Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Haro Park Centre! We have approximately 154 residents who can always benefit from contact with people who care about them.
At Haro Park Centre, we have developed a variety of volunteering positions that are intended to work in conjunction with staff in keeping our residents connected. Our volunteers make a difference in the lives of our residents and staff every day. We are a diverse team of volunteers ranging in age from 16 to 86, and a wide variety of backgrounds such as high school students, university students, homemakers, and retirees.
Your Commitment and Qualities
We ask for a minimum 4-month commitment and that you come in to volunteer once a week for approx. 2-3hours each week (a specific day and time will be arranged). Most volunteer positions are available during weekdays.
Minimum age is 16 years.
Volunteer Resources staff can write letters of reference for 40 hours or more of volunteer service.
Qualities of our volunteers include maturity, reliability, excellent communication skills and the ability to work independently. We will make every effort to match your interests and skills with a meaningful volunteer role.
New applicants are asked to provide two school or work references with their volunteer application form, complete the on-line criminal record check, and attend an interview with Volunteer Resources staff. Upon acceptance, new volunteers are required to attend an orientation and “on the job” training with experienced volunteers or staff members and complete the online confidentiality and hand hygiene modules.
Types of Opportunities We Have
The following are some of the volunteering assignments at Haro Park Centre. Not all of the positions have vacancies so please contact Ilse Patterson at 604-687-5584 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss options.
Recreation Assistant – volunteers work with our Therapeutic Recreation Staff in a variety of programs (crafts, bingo, shuffleboard, games, exercise, book club, pub nights, and special events)
Music Therapy Assistant – volunteers work with our Music Therapist, in a variety of programs, to provide our residents with an enjoyable social and therapeutic environment. Musical experience not required.
Musicians – (piano, guitar, violin, etc) volunteers are needed to provide our residents with an opportunity to socialize in a musical environment. (Possible singing, reminiscing)
Haro Hut Clerk – to sell gift shop merchandise to visitors, staff, and residents in order to raise funds for equipment and programs at Haro Park Centre. Volunteer should be outgoing, able to conduct simple bookkeeping, and have good communication skills
Pets Therapy Visiting Volunteer – an opportunity for volunteers and their pets to visit with our residents to provide them with social and emotional support (dogs must be assessed and certified).
Visiting Volunteer – volunteers conduct regular visits with an assigned resident(s) who are in need of social support. A volunteer visitor provides friendship, mental stimulation and increased contact with the community. This helps the resident maintain social skills and helps to decrease the possibility of loneliness and social isolation.
Office Volunteer – to assist staff with a variety of office tasks. Volunteer should have computer skills, be able to work independently,
Rehab Assistant – to assist physiotherapists and to support and encourage residents with individual exercises designed to maintain muscle and bone mass/strength, endurance and joint flexibility. Must be physically capable of pushing elders in wheelchairs.
Fresh Air (walking) Program – volunteers accompany residents who enjoy spending time outside, to walk or be pushed in a wheelchair. This provides an opportunity for exercise and socialization. This is a great opportunity for any future or current physiotherapy/ kinesiology students. Wheelchair training is provided.
Sewing Volunteer – to sew/mend items for Haro Park Centre and their residents.
Library Services Outreach Volunteer – to provide an opportunity for residents of Haro Par Centre to borrow a variety of reading material without needing to go out of Haro Park Centre to the public library.
Special Events Volunteer – to assist staff with monthly special events at Haro Park Centre from birthday celebrations to teas, guest performers, entertainment, and serving at our annual Christmas and New Year’s Day dinners.
Spiritual Care Assistant – to invite and assist residents to attend spiritual services as many are unable to go out into the community.
How to Apply to be a Volunteer
To get started with volunteering at Haro Park Centre, complete the online Volunteer Application form, or print our PDF Volunteer Application form and fax to 604-687-0645, or mail to Volunteer Resources, 1233 Haro Park, Vancouver, BC, V6E 3Y5. We look forward to hearing from you!
Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) Statement
The information you provide on Volunteer application forms is considered confidential by Haro Park Centre and will only be used to manage the application, selection and coordination of volunteers with Haro Park Centre. The information is used for pre-screening, checking references, as well as recording home and emergency contact information. Information from these forms is kept on file by Volunteer Resources at Haro Park Centre for all active volunteers and will be destroyed five years after a volunteer resigns. For those who apply but are not made active, we will keep this information for 6 months. Information on Volunteer application forms is used only by Volunteer Resources.