The Volunteer Experience at ACCESS 

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for ACCESS. Volunteers support a broad range of programs and initiatives at ACCESS including client focussed roles, training design and delivery, outreach, fundraising activities and a variety of special projects. Achieving our mission wouldn’t be possible without the support of our dedicated team of volunteers! 

Opportunities change throughout the year depending on program needs and strategic priorities. We are always pleased to have a conversation to provide further information and to discuss opportunities at ACCESS.

ACCESS values diversity on our team. We are committed to equality in volunteer engagement and welcome applications from individuals who have a range of backgrounds and who bring relevant and or lived experience to supporting our mission.

Training & Support

Training and orientation are an important part of the on-boarding process for ACCESS volunteers. We appreciate the time and experience volunteers bring to our team and we’re committed to supporting volunteers in the initial stages of your role and throughout the time you volunteer at ACCESS.

Volunteer Opportunities

Business Coach (General & Women’s Business Accelerator)

ACCESS Business Coaches play an important role in supporting clients who may need help in refining a business plan or developing specific skills to run their business more effectively. They offer a wide range of expertise and guidance and work one-to-one with clients. Business Coaches work with clients from the very early planning stages of their business as well as providing ongoing support as a client develops and grows their business after receiving a loan. The role is both rewarding and challenging as some clients may require a significant amount of guidance. Each client partnership is unique based on how a coach can best support the individual needs and situation of a client.

Related Skills & Experience:

  • Hands-on experience as a business owner, with startups or advising small businesses and/or subject matter expertise relevant to supporting small business owners (e.g. online marketing, sales, product development, social media, accounting, etc.).
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • A good listener, empathetic, patient and client-centric.
  • Community experience (or an interest in) working with low-income, culturally diverse communities.
  • Second language an asset.

Commitment: Six months to one year depending on the coaching assignment. Business Coaches are expected to meet with clients on an agreed-upon schedule and provide feedback on the progress of the partnership. Depending on client needs and availability of the coach, meetings may be weekly, bi-weekly or monthly during the coaching period. A customized schedule is developed in collaboration with the client to meet their goals and to accommodate the availability of the client and coach. For our Women’s Business Accelerator program coaches work with clients on 8-week cycles to coordinate with the WBA training session.

Speaker Series, Workshop/Webinar Presenter
Plan, design and deliver business and financial related presentations, workshops, events and webinars relevant to the specific needs of the diverse, cultural and socio-economic clients we serve. Topics are geared to new and small business entrepreneurs, individuals with limited financial knowledge and newcomers. Our presenters work in collaboration with our Program Manager and other volunteers and may co-present at in-person events depending on the session.

 ACCESS provides input to our workshop volunteers on general training topics that would be relevant to the needs of our clients. We, however, welcome the expertise of each volunteer to develop and design individual training sessions.

Related Skills & Experience:

  • Experience as an entrepreneur, small business owner/advisor or with a business environment
  • Experience delivering business or financial workshops/webinars for small businesses and the general public would be an asset.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal & networking skills.
  • Public speaking and presentation.
  • Experience working with diverse cultural and socio-economic groups.
  • Second language an asset.

 Commitment: Will vary based on needs and availability. Workshop presenters can expect to participate in two or more presentations per year.

Women’s Business Accelerator Program – Session Trainers
The Women’s Business Accelerator provides business training and support to newcomer women interested in starting a business in Canada. By the end of this program participants will have completed a business plan and received one-on-one business coaching to support their planning.

The role of the session trainers is to develop, and present specialized content related to small business entrepreneurship. The WBA coordinator will be involved with all training sessions and can co-present if preferred by the session trainer. Responsibilities include preparing and delivering a 2-hour workshop that is educational and engaging.

Related Skills & Experience:

  • Strong communication, interpersonal & networking skills.
  • Public speaking and presentation.
  • Experience as an entrepreneur, small business advising or financial background relevant to session topics.
  • Strong people skills.
  • Experience working with diverse cultural and socio-economic groups and communities.
  • Second language an asset.

To apply:

For more information or to apply, contact Michael Fliess at Volunteers@accessccf.com.