The following is a list of the OCSC's 12 Core Volunteer Services that are often in requested by seniors, adults with disabilities and are provided by an agency near you.
The Agency Ambassador plays a vital role in promoting the agency. At community events, they will share consistent verbal and written information that will increase people’s awareness on programs, services, and the need for volunteers. They will often assist with setting up and tearing down of the display, keep a record of any inquiries that need to be brought to the attention of the Coordinator of Volunteers and the agency.
Adult Day Program / Alzheimer Day Program Assistant
Volunteers will provide assistance, companionship and encouragement to adults in a group setting who are participants in either the Adult Day Program and or the Alzheimer Day Program. Both of these day programs include planned social, recreational and physical activities, as well as meals and companionship.
Board of Directors
Members of the Board of Directors are primarily responsible for providing strategic leadership by setting direction, making policy and strategic decisions. They also oversee and monitor organizational performance, anticipate, mitigate and manage risks of the organization, ensuring prudent and proper management of the organization’s resources and overall accountability.
Volunteers will provide support by responding to inquiries coming in through social media. Components of this position will include making event brochures, writing articles for local papers and assistance with a monthly newsletter. Volunteers should have excellent writing and grammar skills and knowledge of computer programs involving print media. Ability to self-edit is essential; this position does not require the volunteer to be on site but does require the volunteer to have access to email.
Fundraising Assistant will provide support related to fund development activities.Under the leadership of the Fundraising Committee, the volunteer’s tasks will vary depending on the event itself. Some of the tasks may require some evening or weekend commitments.
With 4.5% of the population of Ottawa who do not speak either English or French, volunteers are needed to translate information either verbally or in writing, depending on the need.Translation may be related to agency information such as services and programs, up-coming events and social activities.
Meal Delivery Volunteers
Volunteer drivers, using their own vehicle, deliver hot meals between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, leaving from various kitchens throughout the city. Meals are delivered in Driver/Server teams. We can match you up with a volunteer server or you can recruit your own partner to deliver with you.
Office Assistant Volunteer
The Office Assistant may provide support at the reception desk, answer the telephone, input data information and help with mail outs, just to name a few. Training will include becoming familiar with basic information related to the agency’s programs and services, social event and activities.
Social / Health Activities Assistant
Volunteers may assist in the planning and promotion of program events, such as researching ideas for activities and outings, preparing marketing material and client mail outs. Other duties may include registration and follow-up with clients. Volunteer will assist with clients during event by interacting and ensuring all needs are met. Interested applicants should have great communication and interpersonal skills, be comfortable working with seniors and adults with physical disabilities, have a positive personality, patience and great energy.
Provide regular companionship and social interaction to seniors and adults with disabilities who still live at home. Some of the programs under this service includes but not limited to telephone assurance, friendly visitors, palliative care, and seniors helping seniors. Commitment typically 1 or 2 hours a week, schedule to be determined between client and volunteer.
Tax Clinic Volunteer
Drivers are needed to provide transportation services to medical appointments, on grocery bus and various social activities and programs. Drivers are eligible for a per-kilometre reimbursement.Volunteer must provide proof of $2 million liability insurance and a current Driver’s Abstract. Due to the nature of the task involved, volunteers may need to provide emotional support. Level of commitment is different from one agency to another typically once a week, for two or three hours as required.