We have many volunteer opportunities available for you to give back to your community. Read below about the available postings — there’s something for everyone!
To become a volunteer at The Dale, please call Volunteer Services at (716) 433-1886. Your time is a precious gift. Thank you!
Friday night Bingo is the biggest fundraiser we do here at The Dale Association with proceeds going to programs and services for the elderly. Our Bingo volunteers help set up, then either sell tickets, call numbers or handle the cash payouts, and then we all work as a team to clean up afterwards. Work once a month or more from 5:30-9:30 pm.
C.A.R.E.: Call And Reassure Elders, is a free telephone reassurance program. As a trained volunteer, you will place a phone call on a regularly scheduled basis to seniors who are in need of someone to touch base with them to ensure their well-being and/or to have a friendly conversation. This ‘job’ is done from the comfort of your own home or office.
Do you have a safe driving record? Our Dial-A-Lift service picks members up at their homes on Monday-Friday mornings and brings them into The Centre, providing a return trip home after lunch. Our Dale mini-van and gas are provided. You choose your day and hours!
If you have a safe driving record, and enjoy helping others, please consider becoming a driver for a new transportation service for older adults enrolled in our Vision Impaired Program. Low vision participants need transportation to doctors appointments, grocery stores and community services during the week. Volunteers are asked to dedicate 4 hours per week driving our agency mini-van.
Cable TV Volunteers:
Our Cable TV volunteers receive training on camera operation, studio production and editing for our weekly cable show, “Discovering The Dale Association”. We tape on Thursdays throughout the year. It only takes an hour and you’ll be amazed at how fun it can be!
Sewers and Candy Makers:
Our Monday Sewers (9:30 am); and Tuesday Candy Makers (9:30 am) are two very friendly groups of volunteers who welcome new people to help them. Sewing projects range from baby blankets and bibs, dish towels to walker bags – all donated to local charities. Candy is made September through May and is sold in the Centre, earning The Dale Association money towards programs and services.
If you enjoy doing office work, our front desk volunteer job could be right for you. There are visitors to greet and assist, phones to answer and classes and trips to confirm. We also appreciate helpful and friendly volunteers to help us with our bulk mailings throughout the month.
Memory Minders Program:
Volunteers in our Memory Minders Program assist adults with mild memory loss on Mondays or Fridays (from 10:00 am-2:00 pm) in our senior centre. Together, volunteers and program participants bake, reflect, garden, learn, laugh, socialize, eat lunch, create and provide peer support to one another.
Intergenerational Programs enhance learning! If you enjoy working with children, for just a few hours a month, any of the Inter-generational Programs (HISTOP, Pen Pals, Reading Program) we have can be very rewarding. School-age children throughout the Lockport City School District enjoy the interactions they have with our very special volunteers. Their parents and educators appreciate the values and information shared.
We are Pen Pals with two first grade classes at a local elementary school and we write to each other five times a year. At the end of the school year, we meet for a party.
On Thursday afternoons each week throughout the school year our volunteers sit with second graders from a local elementary school. We read with them and help the students to become better readers.
HISTOP or History Sharing Through Our Photographs, is a Dale Association program in which senior volunteers interact with fourth graders from Lockport area elementary schools.
Senior volunteers spend 1 to 2 hours a month volunteering in this program. Some of the senior volunteers form teams and visit a school each month. The following week the fourth graders visit the Centre and bring their own pictures and memorabilia to share with the group of Senior HISTOP volunteers.
Arts and Crafts:
Do you have a special talent for creating arts and crafts? If so, please consider sharing your talent by teaching a class at our Social Centre. Our members and visitors enjoy DIY projects that they can take home to enjoy.
If you are interested in joining us as a volunteer, or learning how your students can partner with The Dale Association, please contact us at (716) 433-1886.
If you would like further information about volunteer opportunities here at The Dale, please give us a call at (716) 433-1886. We have meaningful activities for all!