Play a starring role at the Living Arts Centre: Volunteer!
Amazing People, Fantastic Perks, Incredible Experience
Join the Living Arts Centre Family!
The Living Arts Centre is filled with great people – patrons, guests, groups, staff, and of course, our volunteers. Join the Living Arts Centre family by applying to be a volunteer today! Read on to learn about our volunteer fundraising project, the volunteer of the year, and how you can join this great team!
THE MISSION OF THE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM:
The Living Arts Centre Volunteer Program provides opportunities for members of the community to make personal contributions of time, energy, and skills to help the organization achieve its mission. These opportunities will be delivered in a planned and deliberate manner that is consistent with the management of the entire organization. This direction and management will be attentive to the diversity of the community and its growth, as well as to the changing needs of the organization.
There’s something for everyone!
Check out these volunteer positions all over the Centre at various levels of commitment. Whether you have a few hours here and there, or want to come in once a week – there is something here for you.
It’s easy; Read the descriptions below, then download, print, complete, and submit this Volunteer Application Form. Someone from our Volunteer Resources Department will be in touch shortly after we receive your completed application.
Volunteer Opportunities Available:
MEET AND GREET OFFICER
As a key member of the Front of House Team, ushers greet, direct, and seat patrons, monitor theatre entrances, assist patrons with special needs, prepare and distribute programs, and count ticket stubs. In addition our ushers provide assistance in emergency situations. Living Arts Centre Ushers provide the “red carpet” treatment to our theatre patrons. They are integral to our promise of superior customer service and excellence in programming. Minimum Commitment: Four shifts per month and twelve months of service. Recruitment for this position occurs in January, July and August.
Meet and Greet Officer
Meet and Greet officers are the warm, inviting personalities who welcome visitors and patrons upon entering the Living Arts Centre. Meet and Greet officers help direct guests and answer any questions regarding the Centre and events. A working knowledge of the facility is required. This position works closely with the Front of House staff to provide excellent customer service. Minimum time commitment: Four shifts per month and twelve months of service. Recruitment for this position occurs in January, July and August.
The Information Desk is an important hub of the Living Arts Centre and a focal point during events. Information Officers help direct guests and answer any questions regarding the Centre. They perform their duties from the Information Desk. A working knowledge of the facility is required. Meeting and Greeting is also an important role of the Information Officers. In this role, volunteers are stationed at areas to welcome visitors in a warm and friendly manner. Minimum Commitment: Two shifts per month and six months of service. Recruitment for this position occurs in October, March and July.
Outreach Ambassadors volunteer within the marketing department to staff the portable, interactive Outreach Booth at offsite events and during shows at the Centre. This allows the Living Arts Centre to promote itself on a one-to-one basis with the public. It is only through volunteer staffing of this booth that promotion of this kind is possible. Outreach Ambassadors also assist with various assignments such as office administration, program preparation, and in-house promotional activates. Minimum time commitment: Two Shifts per Month and 12 months of service. Recruitment for this position occurs in November and April.
As an integral part of the Studio Arts Team, volunteers in this position provide a variety of functions in two main areas. In our Gallery, volunteers provide information about the current exhibition, answer inquiries about the visual arts areas, resident artists, educational programming, and upcoming exhibitions. In addition, volunteers provide general backup to the Studio Arts Department as general support for Studio Arts Programming. Minimum Commitment: One shift per week and six months of service. Recruitment for this position occurs in September, February and July.
A Reception Attendant provides excellent customer service and assistance to Living Arts Centre patrons, both on the telephone and in-person. These volunteers answer incoming calls and provide information regarding the Centre, as well as direct calls to the appropriate contacts. A working knowledge of the facility and programming is required In addition, these volunteers maintain a working knowledge of the artwork in the gift shop. They operate a computer-based cash register, reconcile day-end receipts, open and close the gift shop, assist with inventory control, assist with the gift shop upkeep. Previous retail experience is an asset. Minimum Commitment: One shift per week and six months of service. Recruitment for this position occurs in October, March and July.
Tell me more about these perks…
Why Volunteer at the Living Arts Centre?
Get involved in the arts "behind the scenes":
- Explore and develop new skills
- Meet new people
- Participate in various Training Opportunities
- Receive invitations to special meetings and gatherings including social events and learning opportunities such as:
- Annual Potluck Dinner
- Annual Summer BBQ
- Annual Volunteer Sneak Peek at the Upcoming Season
- Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner
- Receive bimonthly Volunteers-Only Newsletter
- Receive a letter of reference for a job well done
- Exclusive access to special offers like:
- Complimentary or discounted tickets to Living Arts Centre shows
- Backstage & Studio Tours
- Discounted or complimentary admission to partnering venues & attractions
Volunteer of the YearFrank Thompson
Frank Thompson is a long standing volunteer with the Centre. He began volunteering as an Information Office when the Centre opened in 1997. Frank is helpful, kind, dedicated, friendly and above all resourceful. He is very passionate about his role, going above and beyond what is expected of him. He is the first face you see on Saturday morning which helps start off your day right. His constant smile and kindness make him the perfect first impression for the LAC. Thank you Frank for all of your dedication and enthusiasm over the years!
How do I apply?
Please download and return the completed application form by mail, fax or the Information Desk at the Centre.
Volunteer Application Form - Adult
For further information or to receive an application by mail contact:
Amanda Dwyer, Volunteer Resources Coordinator
Living Arts Centre
Living Arts Centre Volunteers Cookbook
$20 including taxes
Available for purchase at the Living Arts Centre Gift Shop or by calling 905.306.6003.
The price of the Cookbook is only $20 and proceeds will be going towards the AMY Fund (Arts for Mississauga Youth). This fund will support young people participating in Living Arts Centre programming whom would otherwise not be able to do so.
Thank you so much to all of the volunteers who contributed support to this important project including submitting recipes. Thanks especially to the Volunteer Cookbook Committee who put in a great deal of work (and countless hours) towards making this happen!
The Living Arts Centre is currently accepting applications to volunteer with our Camps and Community Courses.
Get your Community Service hours quickly while having tonnes of fun! If you love working with young people and enjoy the arts then we have something for you!
WHAT WILL I DO?
- Participate in a mandatory training program including orientation to the facility, policy review, and training specific to the program
- Assist the program staff team with program delivery, set-up, and clean-up of program materials
- Work hard to create the best experience possible for the Centre's participants and patrons
- Be a representative of the Living Arts Centre to parents, participants, and the general public
- Be a positive role model
WHAT DO I GET?
After completion of your service term volunteers receive:
- Experience working with the public; Some positions offer experience teaching and coaching young people - perfect for careers in teaching or social work
- Experience in the field of Arts and Culture
- Personal satisfaction for the knowledge that you have given back to the community of Mississauga and made a difference
- A letter indicating you have completed your Community Service Hours
- If requested, we can provide a great reference for a job well done
HOW DO I APPLY?
- Download and print the Youth Volunteer Information Sheet and Application
- Complete this application in its entirety and fax, mail, or submit to the Living Arts Centre.
- **Be sure to read and fill out the second page including your signature, the signature of a parent or guardian, and the signature of a teacher or guidance counsellor who will recommend you for this position. This individual may be contacted as a reference later on in the process - make sure they are willing to do this