Volunteering at Providence allows you to be part of a team to learn, increase skills, build meaningful relationships and earn recognition. Opportunities are listed in order of need:
Customer Service – Retail Sales: Volunteers will learn transferable skills in customer service, 'Point of Sale' cash register operations, balancing shift floats and deposits. Duties also include replenishing store supplies in the Houses of Providence Café. Other retail opportunities are also available: stocking inventory, accounting and merchandising. The minimum age for volunteers in this area is 16 years.
The Houses' Café is open seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Volunteer Café shifts are from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Meal Assistance: Enhance the mealtime experience of a patient and/or resident by assisting them with their daily meals. This ranges from keeping them company and encouraging them during the meal to feeding those who cannot feed themselves.
Breakfast is from 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Lunch is 12-1 p.m.
Dinner is from 5-6 p.m.
Volunteers are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to mealtime and be willing to stay up to 30 minutes after the meal (depending on the resident's need).
Friendly Visiting/Escorting: Be a friend to a patient, resident or client who may not have visitors on a regular basis by escorting them to various activities, taking them for walks or simply having a friendly chat. This position can be added to Meal Assistance. Shift times can accommodate your schedule.
Recreation (Group Activities): Assist with and/or facilitate activities such as games, sing-a-longs, movies, arts and crafts, bowling, bingo and special events. This position can be added to Meal Assistance and/or Friendly Visiting.
Spiritual and Religious Care: Volunteers escort residents and patients to and from the multi-denominational church services and weekly hymn sing. Other specialized positions are also available.
Patient Satisfaction Surveys: Join an amazing team of volunteers who visit with patients prior to discharge and find out what they thought of their stay here at Providence. The results of the survey let us know what we’re doing right and where we can improve to better assist the people in our care.
Clerical and Reception (limited positions): Volunteers assist with filing, telephone reception and other clerical duties. The number of positions are limited and available Monday through Friday during business hours only.
Our Summer Youth Program (SYP) is a popular choice for students. This program allows students to enhance various work-related skills, develop leadership qualities, complete the volunteer hours needed for school and build meaningful relationships while making a difference in the community. The experience is also very rewarding for our residents, patients and clients. Students 14-25 years of age, still attending school, may apply for the Summer Youth Program. Summer Youth applicants must complete the application process prior to starting their volunteer placement.
This program allows youth to build their leadership skills while volunteering their time at Providence. Much like our Summer Youth Program, it helps young volunteers develop their leadership skills. This program is focused on direct experience in team building, training, communication, stakeholder engagement, mentoring and network development.
Our year round youth program addresses the leadership competencies needed for the future of our community, and Provence will directly benefit from the increased skills gained from our Youth.
This program is generously supported by TELUS Telecommunications
For more information contact VolunteerServices@providence.on.ca.