“Act as if what you do makes a difference…It does!” ~ William James
For more information, please contact:
April Lawson, Simcoe Strong Volunteer Coordinator
The Volunteer Program "Simcoe Strong" has been very successful thus far. Our Homes are working diligently with both our community partners as well as the Museum to discuss ways to streamline the program in order to provide effective service to our current and prospect volunteers. Further to this, new Volunteer referral cards are being added to the program. Any new volunteer referred to by a current volunteer includes them into monthly giveaways.
Please click on the following link for important updates in our Long-Term Care and Seniors Services Facilities: Sunset Village and Manor
Welcome to our new volunteers at Sunset Manor: Allison Groff, Rachel Clute, Ashley Stuart, Cameron Nobes, Anthony Gagliardi, Austin Moore, Johnny Mitchell.
Welcome to our team!
New* Volunteer Program Updates - April 21st
April 21st we held our first ever Virtual Volunteer Appreciation Event, and it went very well!
We have also been conducting Virtual Volunteer Programming. The following programs have taken place virtually
- Bible studies
- Church services
- Hymn sing-a-long
- Pet therapy
- Musical programs
- Baking/cooking classes
- One-to-one virtual visiting
- Short story program
New* Resident Birthday Donation Program
We began a new birthday program at each of our long-term care homes where groups of volunteers and/or companies purchase individual cupcakes, make or purchase birthday cards and provide a birthday balloon so each resident is able to celebrate their birthdays on their actual birth dates.
We still need some months covered at Sunset Manor.
New* Virtual Volunteering
Virtual volunteering is done online, via computers, tablets, or smartphones, off-site from the Long Term Care Homes. More and more, organizations are engaging people who want to contribute their skills and time via the Internet.
What are the benefits of virtual volunteering?
Virtual volunteering is flexible, often allowing the volunteer to complete a task or project around their own schedule. It is also not limited by geography, physical ability or work arrangement. You can choose to volunteer for any of the Long Term Care homes through Simcoe County and or link our residents to other places and people around the world!
What is the time commitment?
Virtual volunteers can complete one-time, short-term or ongoing tasks and projects. But it would be very much appreciated if our volunteers committed some sort of time to our residents on a regular basis as they so need company from outside our home.
Below are some different ways you can virtually volunteer…
- Read short stories (Chicken Soup for the Soul)
- Visit virtually with a resident 15min-half hour (I can give topics to chat about and or link you up with a resident with similar interests)
- Allow residents to bake or cook with you virtually, get them engaged
- Share a musical instrument talent with our residents
- Share biblical scripture with our residents
- Sing with our residents (sing a long)
- Get your kids and or grandkids involved and share a play or a dance routine they learned
- Call virtual Bingo for small group of residents
- Do a craft virtually with a resident (let me know what supplies you may need)
- Share some of your pets virtually
- Link our residents to other special people around the world on a Zoom call to visit other destinations and people virtually
If you are interested in learning more about some of our virtual volunteering opportunities, please do not hesitate to contact April.Lawson@simcoe.ca
Simcoe Cycling Without Age supports individuals with cognitive and physical decline by helping them with an active and inclusive lifestyle program. Want to be part of this program? Complete an online application or apply in person at the office - Sunset Manor, 49 Raglan Street, Collingwood, ON L9Y 4X1
Sunset Village & Manor Volunteer Application - Online Form
Sunset Village & Manor Volunteer Application Form - for Print
In addition to attending a general orientation session, you will require a vulnerable sector screening, a Tuberculosis skin test, and take part in a bike safety course. Must be 18 or older to participate as a volunteer pilot and attend focus groups. Individuals under 18 can assist with administrative duties.
Our Volunteer Dedication
Our dedicated Simcoe Strong volunteer Jan Sparling has implemented a phenomenal new Intergenerational Program – Sewing for Ages.
This new exciting program has been celebrated and showcased by our local press,
Collingwood Today, with a feature piece published June 13th. Two reporters from
Collingwood Today visited Sunset Manor and experienced the joy and gratification this program offers. In this program, young girls are being taught the skill of sewing. Their product of fidget blankets are given to residents at Sunset Manor. This product is quite valuable to the residents at Sunset Manor as fidget are quite therapeutic and beneficial to individuals with Dementia.
Want to Volunteer?
There is an opportunity to assist with a new program called Cyber Seniors - assisting a resident with using an IPad, teaching skills such as using email, Facebook, skype, etc. Other volunteer opportunities for students include meal assistance and program assistance.
Go to our Volunteer Programs webpage and find out how to volunteer with us -