Thanks a MILLION for all that you do!
VON Greater Kingston would like to thank our dedicated volunteers, whether you have been with us for a short time or for many years, we appreciate each and every one of you.
VON Greater Kingston is committed to caring for individuals through a growing variety of health and community support programs. Residents of the Greater Kingston area have relied on VON since 1897 to assist them to remain at home, independent and active in their communities. As the demand for VON’s services continues to grow, so does the need for new volunteers. Volunteers are central to VON’s mission. Working in partnership with staff, volunteers assist in the development, implementation and delivery of services that strive to meet the changing needs of the community. VON coordinators consider the strengths, interests and availability of each volunteer and match them to the position best suited to that individual. Volunteers are supported with role specific training and education so that they feel confident and comfortable with their volunteer responsibilities. Volunteering with the VON allows people to maximize their current skills and abilities, while introducing them to exciting, new opportunities. SMART (Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together)® volunteers donate their time and energy to ensure that older adults in the community are provided with a safe and fun exercise program with a social component. SMART exercise classes promote fitness, health and independence among class participants. Without volunteers, the Meals on Wheels program in the City of Kingston would not exist. A group of committed volunteers deliver approximately 600 meals in the course of a week on 38 different routes, to all areas in the City of Kingston. Each route requires approximately a 2.5 hour time commitment and entails delivering meals on a mapped route to people who may have difficulty preparing hot, nutritious food for themselves. The volunteer delivering the meal provides a friendly face and an informal safety check, ensuring that the client is home and doing well. Meals on Wheels volunteers enjoy the flexibility of being able to choose the day(s) of the week they would like to deliver meals. Volunteers can choose to commit to a regular, weekly schedule, or simply agree to be available on an as-needed, call-in basis. The Stroke Services Support Program involves people with stroke volunteering to assist other stroke survivors by sharing their knowledge and experience. Trained volunteers facilitate the “Living with Stroke” learning series and they also visit other survivors in hospital and in the community. The volunteers also provide support to the survivor’s family and/or caregiver(s) to sustain hope and assist with the adjustments to day to day living that many people face following a stroke. Volunteer Transportation drivers play an integral role to many older adults who are dependent upon community transportation. The VON’s dedicated drivers caringly provide the extra attention that is sometimes required to get clients to and from medical and other appointments. Drivers have expressed that they enjoy meeting new and interesting people and also that they feel their time is appreciated by both the VON coordinators and the clients they serve. Office volunteers provide their expertise in supporting all programs in a clerical role by assisting with various office tasks, including sourcing information for educational sessions and making reminder phone calls for client appointments. If you would like to donate your time, talent and skills to any of the VON programs please call 613-634-0130.