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. 
Biking Animator

Schedule: This is a volunteer contract position for 3 weeks (every second Friday), July 16th to August 20th. The group will take place on Fridays from 10:00am-11:00am, in-person. 

A biking group that meets every two weeks in an effort to encourage seniors to stay healthy and safe through cycling. 

Tasks:

  • In collaboration with The Teapot’s Activity Coordinator, create a bike itinerary for each group meeting
  • Welcome members
  • Explain itinerary and safety regulations (positioning on the road, hand signals, pint out pot-holes, etc.)
  • Guide the 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 period of times 
  • Take attendance; provide Activity Coordinator with feedback

Skills desired

  • Required: Knowledge of Lachine streets and neighborhoods
  • Required: Owns a bicycle, a helmet, and proficient cyclist 
  • Asset: Valid CPR and First Aid certification
  • Previous experience working with older adults is an asset 
  • Animation and facilitation skills
  • Self-motivated and able to work autonomously and as part of a team
  • Bilingualism required (English/French)
Walking Animator

Schedule: This is a volunteer contract position for 6 weeks (every Wednesday), July 14th to August 18th. The group will take place on Wednesdays, in-person.

A walking group that meets every week in an effort to encourage seniors to stay healthy and physically active. 

Tasks:

  • In collaboration with The Teapot’s Activity Coordinator, create a walking itinerary for each group meeting
  • Welcome members
  • Explain itinerary and safety regulations (positioning on the road, hand signals, pint out pot-holes, etc.)
  • Guide the members on the pre-established biking itinerary
  • Facilitate a variety of skill levels; ranging from strong walkers who simply enjoy walking with others to newer walkers who cannot walk for extended periods
  • If able, discuss Lachine’s history and heritage during walks
  • Take attendance; provide Activity Coordinator with feedback

Skills desired

  • Required: Knowledge of Lachine streets and neighborhoods
  • Required: Comfortable walking for extended periods
  • Asset: Valid CPR and First Aid certification
  • Previous experience working with older adults is an asset 
  • Animation and facilitation skills
  • Social and able to maintain a conversation with diverse seniors
  • Self-motivated and able to work autonomously and as part of a team
  • Bilingualism required (English/French)
Visual Arts Animator

Schedule: This is a volunteer contract position for 6 weeks (every Friday), July 16th to August 20th. The group will take place on Fridays, virtually.

A group that meets every week in an effort to create different pieces of art based on different mediums (painting, sculpture, sketching) and share a fond interest in the fine arts.

Tasks:

  • In collaboration with The Teapot’s Activity Coordinator, develop a 6-week plan for the group (Teach basic/easy art classes on a different medium each week)
  • Animate a group of bilingual older adults who want to learn a about naturopathy and holistic health (via Zoom)
  • Take attendance; provide Activity Coordinator with feedback 

Skills desired

  • Comfortable making presentations and comfortable using “ZOOM”
  • Interested/background knowledge: Fine Arts or Teaching
  • Bilingual and Social
  • Previous experience working with older adults is an asset
Holistic Health Animator

Schedule: This is a volunteer contract position for 6 weeks (every Tuesday), July 13th to August 17th. The group will take place on Tuesdays at 11:00am-12:00pm, virtually.

A group that meets every week in an effort to come together and discuss a shared interest in naturopathy, holistic health and life coaching.

Tasks:

  • In collaboration with The Teapot’s Activity Coordinator, develop a 6-week plan for the group 
  • Create short PowerPoint presentations or activities for each session
  • Animate a group of bilingual older adults who want to learn a about naturopathy and holistic health (via Zoom)
  • Take attendance; provide Activity Coordinator with feedback

Skills desired

  • Asset: Background in naturopathy, holistic coach, life coach certification, or other background in a relevant field
  • Previous experience working with older adults is an asset 
  • Animation and facilitation skills
  • Knowledge of Powerpoint and ZOOM 
  • Self-motivated and able to work autonomously and as part of a team
  • Bilingualism required
Board Member

The Teapot, a multi-resource centre serving Lachine’s 50+ community, is currently seeking several volunteers to sit on the organization’s Board of Directors.

 Through their involvement with the Board of Directors, volunteers will have a hand in making decisions regarding our organization’s strategic planning, support the development of policies, plan for best practices, and develop funding, networking, and outreach opportunities.

If you are interested in applying for a position on The Teapot’s Board of Directors, please visit our website, www.theteapot.org/join-the-teapots-board/ for the application process by May 14th, 2021.

 

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