Volunteer and work opportunities for older adults

Abbott School Books and Board Games Program
Abbott School serves elementary school children in Edmonton’s northeast. Many of the students have experienced significant and toxic stress which has a negative impact on growth and development. The program, supported by Sage, helps improve the executive functions of the young brain and provides opportunities to learn to be flexible; to use working memory; to plan and organize; and to stop and think before acting. Senior volunteers both encourage and model these behaviours with in-class support from the school social worker.
Volunteer Commitment:
-Wednesday afternoons from 12:45 to 3:00 p.m. during the school year
-While an on-going commitment is appreciated, a “drop-in when you can” model is also offered
-Desire to work with children
-Ability to get to and from the school
-Opportunity to work with young children who really enjoy the program
-Experiencing the joy of really making a difference in young lives
-Training opportunities to learn new skills
-Opportunity to socialize with a great group of volunteers
-Coffee and treats
For more information or an opportunity to visit the program contact Ron Nichol at 780 465-2368 or ronnichol@shaw.ca.
Comfort Cart Volunteer
CapitalCare Norwood Palliative Hospice is looking for a soft-spoken, good listener to bring coffee, tea, and treats around to patients who could use a little comfort. An empathetic word, smile or touch will make their day – and possibly yours too!
Your duties are simple:
-Set up and clean up the Comfort Cart; supplies are provided.
-Take Comfort Cart room to room and/or to a central area.
-Visit with residents and their family/visitors.
-Ideal availability would be a weekday afternoon, two to four times a month.
-Mature volunteers are welcome, especially those who have had some unique life experiences, and who can bring a sense of calm to a sometimes stressful setting. 
-Previous experience in a health care or customer service setting is an asset.
-Clear Police Records Check is required, as per provincial legislation. This can be applied for during the intake process.
The intake process involves interviews, references and orientation. Apply online or call Linda at 780-496-3252. Enhanced volunteer orientation is provided.
Board Member
ElderCare Edmonton
ElderCare Edmonton is a non-profit organization providing day programs developed to strengthen seniors’ independence and quality of life. We are looking to add a board member to our Board of Directors. Board members contribute to effective governance of Eldercare. Specifically, providing leadership in:
-Monitoring the performance of the organization in relation to its mission, vision and values
-Oversight and approval of strategic plan
-Approval of annual budget
-Ensuring efficient and effective use of resources
-Monitoring Administrator performance and providing feedback
-Knowledgeable about key risks and ensuring appropriate controls are in place
This is a volunteer role with no remuneration. While prior board governance and not for profit experiences are assets, we seek individuals are who are passionate and committed to quality of life and care of older adults with needs in our community. Send applications by email to info@eldercareedmonton.ca.
Volunteers with chronic illness needed for Patient Immersion Experience program
The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry is looking for patients with chronic illness to volunteer as mentors for an innovative program that connects medical students with members of the community. The Patient Immersion Experience (PIE) aims to educate medical students about the fundamentals of clinical practice and the doctor-patient relationship.
Learn more about the program and volunteer requirements. If you are interested in participating, contact patient.immersion.experience@ualberta.ca or call 780-492-6234.
TELUS World of Science – Edmonton: Fall 2017 Volunteer Opportunities
Your experience could open a door to discovery! Help others discover the world and beyond in a fun and interactive environment.
A variety of unique opportunities await you in educational or ambassador roles as a volunteer staff member at TELUS World of Science – Edmonton.
-Educational Positions: Science Garage Workshop Assistant, Gallery Interpreter, Assistant Observatory Attendant, and Robotics Lab Attendant
-Guest Services Volunteer Hosting and Ambassador Positions: Hospitality Hosts, School Program Host, and Birthday Party Host
-School Programs Positions: Assistant School Programs Leader
Weekday and weekend shifts are available. For more information visit the TELUS World of Science – Edmonton volunteer web page or contact Volunteer Resources at 780-452-9100 or by email at vr@twose.ca.
Habitat for Humanity’s newest ReStore is looking for volunteers!
Habitat for Humanity ReStore is sustained by volunteers who donate their time and energy to a cause they believe in! ReStore offers flexible, casual volunteer shifts. ReStore South (4004 99 St. NW) opened its doors at the end of June 2017, and is now looking for volunteers who are interested in giving back to the community, meeting new people, helping customers, and diverting reusable items from the landfill.
ReStore is an integral part of Habitat for Humanity Edmonton as all proceeds are used to cover the organization’s administration costs so that every dollar donated to the charity goes directly to building homes and serving families! Habitat for Humanity ReStores accept donations of new and gently used home-improvement and household items, and sells them to the general public at a discounted rate. These quality items are generously donated by individuals, businesses and organizations.
To register as a volunteer and schedule shifts, visit www.hfh.org/volunteer or contact Ryan at 780-451-3416 ext. 234.
Habitat for Humanity is recruiting volunteers for Fort Saskatchewan
Even though the Carter Work Week is now completed, we are not done building these homes!  We are building eight duplexes along Canyon Road in the Sienna community in Fort Saskatchewan. Individuals and groups are welcome. Shifts are daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. All volunteers receive an onsite safety orientation and training. No minimum number of shifts is required. Beginners are welcome! You can register online at www.hfh.org/volunteer or contact Joanne at 780-451-3416 ext. 222. If you would like more information, visit www.hfh.org/our-builds
Office Volunteer
Drive Happiness: North office (7524 139 Avenue)
Are you friendly and well spoken? Drive Happiness is looking for a volunteer for their north office. Time commitment is flexible but they would prefer two, 3-4 hour shifts per week. Your duties would vary. This position would suit someone who is comfortable answering questions, both in person and over the phone. “We love what we do and we think you might too.” Call 780-424-5438, ext. 2 for details. .
Volunteer Drivers
Drive Happiness
If you enjoy chatting with seniors and still like to drive, Drive Happiness would love to hear from you. Drivers make their own schedule and select where they will drive. A small reimbursement to go towards your gas and vehicle wear and tear is offered. Even two hours a week can change a senior’s life. Call 780-424-5438, ext. 2 for details.
Community Visitor Volunteers
Alberta Health Services Home Care
Reduce social isolation and help a housebound senior remain more independent in the community by volunteering with Alberta Health Services Home Care. If you are comfortable visiting in someone else's home and have time during the weekdays, then consider this opportunity where you can bring “community” home to an individual living with illness but who still wants to participate in conversation and fun activities.
Community Visitor volunteers are matched one-on-one with a client to provide companionship through assistance with grocery shopping, going for walks, sharing life stories or a specific hobby, or playing cards or board games.
A commitment of 1-2 hours weekly or biweekly for a minimum of six months is requested. You can choose your own placement and visit times are flexible to suit your schedule. For the safety of clients, an in-person interview, three references and a clear police records check are required. All volunteers will receive training before being matched with a Home Care client.
For more information, review the brochure or contact Carole at 780-342-4421 or by email at carole.alves@albertahealthservices.ca.
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