Compensatory Work Program
Compensatory Work: invaluable assistance, a community partnership
Does your organization (NPO, soup kitchen, festival, church, etc.) need a helping hand with everyday tasks or a specific project? With the YMCA’s Compensatory Work program, you can benefit from the invaluable and free assistance of one of our participants by welcoming them into your organization.
This initiative gives citizens the opportunity to perform different tasks as an alternative to paying off fines they cannot afford. With over 20 years of experience (more than 300 organizations and 6,000 citizens assisted every year), the program facilitates the participants’ integration into your organization with minimal administrative paperwork.
Types of work
Join our circle of satisfied partners!
- General manual labour:
- help with caretaking;
- sorting clothes and food;
- indoor and outdoor maintenance;
- kitchen or dishwashing help;
- carrying boxes;
- general help with renovations, etc.
- Office work:
- data entry;
- answering the phone;
- telephone solicitation;
- filing documents, etc.
- Work with various clients:
- facilitating activities;
- lending support;
- helping with homework;
- serving meals, etc.
Who can become a partner?
- Festival Nuits d'Afrique
- Moisson Montréal
- Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal
- Centre des arts contemporains du Québec à Montréal
- Salvation Army
- Fondation d’Aide Directe – SIDA Montréal
- Maison de quartier Villeray
- Comité social Centre-Sud
- Service de nutrition et d’action communautaire (SNAC)
- Société d’habitation populaire de l’est de Montréal (SHAPEM)
- Project Pride – Chabad Lifeline
- and many more!
Any non-profit, para-municipal, or para-governmental organization that is able to welcome and support participants referred by The YMCAs of Québec and offer work that is in line with their skills.
For more information and to find out how to register, contact us at 514 849-8062.
A partnership that makes a difference in the community!
By participating as host organizations, our partners actively contribute to the Compensatory Work program’s mission, which consists in humanizing the fine-collection process by offering an alternative in the form of community involvement. In order to fulfill this mission and ensure a match between the skills and interests of participants and the needs of the host organizations, The YMCAs of Québec is constantly accepting new partners.
"The participants help me keep the building in good working order. I am alone with a single caretaker. If I did not have access to the program, I would not be able to make it."
Danny Estrella, Superintendant of Concierge Services, Comité social Centre-Sud
"The Compensatory Work program lends a real hand to the organization. Often times it allows us to bring a certain degree of stability to our services. By the same token, the program also helps participants become involved in their community. Many of the participants within our organization have stayed on as volunteers once their work is complete."
Andrée Méthot, Manager of Recreational Activities, Spiritual Life and Volunteering, Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal