What services does your organization provide? We have a care home for 236 adults, plus five apaprtment buildings for adults aged 55+ and townhouses for 76 mixed income families and seniors. In all we provide housing for about 1000 people. Besides housing, we strive to provide care and support for our residents and tenants.
Do you have any age requirements? No minimum age. Some toddlers come with their parents. Some well-behaved quiet pets come with their owners to volunteer.
Do you require language proficiency other than in English? We have care home residents who speak a variety of languages. English is our common language, but other languages are appreciated.
What time commitment(s) are you expecting from a volunteer? 4 month minimum commitment. We prefer longer-term volunteers.
Are there any other requirements for being a volunteer? We require criminal record checks for all volunteers. We will help you obtain this after you have attended our volunteer orientation. The volunteer orientation is usually held once a month on a weekday evening. for screening we require the completion of a volunteer application including two personal references, attendance at a volunteer orientation, a criminal record check and an interview.
Are there any specific skills and experience required? Patient, Kind, Caring, Reliable, Responsible.
What type of volunteer positions are typically available? Volunteers typically needed for music, art, bingo, bus trips, fitness programs, entertainers, visiting, computer tutoring, special events, games, Church, nail care, Boutique cashier and more.
Is there any training provided for volunteers? At the volunteer orientation we discuss socializing with seniors, hearing impairment, sight impairment, cognitive impairment, wheelchair safety and more. Volunteers are also given specific training for their specific assignment.
What are the typical volunteer activities occurring at your organization? Helping elders to get from one room to another for specific activities. Helping elders to combat loneliness and boredom. Encouraging elders to keep active - physically and mentally.
How will a person benefit from volunteering with New Vista Society? Learn new skills, make new friends, feel good about doing something special for others, letter of reference after completing 40 hours of service, free tea, coffee or juice while volunteering.
Do you accept high school students? Yes, but they must complete a minimum of 40 hours of service to get credit.