• Volunteers are the lifeline of our service. Our volunteers make a tremendous difference in the lives of those in our community who are lonely, in crisis, or experiencing emotional stress.

  • Volunteers have the option of working remotely or in our Oakville or Halton Hills office.

  • Before applying, please read the information on this page in order to decide if this is the right time for you to volunteer (link to application is below).



Things to Consider Before Applying:

  • Due to the nature of volunteering on a Distress Line, if you are currently experiencing emotional difficulties or trauma this is not the best time for you to volunteer in this position. If you have experienced emotional difficulties or trauma within the past 2 years we ask that you wait at least 1 year before applying. 

  • We are not a peer-to-peer support agency, which means that we are not able to share our own personal experiences or opinions with clients who use our services.

  • Please consider carefully if you have the time to attend all 8 training sessions, and volunteer 12 hours a month for at least 1 year. 

Other Considerations

Distress Line Volunteer Responsibilities

Responsibilities Include:

  1. Attend our Training session (1 class each week for 8 weeks, 7-10pm). There is a $50 fee for training.
  2. Obtain a Police Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening.
  3. Provide telephone and online support to clients in accordance with the policies and guidelines learned in Training.
  4. Volunteer for at least 1 year, completing 12 hours each month (for a total of 144 hours), and 2 shifts each month in subsequent years.
  5. Be reliable in fulfilling your shift commitment (you can choose the shifts that best suit your schedule).
  6. Attend ongoing training and workshops provided by the Centre.

Distress Line Volunteer Benefits

Our Training and Volunteer experience will:

  1. Improve your active listening and communications skills.
  2. Teach you crisis prevention and suicide risk assessment skills.
  3. Increase your knowledge of community resources, social issues, and mental health issues.
  4. Develop and improve skills useful in personal and professional situations.
  5. Provide you with valuable work experience, and once you complete 144 volunteer hours you can request a letter of reference.
  6. Certify you as a safeTALK Suicide Alertness Helper.

Distress Line Volunteer Qualifications

You will need to meet these qualifications to become a volunteer:

  1. 19 Years of Age or Older
  2. Able to Handle Crisis
  3. Good Listener
  4. Empathetic
  5. Non-Judgmental
  6. Patient
  7. Self-Aware
  8. Respectful
  9. Common Sense
  10. Responsible and Reliable


Training Info & Dates

Volunteer Information Meetings (by invitation - please complete the application first):

September 22, 2020 7-8pm

January 5, 2021 7-8pm

Fall Training Dates:

Tuesdays 7-10pm, October 6 to November 24 (Training Full)

Wednesdays 7-10pm, October 7 to November 25 (Training Full)


Winter Training Dates:

Tuesdays 7-10pm, January 19 to March 9 (Currently Accepting Applications)

Distress Lines

Oakville: 905-849-4541

Burlington: 905-681-1488

Halton Hills: 905-877-1211

Contact Us

General Inquiries: info@dchalton.ca

TeleCheck Inquiriestelecheck@dchalton.ca

Volunteer Inquires: applications@dchalton.ca

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