Volunteering at Miriam Home and Services is a stimulating and rewarding experience. Volunteers play an invaluable role on the Miriam Home and Services team, participating in many of our activities and programs.
As a volunteer you make a difference. You have a direct impact on the lives of the people you are working with. And because we believe in matching our clients and volunteers according to interests, needs, and skills, you get to do what you do best!
A number of our programs welcome volunteers interested in working with the people we support. Check them out below to see what sounds interesting to you.
Our Drop-In Centre—also known as the Supper Program—provides weekly dynamic and fun social activities for our adult clients. The centre, located in the Town of Mount Royal, offers a great experience for volunteers (including small groups and families) looking to be part of a group.
Our Community Homes program offers volunteers the chance to spend time in a local group home where they can spend casual time with our clients helping them prepare meals, playing board games or just getting to know them better. Our community homes are located in the Côte-des-Neiges and St-Luc regions of Montreal.
Our therapeutic recreation programs provide a number of recreational activities for individuals and groups that promote the development of our clients’ physical and social skills. Volunteers help our staff to run structured day programs, which often involve walks and other outings, as well as learning-directed group activities.
Are you interested in gaining more experience working with children who have intellectual disabilities or pervasive developmental disorders like autism? Avidami matches volunteers with special needs children in a residential setting and provides an excellent opportunity to learn more about the field. Volunteers must be between 16 and 30 years of age. Activities, locations and times vary depending on the age and needs of the child.
Friendship program volunteers do everything friends do. Going to the movies, shopping, eating out, or just playing cards… because that’s what friends are for. Individual volunteers are matched with an adult with an intellectual disability, and together they enjoy any number of social activities. Location and times vary according to individual situations.
Best Buddies Program
Our Miriam Home and Services Best Buddies program is affiliated with Best Buddies Canada, a national charitable organization dedicated to enhancing our community through one-on-one friendships between students and individuals with intellectual disabilities. We are the host site for both the McGill and Dawson chapters of Best Buddies. Check out bestbuddies.ca for more information.
Special Events & Holidays
At Miriam Home and Services, we like to celebrate holidays and special events. And we invite our volunteers to take part, lending a hand at the various holiday parties and special events that we host at our Town of Mount-Royal centre.
A Volunteer’s Story: When Danny Met Julie
Miriam Home and Services volunteer Julie gets over her initial jitters and discovers how much Danny has to teach her.
While I could probably write you a book about the relationship that Danny and I formed together, a few words come to mind: meaningful and heartwarming.
When we were originally matched, and Danny was being described to me, I must say that I was a little nervous about his limited speech and mobility. I thought it would be really hard to form a real relationship with someone who couldn't communicate with me in the same way that I communicated with him. Danny definitely proved me wrong – his incredible patience helped to guide my own frustrations in not being able to easily communicate with him.
He makes me strive to be a better person. I try to show more understanding, accepting that things won't always go my way. And I remember to tell people that I love them, and know that patience and empathy go a long way.
Are you interested in joining our team as a volunteer?
- at least 16 years old?
- fluent in English or French?
- dependable and respectful?
- able to commit to Miriam Home and Services for at least three months?
- willing to undergo a police assessment?
- able to provide two references?
If you meet these criteria, enjoy working with people and making a difference in their lives, or if you have any questions, contact Elspeth Sparling in our Volunteer Department:
(514) 345-0210, ext. 146
Join us! It could be the experience of a lifetime.