Volunteering

Do you need community service hours for school, or do you need work experience? Do you want to volunteer in your community and feel a sense of accomplishment and pride? Through volunteering, you can meet new people, work in an area that interests you, and gain valuable experience that looks great on resumes and post-secondary applications. Not to mention you will be making a difference for people in your community.

Victorian Order of Nurses
http://www.von.ca/en/site/perth

COVID19 No entry to Homes, when they deliver the food they are leaving it at door ways.

Volunteer Drivers deliver hot or frozen meals to the home. Hot meals are delivered around 12 noon, Monday to Friday. Frozen meals are delivered once a week or can be picked up at the office. Special diets available

West Perth Environment Forestry and Trails Committee
http://www.westperth.com

A volunteer organization committeed to providing an awareness of the benefits of a healthy, sustainable and diverse community forest.

Town of St. Marys Home Support Services
http://www.townofstmarys.com/en/recreation-and-culture/Shopping-Services.aspx

COVID19 will arrange local delivery or pick up options for essentials like food and prescriptions
All residents of St. Marys and Perth South who require assistance office during office hours to register for services
To volunteer call or EMAIL

Shopping Service – Volunteers transport and offer assistance for people to shop locally and complete in-town errands * destinations include local groceries stores and downtown St Marys * Advance notice is required

Wednesday Morning Shopping Shuttle – You will be picked up from your home around 9:30 am and travel to the Independent grocery store from 10am to 11am. Then bus will then travel downtown and park near the post office while you run your errands. Afterwards, the bus will deliver you back to your home * Easy Ride is in partnership with Home Support Services for this service

Friday morning shopping shuttle-You will be picked up from your home around 9:30am and travel to the Foodland grocery store at 10:00 am and return home between 11-11:30 am.

Stratford and London Shopping shuttles are also offered throughout the year through local mobility service, call for more information.

Stratford Public Library
https://www.stratford.library.on.ca/zone/programs

COVID19 Program paused

A one-to-one reading program giving school-aged children the opportunity to read and play games with a trained volunteer. Spots are available in English and French reading. Registration is required. Limited spots available. * Caregivers must stay in the library during the program

Stratford Community Players
http://www.stratfordcommunityplayers.com/

Entirely volunteer driven community theatre group * production every year in Spring

Stratford and District Leisure Activity Council
https://www.stratford.ca/en/play-here/leisureactivitycouncil.aspx#COVID-19-UPDATE

Volunteer association of organizations and individuals * offer and/or support leisure, recreational and educational activities/programs * goals of the Council are: To inform the community of events planned, individually and collaboratively, by its members; To provide a forum for its members to share program information and explore areas of mutual interest; To provide resources for the community in the planning of special events; and To promote the concept that active living is a way of life, in which physical activity is valued and integrated into daily life

ONE CARE Home & Community Support Services
http://www.onecaresupport.ca

COVID19 – COVID-19 Service Change – Hot and Frozen Meals programs are operating, with the addition of a new Grocery Delivery Service.
For more information about services and programs, see COVID-19 and ONE CARE HERE

Hot meals and frozen meal home delivery food program * dinners prepared daily from a dietetic menu and delivered by community volunteers * hot meals delivered Monday to Friday by community volunteers * frozen dinners ordered in advance and delivered every second week

North Huron Museum
http://www.northhuron.ca/visitors.php?area=THINGS

Museum * volunteers are welcome, call for details

New Horizons Rehabilitation Services Inc.
http://www.newhorizonsrehab.com/

Services include physiotherapy, acupuncture, occupational therapy, counselling, kinesiology (including hydrotherapy). Rehab Therapy provided for adults, youth and children.  Speech-Language Pathology services available as well. 

Therapy provided to orthopedic injuries, sports injuries and neurological conditions (including strokes and brain injury).  Treatment for individuals recovering from motor vehicle accidents, farm injuries, sprains and strains.

Student Volunteers from High School, College or University Co-Ops only.

Municipality of North Perth
https://www.northperth.ca/en/municipal-services/volunteering.aspx#

Assists individuals interested in volunteering * assists agencies that use volunteers

Mitchell and Area Community Outreach
https://ritzlutheranvilla.com/mitchell-community-outreach/

COVID19 paused

Volunteer drivers provide transportation to clients for out-of-town medical appointments. Volunteers are reimbursed for fuel by the client, based on a set mileage rate

Mitchell and Area Community Outreach
http://www.ritzlutheranvilla.com/maco/home.html

COVID19 – no change to hot or frozen meal service.
Grocery delivery service added – order groceries by 2 pm Mon directly from Walkom’s ValuMart in Mitchell 519-348-8446 for delivery on Tue.

Home delivery food program * for seniors living independently in their own homes and individuals recovering from illness, accident or surgery * prepared nutritious meals * delivered around noon by community volunteers * clients can choose to have meals delivered 1, 2, or 3 days a week * various dietary needs can be accommodated * frozen meal options also available

Maitland Valley Conservation Authority
http://www.mvca.on.ca

Volunteer group working to improve water quality and stream flow. MMRC is also working to improve the health of the river for aquatic life. Naturalization and water quality projects

Volunteers should visit the website for details.

Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation
http://lakehuron.ca

An independent, science-based organization that works with local communities to protect beaches, control invasive species and recover damaged ecosystems. Also provides:
* educational workshops and conferences
* youth education
* outreach initiatives
* projects and outreach initiatives along the shorelines of Lake Huron from Sarnia up to Georgian Bay and Manitoulin Island

Volunteers are always welcome.

Heart and Stroke
http://www.heartandstroke.ca

Volunteer based organization * leads in eliminating heart disease and stroke through the advancement of research and its application, the promotion of healthy living, and advocacy * Heart Burn Day * Jump Rope for Heart * Hoops for Heart * Big Bike * Volunteer initiated events * door-to-door campaigns – Heart in February and Stroke in June

Habitat for Humanity Huron County
http://www.habitathuroncounty.ca

Build new homes in partnership with volunteers, donors, sponsors and the homeowners * improve lives of economically disadvantaged persons through home ownership to provide the basic human need of decent, affordable housing

Habitat for Humanity Heartland Ontario Stratford ReStore
http://www.habitat4home.ca/restore

The ReStore sells new and gently used building materials and household supplies.

DeConstruction: Habitat has a team of experienced volunteers that will dismantle homes, buildings, or parts of buildings for the purpose of salvaging supplies – ie. kitchens, bathrooms, bricks, beams, trim, etc.

E-waste Collection: bring in your old and used electronics for FREE disposal. Will recycle all electronics which helps to raise funds for Habitat such as lights, fans, computers, fans, clocks, and so on (items with refidgerant are not accepted).

Charitable donation receipts are offered for donations valued at over $100.

Volunteers needed to help with the ReStore as without volunteers the ReStore would not be possible * positions are ideal for retired adults or students looking for their 40 hours of volunteer time * everyone welcome * cashiers always needed * contact Volunteer Coordinator to apply

CBEAC – Civic Beautification and Environmental Awareness Committee

Volunteers that co-ordinate efforts among other community organizations to educate, enhance community spirit, promote environmental awareness and assist in the beautification of Stratford.

Events and activities include: Green Week activities, Educational forums, River lights, Swan Release, Stratford Winter Lights Judging, Pumpkin Parade, Garbage Can Decorating and Pergola

Welcome all volunteers to meetings that are generally the 2nd or 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

Canadian Red Cross
http://www.redcross.ca/in-your-community/ontario/ontario-find-a-branch/stratford-branch

Services in the Branch are:

* Injury prevention: First Aid – courses offered through training partners. Contact 1-877-356-3226 or www.redcross.ca

* Disaster Management * provide immediate assistance to families affected by small scale disasters, such as house fires, gas leaks or evacuations * respond to larger scale disasters requiring shelter for affected populations

Volunteers needed for Branch office, Outreach and for Disaster Response – North Perth and North Huron * time commitment varies depending on each volunteer’s personal interest

ONE CARE Home & Community Support Services
http://www.onecaresupport.ca

COVID19 COVID-19 Service Change – services to support medical rides or urgent needs.
For more information about services and programs, see COVID-19 and ONE CARE HERE

A transportation service shared by community support agencies across Huron and Perth Counties * offers frequent and flexible door-to-door service * includes taxis, vans, volunteers and mobility (wheelchair) vehicles

ONE CARE Home & Community Support Services
http://www.onecaresupport.ca

COVID19 – COVID-19 Service Change – Friendly Visiting / Telephone Reassurance services delivered by telephone check in.
For more information about services and programs, see COVID-19 and ONE CARE HERE

Volunteers assisting seniors in helping to alleviate the loneliness and improving their health and quality of their lives through the following services:

Telephone reassurance – volunteers will make a regular phone call on weekday mornings to people living alone to ensure all is well

Visiting – regular visits between a volunteer and client are provided for conversations, activities and companionship

Lifeline – easy-to-use personal response service that lets you summon help any time of the day or night, even if you can’t speak * help is obtained quickly from a trained associate by pressing a button, worn on a wristband or pendant

Knollcrest Lodge
http://www.knollcrestlodge.com

COVID19 Transportation based on client need for essential services only

Schedules, coordinates, and provides accessible transportation throughout Perth East & area in our accessible vehicles and with volunteer drivers to:

* medical appointments locally and out of area
* adult day program in Listowel
* social, errands

Charter/group trips can be arranged through our office. After hours charters can be arranged.

Knollcrest Lodge
https://knollcrestlodge.com/about-us/community-outreach/meals-on-wheels/

COVID19 Meals on Wheels continuing with social distancing and proper hand sanitizing

Home delivery meal program * for older adults or adults of any age recovering from illness or surgery * nutritious meals delivered to your door by one of our friendly volunteers

Hot Meals and Frozen Meals available – special diets are available

Frozen meal: clients choose from a menu, individual meals or frozen meal packages available; special diets are available;soups, desserts & entree’s

Ask us about our ‘Welcome Home Program” * Gift Cards available

Huron Perth Public Health – Perth
http://www.hpph.ca

COVID-19 on hold

Offers an opportunity for the volunteer to learn more about public health and to share skills, interests and time, enhancing the programs and services offered by the Huron Perth Public Health

Volunteer tasks include:

  • assist at community events, health fairs, flu clinics
  • emergency response volunteers
  • prepare and distribute information packages
  • participate in school support groups and workshops with teens
  • assist with office tasks and distribute information throughout the community.

Volunteers make an important contribution to the delivery of programs: clerical, clinic support, information distribution, school based volunteers facilitate small group programs

Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Huron
https://southhuron.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/

COVID19 – all in-school programs paused – Big Bunch moved to a virtual format

Provides a safe forum where children in need can form meaningful, positive relationships through mentoring programs with caring adults. Programs include:

  • Big/Little Traditional Mentoring – match screened and trained adults, 18 years of age and older with children in need, 6-16 years of age
  • Big/Little Cross Gender Mentoring – cross gender matching of female volunteers to male children
  • Couples for Kids Program – put volunteers with a partner or spouse that are matched with a Little Brother or Little Sister. This is a great way for couples to give the gift of friendship to a child
  • In-School Mentoring (ISM) – one-to-one relationship to improve self-esteem and school interest for elementary school aged children who would benefit from the development of a supportive one-to-one relationship. Volunteers meet with a child one hour per week within the school setting for the duration of the school year
  • In-School Mentoring Co-op
  • Big Bunch Program – A group program for children in the agency, meeting once a week Wed 6 pm-7 pm

Applications are accepted from single and dual parent families. Volunteer training and support provided. Member agency of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada (BBBSC).

Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Huron
https://northhuron.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca

Big Brothers/Big Sisters are men and women who volunteer their time to become a mentor to a young boy or girl who can greatly benefit from having an adult role model to guide them and assist them in facing life’s challenges.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Listowel & District
http://www.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/listowel

COVID19 All participants meeting virtually

Traditional Mentoring Program – Big Brother, Big Sister Program:

Matches boys and girls with a mentor for a unique one-to-one friendship that can help to broaden the life of a child and provide acceptance, guidance and support. Agency strives to match each child with a mentor whose needs correspond with the child’s abilities, interests and preferences. Caseworker keeps in touch throughout to offer on-going support and guidance

iVolunteer Perth Huron
http://ivolunteerperthhuron.ca

iVolunteer Perth-Huron is an online resource that connects those in Perth and Huron that want to volunteer, with non-profits and charities in our area that are looking for volunteers. The website helps youth achieve their community service hours, and helps anyone to find short or long term volunteer opportunities in the location and area of their choice. Volunteering is an excellent opportunity to meet people, gain experience and to give back to your community.

Local Community Food Centre
http://www.thelocalcfc.org

COVID19 community meals by delivery ONLY within Stratford limits Mon 5 pm-6 pm, Wed and Fri 11:30 am-12:30 pm. Order by noon the day before and send address (including postal code), a contact number and number of meals required at EMAIL or leave message at 519-508-3663 ext 1001

COVID19 Low cost produce market available by delivery ONLY Thu. Must order by Thu. Contact to order

COVID19 Peer Advocacy office – if you or someone you know is in need of support services for income, access to healthy food, addictions, mental health, domestic violence, housing, tax filing, or just need someone with whom to talk – is available for remote consults with Community Connector Matthew by appointment. Contact by EMAIL or Ext 1005

Food Fit 6 week online program starting Wed Jun 30, 2021 3 pm-6 pm. To register contact Sarah at Ext 1003 or EMAIL

Community Action Training 6 week online program Tue Jun 22-Jul 27, 2021 10 am-12 noon. To register contact Matthew Maynard at Ext 1005 or EMAIL

All other programs paused

To Stratford with Love will be delivered in 2020 from The Local. Dec 19, 2020 4:30 pm-6:30 pm. Go HERE to register or HERE to volunteer.

Stratford Hospitality Worker Fund grant applications open until Jun 30, 2021 for those who have been laid off and those previously employed by one or more establishment in Stratford in 2019/2020. Call ext 1005 or EMAIL Downloadable application available HERE

A community kitchen to prepare community meals and to teach others how to prepare wholesome meals at home. Also provides The Storehouse – accepts large-scale donations from industry and agricultural sector to distribute to not-for-profit agencies, food banks and school nutrition programs throughout Perth County.
Low cost produce market
Community meal program
For our current programming schedule see the website

Volunteers in Perth Association

An association for managers and coordinators of volunteer resources in volunteer supported organizations primarily in Perth County.

Making a difference