Volunteering with the Senior Task Force
It’s been heartwarming that many Bramptonians want to volunteer to support our seniors during COVID-19 crisis. At this time, we are not accepting volunteer requests for the Seniors Task Force. As opportunities become available, we will post the details and requirements on this page.
To the many volunteers that supported so far, many thanks! Read below what some of them had to say.
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.