Volunteering

Volunteering is a rewarding way to give back to your community.

Volunteers needed

Below are some of the local groups that need volunteers to help. To post your group's volunteer positions, email the details to Parks and Recreation.

Canadian Red Cross – Volunteer driver

We need volunteers to drive the frail, elderly and/or adults with physical disabilities to and from medical appointments.

Call 519-332-6380 for details or to volunteer.

Canadian Red Cross volunteer driver job description

Friends of Pinery Park – Various positions

We need volunteers for various activities in the Park. Some activities include: dune grass dig, fish fries, Nature Store help and special events.

To volunteer, email fopp@oxford.net and include ‘Volunteer Opportunities' in the subject line.

Grand Bend Community Foundation – Board and committee members

We need volunteers for the Foundation Board and our committee. For details, call 519-238-2190.

Visit the Grand Bend Community Foundation website.

Grand Bend Community Health Centre – Exercise class and walking program instructors

We need exercise class and walking program instructors in Port Franks and Grand Bend. We will provide all training. Call Cindy Maxfield, Health Promoter at 519-238-1556 ext. 231 for details.

Grand Bend Horticultural Society – Gardeners

We need volunteers to help maintain several gardens throughout Grand Bend. For details call Regine Switzer at 519-238-5165 or email gbhort@outlook.com.

Lambton Shores Communities in Bloom – Committee members and special projects

We are looking for committee members and help for ongoing programs like Trash Bash. Visit the Lambton Shores Communities in Bloom webpage for more information.

Lambton Shores Phragmites Community Group – Various positions

We need volunteers to:

Help cut seed heads and stems and spade Phragmites along the shoreline, locate and identify Phragmites, distribute information and to monitor and take pictures. All jobs are weather dependent.

Lambton Shores Nature Trails – Chainsaw operators

We need volunteers who are certified chainsaw operators to fell dead ash trees to help keep trails safe. Call Klaus at 519-243-0123.

North Lambton Community Health Centre – Various positions

Various volunteer positions are available. The North Lambton Community Health Centre webpage has details, or call 519-786-4545 ext. 273.

One Care – Various positions

We are looking for volunteers in the Grand Bend area to support seniors through home visits, as drivers, assisting at the dining program and the day program. Call 1-877-502-8277 ext. 2001 or email ggowanlock@onecaresupport.ca.

Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario – Walk-it event committee members

We need volunteers for the Walk-it event planning committee. For details, contact Steve Hickson at steve.hickson@parkinsonsociety.ca or 1-888-851-7376.

Victim Services of Sarnia-Lambton – Crisis response team

We are looking for volunteers to join our crisis response team. For details visit the Victim Services of Sarnia-Lambton website or call 519-344-8861 ext. 5238.

Recognize a volunteer

There are many ways to thank a volunteer. Check out the list below for some local, provincial and federal volunteer awards.

Local Volunteer Awards

Thank a local volunteer or group through the Lambton Shores Volunteer Recognition Program. Nominations are due June 15, 2018. Council presents the awards annually at the Volunteer Recognition Barbeque in September.

Volunteer Recognition Policy

Volunteer Awards Nomination Form

Community Group Spotlight

This is a monthly recognition program where groups can share the stories of events and projects taking place in the community. Each month, the Lambton Shores Community Connection newsletter features one group's story.

Community Group Spotlight Information Form

Lambton Shores Community Connection Newsletter (PDF)

Other Volunteer Awards

Both the provincial and federal levels of government have award programs in place to recognize volunteers.

Province of Ontario Honours and Awards

Government of Canada Volunteer Awards Program

Resources for volunteers

Volunteer Canada is a national organization that provides leadership and expertise on volunteerism to increase participation, quality and diversity of volunteer experiences. Visit the Volunteer Canada website for more information and resources.

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