Volunteer with Us
Volunteers are the heart of Oak Bay Volunteer Services. Our volunteers are dedicated members of the community who enjoy giving back in a variety of ways, making lasting impacts in the lives of our clients. We are always looking for talented, compassionate individuals to join our team and pride ourselves in creating an enriching experience for all who volunteer with OBVS.
Volunteers receive training and a welcome orientation, are provided with learning opportunities to grow their personal and volunteer knowledge, and have opportunities for fellowship with other volunteers at events and celebrations hosted throughout the year.
Volunteer opportunities include:
Volunteer drivers are a crucial part of our volunteer team. As our most popular service, drives insure a client can get to a much-needed medical appointment, purchase groceries, and attend recreational activities to aid in independent living. Volunteer drivers are on a roster and are utilized based on their availability. This is our most flexible volunteering option and is the role for individuals who like to travel or require flexibility due to other obligations.
Requires: An insured vehicle with a minimum $3 million third-party liability insurance (recommended) and the submission of a BC Driver’s Abstract.
Volunteer visitors provide regular companionship in the comfort of the client’s home. Whether chatting over tea or playing a game of cards, volunteers have the opportunity to bring a friendly smile to someone living alone to brighten their day. Visits are an ongoing service to ensure a continuity of care for the client and the opportunity to build a lasting relationship.
Walks or Wheelchair Pushes
Volunteer-supported walks or wheelchair pushes promote active aging and a connection to community. Walks are a weekly ongoing service to help build a rapport between client and volunteer.
Social and Reassurance Phone Calls
Phone volunteers provide regular social phone calls, as well as reassurance phone calls that insure the safety of a client who lives alone. Reassurance phone calls follow an emergency protocol to insure the well-being of a client is maintained and should an emergency arise, a plan is in place to help that individual get the care he or she needs.
Requires: A personal phone.
Reading and Writing
Volunteers assist clients by reading books, mail and any visual materials that can be a challenge. Volunteers also provide writing support by filling out forms and other documents.
Helpline volunteers are the first point of contact for the organization. Volunteers provide phone assistance to clients looking to access services, and provide information and referrals to the public. This role is hosted in our office where Helpline volunteers become an integral part of the operations of OBVS.
Income Tax Program
We participate in CRA’s Community Volunteer Income Tax Program and process tax returns for clients who have a financial status within the lowest tax bracket. Volunteers prepare and file tax returns on behalf of clients, assisting to insure all slips and information are accurately submitted.
Requires: A computer with Windows OS, internet access and a printer
Minor Home Repairs
Volunteers provide minor home repairs to address simple household issues should a client not have the financial means for a paid handyperson. Repairs can include small carpentry, electrical, plumbing and painting jobs.
Requires: A basic knowledge of home repair and the necessary tools to complete a job.
Computer support volunteers help clients learn how to use a device or assist with installing software. This service is for minor computer support for those who need assurance and guidance with using and maintaining technology.
Requires: General computer knowledge and competencies.
Packing and Sorting
Volunteers assist clients with light household packing and sorting. This service can be utilized as a result of downsizing a home, re-organizing a closet or other organizing needs.
Volunteers with green thumbs provide one-time or short term jobs to help maintain a client’s garden and grass should the individual not have financial means for a paid gardener. Services include weeding, pruning and mowing.
Requires: A basic knowledge of gardening and the necessary tools to complete a job.