Volunteering in Sarnia-Lambton

VOLUNTEERING: A Great Way To Grow

Standardized Patient / Actor

The Actor Program is a program within the division Academic Excellence and Teaching Innovation, within the Centre for Simulation and Experiential Learning at Lambton College. A Standardized Participant (SP) is an individual who has a willingness to work with students and share their authentic experiences. Volunteers are not required to have a medical condition in order to participate. These volunteers provide faculty and students opportunities to teach, assess, and refine a variety of skills, including communication, interview, diagnostic, and clinical skills.

Students are beginning their learning and use interview skills to examine the health, social, and psychological aspects of a volunteer’s experience with health (either their own or if they have acted as a caregiver). Participants control the depth of information they provide and students, bound by the Health Professional’s Code of Ethics, must keep all video and print information in the strictest of confidence. The use of pseudonyms is required in any written work that the students submit to the supervising faculty.

The Actor Program is a fundamental resource for the curriculum. Our goal is to provide hands-on learning in controlled, simulated environments for our students. Working with standardized participants or SPs allows students to learn and explore a variety of techniques without causing harm.

Duties Include:

  • Work in a professional manner when interacting with learners, faculty, supervisors and peers
  • Simulate all aspects of the scenario, including history of current problems, affect/behavior and physical finding in a standardized, accurate and reliable manner
  • Accurately and consistently complete checklists
  • Provide feedback to learners in a consistent and constructive manner using the CORBS method
  • Accept ongoing feedback from supervisor/educator and incorporate into case simulation
  • Inform the program of changes to contact information such as name, telephone and address.

For high school students these activities can contribute towards the mandatory community service hours required for graduation.
Post-secondary students at institutions like Lambton College, volunteering can earn credits for their Co-Curricular Record (CCR).

Bingo Host at Jackpot Time

We are currently looking for volunteers that can help with pre-scheduled shifts at Jackpot Time. We require 2 volunteers for each shift. Scheduled hours are 7 days a week from 10a-12a, with the most help needed Monday to Friday during days (10a-4p).

Camp Food Nation Volunteer

We are currently looking for volunteers for Camp Food Nation

Camp Food Nation is run out of Forest ON. It is a Summer Camp that has cooking included.

Kids 6+ will learn:

-Basic Cooking Skills

-Kitchen Safety

-Social Skills

-and so much more

 

Volunteers will assist staff with recreational activities, supervising kids while cooking

Volunteers will never be left alone with the children

Adult Mentors

This is a meaty role where you can make a tremendous impact on the lives of other adults through education.

Ask yourself:

Would friends, colleagues, and other people close to you describe you as kind, patient, empathetic?
Do you easily build relationships because of your strong communication and interpersonal skills?
Does it set you on fire to help and see others succeed?

If so, this role might be a fit for you. Our volunteer mentors are generally mature adults (age 25+). They come from all professional backgrounds; many have no formal teaching experience. They each bring special talents:
– strong proficiency in reading or writing
– enjoy teaching math or excellent knowledge of math used on trades job sites ie. imperial measurement, trigonometry, geometry, reading blueprints, mechanical aptitude
– keen interests in certain course topics to work through high school course credits
– digitally savvy and comfortable using/teaching Microsoft software
– experience using digital tools like tablets and smartphones and their capabilities
– strong financial background and able to teach financial literacy basics

What will you do?

– matched with an adult learner 18+ for one-to-one, personalized instruction
– create engaging lesson plans and resources to make learning enjoyable and effective- supported by Literacy Lambton’s instruction team
– bring a positive attitude to boost learner confidence and motivation

Interested?

Apply at www.literacylambton.org/volunteer
All volunteers undergo an interview and on-boarding process.
Clear police/vulnerable sector record check is required as well as the completion of online training ie. AODA
Second interview with adult instruction team will ensure strong matches for both mentor and learners

Literacy Lambton Bingo crew

Have just a few hours to give for huge impact?

This might be the role for you. Literacy Lambton is seeking volunteers to work assigned bingos at Jackpot Time, 825 Upper Canada Dr. near Modeland & Confederation.

Two shift assignments per month. Each two hour shift requires two volunteers. YOU DO NOT HANDLE CASH OR SELL CARDS.

Online OCGA training required: www.sarniagamingassociation.ca/#training

What will you do?

  • Greet customers/ thank them for playing and supporting Literacy Lambton
  • Tidy hall by returning food trays, collecting garbage, compressing trash
  • Collecting bonus play tickets
  • Assisting Jackpot Time staff with other duties ie. special events

Interested?

Apply at www.literacylambton.org/volunteer

 

Group Visiting Leader

You can live in a building with lots of other people around and still be very lonely and isolated.  A team of two group visiting leaders go into a building where a lot of seniors live and lead scheduled times of guided discussion.  The aim is to assist them in getting to know one another and build friendships with those around them.

SMART In-Home Exercise Volunteer

Many seniors are not able to get out of their home to exercise or attend fitness classes.  SMART volunteers visit a senior in their home once a week for twelve weeks to complete a simple exercise routine of set stretches and exercises that have been designed to prevent falls.  There is no floor work or exercises with weights.  Clients are expected to complete the exercise regime at least once on their own between visits.  By the end of the twelve weeks clients have established an exercise routine that they can accomplish independently and safely!

Footcare Clinic Assistant

Our Footcare volunteers welcome the patients, answer their questions, write receipts and book a next appointment for them.  They interact with the patient, making it a pleasant and social experience for them, while they wait for their turn to see the nurse.

Bingo Volunteer

Jackpot Time Bingo in Sarnia is a supporter of the VON.  Each month we provide volunteers to serve the patrons at one or two Bingos.  We are currently in need of two volunteers to represent VON by serving at these Bingos.  Training will be provided.

Volunteer Visitor

It’s been a lonely couple of years for many people but especially our senior population.  It’s finally time to start visiting again!  Would you be willing to visit a lonely and isolated senior on a weekly basis?  Right now you can only visit them in their home but as restrictions lesson you can take them out to help with errands, go for a drive, or have a cuppa joe.  Our clients have lived productive lives but now find themselves alone and staring at the walls, unable to get out without a friend.  They have much to offer someone who takes time to listen!