As a Friendship Volunteer you will help newcomers adjust to life in Canada, lend support, help with language barriers, and introduce newcomers to the community. Being a Friendship Volunteer may involve:
• Taking newcomers on walkabout tour of the community (maps and instructions provided)
• Accompanying newcomers to appointments (for example, to the doctor or dentist)
• Helping newcomers access community services (for example, going to the OHIP office or applying for a SIN card)
• Explaining how things work in Canada (for example, renting an apartment or choosing a school)
• Telling newcomers about recreation and other opportunities in the area
• And more!
The need for Friendship Volunteers varies considerably from month to month. Some newcomers may only require a little assistance over a short time, while others may require help in different areas over an extended period. Being a Friendship Volunteer is a great way to make a real difference in someone’s life. Friendship Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, open to learning about new cultures and willing to share a knowledge and appreciation of Canada.