Volunteering in Sarnia-Lambton

VOLUNTEERING: A Great Way To Grow

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!  All VON volunteers must show proof of at least 2 shots of Covid vaccine.

Telephone Visitor

We provide telephone visits to individuals who are waiting for a volunteer visitor to come to their home weekly.  Volunteers simply call to have a chat and keep in touch.  Calls may vary from 5-30 minutes depending on the individuals and situation.  Telephone visitors call at least twice a month but if the client is lonely they may call as often as twice a week.  Volunteers may choose to have from one to six clients on their call list and call the same people each month to establish  a relationship.  All VON volunteers must show proof of at least 2 shots of Covid vaccine.

HELP Program

HELP is a program that serves our older patients (70+) who are at risk of experiencing a delirium (sudden onset of confusion) and functional decline while in hospital.

With direction from the Elder Life Specialist, volunteers provide patients with engaging activities and ensure that patients are comfortable and oriented to their surroundings. As a HELP volunteer, you will assist with providing patients with four interventions activities.

  1. Daily Visitor and Orientation – provide daily orientation with newspapers, cards from family and friends and orienting conversations.
  2. Therapeutic Activities – crossword puzzles, word searches, word puzzles, Montessori activities, reminiscing activities and games.
  3. Active Range of Motion Exercise – active range of motion exercises to keep them physically active (as directed by a physiotherapist).
  4.  Meal Assistance – help fill out menu choices, open packaging, set-up of the meal tray, provide feeding assistance, companionship and encouragement during mealtime.

HELP volunteers are required to participate in HELP volunteer training which includes:

After completing the training, volunteers are assigned one 3-4 hour shift per week.

 

 

Program Volunteers

Rebound is looking for volunteers who are 18+ to assist with our 10-week programs. If you are an adult with a big heart who would enjoy working with youth during our evening programs, this is the opportunity for you.

Program volunteers work with youth ages 8 – 17 one night a week for 10 weeks. These volunteers spend 2.5 – 3 hours per week with youth and provide a supportive atmosphere that allows youth to open up and honestly examine their lives and actions. Program volunteers work directly with the youth and are responsible for engaging youth, encouraging them to participate, and help them with goal setting.

Program volunteers must attend an orientation, provide 2 references, a vulnerable sector police clearance and attend two observation sessions in order to fully participate as a volunteer. Please check out our wide range of programs at www.reboundonline.com to see what we have to offer the youth in our community.

Charitable Gaming Volunteer

A person willing to attend Jackpot City as a volunteer on behalf of Community Living Sarnia-Lambton.

Shifts are approximately 2 hours each, two per month.

Caregiver Respite Visitor

Whether caring for a loved one who has dementia or another medical condition, caregivers often hesitate or simply cannot leave their loved ones alone.  Our respite visitors visit the home once a week to provide a couple of hours of respite so the caregiver can freely get out to do whatever will re-energize them!  Volunteers do not provide medical care but are watchful eyes and ears to summon help if needed.  Depending on the health status of the client they may stay in and visit, play cards, go for a walk, do some shopping, have coffee or even take a trip to the bridge!  All VON volunteers must show proof of at least 2 shots of Covid vaccine.

Administrative Office Support Volunteer

Due to COVID-19 Restrictions, this program is limited for opportunities until further notice.

Administrative Office Support volunteers needed to assist with a variety of administrative tasks.  

Assist our clientele by answering phones and directing calls to the appropriate department.  Filing, copying, stuffing envelopes, data entry and various duties as needed.  Some roles require intermediate computer skills, while others require good organizational skills and being detail-oriented.  Tasks are variable based on deadlines.

 

Bingo Volunteer

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

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: 

Meals on Wheels

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 four delivery routes for the Frozen Meal Program throughout the county.  Volunteers are able to use one of the minivans from Lambton Elderly Outreach to deliver these meals.  Meals are prepared by Apetito and are picked up by volunteers to deliver from the office. Thermal bags are used to keep the meals cold during the delivery.  Volunteers are encouraged to visit for a few minutes from the client’s door to provide a safety check and note any health status changes.