Front: Do you want to use your people skills? Front line volunteers at The Lending Cupboard receive training to answer client questions and process requests for loans of medical equipment. Your friendly, efficient and compassionate communication skills will help connect people with the medical equipment they need, when they need it.
Back: Want to work behind the scenes? Our back room volunteers receive training to sanitize medical equipment to Provincial health and safety standards. Your work will require bending, kneeling and stretching. And if you’re handy with minor repairs, we can use your skills to keep the equipment functioning smoothly for those who need it.
Time commitment: Volunteers are needed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 9:00am to 4:30pm when The Lending Cupboard is open to the public. Morning and afternoon shifts are available. Only have a few hours? Only available part of the year? We still want to hear from you.
Email us through our contact form.
Volunteers make the Lending Cupboard tick, and here’s what the numbers tell us from last year
“After 5 years of retirement I started looking around for something to do away from my home. After looking at a couple of places to volunteer, I dropped into The Lending Cupboard. I filled out an application and started the following Wednesday. After 8 years I have found the work very rewarding. The management is on top of their game. My fellow volunteers work very hard, whether it be the front line workers, cleaning dept. or the repair shop. I am proud to be a volunteer at The Lending Cupboard. “
“I volunteer at The Lending Cupboard for a number of reasons:
1. Selfishness – I like to feel like I contribute, I like to have fun, I like to meet new people. TLC meets and exceeds all these needs.
2. Ego – I like to feel appreciated. The staff (volunteers and paid) and clients who visit generously demonstrate appreciation for all I/we do. To be honest, its not even hard work – yet I feel like a queen each time I am there.
3. Sweet tooth – I have a sweet tooth and every time I do a shift, there is always LOTS of sweets – the good stuff eg. chocolate cake, licorice, cookies (home made not bought), chips- WOW!
4. It also Lets me be my best. It is scheduled time – but if I cannot do a shift that is okay – I do not have to phone in and pretend I am sick. I just let them know – in my normal voice! Although, it is rare that I do not do a shift – for all the above reasons!
There’s more- but I would really encourage someone to come down and see for themselves what TLC can do for them!! ”
” I volunteer at The Lending Cupboard as I think it is a very worthwhile service to the community. I enjoy the people I get to work with. I also enjoy meeting the public who are very grateful for the service TLC provides.”
“The Lending Cupboard adds a valuable service to the community and it is satisfying to be able to help people with their needs. I enjoy the people I meet and the people I volunteer with, so The Lending Cupboard is an organization that I am pleased to support with my volunteer time. “
“I’ve chosen to donate my time to The Lending Cupboard, it’s a good learning experience and I like helping other people.
Volunteering here made me realize I was making a difference when just sitting with the elders and listening to them. After hearing them talk about their problems I just want to get up and hug them, or cry with them.
My advice to others – Come and try it out, it’s a good experience and you will meet lots of new people”
“After retirement I needed to fill my time and felt that volunteering for something that interested me would be to my advantage and to the advantage of the charity.
I have chosen to donate my time to The Lending Cupboard after I had tried a couple of other places and the friendliness and openness of TLC is the most appealing.
I have realized I was making a difference when a gentleman was returning some equipment and was telling me how it had helped his wife so much while she was ill, he began to cry as she had just passed away. It was very touching.
My advice to new volunteers:
Make sure the position is definitely something you are interested in and that you can feel you are making a difference!”
“I love to help and communicate with people and volunteering at The Lending Cupboard fulfills that for me.”