Ontario Parents Advocating for Children with Cancer (OPACC) (Childhood Cancer Youth Volunteer)Organization Name: Ontario Parents Advocating for Children with Cancer (OPACC)
Opportunity Title: Childhood Cancer Youth Volunteer
Category: Health / Medical
Commitment: Ongoing Opportunity (> 1 year)
Start Date: October 18, 2023
End Date: December 31, 2030
- Appropriate for youth (i.e., less than 18)
For high school students who want to get involved helping raise childhood cancer awareness and/or funds in their schools and communities.If you are a high school student looking to give back to your community and get volunteer hours, we need you for our OPACC Golden Hearts Youth Council! Benefits: Get community service volunteer hours from OPACC and OPACC partner organizations Be notified of new volunteer opportunities in your community OPACC can promote your fundraiser, project, campaign through our network Looks great on your resume for work or school/scholarships References for work/school Give back to the childhood cancer community and help other kids in a meaningful way Special thank-you perks for our youth volunteers Option to become an OPACC Board Member at age 18 to continue your involvement more formally Examples of how you can help: At community events With OPACC programs (i.e. Comfy Cases, Million Dollar Smiles, Courage Capes sewing events, Parent Liaisons in hospitals, etc.) Running a childhood cancer awareness campaign at your school and/or in your community, especially in September (Childhood Cancer Awareness Month). Some ideas include: organizing a Flag Raising or Proclamation at City Hall; doing a yellow shirt day at school; or doing morning announcements in September about childhood cancer facts Doing fundraisers like organizing a Kaps4Kids event at school; selling foods or crafts at school with funds going to OPACC; putting together a fun walk; or doing a third-party fundraiser to benefit OPACC Creating cards (i.e. Valentines or Christmas cards) or organizing a gift drive to distribute to kids in hospitals Do chalk drawings with inspiring and/or awareness messages outside of a children’s hospital or other local community centre Doing a social media campaign to raise awareness about OPACC and childhood cancer like making a TikTok video, Instagram post, etc. (subject to approval) Opportunities are available throughout Ontario. There are many ways to help out independently, with friends, teammates, and with classmates through a school club or initiative! Time is flexible depending on what you want to do (self-directed projects), we also try to do monthly virtual drop-in meetings on Zoom to answer questions, brainstorm ideas, and support each other.