Volunteering in Sarnia-Lambton

VOLUNTEERING: A Great Way To Grow

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

MS Society Council Member

Research, Programs & Services Committee

For more information, please contact Wendi Anderson at wendi.anderson@mssociety.ca or 519-332-4015

MS Society Council Member

Government Relations & Advocacy Committee/Lead

For more information, please contact Penny Burton at penny.burton@mssociety.ca or 519-221-0846

 

 

Live & Learn Host

Multiple Sclerosis Society is seeking 1-2 volunteer(s) to facilitate our Live & Learn program. The Live and Learn program occurs the third Wed of every month from 12-1:30 at Rosewood Village.  We have guest speakers come in to cover topics of interest, with time after the speaker for supportive conversation and fellowship of guests and lunch.

Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic, lifelong disease with unpredictable symptoms such as paralysis, pain, extreme fatigue, loss of balance, loss of vision, incontinence and cognitive difficulties. MS often hits people in their prime of life when people have young families and are building careers. MS causes strain on finances and family.

The MS Society, Southwestern Ontario Chapter, is seeking an individual who has some education and experience in group facilitation and is familiar with the possible social and economic barriers that people with disability face. The ideal candidate has a background in social work, counselling or other supportive experience.

Our clients all struggle with MS but at different stages. Some are young working professionals coping with a new diagnosis while others have been living with the disease for years. Some clients are quite mobile while others are confined to a wheelchair or require help from other assistance devices.

The Live and Learn Host would receive training, guidance and support from the staff.

 Interested applicants should contact wendi.anderson@mssociety.ca

Fundraising Committee Volunteers

Be a leader in your community by helping plan and execute local fundraising events for the MS Society of Canada.

Committee members help to plan, recruit volunteers, find sponsors, plan and execute the logistical elements of local fundraising events including Mandarin MS Walk, MS Carnation Campaign and more!

We are looking for people with experience in, or looking to enhance their skills in areas including:

Public Relations

Logistics

Sponsorship

Volunteer Recruitment

If you are interested, please contact Melissa McLeod, Coordinator Fund Development at melissa.mcleod@mssociety.ca with your resume, area of interest, event of interest and how you think you can help the MS Society enhance the lives of those living with multiple sclerosis through fundraising.

Evening Bingo Assistant

Fairwinds Lodge is looking for a volunteer who is able to assist residents in participating in the Kiwanis bingo held weekly on Tuesdays at 7pm. If you are interested in assisting seniors in this capacity please contact Tina deBakker at tina.debakker@siennaliving.ca

Weekend Bingo Caller

Are you available for an hour on Saturday afternoons? Do you enjoy working with Seniors? Join us! We would love to welcome you to the Fairwinds Lodge Volunteer Team! Contact tina.debakker@siennaliving.ca for more information.

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.

Big Bunch Mentor

Big Bunch Mentors are adult volunteers of good character who share 3 hours every two weeks from October to June within a group mentoring program for children and youth. The Big Bunch program provides girls and boys a mentoring experience in a group setting. This program pairs  2 to 3 mentees from the Big Brother Big Sister waiting list with one mentor. Through regular outings organized by the agency, a relationship is developed between the mentor and mentee as well as between mentees. The program promotes healthy socialization and new experiences for both the mentor and mentee.

Couple Mentoring

The Couples Mentoring program matches a married or common-law couple aged 21 and over who would like to share the joys and rewards of befriending a child together. Through regular outings, a relationship is developed between the mentors and mentees that is built on trust and common interests and is supported by an experienced Caseworker. Couples generally spend about 80% of their time together with the Little Brother allowing some one to one time with child.