The gift of time presents itself in moments that are not easily measured. Moments like lazy mornings on a snowy day in January, an afternoon playing cards with friends, or time well spent doing something you love. It is a gift we may not think about often until it is offered in the form of a helping hand. At Seniors’ Community Services, volunteers provide this gift, and the value is immeasurable.
Over the last year, the volunteers have given over 14,000 hours of volunteer time. That is the energy and power it takes to support the programs and services that serve your community. Over the last year, we have welcomed 15 new volunteers in every aspect of the organization. From the Board of Directors to transportation drivers and friendly visitors to the Meals on Wheels team. Throughout our 42 years, SCS has been so fortunate to have a group of volunteers who have never failed to support this community and SCS. As we grow in the community with more clients and expanded services, SCS is looking for more volunteers to join our incredible team of like-minded individuals.
Of all the volunteer jobs, transportation drivers are often the most challenging to fill. However, when you speak with an SCS volunteer driver, it is clear that this job is a wonderful one. Drivers provide rides to appointments and social events at the Centre. It is gratifying to know that their gift of time has a direct impact on the health and well-being of a senior who is aging at home. Transportation drivers have the opportunity to choose the days and locations they wish to drive to. Whether you enjoy long distance or would prefer to stay local, there are always options for flexibility.
If driving is not your cup of tea, we also have some great opportunities in our kitchen. Our weekly Diners’ Club is looking for a chef to join the team, in addition to servers who set the tables and serve the meals. We currently have four chefs and are looking for two more to join the team. Chefs prepare a meal for 20 people every 4 to 6 weeks and are a dynamic part of the kitchen. We provide the kitchen to hone your culinary skills, and of course, you are surrounded by a group of wonderful volunteers who will cheer you on the whole way – and very happy luncheon guests! As one regular Diners’ Club member said, “I eat from cans and boxes. This is the only home-cooked meal I get all week, and it is delicious!”
We pride ourselves on providing a fun and inclusive environment and providing numerous opportunities that allow for flexibility in your busy life. For more information on volunteering, please visit our website at www.seniorscs.ca, or call the Centre at 613-258-3203. We look forward to welcoming you to our team and thank you for considering SCS as a place to hang your volunteering hat.