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.

Kingston Whig-Standard - - SPORTS -

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.

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