Why Volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering at Origami Workshop

Ever since Momiji was founded by volunteers in 1978, volunteers have been central to our success. Each year, hundreds of volunteers generously give thousands of hours of their time. You too can make a real difference in seniors’ lives, and give back to the community. Another benefit is that you will learn about Japanese Canadian history and culture and connect with people of diverse ages from all walks of life!

There are many volunteer opportunities at Momiji. We know that your time is a valuable gift. That’s why we work with you to find the right position for your interests, availability, experience and skills

Why Volunteer

Volunteering brings many benefits to those who are being helped by volunteers, but there are also many valuable benefits gained by the volunteers themselves, such as:

  • Satisfaction of contributing to seniors’ well-being;
  • Helping seniors retain their dignity and independence;
  • Opportunity to meet new friends;
  • Gain new experiences;
  • Give back to the community and inspire others;
  • Sense of personal achievement; and
  • Boost career options.

Volunteering can also be an asset for:

  • Completing mandatory High School volunteer hours;
  • Valuable hands-on experience;
  • Stepping stones on a career path; and
  • Making connections that may serve as references in the future

Volunteer Canada reports that “Volunteering can play a vital role in healthy aging. Remaining active and staying connected to the community can have a tremendous positive impact on a person’s social, physical and emotional well-being. Studies have found that older adults who volunteer have reduced stress-related illnesses and higher self-esteem and are less likely to feel isolated. Volunteering can also have a positive impact on lifestyle transitions in older adults as they retire, downsize their housing or deal with health issues.

According to Statistics Canada, Canada’s senior adults volunteer an average of 223 hours each year, more than any other age group. They are an extremely important demographic to Canada’s voluntary sector.  http://volunteer.ca/content/volunteering-and-healthy-aging

Momiji Health Care Society has adopted Volunteer Canada’s Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement that commits Momiji to value and support the contributions of volunteers through respectful, meaningful and inclusive engagement.  http://volunteer.ca/ccvi