Wednesday, August 16, 2017

World Suicide Prevention Day Volunteers

Image result for lanterns suicide preventionLantern Building and Distributing Volunteers are needed for World Suicide Prevention Day hosted by the Canadian Mental Health Association on September 10 in Polson Park. Volunteers will assist with building lanterns prior to the event, hand out information cards, assist with distribution and lighting of lanterns, and set up and clean up for the event. Volunteers are needed 5:30-9:30 pm.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Community Support Volunteer

The Family Resource Centre is looking to train 6-8 Community Support Volunteers. On successful completion of an extensive, in depth training program, volunteers provide support for individuals managing life issues such as transitions, isolation, relationships, loss and grief or unemployment. 

100+ hours of training taking place October 3, 2017 through April 24, 2018 Tuesday evenings 6-9 pm AND 2nd Thursday of every month 6- 9 pm. Applicants are interviewed before training. Volunteers receive clinical mentorship, as well as ongoing education and support.  Full description available here.

Monday, August 14, 2017

55+ BC Games Volunteers

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The 55+ BC Games is an annual multi-sport competition celebrating active, healthy seniors. This year, Vernon is hosting the games on September 12-16, 2017, and lots of volunteers are needed!

Cribbage Volunteers (9): To keep score, set up at the Schubert Centre, and collect game scores. 

Dragon Boat Beach Crew (20): To help paddlers into and out of dragon boats. Will require standing in the lake to knee height. Volunteers will be able to watch races. 

Drivers (20): Must have a class 4 license and a clean abstract. 

First Aid Attendants (15):  Must have level 1 first aid. 

Marshaling Volunteers (13): To assist at the marshaling area to receive participants, place them in order, and ensure the participants and dignitaries enter and exit in an organized manner for both the opening and closing ceremonies (Sept 13 & 16). 

Photographer/Videographer/Editors (36): A good eye, an adequate camera, and the ability to capture 'action without distraction' are key requirements. Volunteers may be assigned to different venues at different times. Please provide preferences. Photo/video editors may be required. 

Pickleball Referees (30): To referee pickleball games. 

Poster Distributing Volunteers (5): To assist with placing posters around Vernon and Armstrong. 

Security & Special Events Volunteers (25): Must be able to stand for long periods at a time and use a portable radio. Be prepared for bad weather. 

Sport Hosts (20): Each venue will have an information table to provide participants and visitors with information. The attendant will provide information about the venue/sport as well as Vernon and area. Extra training will be provided for this position. 

Swim Meet Timers (20): To operate stop watches, record lap times, record final times. Fill in result sheets for each race with times. 

Tennis Attendant Volunteers (6): To pick up/drop-off equipment from the main tournament site at Marshall Field, welcome players to satellite sites, facilitate games, and phone in the scores. 

Traffic Control Volunteers (25): Must be able to stand for long periods at a time and use a portable radio. Be prepared for bad weather. 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Heritage Square Volunteers

Heritage Square offers a safe home-like environment and round-the-clock nursing care for seniors who are no longer able to live independently. Volunteers are needed for various positions: 

(1) Bus Outing Assistant to accompany seniors onto and off the bus. Assist Seniors to and from activities; may need to push wheelchairs; must enjoy interacting with seniors. 

(10) Visitation Volunteers needed to visit with seniors who are unable to participate in group activities. Can include playing cards, games, walking, or reading with residents. Schedule is flexible as per volunteer availability. 

(3) Special Unit Assistants to visit residents who have cognitive impairment or memory loss. Initiate activities such as games, puzzles, walk etc. Porter residents to and from group activities. Schedule is flexible as per volunteer availability. 

Volunteers needed at Creekside Landing

Creekside Landing is looking for volunteers!

1 Activity Assistant to help staff with various activities and help seniors to and from events.
1 Bus Outing Assistant to accompany seniors onto and off of bus. May need to push wheelchairs. Must enjoy interacting with seniors.
1 manicurist to assist residents with nail care (filing nails, removing polish, applying new nail polish and lotion) and provide companionship while attending residents.
10 Visitation Volunteers to visit with seniors in their rooms. Can include playing cards, games, or reading with residents and visiting with seniors who are unable to participate in group activities.

Gateby Care Centre Volunteers

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4 volunteers to visit with seniors on the weekends, engage them in safe activities, and take them out into the community.

4 recreation support volunteers to assist residential recreation staff with programs including monthly birthday parties, various outings such as the park and farmers market, and bringing seniors to and from programs.

1 Seamstress Volunteer to help with clothing alterations. Discuss with the Director of Care when alterations are needed.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Crisis Line Volunteer

calling, cold call, communicationThe Crisis Line is a free 24-hour, 7 day a week phone support and referral service, and they are looking for volunteers to provide empathetic, non-judgmental short term emotional support to callers. Volunteers are needed 24/7 and shifts vary but most are 4 hours.

Training takes place 4-8 pm Sept 18-Oct 23, 10-3 pm Sat Oct 14, 4-8 pm Thurs Oct 19.  Registration is required.  For full training details please visit

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Polson Residential Care Volunteers

Polson Residential Care is looking for volunteers* as follows:

Musical Entertainers to play guitar, piano, flute, or other instruments for small or large groups. Accompany sing along for the residents.

Gardening Assistants to assist with yard cleanup, pruning trees and bushes, plant and weed flower beds and/or vegetable garden.

Bowling Assistant to assist residents in bowling activity and keep score.

Bingo Assistant to assist residents playing Bingo including setting up games. 

Outings Escort to assist residents on outings and special events. Will include pushing wheelchairs and visiting with residents. Must have good listening skills.

Visiting Mate to visit with residents on a one to one basis. Assist residents with puzzles or other activities, share a cup of tea or coffee with residents. Must have good listening skills. 

Manicurists to assist residents with nail care, filing nails and removing polish, applying new polish and hand lotion.  This service provides companionship while attending to the residents. Volunteers needed Monday to Saturday, 1-2 hours per visit.

Group Activities Supporter to help with socializing and directing guests. May include leading games and trivia and assisting staff and management with various duties.

Crib or Card Player to play crib or cards with seniors and assist with keeping score.

*Must enjoy interacting with seniors.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Volunteer Opportunities at Carrington Place

Chartwell Carrington Place Retirement Residence is a senior's community in Vernon and staff are looking for volunteers for various positions:

(5) Special Events Support Volunteers to assist staff and management with various tasks to do with set up, decorating, socializing, and directing guests during special events.

(5) Visitation Volunteers to visit seniors in their rooms. Can include playing cards, games, reading, or walking with residents around the facility. Visiting with seniors who are unable to participate in group activities.

(5) Bus Outing Volunteers to accompany seniors onto and off the bus and assist to and from activities. May need to push wheelchairs. Must enjoy interacting with seniors.

(5) Bingo Caller Volunteers to call Bingo using a loud clear voice. Can include visiting with seniors and assisting with clean up.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Special Olympics BC Vernon - Registration Coordinator

Looking for a meaningful and highly impactful volunteer opportunity? Help individuals with intellectual disabilities experience empowerment and the positive impact of sport with Special Olympics BC!

The Registration Coordinator is responsible for ensuring all athletes complete the correct registration forms for the year, running the annual fall registration day for Special Olympics BC - Vernon in September, and coordinating with sport coaches to ensure they have their program's registration information. This position is a member of the Local Executive Committee, so attends the monthly meetings. Our ideal Registration Coordinator is very organized, is a team player and has high attention to detail. This position is for the 2017-2018 sport year, starting in August/September 2017.

Special Olympics BC Vernon - Youth Program Leader

We are seeking two Youth Program Leaders to bring physical literacy and fundamental movement skill development to our youth athletes in Vernon! The Program Leaders are responsible for following the 12 week youth program guide and running the weekly program for children ages 2-6 or 7-11 (depending on the program). All equipment and resources are provided, and youth specific training is provided prior to the start of the program. The youth programs run in the early evening for 1 hour/week for 12 weeks. The programs are set to start in October/November 2017.

Special Olympics BC Vernon - Sport Program Volunteers

Special Olympics BC's mission is to provide individuals with intellectual disabilities opportunities to enrich their lives and celebrate personal achievement through positive sport experiences. Our Sport Program volunteers play a highly important role in helping deliver fun, inclusive and high-quality sport programs in the Vernon community. As Assistant Coaches or Program Volunteers, they support head coaches in running weekly practices and competition training. We are looking for volunteers for a variety of sport programs: Basketball, Fitness Club, Floor Hockey, Curling, Cross-Country Skiing, Alpine Skiing). Prior sport or coaching experience is not required for Program Volunteers, but is strongly preferred for Assistant Coaches. Programs generally run in the evenings for 1-1.5 hours for approximately 12-15 weeks (depending on the program). Contact us for more information on the program schedule!

Special Olympics BC Vernon - Fundraising Coordinator

This essential role in Special Olympics BC is responsible for raising funds to support the sport programs for people with intellectual disabilities in the Vernon community. The Fundraising Coordinator develops the yearly fundraising plan for the local and liaises with existing National and Provincial partner campaigns. Helps schedule volunteers and athletes for the annual fundraising events. This position is a member of the Local Executive Committee, so attends the monthly meetings (can be a sub-committee position as well). No prior experience is required (training will be provided), we welcome diverse perspectives and experiences! This position is for the 2017-2018 sport year, starting in August/September 2017

Special Olympics BC Vernon - Local Coordinator

Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people standing, sunglasses, sky and outdoorLooking for a volunteer role where you feel inspired each day and can see the powerful impact of your volunteer work? This Local Coordinator helps Special Olympics BC - Vernon provide meaningful sport experiences. This person serves as the key point of communication, managing information to and from SOBC - Vernon. Chairs monthly meetings and helps create the yearly plan and budget with the other members of the committee. Our ideal Local Coordinator has great organizational skills, leadership, and is a true team player.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Special Unit Assistants at Creekside Landing

Creekside Landing is looking for Special Unit Assistant volunteers!
Responsibilities include:
-Visit with residents in special unit who have cognitive impairment/memory loss
-Initiate activities such as games, puzzles. walks, etc. with the residents in special unit.
-Porter residents to and from group activities.
Schedule is flexible as per volunteer availability.