Volunteers Needed – Join our team

You have come to the right place to learn about the volunteers needed at the community Wellness Centre. Volunteering is an opportunity to get so much more than you give. As a Wellness Centre volunteer, you can meet new people, share your experience and learn from others, and help enrich our clients’ quality of life. This volunteering truly makes a difference.

Who would you like to volunteer to help?

I would like to help where help is needed most

  • Transportation – Driving seniors to medical appointments is our most urgent need. Volunteers needed who can drive and have a vehicle. If you do not drive, your guiding arm would still be welcome to assist a senior using adapted transportation services (STAC). We can reimburse you for your travel expenses.  See training opportunities and our video here.

I would like to help families with young children

  • Childcare – Preparing a child to start kindergarten is important. Volunteers look after children aged four years and under so that their parents can take a workshop on this subject. It also provides a chance for parents to meet others, fostering a supportive network of English-speaking families. Your role is to help keep children safe, secure and occupied while they are at the centre.
  • Take-a-Break Drop In – This twice-monthly activity helps reduce the isolation of English-speaking families living in the area. You work as part of a team to look after children (under five years of age) in order to give parents a break from the stress of parenting and a chance to exchange with other parents. Volunteers needed on Friday mornings from November to May.
  • Travellin’ Toddler Time – Many English-speaking families in the area have no grandparents living near by. This activity helps reduce isolation by creating bonds between toddlers and seniors while promoting reading. Creative volunteers needed to read stories, sing songs, help organize crafts and snacks, and assist the seniors in attendance.

I would like to help seniors

  • Friendly Visits – Many older English-speaking adults find themselves alone here in the Quebec City region, family members and friends having long since moved away. You can help ease their loneliness with a cheery chat or visit now and then.
  • Grocery Shopping & Errands – The long aisles of a grocery store can be a huge challenge for some older adults and your steady arm to hold is so reassuring. If you prefer, you can take the list and go on your own. A stop or two along the way for other errands may also be requested, such as to the hardware store or post office.
  • Transportation – Driving seniors to medical appointments is our most urgent need. We need drivers with vehicles, as well as non-drivers. If you do not drive, your guiding arm would be most welcome as you assist a senior using adapted transportation services (STAC). We can reimburse you for your travel expenses. We provide at least 48 hours’ notice for all requests, and you always have the choice to accept or refuse. Even if you can only help out a few times a year, we would be happy to welcome you to the team.  See training opportunities and our video here.
  • Health Promotion Agent – If you are passionate about health and wellness and enjoy reaching out to community members, this volunteer role is for you. The Community Health Education Program (CHEP) shares health promotion and disease prevention information with English-speaking communities across the province through regular teleconferences. You volunteer to bring these sessions that are recorded on DVD to local English-speaking groups or people who were unable to attend the conferences in person.

I would like to help people of any age

  • Chitchat Club – This activity was created in response to requests from the French-speaking community to do volunteer work in English while practicing English. English and French-speakers get together once a month to work to a variety of easy tasks while conversing in small groups. Fun, informal and a great way to make new friends. Francophones, Anglophones and Allophones at all levels are welcome. Read more and sign up for ChitChat Club at our  online sign up page.
  • Community Christmas Hamper Campaign – A true community initiative, this annual food and charity drive helps put food on the table for about 200 households during the holiday season. You can help the hamper campaign in many ways: donate non-perishable food, donate money, sort food, fill hampers, deliver hampers, and more…
  • Community Events – You can help from time-to-time with a community event, such as Be Active Québec’s Move-a-thon, VEQ’s Fall Fest, Family Literacy Day, Jeffery Hale Friends’ Foundation annual golf tournament, and many more. If you enjoy people and hands-on one-time community activities, this is for you!
  • Event Photography – Enjoy being behind the lens? As a photography volunteer, you help capture the spirit of various community events on camera, such as: the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign, Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s Friends’ Foundation events, and Voice of English-speaking Québec’s Fall Fest. These events all promote community belonging and well-being, and sometimes raise funds for various campaigns.
  • Income Tax service – Even people with little or no revenue must file an income tax return. Why? To receive government benefits to which they are entitled such as the GST rebate, old age security and family allowance. If you enjoy working with numbers then this volunteer job is for you. You will receive online training and have access to tax software free of charge.
  • SNACS Special Needs program – The SNACS program offers many inclusive activities for children, teens and young adults with special needs, as well as for their caregivers. Being a volunteer buddy to such a child gives them a chance to interact socially and learn valuable life skills, while providing respite to their parents.

How to reach us

To join our dynamic team of volunteers, please fill out the application form below and send it to our Volunteer Coordinator as indicated on the form. If you are having difficulties or prefer to call, please do so at 418 684-5333, ext.1550.

Perks of volunteering with us

In return for your volunteer time and dedication, we can offer you:

  • A pleasant and safe environment – We provide a well-organized, family-like atmosphere. Wellness Centre’s volunteers are covered by CNESST for workers’ compensation.
  • Proper guidance and training – If you have questions about your job duties, relations with clients, and so forth, our Volunteer Coordinator is always there to guide you and help make sure that your volunteer experience with us is positive. Where applicable to your role, training is offered.
  • An opportunity to share your input on how we can do better for clients, for fellow and future volunteers. We share our volunteer satisfaction report and what we’ve done with your feedback each year.
  • An invitation to our annual volunteer appreciation event – Once a year, we hold a special event to say “thank you” to all of our volunteers. It is a small gesture of recognition for the big way you help members of the community. Watch this thank-you video.
  • A volunteer service record or PREB certificate – We  provide a letter of reference or a PREB certificate, both of which can be a very valuable resource in your employability toolkit. The PREB certificate is a volunteer recognition program based on Employment and Social Development Canada’s National Occupational Classification and recognized nationally by Volunteer Canada.

Volunteers needed elsewhere

Learn about other places where volunteers are needed, such as at Voice of English-speaking Québec’s Volunteer Bank or Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s Get Involved section. These are two main partners in the English-speaking community local public health and social services network. To learn more about paid positions at Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s, please visit the Find a Job page.