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Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering your time and skills with The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County!
It is only with the help of volunteers that we can meet the rising demand for outreach and support of individuals and their families living with dementia. We strive to find the best match for your interests and talents and to provide a fulfilling and enriching volunteer opportunity for you.
WHEN YOU VOLUNTEER WITH THE DEMENTIA SOCIETY, YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO:

Help make life better for those living with dementia
Help improve the quality of community life
Support a cause that you believe in
Work with other team members to achieve a specific goal

VOLUNTEERING HELPS YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR OWN LIFE:

Use your professional skills in a new setting
Meet other people who share your interests and passions
Learn new skills and discover new talents
Advance your career or gain experience and qualifications for future employment, scholarships, bursaries and academic programs
Build your network and establish contacts in your field of interest
Boost your health and reduce your stress
Have fun! 

Ongoing and short-term Volunteer Opportunities

Long-term or ongoing volunteer opportunities are ideal for those interested in becoming part of a community committed to raising awareness about dementia and improving the quality of life for people living with dementia and their caregiver, but we also have opportunities for those who prefer a short-term time commitment.

Volunteers in ongoing roles with the Dementia Society are active representatives in the community, offering their talents and expertise to deliver presentations, facilitate support groups, and provide direct support to DSORC’s educational and social programming. Below are some areas where you may wish to get involved.

Ongoing:

  • Take a Break, Make a Connection Program
  • Support Services
  • Educational and Recreational Programs
  • Office Administration
  • Fund Development

Short-Term:

  • Education and Recreational Programs
  • Communications and Office Administration
  • Event Planning and Management

If you are interested in volunteering with the Dementia Society, please complete the form below as a first step in the application process.

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Take a Break, Make a Connection

The Dementia Society is pleased to be offering virtual, remote, and socially distanced solutions in an effort to continue providing support to caregivers and persons living with dementia while we are not able to do so in a pre-COVID-19 model.

Volunteers play a crucial role in this program, from providing meaningful social interactions to persons living with dementia, to facilitating a break for caregivers. Visits are virtual or by telephone, and we are exploring safe socially distanced visits as well. As a volunteer, you receive training and guidance to prepare for this important role and are matched with a client based on aligning schedules, language, and interests. Visits are typically 20 minutes to 1 hour on a weekly basis, and are on a variety of platforms such as the phone or Zoom, depending on the client’s preference and capabilities. The activities that make up these visits can vary, from simply chatting, listening to music, reading out loud, or sharing photos as examples.  Whichever the activity, you will find this to be a rewarding and meaningful experience. 

We’re looking for passionate volunteers who can commit to this program for a minimum of six months with these qualifications and skills:

  • Tech-savvy, with the ability to independently troubleshoot minor technical issues
  • Access to reliable to both internet and email
  • Patience and compassion when working with others who are not tech-savvy
  • Professionalism and a positive disposition with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Compassion, understanding, and awareness of dementia
  • Reliable: able to honour scheduled commitments
  • Discretion: must maintain confidentiality of all participants
  • A valid (within last 6 months) Vulnerable Sector Check is required for this role, which we help facilitate in the recruitment process

If you’re interested, we’d love to hear from you! Please submit an application using the form below, or contact us at volunteer@dsorc.org if you have any questions about this opportunity.

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