Volunteer Opportunities 

OSA appreciates all of the support and generosity of time being offered by the large number of volunteer applications we've received! We’re working on screening and matching current applicants with seniors who have requested assistance and therefore will temporarily be putting on hold accepting additional volunteer applications at this time.

 

Please check back in the near future.

For more information regarding the OSA Volunteer program, please click here to access our OSA Volunteer Manual

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Tech Mentor 

We are in need of volunteers to provide technology training and mentorship to seniors. This service is open to all OSA members who would like to confidently and safely connect virtually while remaining comfortably in their homes. 

 

We ask that volunteers:

  • be flexible regarding timing and types of technology requests

  • have reliable access to the internet

  • be 15+ (volunteers under 18 years of age must have parental permission)

Essential Transportation 

We are in need of volunteers to support seniors to get to their essential medical appointments. This service is open to all OSA members who are in need of assistance getting to and from their medical appointments.

 

We ask that volunteers:​

  • have a vehicle that can safely transport a senior client

  • demonstrate they have a minimum of $1,000,000 vehicle liability insurance

  • be available during weekdays

  • be 18+

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Friendly  Check-in

We are in need of volunteers to provide social support via telephone to seniors. This service is open to all OSA members who are in need of a reassuring and friendly voice, enabling them to stay socially connected with their community. 

 

We ask that volunteers:

  • be able to provide a minimum 30 minutes of telephone support per week

  • be 18+

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Project Birthday 

We are in need of volunteers to deliver cupcakes and good cheer to seniors on their birthday. This service is open to all OSA members who are in need of a small gesture of kindness.

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Essential Drop Offs 

We are in need of volunteers who are able to drop items off to seniors in need of food and groceries, medications, and toiletries. This service is open to all OSA members who are in need of assistance gathering essential items.

 

Please note: 

  • The volunteers will only be dropping-off (no visiting or transportation provided)

  • Physical distancing and proper hygiene practices will be implemented  

We ask that volunteers:

  • be flexible regarding timing and types of requests

  • be 18+

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Practical Kindness 

We are in need of volunteers to respond to urgent requests from seniors including one-time urgent non-medical transportation (examples: bank, pharmacy, etc.) and other urgent requests that will be considered on a case-by-case basis. This service is open to all OSA members who are in need of urgent assistance.

 

We ask that volunteers:​

  • have a vehicle that can safely transport a senior client

  • demonstrate they have a minimum of $1,000,000 vehicle liability insurance

  • be flexible regarding timing and types of requests

 

Note: Volunteers under 18 years of age can apply to this service and will be offered age appropriate requests as determined by OSA and the volunteer’s parent or guardian. 

Care Post 

We are in need of intergenerational volunteers to send seniors care mail (e.g. coloured pictures, letters, stickers, etc.). This service is open to all OSA members who are in need of small gestures of kindness.

 

We ask that volunteers:

  • be able to send one piece of mail every 1-2 weeks

  • be able to purchase their own postage to send their Care Post

  • be under 18 with parental permission and assistance

Community Research 

Oakridge Seniors Association (OSA) has received a grant from the Federal Government's New Horizon Program and we will soon begin a research project to better understand our community. Our goal for the research is to learn about the needs and identify the assets of the entire community –

young and old alike. Following a community-led action approach, we are in need of volunteers who can play a role in developing research questions, gathering information through quantitative methods, such as surveys, and qualitative methods, such as interviews, interpreting the information gathered, and in creating solutions.