Local Volunteer Opportunities Offer Older People in Niagara a Way to Stay Healthy and Connected

Think volunteering is just a nice thing to do for others? Think again!

Volunteering can be the key to good health.

Research shows volunteering can have a positive impact on social, physical and emotional wellbeing. Older people who remain active and stay connected to their community have reduced stress-related illnesses, higher self-esteem and are less likely to feel isolated. Studies show that older adults who took up an activity were more likely to remain healthy compared with those who continued to be inactive over time.

If you’re looking for volunteer opportunities for yourself, or if you know someone who may be interested, Niagara Health (NH) has several positions available right now. Volunteers are an integral part of our hospitals, devoting their time to help us deliver extraordinary caring to our patients every day. From assisting with meals to working the information desks at all NH sites, volunteers help keep the hospitals running by filling a number of important roles. Volunteers also support the important work of the Niagara Health Foundation and NH Auxiliaries by raising money through Gift Shops, lottery ticket sales, and other fundraisers. In 2016/17, Niagara Health had 850 volunteers working across five sites. Older people make up a large portion of NH adult volunteers. In fact, the average age of NH volunteers is 63.

Whatever your age, interest or skills, there are several volunteer opportunities to consider at Niagara Health. If you’re interested or know someone who is interested in learning more about volunteer positions, please call 905-378-4647, ext. 44630 or email volunteer@niagarahealth.on.ca.

Applications can be completed online here or can be submitted in person at any of the NH sites.

Pauline Carroll
Volunteer Resources Coordinator
Pauline.Carroll@niagarahealth.on.ca

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