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416-636-1656   /   Charitable No. 886594191 RR0001  /  2333 Dundas Street West, Unit 206, Toronto

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Volunteer with Us

As a volunteer, you have the opportunity to make a lasting impact in the lives of children throughout the Greater Toronto Region.  TCK was founded by a group of volunteers and for the past  30 years we’ve counted on volunteers to support our work. Whether it’s by serving on our board of directors, a advisory council, or an event volunteer, you can be part of the innovative work that continues to help change lives.

Smiling Girl

Requirements:

A love for performing & theatre experience is an asset.  You will receive intensive professional mandatory training of approximately 36 hours + rehearsal time in a style of Bunraku puppetry which will be provided to you at NO Cost. Performances are held during school hours, hence puppeteer position suitable for ages 20 and up.

 

Qualifications:

  • The ability to memorize a script efficiently

  • Energetic, enthusiastic people with no experience necessary!

  • This is a physical volunteer position which requires a certain amount of agility and flexibility

  • Must be physically able to hold a puppet (weighing 3-4 pounds on your hand) for a period of up to 45 minutes, the length of a performance

  • Ability to crouch and/or stand freely while holding a puppet on one hand

  • A dramatic flair is advantageous

  • Knowledge of the topics we discuss is also an asset (it helps answer questions young people may have during the presentation)

  • A car is an asset – but not required

  • Willingness to travel across the GTA and surrounding area, including Mississauga, Brampton and York Region schools

  • Because of the nature of our programs, individuals must complete a Police Reference Check for the vulnerable sector (the cost is covered by TCK)

 

Volunteers must be willing to commit at least 2 or 3 DAYS PER MONTH from September to June during the school calendar year. This opportunity would suit a creative and enthusiastic individual passionate about making a difference in the lives of children and youth through interactive puppet presentations.

 

Training
No experience necessary.  We will provide you will all the training you need to start performing in front of a captive audience.

What you’ll learn during training:

  • Puppetry skills such as: Mouth synchronization, gestures, eye focus and posture of the puppet

  • Character development

  • Voice characterization and projection

  • Breathing techniques and physical warm-ups to prevent muscle strain

  • School procedures

  • Story-telling … and MORE
     

Please note: Training is exclusively for volunteers who plan to commit one or two half days per month during the school year to The Concerned Kids.

Volunteer Puppeteers

Smiling Man

Overview: 

The special events volunteer will assist with the planning and implementation of events that are run by the organization 

Primary Responsibilities/Duties: 

  • Assisting with necessary preparations prior to the event 

  • Attending event and assisting with prompt set up and clean up 

  • Greeting and guiding participants as needed 

  • Check in participants at registration table 

 

Expectations: 

  • Responding to assignments and requests as needed 

  • Can work in a timely and efficient manner 

  • Ability to interact well with others and work as a team player 

 

Time Commitment: As needed (on call). 

Special Events Volunteer

Business Woman Smiling

TCK relies on experts to ensure that our performances are fact-based and age-appropriate.  We are looking for volunteers with expertise in:

  • Curriculum Development

  • Early Childhood Education

  • Scriptwriting and storytelling

  • Mental Health training

  • Childhood and Developmental Psychology

Advisory Committee Volunteer