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How to volunteer at a retirement home

Volunteering at a seniors home is one of the most fulfilling things you'll ever do. Whether you are a full-time volunteer or you are just there for the summer, you will see the impact of your hard work because you will probably work very closely with the residents.

Ellen Bloom has great memories of her experience volunteering at Baycrest in Toronto despite her really busy life. “I loved listening to residents’ stories. They often had so much to share,” she explained.



“Some residents were lonely. Their families were not always around, so a volunteer spending time with them and talking to them was the best part of their day. Coming home and knowing that the people whom I spent time with were not lonely when I was there was the best part of volunteering.”

Here are some tips to help you find an opportunity as gratifying as Ms. Bloom's:

Becoming a Volunteer:

Finding and Choosing a Home:

What you would be doing:

Seniors homes have many opportunities for involvement, including:

At a Glance:

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