Volunteer with DesignTO, a non-profit arts organization. Help us to further our mission of advancing design culture in Canada through our many programs.
Volunteers are important to DesignTO’s activities. They bring skill, time, and enthusiasm to the organization or to a program.
We are looking for enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers for the Festival, January 17-26, 2020!

If you’re interested in networking, design, art, event planning, and customer service we invite you to express your interest via the form link below. Most volunteer shifts take place on weekdays (evenings) and on weekends (during the day and evening).

Dates + Deadlines

Dec 2019 Volunteer Shifts released on Signup.com
Jan 7, 2020 Volunteer Training Session, Gladstone Hotel, 2nd Floor
Jan 17-26, 2020 DesignTO Festival (volunteer shifts)

 

Volunteer Shift Types

Docents/Greeters
This role is key for connecting and communicating with the public to enhance a visitor’s experience and understanding of the exhibitions and events you are assigned to. This may also involve way-finding to guide visitors from the front door to the event location within a building.

Surveyors
Perfect for outgoing volunteers, this role is important for collecting demographic information from attendees which DesignTO uses to enhance its programs.

Event Registration
This role requires a friendly disposition to check-in every visitor to an event as they arrive.

Festival Party Coat Check
This role is great for volunteers that enjoy and thrive in a fast-paced environment. You will help manage the collection and disbursement of coats during our Festival Launch Party on the evening of Friday, January 17, 2020.

Festival Party Set-up + Strike
In this role, volunteers assist DesignTO staff in setting up and tearing down of the Festival Launch Party on the evening of Friday, January 17, 2020.

Festival Party Runner and Entrance Guides
In this role, volunteers assist DesignTO staff by ushering VIPs to select destinations, and communicating key pieces of information between people.

Festival Promotion
Working outside in short periods, these volunteers will assist with promoting the Festival by postering in designated neighbourhood areas.

We are looking for volunteer photographers for the Festival, January 16-27, 2020!

If you’re interested in networking, design, art, event planning, and customer service we invite you to express your interest via the form link below. Most volunteer shifts take place on weekdays (evenings) and on weekends (during the day and evening).

Festival Photographers
This is a team of photographers that will act as the primary source of documentation during Festival Week. Festival photographers will be responsible for documenting assigned Festival events, signage, venues, and people. Photographers must have their own equipment, and be available to photograph at least 3 events. If you’re interested please email [email protected] with a link to your portfolio.

We are looking for enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers for the Festival, January 17-26, 2020!

If you’re interested in networking, design, art, event planning, and customer service we invite you to express your interest via the form link below. Most volunteer shifts take place on weekdays (evenings) and on weekends (during the day and evening).

Bartenders
This role is for volunteers that are experienced bartenders. Volunteers have Smart Serve training and provide their credentials to the Volunteer Coordinator. The volunteers will bartend at the Festival Launch Party on the evening of Friday, January 17, 2020.

Servers
This role is for volunteers who have experience serving food. The volunteers will work closely with the caterer to pass food at the Festival Launch Party on the evening of Friday, January 17, 2020.

Currently, we do not have any year-round volunteer opportunities open. Follow us on social media and sign-up to receive our newsletter for year-round volunteer opportunities. These opportunities are for die-hard fans of DesignTO and typically involve year-round commitment for an average of 4 hours per week.

Benefits of Volunteering

  • Learn about and experience Toronto’s vibrant design and art culture
  • Support our mission to advance design culture in Canada
  • Network and make friends who share your interests
  • Gain work experience or volunteer hours
  • Attend the Volunteer Appreciation Event after Festival Week
  • Receive a free 1-year DesignTO Community Membership, valued at over $350, after completing 3 shifts during Festival Week*

*Volunteers receive their Community Membership in March 2020 after they fully complete 3 shifts, arrive on-time, and uphold the volunteer Code of Ethics.