VON Durham Site, Home and Community Services - “Your Pathway To Hospice Services”

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Join our 250 volunteers across Durham Region and bring comfort and a smile to someone in your community.

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Volunteer with VON Durham and become part of our Community Team!

Volunteers are central to our Mission! They work in partnership with VON Durham staff to develop, implement, and deliver services that meet community needs. Call us, we have a role for YOU! 

Volunteers with VON Durham provide peer-based support both in our offices and in the community. 

VON Durham Volunteers are: 

  • Warm and caring
  • Dependable, patient and trustworthy
  • Good communicators
  • From all walks-of-life
  • Willing to give back to their community through sharing their time and talents 

When you become a VON Durham Volunteer, we will: 

  • Match your strengths, interests, and available time to a volunteer role that is right for you.
  • Give you a clear picture of the position requirements and the training to do it well.
  • Support you in your volunteer role through regular contact.
  • Provide ongoing educational opportunities to assist you in your role, to introduce you to new opportunities and to allow you to connect with other VON volunteers.
  • Give you the care and appreciation you deserve. 

How to Become a Service Volunteer with VON Durham: 

It is as easy as calling or emailing the VON Durham office and expressing your interest in becoming a VON volunteer. We will ask that you: 

  • Complete a confidential application form.
  • Attend an interview with the Volunteer Coordinator and successfully complete our screening process.
  • Participate in training and orientation appropriate to your Volunteer position. 

After completing these steps, you will become involved with a program that suits your interests, skills, and experience.  

How to Become a Community Corporation Volunteer with VON Durham: 

  • Contact the VON Durham office and express your interest in joining the Community Board.
  • Submit a written resume.
  • Attend an interview with the Community Corporation Chair, Board Development representative and VON staff representative.
  • Participate in Community Corporation and/or Committee Member training and orientation.

 

Here is a sample of the exciting volunteer opportunities that may be available to you: 

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The VON SMART©Group Exercise Program

VON SMART©Exercise Programs are led by adult volunteers who receive extensive training, including CPR and First Aid, in order to deliver safe and functional physical exercise classes designed for healthy aging. Exercise groups are offered at locations throughout Durham Region. In addition to regular classes, VON SMART© offers specialty classes for participants living with Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, Mental Health concerns, or who are recovering from a Stroke. Classes generally take place from September to June, and registration is on-going.  

The SMART©Group ExerciseProgram offers functional fitness classes to community members 55+ who wish to improve their strength, balance and flexibility. Exercises can be done sitting or standing, and there are no floor or mat routines. Classes are suitable for active, healthy seniors, as well as those with mobility restrictions, arthritis, osteoporosis, or chronic illness. Emphasis is placed on working at an individual pace. 

SMART©classes are VON-designed, research-based programs providing a safe and effective exercise routine that can assist in maintaining independence, health and well-being. Classes consist of a warm-up, cardio-respiratory exercises, balance work for falls prevention, strength training and stretching. Classes feature great music, and are fun, friendly and free! 

Palliative and Bereavement Client Support

Hospice palliative volunteers must complete 30 hours of training through the Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care and/or Bereavement training prior to being matched with a client. Through one-to-one matches and facilitated group discussion, volunteers provide support to clients living with a life-threatening illness, caregivers, and individuals who are bereaved. One-to-one matches are based on common personality traits, life experiences and availability.  

Bereavement clients and volunteers are matched based on similar loss. If you are interested in becoming a bereavement volunteer then you must have experienced your own significant loss as our bereavement support is based on a peer-support model. 

 

Administrative Support

Administrative volunteers assist during regular business hours at the VON Durham office or other off-site locations. Volunteers assist with filing, photocopying, faxing, bookkeeping, data entry, etc. 

Community Awareness

Volunteers help to promote VON Durham programs and services at local health and information fairs and public events. Volunteers represent VON Durham in the community at-large and are important ambassadors for VON. 

 

Special Events

Throughout the year, VON Durham holds several fundraising events in the community. A ‘Wine and Cheese’ event in the Fall, ‘Beach Ball Gala’ in late Winter, and ‘Hike for Hospice’ services in the Spring, are just three events where volunteers have lent their support. Volunteer assistance is always welcome to make these and other events a success. 

VON Community Corporation (VON CC)

The VON CC provides leadership as a Board at the local site level of VON. People interested in this level of volunteering choose to share their expertise and knowledge to enhance organizational objectives and support the goals of advocacy, strategic development and fundraising to enable VON charitable programs to be delivered locally. The VON CC members generally meet in the evenings on a monthly basis. 

The contributions of VON CC are vital to the success of VON in the local community and across Canada. Community Corporation Directors provide leadership, identify local community needs, and advocate for those needs. They also build partnerships in the community, raise funds, and speak on behalf of VON within the community. As such, these boards carry a major responsibility for developing effective relationships with community partners using a strengths-based approach and working together to build a healthy local community. 

VON Durham Community Corporation

is responsible for raising funds to support our local programs and services. They also participate in a variety of activities promoting community-based healthcare, and advocate on behalf of seniors and caregivers in the region. 

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