S.U.C.C.E.S.S. values the hundreds of people who volunteer their talents to the organization. Volunteers are partners in our mission to build bridges, harvest diversity and foster integration through service and advocacy. Volunteers help us meet our program and organizational goals.
Volunteering provides an excellent opportunity for newcomers to connect with the community and gain valuable hands on work experience.
Please apply directly to the position you are interested in. Please note applying for this position does not guarantee placement. Volunteers are placed based on current position vacancies and applicant availability/suitability for the position.
Are you an aspiring leader? Our workplaces and professions need people like you. As a mentor to an immigrant, you will have the opportunity to assist talented newcomers to jumpstart their career in BC. If you would like to share your expertise, then volunteering for the Career Mentoring for SUCCESS Program is for you. You will enhance your coaching skills and also have the opportunity to benefit from learning about other cultures and how to build inclusive workplaces.
Helping seniors live independently in their own homes and remain connected to their community.
Hosted by S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and PICS
Better at Home is program that helps seniors with simple non-medical, day-to-day tasks so that they can continue to live independently in their own homes, and remain connected to their communities. The Government of British Columbia funds the program, United Way of the Lower Mainland manages it, and local non-profit organizations provide the services.
S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and PICS are thrilled to be offering the non-medical services to help support Surrey Whalley seniors remain independent. S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and PICS will be providing the following Better at Home services:
- Transportation to Appointments
- Grocery Shopping
- Friendly Visits
- Light Housekeeping
Must be 65 or above and reside in Whalley Community of Surrey
Priced on a sliding scale according to the individual's income level
#206 – 10090 152nd Street,
Surrey, B.C. V3R 8X8
9 am – 5 pm (Mon – Fri)
604-588-6869(121) / 604-408-7274(1088)
Time Commitment: flexible and short term
Volunteer Age & Gender: Any Adult (16+)
Volunteering is Rewarding, Educational and Fun. Our volunteers are very important to us. We aim to:
- Match your volunteer tasks with what you would like to do
- Acknowledge your hard work with events and written recognition
Hastings-Sunrise Better at Home is a program designed to help seniors continue living independently by providing non-medical support services.
Hastings- Sunrise is a very diverse and vibrant community in the north-eastern corner of Vancouver. It is located within the following boundaries:
- Nanaimo St. east to Boundary Road.
- East Broadway north to the Burrard Inlet
Our program is currently offering the following volunteer-based services:
1. Friendly Visiting: Volunteers are matched with seniors for companionship and to increase their connection to the community!
2. Transportation: Door-to-door driving service for medical appointments, to run errands or go shopping.
3. Weekly grocery shopping trips: Door-to-door group trips from home to supermarket. Seniors can request to have an assistant if they have mobility difficulties.
4. Support & Grocery Assistance: Volunteers provide translation for client and volunteer driver during transportation or grocery shopping services. They also accompany drivers and escort clients with mobility difficulties to their appointment. ***Volunteers do NOT go into appointment with client***
As a Better at Home volunteer, you can volunteer in more than one service.
Please keep in mind, all our services are available only during the week, from Monday to Friday.
These positions are on-call basis. Drivers and friendly visitors might have more regular clients, thus resulting in a steadier schedule.
We are looking for volunteers who:
- Speak English (Second languages are an asset )
- Can commit for 3 to 6 months at least
- Enjoy working with seniors
- Have excellent communication skills
- Are patient
- Are willing to attend orientation & training sessions for their development
- Are 18 years old and above
All our volunteer applicants must:
- Submit two (2) non-family reference checks
- Agree to undergo a Criminal Record Check
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer driver, you will also need to:
- Have a valid Canadian driver’s license
- Have at least 2 years of driving experience
- Submit a copy of your driver’s abstract from ICBC
- Submit a copy of your vehicle insurance *only if you are using your own car
- Be a safe driver with no at-fault accidents and no more than 2 traffic violations in the past 3 years
Help seniors maintain their dignity and independence! Volunteering for Better at Home can be a fulfilling experience.
To sign-up as a volunteer please contact:
or fill-out a registration form online!
Chinese Help Lines provides a channel for individuals to receive emotional and informational support from our trained volunteers.
A story narrated by one of our volunteers:
“Hello, this is Vicky, volunteer for the Mandarin line. I am now double-majoring Psychology and Family Studies at University of British Columbia, and I have been working on the line since May 2004.
My first intention for being a line volunteer was to get some “hand-on” experience. I believe that this experience would allow me to explore the rich and unique psychological and cultural characteristics of Chinese community as well as to apply textbook theories to real life situations. With enthusiasm, I also invited my friends to join the training with me. Unfortunately, their feedbacks were not as positive as I anticipated. I was at the point of no return: the registration form had been turned in! So there I was, trembling in anxiety and doubt, starting the two-month training.
Through sharing and learning with other volunteers, my uncertainty and doubt were quickly replaced by greater self-understanding and empathy for others. The actual online experience broadened my understanding for life. I heard how different age groups were affected differently by the same social event or news. At the same time, I observed the techniques and attitudes different individuals utilized in dealing with their crisis and problems. This was my very first close-up of ‘people' and the very first time I learned about society in such a great depth. Besides online conversations, much inspiration was from my fellow volunteers and coordinators. Their generous contributions of time and effort in helping build a better community and their conscientious efforts in achieving self-actualization and growth had fascinated me.
By volunteering, I have come to understand that imperfection and crisis were just parts of a normal life process, and that upheavals can bring traumas as well as fosteer resiliency and strength within us. All these valuable learning, the wonderful volunteer friends I've got and stories of serendipity in my volunteer journey. I am very glad for being here.”
Do you want to help in this meaningful program?
555 Carrall Street,
The volunteer department in S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Multi-Level Care Society was established in 2001. Its goal is to provide opportunities for people of all ages in the community to serve seniors living in the care home, assisted living, attending the Adult Day Program, or using the Burnaby Chinese Meals on Wheels program. These elders not only need assistance in activities of daily living, but also enjoy the companionship of people from all walks of life. Each moment a volunteer spends with the elders is precious and appreciated. A successful volunteer is one who helps fight against loneliness, helplessness, and boredom in an elder’s life. If you have a heart for elders and would like to use your time meaningfully, this is the place.
We are now recruiting volunteers of all ages to the following service groups. If you are interested in working with seniors, complete the application and return it electronically or by Fax.
220-7000 Minoru Blvd,
- To provide social support for new immigrants;
- To provide information about community facilities & resources;
- To foster new friendship
- To assist with adjustment & integration into the community.
- Educational workshops;
- Interest classes, such as arts & crafts, social dancing.
- Social gatherings
- Outings & visits
- Richmond Women’s Club (Richmond Service Centre)
- S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Maple Mandarin Group (Richmond Service Centre)
- Mandarin Family Group (Granville Service Centre)
- Chinese Women’s Association (Granville Service Centre)
- Young Women’s Support Group (Fraser Service Centre)
- Tri-City Women’s Group (Tri-city Service Centre)
- Surrey-Delta Seniors Group (Surrey Service Centre)[/li] [/list]