Get Involved

Our organization is always on the lookout for devoted individuals or groups who are looking to lend a hand by sharing their skills, talents, and time with us.

Volunteer Opportunities

Last year, our volunteers generously contributed over 7000 hours of service to our centre in a myriad of ways. A few hours a week or month is all it takes to make a difference in your community! Put your talents and skills to work and enrich your life as part of our team!

General Opportunities

We offer individuals the opportunity to volunteer once, weekly, or on a monthly basis.

Students

We provide stagiaire students with experience in many facets of the organization.

Corporate & Groups

Come with your colleagues, family, and/or friends to enjoy volunteering together.
General Positions
Due to COVID-19, our volunteer opportunities focus on ensuring our members have access to essential services and stay connected. Many of these positions can be fulfilled from the comfort of your own home. 
Covid-Prevention Ambassador

Are you outgoing and sociable? Do you want to play a role in helping reduce the spread of Covid-19?

Come help by being our Covid-19 Prevention Ambassador!

As an ambassador, you will help others stay safe and healthy by greeting them and making sure that they are well informed!

Some of your duties will be to help make sure that members and non-members who enter the Centre are screened for Covid symptoms and are made aware of our policies to prevent the spread of this virus. Other duties will be to ask members to disinfest, provide disposable masks, provide information, provide screening and help members fill out the registry.

Schedule: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday (three-hour shifts)

If you are interested, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Melissa, at melissam@theteapot.org!

Handyperson Volunteer

Where: At-home repairs for seniors living in ​Lachine, LaSalle, and/or Dorval.

Do you enjoy repairing things? Can you change a light-bulb or two?

Our handyperson volunteer will help our members with maintenance and repairs with the goal of empowering members with independent living. The volunteer will help with changing light bulbs and fire detectors, installing A/C, paint jobs, minor plumbing, electrical work, as well as gathering supplies. Will be reimbursed for mileage!

Weekly Grocery Calls

Schedule: Weekly, Mondays to Thursdays

Where: This is a remote position that can be carried out from home

Every week, volunteers call nearly 60 individuals or couples from Lachine’s 50+ community to take down their weekly grocery orders.

Volunteers are provided with a list of names to call at a pre-established time between Tuesday and Thursday (by noon at the latest), and orders can be transcribed directly into a template found in Google Docs.

Bilingualism is an asset, as is a familiarity with the items and brands typically carried in local supermarkets.

Reassurance calls

Either weekly, biweekly, or every three weeks at a pre-established time.

This is a remote position that can be carried out from home/at a distance

Do you love to chat? In the wake of the pandemic, many members of the 50+ community have begun to feel the psychological and social toll that isolation can take.

Our reassurance calls ensure that anyone who could use a short, light conversation to pass the time or feel connected to another person is able to access this crucial service.

Volunteers are given a list of members who have signed up to receive these calls. Orientation for volunteers is provided in conjunction with our Community Support Services.

Biking Animator

Schedule: This activity will take place for 10  weeks (every Friday),  Sept 24th to November 26th  from 10:00am-11:00am. You must have your own bike and helmet. 

Description: A biking group that meets once a week for a duration of ten weeks in an effort to encourage seniors to stay healthy and safe through cycling. 

Tasks:

  • In collaboration with our organization’s Activity Coordinator, the animator creates a bike itinerary for each group meeting. 
  • Welcome members
  • Explain itinerary and safety regulations (positioning on the road, hand signals, point out pot-holes, etc.) and guide members on the pre-established biking itinerary. 
  • Facilitate a variety of skill levels; ranging from strong riders who simply have not ridden in clubs before to newer riders who are not accustomed to biking for extended periods of time. 
  • Take attendance and provide the Activity Coordinator with feedback.  

 

Skills desired and required: Knowledge of Lachine streets and neighbourhoods, own a bicycle, a helmet. 

Asset: Valid CPR and First Aid certification, previous experience working with older adults is an asset.  Animation and facilitation skills, be self-motivated and be able to work autonomously and as part of a team. 

Bilingualism required (English/French).

Students Placements

Students play an important role within The Teapot. The assistance they provide our centre is truly a help, we are able to do more because of these resources.

Schools that we have partnered with:

  • Concordia University
  • McGill University
  • Dawson College
  • Vanier College
  • PACC
  • CEA – Champlain
  • Lakeside Academy

 

Special Care Counselling/Social Services
SCC and SS students assist our Community Support Services. Depending on how many days you’re with us, you can support us with:

  • Shopping program
  • Reassurance Calls
  • Friendly Calls/Visits
  • Integration Activities
Community Recreation Leadership Training
CRLT students assist our Centre Activities. Depending on how many days you’re with us, you can support us with:

  • Animating weekly activities
  • Developing new programming
  • Developing a special project/event
Applied Human Sciences
AHSC students assist with organizational development. In previous years, projects have included:

  • Developing and implementing impact surveys
  • Facilitating focus groups and World Cafe’s
  • Researching best practices and relevant publications
  • Analyzing information and creating tools to be implemented
Nursing
Nursing students assist our Activity Coordinator with developing information sessions for our members.

Previous workshop topics include:

  • Vitamins
  • Vitamins and Medication
  • Anxiety and Stress Management
  • Healthy Nutrition
Corporate Groups
Our programs, services, and activities are greatly enhanced by our partnerships with local businesses and companies through our corporate volunteering program. Employee-sponsored volunteering is a great way for companies to have a direct impact on their community by sharing their varied skills and talents. The Teapot offers a diverse range of volunteering opportunities for corporate groups of all sizes.
Companies that we have partnered with:

  • Air Canada
  • Cummins
  • Hewlett Packard
  • HSBC
  • L’Oreal
  • MAAX Bath Inc
  • Pfizer
  • Pharmascience
  • Rotary Club of Montreal-Lakeshore
  • UPS