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About the Position
Position:
3179 - Knit/Crochet/Needlepoint Volunteer
Organization:
Location:
Mississauga

Goal

MICBA Forum Italia Community Services (Forum Italia) operates a Supportive Housing Program with the purpose of providing Attendant Services to seniors 65 and over in permanent community residential settings when their support service needs require the availability of 24-hour, on-site assistance. The role of any Supportive Housing program is to provide an alternative to Long Term Care facilities while maintaining people’s independence and integration into their communities. Ours is a multicultural initiative that has matured into an established presence, highly regarded in the community that we serve.We have always recognized the challenges that older adults (especially seniors 65+) face in terms of being isolated within their communities, and in feeling genuinely lonely. Such isolation and loneliness often lead to physical and emotional health issues that seriously compromise a senior's enjoyment of life.With COVID-19 vaccination available, together with more relaxed COVID-19 Safety ProtocolsMICBA hopes that volunteers will return to 'in person' programming with seniors who are most in need of even occasional, hopefully regular, 'social interaction'. 


Description

Knit One, Purl One! That will be the mantra stuck in your head as you work on knitting the finest scarf ever made! Offer your expertise and join for knitting, crocheting and even needlepoint and get ready to create a masterpiece.

VOLUNTEER RESPONSABILITIES

  1. Sign in in volunteer office, sanitize hands and take attendance sheet
  2. Sanitize all tables with use of gloves and wipes upon arrival 
  3. Wash your hands in kitchen after removing gloves. Please refer to handwashing procedure posted at sink
  4. Prepare and organize all knitting equipment 
  5. Remind and recruit residents to participate (names and rooms numbers on sheet)
  6. Introduce yourself and current project 
  7. Confirm resident have or distribute all needles and materials
  8. Volunteer to assist residents to complete desired project
  9. Socialize with residents as they work and spend time with each resident
  10. Remind the residents what to bring for next class
  11. Clean up all material and needles
  12. Slide attendance sheet under the Volunteer Coordinator door
  13. Sign out in the volunteer office 
  14. Please sanitize your hands on the way out at exit

PLEASE APPLY AT YOUR EARLIEST OPPORTUNITY. Easily access the MICBA online volunteer application process by creating a volunteer 'profile' with Volunteer MBC, then 'click' the yellow box 'Apply Now!', (above). You may also access the website directly (see Social Media, below). Thank you!


Benefits

Wonderful opportunity to make a meaningful difference in a senior's life + Be part of a growing group of volunteers who recognize that isolation and loneliness among our seniors is preventable through programs + Enjoy the chance to be a friend, make a friend + Learn and benefit from a senior's life experience(s) + 'Network' with seniors, their families and friends in your local community + If you are considering a career in geriatric care, this role is an excellent opportunity and can add to your resume


Qualifications

  • Solid oral/written ENGLISH
  • MICBA also seeks volunteers with fluency in Italian, as well as several additional languages (Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, Croatian, Italian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese), given the cultural diversity of our seniors!
  • You readily identify with seniors (older adults 65+), their capacities, needs, preferences, and any disabilities that they may be challenged with
  • Friendly, engaging, empathetic, ready and willing to make new friends
  • You're able to commit to a volunteering engagement of at least 6 MONTHS, on a WEEKLY BASIS (see TIME COMMITMENT, below)
  • Ability to strictly observe COVID-19 Safety Protocols and the requirements of the 'role' (see DESCRIPTION, above)
  • Experience assisting seniors in their daily living, health and wellness is welcome, but not required
  • Online 'customer service' training re. persons with disabilities >AODA: https://accessforward.ca/newado/csstandardmodule
  • Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination
Min Age: 18   
Police Check: Not required   
Resume:Not required   
Driver's Licence: Not required   
Proof of Vaccination: Required


Time Commitment
This is a Long Term (More than 6 months) commitment starting 2022-12-01
Shifts are available Anytime

Training

ORIENTATION onsite is required (approximatly 1.5 hours long). This will include: Forum Italia policies review, documentation to be signed, facility tour, and volunteers will take home our volunteer handbook and an information package.



 


More Details
Areas of Interest: Sports & Recreation, Senior Support
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible washroom, Wheelchair Accessible Parking, Fully Accessible Workplace
Ideal for: Individuals, Older Adults



How to Contact
Send an Email Message
Social Media
http://www.micba.com
https://www.facebook.com/MICBA-Forum-Italia-Community-Services-1799122810364251/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuVho7A2e4lcLNXysM71axQ
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