Volunteering in Sarnia-Lambton

VOLUNTEERING: A Great Way To Grow

Volunteer 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. Please visit www.victimservices.on.ca to fill out the online application.

Bingo Volunteer – On-Pause

Due to COVID-19 Restrictions, this program is currently

On-Pause

Lambton Elderly Outreach is currently looking for people to aid in their fundraising efforts through Bingo.

Volunteering for BINGO is so easy!  Gone are the days of being a ‘runner’ because everything is done electronically so that all that is involved is clearing tables and promoting LEO.  A short 30-minute training session is required and 2 hours of your time which provides the organization with BINGO shares.  It’s a fantastic fundraiser!

Bingo sessions occur two (2), to three (3) times a month for two (2) hours slots.

No handling of cash is required.

Dress code is in effect as per OLG, and OCGA regulations. Black pants and we will provide a golf shirt.

If you like to work with people, and get out of the house – this is perfect.

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.

Friendly Visiting On-Pause

Due to COVID-19 Restrictions, this program is currently

On-Pause

Pay a friendly visit to a client in his or her home. This service is mainly geared to isolated clients. 

Be there to talk, listen, participate in activities, and provide companionship to someone in your community who may not be able to get out to socialize.

Volunteers provide friendly visits to seniors who may be isolated and/or who are lonely.  Volunteers are matched based on interest and availability.

The volunteer and client will set up their own schedule for visit days and times.  The volunteer is required to report any client concerns to the program coordinator.

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.

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.

Telephone Support Volunteer

Volunteers are needed to ensure that seniors continue to receive their check-in calls through the Tel-Check program.

Volunteers are also needed to ensure that when people reach out to the Distress Line, their call will be answered.

For over 40 years volunteers have been providing telephone support to isolated seniors and individuals struggling with day to day life challenges in Sarnia Lambton.
If you are a good listener and care to speak with individuals who need support and to feel connected, call Donna at Family Counselling Centre 519-336-0120
Funded by the United Way