Volunteer with Us
Thank you very much for your interest in supporting the community with your time and talent!
To ensure the highest level of health and safety for our volunteers and clients during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue to offer services following our Volunteer Health and Hygiene protocols, which employs the use of non-medical face masks, sickness and travel policies, and other hygiene requirements. Additionally, we will now be requesting proof of full vaccination for COVID-19, or documentation supporting a medical or religious exclusion to this requirement, as part of our New Volunteer Intake Process.
To learn more and apply to be a volunteer, contact our Volunteer Coordinator at (250) 595-1034 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shopping and Delivery
For those without assistance from family, friends or neighbours, clients can receive support from a dedicated volunteer who will shop and deliver groceries once a week, along with one prescription pickup from a local pharmacy. This service is also available for food hamper pickups.
Requires: Access to a vehicle
We offer transportation assistance for clients who require drives to medical appointments, recreational activities, to run errands and to shop for essentials. Drives are provided from a client's home to a location in the community and back to ensure each client makes it safely to and from their destination. Vehicles can often accommodate walkers and wheelchairs.
Requires: An insured vehicle with a minimum $3 million third-party liability insurance (recommended) and the submission of a BC Driver’s Abstract
Social and Wellness Check Phone Calls
Phone volunteers provide regular social and well-being check phone calls that ensure the health and safety of a client who lives alone. Phone calls follow an emergency protocol to ensure 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: Access to a telephone and service that will not incur overage charge
Visits - Outside ONLY
Volunteer visitors provide regular visits outside of a client’s home or in an outside communal area. Whether chatting over tea or playing a friendly game of cards, clients have the opportunity to connect with a caring volunteer for companionship.
Please note: This service is currently offered outside of client's home until further notice
Walks in Community
A social walk with a volunteer promotes active aging and a connection to community. Walks are a weekly, ongoing service to help build a rapport between client and volunteer. Volunteers offer a friendly, listening ear while maintaining physical distancing.
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
More Than Meals Program
Delivering fresh, healthy meals can make such a difference in the life of a senior. OBVS is proud to be the Oak Bay agency for the More Than Meals Program - a meal delivery program providing weekly meals to seniors throughout Greater Victoria and the Southern Gulf Islands. Clients receive three fresh, nutritious meals delivered by one of our caring volunteers. Participation is on a sliding scale based on personal income, with low income participants receiving meals at no cost.
Requires: Access to a vehicle
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.