It’s time to start to build a bank of volunteers
Refugee Assistance opportunities
- Driving – to appointments, for groceries, ESL classes, errands, etc.
- Help register for – OHIP card, Federal Health Plan (IFHP), Social Insurance Card (SIN)
official documents – Child Tax Credit (if applicable)
- Help with financial – set up bank account
Issues – introduce to Canadian money, debit and credit cards, cheques
– set up a budget, help with income tax
- Computer – help set up with service provider
- Education – enroll children in school (if applicable)
– act as liaison with school and teacher
– enroll adults in language classes
- Community – introduce family to neighborhood and local facilities and services orientation (post office, library, bus routes, playgrounds, etc.)
– acquaint with local laws and customs (e.g. smoking regulations)
- Shopping friend – e.g. for clothes for different seasons
- Medical – accompany to doctor (sensitivity to gender – women will prefer
female physician), dentist, etc.
– be sensitive to mental health issues
- Child care and – arrange for child care for pre-school children (if applicable)
Babysitting – provide babysitting for specific occasions (if applicable)
- Employment – provide assistance in finding employment (Employment and Education
Centre) and casual work (e.g. gardening, house cleaning, etc.)
- Handyman – home painting or miscellaneous repairs (will depend on the accommodation)
I volunteer to help with _________________________or where needed__________
All volunteers will require police check
For more information contact Eileen Doner 613 342-9161,
United Welcome will have his own website, linked to the Wall Street United Church server.
- https://www.facebook.com/groups/537948216387611/ Facebook – Keep up to date with local efforts
- refugeesforbrockville.com Brockville Community Website – To welcome 10+ refugee families to our community as quickly as possible by working together.
- inmylanguage.com Excellent website introducing people to life in Ontario (getting a driver’s license, having a baby, finding work etc.). The resources are available in Arabic, a common language for our new refugee families.
- http://cmascanada.ca/supporting-refugees/ – Highlights the current situation in Syria, and the general cultural traditions of many Syrian refugees. It is worth a few moments of your time, and will help you learn more about the families who will be arriving here. It also includes some links to amazing resources such as:100 Common Arabic Words; Resource Guide for Working with Children with Refugee Experience; and Arabic language resources for parents: ‘Dressing for Winter’, ‘Swimming Safety’ and ‘Hand Washing’ are some examples.
- http://lifelinesyria.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/LS-Sponsor-Handbook-DRAFT-1.pdf : Lifeline Syria Sponsorship Handbook – This 90 page resource book prepared by Ryerson University student researchers is a comprehensive go-to from prior to arrival to what happens after celebration
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGe2_GP-1jU&sns=fb Music video – I’m Gonna Tell God Everything