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The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION -

Se­niors

• De­liv­er­ing food for an or­ga­ni­za­tion for which vol­un­teers de­liver hot

meals to se­niors to help them main­tain their in­de­pen­dence. • Trans­port­ing and ac­com­pa­ny­ing se­niors to ap­point­ments or run

ning er­rands for them. • Fa­cil­i­tat­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in se­niors’ cen­tres: fit­ness ses­sions, arts and crafts work­shops, bingo, In­ter­net skills, so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties, and recre­ational and cul­tural out­ings.

Chil­dren

• Giv­ing time at day cares, camps, schools, museums, com­mu­nity

cen­tres, etc. • Pro­vid­ing com­pany for chil­dren at hos­pi­tals and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen

tres. • Fa­cil­i­tat­ing cul­tural and recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties. • Men­tor­ing chil­dren through or­ga­ni­za­tions such as Big Brother/Big

Sis­ter. • Shar­ing skills and time at re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tres for young of­fend­ers. • Do­ing ac­tive lis­ten­ing, coun­selling, and in­ter­ven­tions. • Work­ing with home­less youth. • Tu­tor­ing chil­dren who need help in school.

Women

• Giv­ing time at women’s em­ploy­ment, health, or ref­er­ence cen­tres. • Do­ing ac­tive lis­ten­ing or shar­ing spe­cific skills at day cen­tres or shel

ters. • Of­fer­ing all kinds of aid to sin­gle moth­ers, home­less women, or sex

ual as­sault vic­tims.

Hos­pi­tals

• Vis­it­ing el­derly res­i­dents in ex­tended care fa­cil­i­ties. • Staffing snack bars, cafe­te­rias, gift shops, and es­cort­ing pa­tients to

ap­point­ments. • Pal­lia­tive care: ac­com­pa­ny­ing ter­mi­nally ill pa­tients, com­fort­ing

and of­fer­ing moral sup­port to fam­ily mem­bers.

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