Driving is for individuals who are unable to manage by taxi or bus. Volunteer drivers provide personal assistance to ensure that clients make it safely to and from their destination. Drives are for medical and other appointments, shopping, errands, activities, recreational rides, etc.
Volunteers usually visit on a once/ week basis for companionship. Visits can include providing relief to a caregiver.
WALKING or WHEELCHAIR PUSHES
Walking for support or companionship, usually on a once/week basis. This activity can include wheelchair pushes.
READING & WRITING
Usually on a once/week basis.
REASSURANCE PHONE CALLS
Phone calls can be provided daily or periodically for socialization and/or as a reassurance that the client will receive attention should an injury occur. If necessary, the police will check and arrange medical attention. The calls can be on a short or long-term basis.
INCOME TAX RETURNS
Returns are prepared for individuals in lower tax brackets. Volunteers receive training via webinars from Canada Revenue Agency.
Repairs could include small carpentry, electric, plumbing, and painting jobs when a job is too small for a paid worker, where advice is needed or when a client cannot afford paid help.
Small gardening jobs including mowing, weeding, pruning, and digging when a client cannot afford paid help.
Activities include swimming, packing and unpacking, moving small furniture, mending/sewing, tutoring, cards, chess, crib, scrabble, assisting with babies, children, and teenagers etc.