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, please complete our online form.

Grand Bend and District Soccer Association - Executive Members

Let 2019 be the year to give back to your community and be involved with our youth!!
The Grand Bend and District Soccer Association is actively seeking to fill all positions on the Executive.

Please visit their website to see the list of positions and use the Contact Us tab to inquire!

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 – Walking program instructors

We need of an instructor for the walking program that takes place at the Lambton Heritage Museum. 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.

Ipperwash Phrag Phighters

Volunteers are a vital part of the group. For a short term commitment, the group will be needing volunteers in late June and late September each year to spade Phragmites on the beach and dunes. High school students are welcome! Anyone looking to become a committee member is also welcome. Please email ipperwashphragphighters@gmail.com 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 – Various Positions

LSNT is growing organization and always looking for volunteers!

Lambton Shores Nature Trails is dedicated to protecting and preserving invironmentally sensitive areas of Lambton Shores and vicinity.

To achieve this we established a network of nature trails in partnership with the owners of these special lands.

LSNT is currently looking for volunteers for the following positions:

  • Trail blazing and clearing 
  • Hike Leaders
  • Licensed chain saw persons

On our Committees we are looking for:

  • Committee Secretary for minutes and agenda
  • Email Newsletter and Social Media 
  • Marketing & Fundraising Group
  • Working with youth programs

Please contact Marilyn Keunecke-Smith 519-518-7229 or marilyns4trails@gmail.com

MS Society - Southwest Chapter Leadership Council

Position Description and Timeline

The MS Society, Southwest Chapter (Lambton, Elgin, Middlesex and south Huron) is recruiting members for our leadership council. While not a governance board, this team of leadership volunteers will help to shape, plan and execute the presence of the MS Society here in our community and support the development and execution of fundraising events, client programs and community awareness.

We are looking for individuals with experience in, and a passion to lead the following areas:

  • Fundraising
  • Research, Programs & Services
  • Government Relations
  • Public Awareness/PR

We are looking for people who are passionate and are able to commit 3-5 hours a month (on average) to making things happen in our MS community.

If you are interested in learning more, apply with your experience, desired area of focus with resume to sarah.mann@mssociety.ca

For more information contact: Sarah Mann, 888.510.7777 ex 3303 or Sarah.Mann@mssociety.ca

MS Society - Event Volunteers

Join our volunteer team!

Purpose: To support ongoing events for the MS Society throughout the year including Pizzafest, Mandarin MS Walk, Carnation Campaign, Bingo, other fundraising!

Responsibilities:

  • Support the ongoing events throughout the year locally including support with promotion, and execution of various events.
  • Plan your own ‘I Challenge’ MS fundraiser! www.ichallengems.ca

Skills:

  • Reliable and punctual
  • Friendly and enthusiastic 
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills 
  • Good organizational skills 

Commitment:
Various throughout the year. We would contact you on a somewhat regular basis to let you know about event opportunities where we need your help! You can choose how your help based on your availability/interest.

Location: Lambton County

For more information contact: Sarah Mann at 519-680-7878 / sarah.mann@mssociety.ca

 MS Society - Mandarin MS Walk Committee Member

Position Description and Timeline

Every year over 40,000 Canadians in more than 160 communities across our country lace up at the MS Walk to raise vital funds for people living with MS.

This family-oriented, community-supported event offers walking routes of varying lengths – including a wheelchair-accessible route – and features start/finish line activities such as inspiring words from MS Ambassadors (people living with MS), entertainment, team awards and more.

Role: Mandarin MS Walk Committee Member - Sarnia

Purpose: Volunteer Committee Members play an important role in the successful planning and execution of the Walk event in their community with the direction, guidance and support of the MS Walk Coordinator and Committee Lead.

Responsibilities:

  • Attend monthly committee planning meetings
  • Support Staff and Volunteer Leads in the strategic planning and executing of the Mandarin MS Walk 
  • Support fellow committee members with their position specific duties 
  • Participate and assist with recruitment, promotion and recognition activities for Walkers/participants 
  • Assist with soliciting local sponsors 
  • Volunteer at local Mandarin MS Walk during set-up, event execution and/or tear-down 
  • Assist with appreciation activities post event for participants and volunteers 

Skills:

  • Reliable and punctual
  • Friendly and enthusiastic 
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills 
  • Good organizational skills 
  • Experience in event management, volunteers, sales or marketing is an asset 

Commitment:
January – April
Approximately 2-3 hours a month from January to March. During April, approx. 6-10 hours per month as the team prepares for the event execution. Event day is approximately 8 hours. This is an introductory position to the Walk committee and has a one-year term with a goal of transitioning to a specific task lead. Event day is Sunday, April 28, 2019.

Location: Sarnia

For more information contact: Sydney Crellin 519.680.7878 | sydney.crellin@mssociety.ca

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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