JSS Program & Volunteer Report

Rumiko Suzuki, Coordinator – Volunteers and Community Support Services 

The 24th Annual Holiday Drive  

Thank you for your generous support to our 2023 Holiday Drive. The Holiday Drive program received overwhelming responses and donations as heartfelt expressions of goodwill from community members. The gifts were delivered to 39 families, consisting of 99 individuals, including many children and elders, prior to the holiday. Amidst the continuing rise in the cost of living and rent, the JSS Holiday Drive aims to providing assistance to those experiencing hardships in our community, and this would not have been possible without your tremendous support. We express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who donated, supported our PR activities, and volunteered in various tasks such as creating greeting cards and delivering gifts. Thank you so much.

Volunteers Needed!

In addition to the Holiday Drive, JSS also has various social programs, and friendly visit programs with the help of volunteers. As the demand for program participation grows, so does the need for volunteers. Therefore, JSS is currently recruiting volunteers for the programs listed below. If you’re interested, please contact us at volunteer@jss.ca

1. Konnichiwa (Friendly Visiting) Program Volunteers

This program provides regular visits to individuals experiencing isolation for various reasons. Volunteers will conduct regular visits, offering companionship, engaging in conversations, going for walks, and participating in hobby activities. Training and support are provided to ensure you are well-equipped to make a positive impact.

2. Craft Club Volunteers: Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month

This is a small-group gathering where we make handy craft items for daily living. We’re currently seeking instructors to share their craft expertise and program assistant to help run our program smoothly. If you’re passionate about crafting and enjoy sharing your skills with others, we want to hear from you. Apply now and be a part of our creative community!

3. Easy Senior Yoga program volunteers : Every Monday

The program provides seniors & pre-seniors (age 55+) the opportunity to enjoy a 60-min easy yoga session followed by a 30-min socializing time with fellow Japanese-speaking seniors. We are currently recruiting volunteers to assist with administrative tasks and help out during sessions. Since the program is conducted online, you can volunteer from the comfort of your own home.