Volunteering in Sarnia-Lambton

VOLUNTEERING: A Great Way To Grow

Volunteer Transportation – On-Pause

Due to COVID-19 Restrictions, this program is currently

On-Pause for Volunteers and run by employees on an interim basis

Transport clients to medical appointments, social engagements, and to do shopping/errands.  A mileage reimbursement is offered. 

Volunteers use their personal vehicle to transport clients, and are reimbursed:  mileage is calculated as a return trip from the client’s home to their destination and back.

Requirements: 

  • Valid ‘G’ licence held for minimum of 2 years
  • Clean driving record, driver’s abstract required
  • Satisfactory criminal record check

The PEER Program – Currently On-Pause

Due to COVID-19 Restrictions, this program is currently

On-Pause

The PEER Program

Our services allow for seniors to remain living at home, but The PEER Program is designed to get them out of the house!

This program is designed BY seniors FOR Seniors.  It is intended to focus on engaging seniors who want to connect wtih one another to share common experieneces within the commjnity and enjoy meaningful and social volunteer opportunities together.

If you or someone someone you know would benefit from more social interaction, why not become involved.   Please contact the program coordinator

Program Coordinator:  Amy Weiler 519-845-1353 ext. 310

 

Meals on Wheels ACTIVE

This program is an Essential Service and is actively delivering both hot and cold meals throughout Lambton County.

Deliver meals and spend a few minutes providing a safety check to clients in the Meals on Wheels program.

Hot Meals:  delivered throughout the county. Meals consist of a soup, entrée and dessert, and are delivered 2 to 3 times per week by volunteers. Each town has different pick-up locations and procedures to follow. If you are volunteering for this program you will job shadow with an experienced volunteer. Volunteers are encouraged to visit for a few minutes as a safety check and to inform the Program Coordinator of any health status changes.

Frozen Meal Program: Meals are ordered and delivered every 2 weeks throughout Lambton County.  Orders may consist of soups, entrées, and desserts.   There are currently three delivery routes for the Frozen Meal Program:  a North, Central, and South Route throughout the county.  Volunteers are able to use one of the minivans from Lambton Elderly Outreach to deliver these meals.  Meals are prepared by Piquettes Frozen Meals and are picked up at the store by the North Lambton delivery volunteers and brought back to the office for distribution. Thermal bags are used to keep the meals cold during the delivery.   Volunteers are encouraged to visit for a few minutes to provide a safety check and note any health status changes.

Diners Club (Seniors Luncheon) On-Pause

Due to COVID-19 Restrictions, this program is currently

On-Pause

Attend one of our Diners Club luncheons to help serve our clients a nutritious meal. 

Our Diners Clubs are offered in Port Lambton, Corunna, Alvinston and Petrolia.

They offer a hot meal, and an opportunity for socializing with other seniors.  A guest speaker or entertainer follows the meal.

Volunteers assist with setting up tables, collecting money, serving the meal, and clean up. They are encouraged to join the clients at lunch (complimentary).

Storytelling Volunteer

Our seniors have life experiences and stories in their memory bank that are worth preserving for generations to come.  VON will provide storytelling volunteers with a set of questions.  They meet with a client once a week for eight to ten weeks asking questions and recording the answers.  They will then compile the questions and answers into a binder to present to the client.  Resources and training are provided.

Member of Foundation Board of Directors

Members of the Foundation Board provide strategic leadership to VON by committing to excellence in advocacy and supporting VON to achieve its important vision and mission.  Board members oversee the VON Foundation, participate in fund-raising events and work to increase the visibility and knowledge of VON in the community.

Volunteer Visitor

Visit a lonely and isolated senior on a weekly basis.  You can take them out or stay in and visit.  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!

Crisis Responders Needed

Victim Services of Sarnia Lambton is a non-profit organization that provides immediate emotional and practical support to victims of crime or tragic circumstance. Crisis Responders are needed for weekdays, weeknights, and weekends. Training is provided. www.victimservices.on.ca or 519-344-8861 ext#5238

Virtual Visitor

Virtually visit with a senior once or twice a week using an internet platform.

In-School Mentor

The In-School Mentoring program is a fun- based Mentoring Program that matches a caring adult volunteer on a one to one basis with a child at a local elementary school. For one hour a week mentors with their mentees engage in fun activities such as board games, crafts or just hanging out on the playground. All activities take place on school grounds during school hours. The children in the program benefit from the extra attention and friendship that an adult mentor can provide.