Volunteering with the Senior Task Force
Are you available to help seniors?
It’s heartwarming that many Bramptonians want to volunteer to support our seniors during COVID-19 crisis.
If you want to help the City of Brampton and your community, please contact us so we can use your services where they are most needed. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
All volunteers must:
- Be under the age of 65;
- Be in good health. No recent travel outside of Canada within the past 30 days; and
- Be required to have a valid vulnerable sector police check and provide us with a copy. If you would like to volunteer, but do not have a police check, we may be able to assist with this. Please email us at email@example.com
For others who are willing to help but do not have clearance certificate, here’s what you can do:
- Sign up with Spark Ontario for volunteer opportunities to support seniors, people with disabilities and other Ontarians requiring assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Check in on the seniors in your family and neighbours, and help them do online orders for groceries and other essentials.
- If you are unable to help or get support for family members and neighbours who are seniors and should they need help, refer them to the City. They can call 311 or you can send us an email on their behalf to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What our Volunteers Say
Konadu Yiadom, student at Sheridan College in the Community and Justice Program and full-time Machine Operator at Weston Foods
It is my desire to give back to my community in times of crisis and when my help is needed. When the COVID 19 pandemic was declared, I was looking for a way to help our seniors and those most vulnerable in our society, then I found out the City was looking for volunteers to help with deliveries. So, I called the City and sent an email to enquire about volunteering. I was guided through an interview, training and screening process. The seniors I have delivered groceries to over the past weeks are very grateful and thankful. They appreciate the City’s efforts in supporting them in this difficult period. Most of them are very friendly and want to talk. From a safe distance, some will ask where I’m from and what I do. Some like to talk about their life experiences and family life and children, their memorable vacations. Most also advise me to stay safe in the face of the pandemic and follow the health advice on social distancing and personal hygiene. Volunteering is a great opportunity to give back to our community. Its heart warming and it is a great opportunity to engage in the community.
Sushil Ninawat, 57, Delivery Supervisor at Canada Post Corporation
I was following COVID-19 pandemic stats and realized how the global community is suffering, and I wanted to get involved and help out - a little help can be vital for anyone. I remember one delivery where I called a senior to come receive his grocery delivery. The person came into his lobby in a wheelchair apprehensively. I introduced myself, reassured him and asked him to stay inside, and explained him that because of physical distancing, I would place the groceries on a bench and step away so he could safely pick them up. The gentlemen came out, picked up his groceries, checked everything, and was satisfied and smiling when he said “Everything is perfect, thank you!” I got back in my car and felt so good internally, I can’t even explain! By volunteering, you can learn new skills, feel a sense of purpose, feel connected to others, feel fulfilled, and much more.
Pearl Quan, 50, Self-Employed Education Consultant (Corporate Trainer)
I wanted to help seniors, who I know in these times are not comfortable in being in public places. I also wanted to be able to give back to the community. I got involved by sending an email to the City when the Task Forces were forming. I chose the Seniors Support Task Force because I like working with seniors. I remember in one delivery, I did not get to see the client, just a blue glove coming out of the door to take her cart that I had filled with groceries. I would say to others that it is a great way to give back to the community in these uncertain times. Of course, you do want to make sure that you are healthy, too.