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Renfrew centre for seniors and adults with disabilities looking for volunteers

An increase in demand from clients at the Renfrew and Area Seniors’ Home Support is what's driving the need for more volunteers, the service says.
Seniors are encouraged to wear their favourite hats to the Hats Off to Seniors lunch and celebration on June 7.
Seniors are encouraged to wear their favourite hats to the Hats Off to Seniors lunch and celebration on June 7.

An organization that provides programs and services to seniors and adults with disabilities is seeing an increase in demand – and with it comes a need for more volunteers. 

Nikki Rumbelow from the Renfrew and Area Seniors’ Home Support says volunteer drivers are needed to pick up and drop off clients.

“We already had a great need for volunteer drivers at the Renfrew Agency,” Rumbelow told The Sam Laprade Show on Friday, June 17. “The call volume from our clients has greatly increased, so we were already actively seeking new volunteers. But also just recently, for various an understandable reasons, we lost quite a few of our regular drivers. So we’re looking for ever more right now.

“The need has become quite a bit more urgent.”

Rumbelow says the service will work around the volunteer’s schedule and volunteers decide how much time they’d like to give.

Volunteer drivers are fairly compensated for the wear and tear on their vehicle, as well as for gas. 

“Our drivers find the role really rewarding. They get a lot out of it just from helping people, working with the community and meeting lots of people as well,” Rumbelow added.

Other volunteer opportunities include friendly visiting, grocery or meal delivery, admin roles, or help with fundraising events.

There are also a handful of paid roles, such as home maintenance like house cleaning and yard work.

With all volunteer roles, a police check is required and there’s an application process. 

Applications can be picked up at the agency’s office or interested applicants can reach out to the organization. 

Listen to the full interview with Nikki Rumbelow below:

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