How to Volunteer

Volunteering with CCOC

CCOC is directed and controlled by tenants and volunteers. Although we do not require that tenants participate (like a co-op), volunteers are very important to our decision-making processes and operations. There are many ways that tenants and community volunteers, people just like you, can get involved:

  • Help out with events
  • Become a committee member
  • Run for a seat on CCOC’s board of directors
  • Getting involved with green initiatives

Volunteer Roles:

Understanding that everyone has different capacities and interests, CCOC has several different volunteer roles that provide flexibility and opportunities to match everyone’s needs and aspirations.

Event Volunteers:
Event volunteers do not have to register for CCOC membership. They receive emails about events and other chances to volunteer with CCOC as they come up throughout the year. As an event volunteer, your time commitments are made by you, and you are welcome to come out whenever you are available.

Committee Members:
Committee members must also be a CCOC member (to become a member, fill out the form here. All members are welcome on committees, no prior experience is needed. Committees meet for 1.5-2.5 hours on a monthly basis. As a committee member you are also invited to volunteer at events and in other capacities. We invite all members, new and old, to become a member of one of our committees. To make committee’s more accessible, members may qualify for transportation and family care reimbursements offered by CCOC. For more information, visit the Committee information page.

Board of Directors:
The CCOC Board of Directors meets for 2 hours on a monthly basis, to make decisions in the best interest of the organization. Board members are elected at CCOC’s Annual General Meeting, by their fellow CCOC members. In order to run, candidates must be a CCOC member at least 30 days prior to the AGM. While it is not required, CCOC recommends that those interested in running for the board, first join a committee. All members are welcome to run for board positions, and no specific requirements beyond CCOC membership are required. Calls for candidates usually occur in February and March of each year. For more information on the elections process and the role of the Board of Directors, click here.

Anti Oppression Statement:
As CCOC members, we pay respect to the Algonquin people, who are the traditional guardians of this land. We acknowledge their long-standing relationship with this territory, which remains unceded. We acknowledge that all CCOC homes and offices are located on this land. We are grateful for the privilege of doing our work here.

  • We are committed to Truth and Reconciliation.

As part of the ongoing anti-oppression and equity work of CCOC, we recognize that the current Board and committees do not fully reflect the rich diversity of backgrounds, identities, and life experiences among CCOC tenants and our community.

  • We are committed to actively working to remove the structural and cultural barriers to meaningful, inclusive, and accessible participation in the operation, visioning, and decision making of CCOC.
  • We take time to educate ourselves on the inequities that disproportionately impact Indigenous communities, people of colour, 2SLGBTQ folk, persons with disabilities, people living in poverty, those with addiction and mental health challenges.
  • We are committed to being mindful and taking care in the interactions we have; in the language we use; in the space and time we take up; and in the decisions we make.

We are committed to considering the impact of our actions and decisions on each other; on CCOC tenants, staff, volunteers, and neighbours; on the many communities who share this land; and on the environment.

For More Information:
Fill out the form on this page to get in touch with CCOC’s Tenant and Community Engagement department about volunteer opportunities or click here to become a member. Someone will follow up with you to discuss how you can get involved.