“Act as if what you do makes a difference…It does!” ~ William James
For more information, please contact:
April Lawson, Simcoe Strong Volunteer Coordinator
Please click on the following link for important updates in our Long-Term Care and Seniors Services Facilities: Trillium Manor
Trillium Manor Volunteer Appreciation Drive By Event - June 2021
Virtual Volunteer Appreciation Event
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
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 Trillium Manor.
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
Student Volunteer Opportunities: Ian enjoying spending some time with Residents. We have opportunities for students who are looking for volunteer or placement hours and are looking to give back to their communities.
Operation Christmas Child: Student Volunteers Hannah and Sam assisted the residents in packing 33 (thirty-three) shoeboxes for Christmas presents for children in other countries.
Simcoe Strong is the new name for our volunteer program across the Health and Emergency Services division at the County of Simcoe. Volunteers, Joan, Brenda, Karen and Marianne are sporting our new volunteer vests. If you haven't yet received one, please see Crystal Rosewell.
Do You Want to Volunteer?
Do you have a youth looking to obtain their volunteer hours this summer? There is an opportunity to assist with a new program called Cyber Seniors assisting a resident with 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 -