Become a Good Samaratan
Samara welcomes volunteers and regularly has opportunities to get involved. If you would like to join our roster of incredible Samaratans, please fill out an application.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about working with us:
Who are Samara’s volunteers?
Samara has a network of over 100 volunteers all over Canada, with a few scattered abroad. Volunteers range from students in undergraduate programs to young and mid-career professionals, to retired folks who care about the state of Canadian democracy. We welcome people of all ages, educational backgrounds, cultural backgrounds and political stripes to work with us.
What do volunteers usually do?
We need help with a diversity of tasks that include research assistance, helping out at events, marketing and outreach. To give you a better idea, here are some projects that volunteers have worked on in the past:
- Translating materials into French
- Mining 1200 MP websites for information that will go into future reports and the Samara Index
- Spreading the word about Samara’s work to potential partners across the country
- Creating an interactive video around the Speech from the Throne
Do I need any special skills?
There are no particular skills or education that we require for volunteers. Sometimes we will need specialized help such as graphic design or data analysis, but usually you’ll just need access to the internet. If you do have an area of expertise let us know in your application so we can keep it in mind when opportunities come up.
Can I write for Samara?
Our blog editor accepts story pitches. If you’d like to write for us, please read the submission guidelines.
Do I have to be in Toronto?
Definitely not, we have volunteers throughout the country.
Are there any perks to being a volunteer?
Yes! Volunteers receive advance copies of our reports and usually get first dibs on tickets to special events. We also host wine and cheese nights for our volunteers every couple of months at our Toronto office. Many volunteers feel that by getting involved they’ve also had the chance to develop skills, and become connected to a network of individuals interested in politics.
What can I do right now?
Read a recent newsletter for current volunteer opportunities.
How can I keep up to date on volunteer opportunities?
When you fill out the volunteer application form, your email will be added to our list of volunteers who receive a newsletter about once a month packed with different ways you can help Samara with various projects and events!