Working Together

SVCHC’s mission states: “The Seaway Valley Community Health Centre supports the health and wellbeing of local people and our community, working through a team and partnership approach.”

Volunteers are an important part of the SVCHC team. As such, it is recognized that the best way for the Centre to achieve its goals is through the active collaboration and teamwork of salaried staff and volunteer citizens in the community. Working together, the entire team increases its footprint to offer a larger number of programs and services to support the health and wellbeing of local people. In short, the ultimate goal of volunteer services is to provide a rewarding volunteer experience while striving to fulfill the organization’s mission.

Volunteers in Action

How Volunteers Help

Here are some of the ways that volunteers are currently helping to fulfill the mission:

Green Food Box – Increasing access to healthy food to individuals and families

Community Housing Gardens – Gardens skills, education and community empowerment

Balance for Life – Improving strength and balance while providing education to increase independence, safety and a greater sense of wellbeing.

Get W.I.T.H. it! and Wellness Walkers – Walking in a fun safe environment among friends.

Cooking Skills and Nutrition – Preparation techniques and healthy eating

LGBTQ and LGBTQ youth groups – Building Friendships, Advocacy and Empowerment

Chronic Pain and Chronic Disease Self Management – Improving Quality of Life

Social Drop-in – Positive social interaction, friends, conversation and a healthy lunch.

Team 229 – As a first point of contact for Community Health and Wellness programs

Governance – Our volunteer Board ensure that SVCHC is governed by the community it serves.

Volunteer Feedback

The following are a sample of comments collected from SVCHC volunteers in the 2015 annual volunteer satisfaction survey about why they enjoy their volunteer experience:

“There are many aspects I enjoy but the one that stands out is: that team feeling”

“Getting to know people in the community and making new friends”

“The warm welcoming, appreciative staff and volunteers”

“I always feel appreciated and as though my time and support are valued”

“Thank you for allowing me to be part of such an amazing improvement in the health and welfare of the world my children and grandchildren will grow in”

“Building a better community and helping people grow, use their talents, and be happy!”