Volunteering to Better Seniors’ Lives

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Kiwanis Village Nanaimo. You can enrich the lives of Kiwanis Village residents while participating in a rewarding volunteer position! We offer a range of meaningful opportunities and seek to find the best fit for you.  You will meet new friends, gain valuable experience and create everlasting memories.


How to Apply

Complete a Volunteer Application Form and submit it online, Kiwanis Village Volunteer Online Application, or if you prefer, print and submit this version, Kiwanis Village Volunteer Print Application.


Once your application form has been submitted, our Housing and Volunteer Coordinator, Alanna Larsen, will contact you to complete further screening and an informal interview.  Alanna can be reached at alannalarsen@kiwanisvillage.ca, or via phone at 250-740-3689.  


We look forward to hearing from you!


Volunteer Opportunities


Activities Assistance

Provide regular (usually weekly) assistance with scheduled recreation and social programs, including outings and special events.  Activities are a very important part of our residents’ lives and your support allows residents to participate to their fullest.  This is a fun and easy way to share your time with seniors.  Volunteers assisting with activities are trained on an ongoing basis and are typically ready to begin volunteering about two weeks after contacting us.  Currently accepting applications to assist with Bingo, Gardening, Crafts and Special Events.


General Store

Carry out a regular weekly shift volunteering in the store independently, operating the cash register and assisting residents with their purchases.  The store is located within the social hub of the Village and typically hosts both quiet and busy times during a volunteer’s two-hour shift.  Currently accepting applications to fill Regular and Casual positions.         


Friendly Visitor

Enjoy spending time with seniors who appreciate you, within one of the following roles:


Floor Volunteers: Meet a whole floor of diverse residents, and be an important part of assisting with their quality of life.  Besides socializing, visits will be based on volunteers’ and residents’ skills and interests and might include activities such as walking, playing games, and providing support.  This is our most flexible volunteer role, where you can visit on the days of the week and at the times that best suit your schedule.  Currently accepting applications.  We are especially seeking volunteers who enjoy walking and/or evening visits. 


Adult Day Program: Support our staff in this program that promotes an active and engaged lifestyle for community clients.  You will offer a mixture of visiting and activity support in this role.  Commitments are one day per week, from your selection of weekday, Monday through Friday, typically from 10:00am to 3:00pm, although shorter shifts can be accommodated.  Currently accepting applications to fill positions.


Share the News: Read the newspaper aloud to residents.  Volunteers select news stories of interest to share with a small group of residents, and facilitate any discussion that arises about the news topics.  This role is available every morning of the week and volunteers can choose to commit to one or more regular shifts weekly.  Currently accepting applications to fill positions on every day of the week. 


Reading: Connect a senior with books that they love by reading aloud to them.  Volunteers support residents who are no longer able to read independently by reading books that are selected by residents or their families.  This opportunity is very flexible and will occur at a time and day of the week that is agreed upon between the volunteer and resident.   Currently accepting applications.


All Friendly Visitor roles require a volunteer commitment of at least three months, and volunteers must provide a minimum of one hour of support per week (vacation and other absences are supported). 


Personalized Volunteer Roles

Do you have a special skill to contribute or specific interest that you want to pursue? Please contact us to explore opportunities.


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