Volunteering

Our Volunteer Program

Volunteers are at the heart of Comox Valley Senior Support. We are able to help Comox Valley seniors because of the incredible contingent of caring, generous volunteers who generously donate their time, energy and expertise. At any given time we have about 90 volunteers working on the front line of our programs and services visiting seniors, facilitating support groups, helping a senior fill in an application for benefits, helping a senior with a housing issue, providing information and suggesting possible resources relevant to an issue a senior is dealing with, and so forth. Seniors approach us with a wide range of questions and issues and we always try to help.

A successful volunteer program must offer meaningful volunteer work. It must also offer adequate training and ongoing support and recognition for volunteers. We endeavour to all of this. Our goal is to make the volunteer experience with CV Senior Support an excellent one. In addition to opportunities to learn and fine tune support skills, we work within a team-based system where all volunteers have a support person assigned to them. This means there is always someone to consult or debrief with. We also like to have some fun together and we have a few social events a year so this can happen.

There are a number of different ways to volunteer with us. These include direct support to seniors via any of our programs, working in our office, serving on our Board of Directors, fundraising, conducting small research projects, supporting caregivers, shopping for homebound seniors, facilitating groups, and assisting with volunteer training. It all begins with a phone call or an email; an expression of interest in volunteering. All prospective volunteers must participate in our training program and undergo a criminal records check. Volunteer training is conducted several times each year.

The Society cannot operate without its volunteers and we are lucky to have so many really great people involved.  If you would like to join us as a volunteer, give us a call at 250 871 5940 - we would love to hear from you.

Volunteer Meetings (currently suspended because of COVID-19)

 

Fall Volunteer Training and Current Volunteer Opportunities

Training Opportunities Are On-going. We can only offer Zoom facilitated volunteer training at this time. Our next training is:

December 1st and 3rd (Tues/Thurs): 10-12 (Zoom, maximum 10 trainees)

An evening Zoom training will happen once we have enough interest.

If you would like to volunteer with us, and you do not wish to participate in a Zoom training, let us know. We will find a way for you to get the information you need and we will put you to work supporting a senior.

Please call the office for full information: 250-871-5940; or email: cvseniorsupport@shaw.ca

CURRENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

  1. Phone Call Program: weekly phone call to an isolated senior to see how they are doing and engage in conversation
  2. Shop 'N Drop Program: grocery/pharmacy/food bank/pet food shopping and pick up and drop off service
  3. Caregiver Support Group Facilitator: facilitate a once per month Zoom-based support group for caregivers. Health care/social work/experience as a caregiver backgrounds preferred. Call or email the office for details
  4. Tea and Conversation Zoom Group Facilitators. We are looking for two individuals willing to facilitate a social connecting group for isolated seniors. The content will be determined by the participants but could include a wide range of topics. We are looking for facilitators who are good at listening, and good at stimulating and encouraging conversation too. A sense of humour will be an asset.

Our bowling facilitators, Doreen and Anne, along with two bowlers.