of Young Brain Injury Survivors whom we get to encounter and work with on a daily basis. If this sounds like you, visit our Get Involved page, apply for a position and we will get back to you shortly. We hope to make you a part of the LAS journey and community.