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Pickering Pickering
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Mission to Seafarers Southern Ontario

Nature of the Position

This position offers practical and emotional support to Seafarers.

‚ÄčOutline of Responsibilities

  • Welcome seafarers to the Port of Oshawa

  • Respond to emergency calls for assistance

  • Offer practical, emotional support to seafarers

  • Engage in conversation with and be a friendly ear to people far from home and family

  • Journal visits

  • Bring a “presence and welcome” to ship-bound seafarers

  • Provide practical support to crews

  • Requires CSA rated safety boots/shoes, to be provided by volunteer

  • Requires proper personal protective wear, to be provided by MTSSO

  • Attend volunteer meetings and training events as required

In-School Mentor   Clarington  Durham Region 
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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clarington
Clarington schools

Provide positive one-on-one attention, guidance, and support to a child while at school; play sports, games, crafts, promote importance of staying in school and healthy relationships with family and peers 

Camp Volunteer Support   Ajax  Brock  Clarington  Durham Region  Oshawa  Pickering  Scugog  Uxbridge  Whitby 
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Sunrise Developmental Support Services
Camp Wabikon, 2430 T234 Lake Temagami, Temagami, ON P0H 2H0

You will be responsible for ensuring the well-being of our members while supporting an incredible experience with them at camp. Volunteers in cabins are balanced between newer and more experienced volunteers, all of whom attend a 2-day mandatory training. You will ensure the daily support for our members including but not limited to:

  • ensuring they are brought to the nurses cabin to receive their meds
  • bringing members to various activities throughout camp
  • act in a friend-like support for members where rapport building means creating friendships, while role-modeling healthy social/life skills
  • ensure our members are cared for in their daily routines and hygiene depending on the level of  support. 
  • attend daily activities and programs with members, encourage participation and provide an unforgettable experience for and with them!

Luggage Drop Off & Departure

The day before departure, all members and volunteers will bring their luggage to the Sunrise main building to pack up. Please note that we recommend soft luggage such as hockey bags to avoid potential damages. All materials brought to camp from food items, luggage, first aid and activity supplies are placed in a Penske truck. If you take any medications whether prescribed, non-prescription (i.e. supplements), or as-needed (PRN), you will need to provide the medication along with documentation at luggage drop off. From there, you will review your medications and documentation with one of the camp nurses - volunteers under the age of 18 yo will need a parent or guardian to accompany and sign off on documentation. Medication documentation will be sent to you via email by our Recreation Manager Carly. 

We will meet at Sunrise and take a bus up to Camp. Please find dates for orientation and camp below! You will be requested to bring a "brown bag lunch" meaning nothing that requires heating up or refrigeration. Food is catered throughout the week including the drive back from camp. Volunteers are welcome to bring snacks of their own but are asked to enjoy them away from members during off hours. 

Training & Mixer

Volunteers will receive a 2-day training that will help prepare them for the adventurous week at camp. Please note, all new volunteers will also be asked to attend some of our monthly events including a mandatory Cabin Retreat (we have ones in May and June, please see mandatory dates below for details).  This will help newer volunteers grasp the routines of getting up with members and get to know some of the wonderful people who will be attending camp. We will also be hosting a Wabi Mixer (dates below) where members and volunteers can mingle with who is in their cabin before camp!

Mandatory Dates 

  1. Wabikon Training Day 1 - Sunday July 28th from 10am-3pm
  2. Wabikon Training Day 2 - Saturday August 10th from 10am-3pm
  3. Wabikon Mixer - Thursday August 15th from 6-9pm
  4. Wabikon Luggage & Medication Drop Off - Saturday August 18th from 1-4pm
  5. Camp Departure - Monday August 19th at 7:30am (leave at 8am) at our main building.
  6. Camp Return - Sunday August 25th between 4-5pm 

Please select these on the booking site in addition to Camp if attending Volunteer Mixer August 17th 6pm - 9pm Volunteer Orientation & Training Weekend Chose ONE selection on the booking site in addition to Camp July 29th + 30th OR August 12th + 13th Luggage & Medication Drop Off August 19th 12pm - 3pm Camp Departure Monday August 7:30am - Bus leaves at 8am Camp Return Sunday August 27th - Bus returns at approximately 5pm

Write friendly letters in Italian - Volunteer from Home   Ajax  Brock  Clarington  Durham Region  Oshawa  Pickering  Scugog  Uxbridge  Whitby 
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Letters Against Isolation

Write friendly, personal letters in Italian to senior citizens in aged care homes and programs. Spread joy to someone in their native language!

  • Demonstrate empathy and kindness, connect with elders and help them realize that they are special and appreciated.
  • Supply your own stationery and ensure adequate postage to mail your letters, or arrange to hand-deliver them.
  • Your words will be read and cherished by elders who likely won’t have the physical ability or resources to respond to you.

  • This is a remote opportunity. You’ll volunteer from home on your own schedule as your own pace.

Get started whenever you're ready by registering on our website as an individual, student, or group. We offer a program for students and student clubs requesting verification of their letters for community service credit.

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Letters Against Isolation

Letters Against Isolation volunteers send friendly, handwritten letters to senior citizens in aged care homes and programs. Join us in writing thoughtful, unique letters and cards to seniors in care facilities in Canada and worldwide:

  • This is a remote opportunity. You’ll volunteer from home on your own schedule as your own pace.
  • Craft each letter with sincere wishes, a personal message, and a considerate question.
  • Demonstrate empathy and kindness, connect with elders and help them realize that they are special and appreciated.
  • The most meaningful part of the letter is where the you write about yourself - this is what makes each message unique and special.
  • Avoid topics like politics, religion, and holidays to ensure a positive impact.
  • We strictly protect the privacy of our writers and our seniors.
  • Letters should be uplifting and addressed to a “friend” rather than a specific person.
  • Your words will be read and cherished by elders who likely won’t have the physical ability or resources to respond to you.
  • We offer numerous blogposts with ideas about what to write and how to decorate your letters.
  • You’ll need to supply your own stationery and ensure adequate postage to mail your letters to our partner facilities, which are currently located in Canada, the US, the UK and Australia. 
  • We welcome employers, teachers, students, foreign language students, clubs, organizations, and writers of all ages.

To get started, register as an individual, student or group on our website. You will receive our weekly newsletter and gain access to our web portal, where you’ll sign up to mail letters to any of our designated partner facilities.

We are seeking letter writers who will participate year-round, individually or as a group, in English or one of 30 different languages, across the US or globally. Just one letter makes a difference!

Community Access Volunteer   Ajax  Brock  Clarington  Durham Region  Oshawa  Pickering  Scugog  Uxbridge  Whitby 
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Community Living Ajax-Pickering & Whitby
Durham Region
  • support adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities get active in their community
  • support staff with creative activities that engage participation
  • work from home - virtual activities
  • work from home - virtual meet ups to chat, share music, play games
Friendly Visitor   Durham Region  Whitby 
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Fairview Lodge, Whitby
Fairview Lodge, 632 Dundas St W, Whitby

Visit one-on-one with a resident * listen, chat and enjoy some time together

Friendly Visitor   Ajax  Brock  Clarington  Durham Region  Oshawa  Pickering  Scugog  Uxbridge  Whitby 
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Chartwell Ballycliffe Long-Term Care, Ajax
Ballycliffe Lodge, 70 Station St, Ajax

One-on-one visit with senior * play games, assist with puzzles * read aloud

Social Companion/Friendly Visitor   Ajax  Brock  Clarington  Durham Region  Oshawa  Pickering  Scugog  Uxbridge  Whitby 
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ThorntonView, Long Term Care Residence
ThorntonView Long Term Care, 186 Thornton Rd S, Oshawa

Actively recruiting volunteers 
 
Engage a resident in activities and conversation, one to one * participate in activities of personal interest and ability

Friendly Visiting   Ajax  Brock  Clarington  Durham Region  Oshawa  Pickering  Scugog  Uxbridge  Whitby 
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Community Care Durham
At the client's home
Weekly visits to a client's home to share activities, friendship and laughter 
 
**Due to COVID-19, these are face to face outdoor visits in a mutually agreed upon space. Have a porch visit. Go for a walk. 
Social distancing must be followed with COVID-19 protocols in place

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