The Guelph Wellington Seniors Association (GWSA) is recruiting Volunteers:

The Guelph Wellington Seniors Association (GWSA) which is a not-for-profit, charitable organization is run by volunteers serving approximately 2,600 members in the Guelph-Wellington area. The following areas are recruiting volunteers to join the dynamic teams in supporting the many different activities, programs and services offered by the GWSA.

To apply and to learn more about our programs, services, and values, please visit the Volunteer Page on the GWSA Website.

Computer Mentors: Computer Mentors are needed to assist someone with computer requests. Basic requirements include answering questions and assisting with specific computer problems. Assist with Windows operating system, basic operations of a computer (emailing, browsing the internet, MS Word and handling digital photographs, tablets and smartphones). Volunteers are required for mentoring on Monday’s from 1:00-3:00 in the computer lab at the Evergreen Seniors Centre.

GWSA Assistant Webmaster: An assistant is needed to assist with updating content on the website. Skills required: knowledge of website management; familiar with content website management systems specifically WordPress; able to use website editing tools; and a commitment of up to 4 hours per week.

❃Coffee Volunteers: Two days are available for a coffee volunteer. Every Monday and every other Friday from 8:45-1:15.

If you like a slower pace and working as a team and providing great customer service, this is for you! Tasks: assist the customers with the hot beverages; keep the dinging room clean and tidy; assist with small tasks assigned by the chef. Training is provided.

❃Sentinel Drivers Needed: If you enjoy volunteering once a month and like to drive, the Sentinel team is recruiting volunteer drivers to assist with the Monthly Newsletter delivery. A set route will be provided to you for your delivery at the end of the month. For more information, please contact Becky at the centre.

❃Information Desk: Volunteers needed at the front desk to answer phones, provide tours of the facility and answer questions from members or the community. Positions available include Every other Wednesday afternoon from 12:00-3:45 and every other Friday afternoon from 12:00-3:45.

❃Registration Desk Volunteer: The front desk at Evergreen is currently recruiting for the registration desk. If you like to work as part of a team; provide excellent customer service and work on the computer, this is a position for you. Available days: Monday mornings 8:45-12:15 and every other Wednesday afternoons 12:00-3:45. Temporary position every Tuesday morning 8:45-12:15. Full training is provided.

❃Kitchen Assistance: If you like to work in a team environment, socialize with other volunteers and provide customer service, this might be for you! Assistance is needed in the kitchen to assist with food preparation, serving and assisting with odd jobs from 8:45-1:15 on specific days during the week. For more information, please speak to Chef Jocelynn and complete a volunteer application and return to Becky in the main office.

Garden Fresh Box: A volunteer is needed to assist with the Garden Fresh box pickup day on 3rd Wednesday each month from 11:30-2:30. Work alongside another volunteer and assist community members with gathering their fresh goods.

❃GWSA  Board of Directors: The GWSA wants YOU to join our dynamic Board of Directors. Bring your enthusiasm and leadership strengths and join us in advocating for all SENIORS.  We are a ‘volunteer’ led Board who genuinely love giving back. The opportunities are endless for you and we’ll design a ‘time’ commitment that suits your personal “Freedom after 55” lifestyle. Learn more . . .

GWSA Community Support Services:

❃Volunteer Drivers: Help make a difference to support seniors who have trouble getting out on their own.  The Outreach Program needs volunteers who are willing to use their own car to drive participants between their home and the Program.  The commitment is one half day per month.

❃Feeling Better Move Well: A fitness minded Senior Volunteer who enjoys physical activity is needed to co-lead a group gentle exercise program.  If you are looking for a new challenge, you will deliver a one-hour class once a week at the Salvation Army Citadel on Gordon Street.   A free of charge, full training and orientation program will be provided.

Please contact Maryanne Wilford at 519-837-5665 for more information about any of these volunteer opportunities with Community Support Services (CSS)

2018 Variety Show: The Variety Show Committee is looking for volunteers who are interested in a joining a fabulous team of volunteers.

❃Sound Assistant – A volunteer is needed to assist with setting up the sound for the show. Tasks include:  physically bending, stretching and kneeling to assist with positioning equipment for the sound system; positive attitude; walking and lifting.  The set-up happens on Sun.Nov.25 and Mon.Nov.26 from 9:00 am until completion each day.  From Tues. Nov.27 – Sat.Dec.01, the main sound technician runs everything. The take-down happens on Sun.Dec.02 at 9:00 am.

❃Stage Assistant – Two volunteers are needed to assist the Stage Manager. There will be props, musical instruments, stands and chairs or stools that will be needed to be moved on to or off of the stage throughout the production.  It is a”busy” job.  Please be available daily from Sun. Nov.25 through Sat. Dec.02.

❃Sound Technicians (2 positions): experience working the sound board and working as part of a team.

❃Back Stage Assistance (2-4 positions): Work alongside the Stage Manager during performances; working as part of a team; Assist with props or any organizing backstage.

❃Decorators: Assist on the Monday prior to the show with the decorating of the Auditorium in a Christmas décor.

❃Ushers/Ticket takers/ Greeters/ Snacks: As a team, welcome patrons, assist them to their seats, assist at the intermission show with the sales of snacks and beverages in two designated areas.

Travel Committee:

❃Committee Members:
The Travel Club is looking for new members to assist on the committee with organizing, booking and hosting monthly trips for the GWSA members.

Membership & Marketing Committee:

❃Committee Members:

M&M is looking for two GWSA members to join the creative team for a 2-3 year commitment. If you have good communication skills (written and verbal), enjoy marketing and promotion and being a part of an active team that meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month in the morning, please speak to Becky for more information.

Please speak to Becky in the main office for information on any of the volunteer opportunities shown above. You can reach Becky at 519-823-1291 X 2096. In addition, you can send an email to Becky with any questions about these opportunities using the following contact form. In your message, please indicate which opportunity you are interested in and why.

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Other Volunteer Opportunities Outside of the GWSA

Age Friendly Guelph:

By 2031, Guelph’s population is projected to be 175,000 with 57,000 people over the age of 55. The City’s Age Friendly Guelph (AFG) is recruiting volunteers in the following areas:
– Marketing
– Communications
– Community Outreach
Working Group members are being recruited to assist with the implementation and hands on guiding of the working groups.

Pet Protect Guelph:

Pet Protect Guelph is a pet fostering program to help families staying in a shelter; women exiting domestic violence, or individuals recovering from a medical procedure. The Pet Protect team works to provide a temporary, safe home for pets.

Pet Protect is currently seeking foster homes for pets of all kinds (but especially dogs) as well as volunteers who can help with a wide variety of support services for the organization. For more information about volunteering with Pet Protect Guelph, please visit their website where you can read position descriptions, fill out a volunteer application form and/or donate.

Pet Protect Guelph’s partners include the Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition and Taylor Canines. The project was funded in part by a grant from the Guelph Community Foundation.

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