Ten Ways to Help Out

You are free to choose the time which is convenient for you to do volunteer work.

 You may choose the activities in which you wish to register according to your preferences, interests, availability, abilities and program requirements.

“Since May 2010, a generous volunteer has been reading to my mother who suffers from macular degeneration. Her condition has deprived her of one of her favourite hobbies – reading. Please extend our deepest gratitude to your dynamic team of volunteers,” wrote the daughter of a resident in a thank you note.

Objectives of the Programs:

Special cooperation

Participate in randomly held activities such as mass vaccination clinics, open doors, and so on.


Develop and maintain a privileged relationship with a resident by visiting him on a regular basis (required availability: once per week or on days chosen by volunteer).

Services to residents

Provide services on specific occasions to a person (e.g., writing a letter or accompanying him on personal outings, etc.). This program does not require a regular presence as it involves lending a hand (required availability: on call).

Pastoral services

Accompany residents to the chapel so that they can participate in a religious ceremony (required availability: at least once per week on specific dates).

Mass schedule:

  • D’Youville Hospital and Residential Centre
    Thursday (10:15 a.m.) and Saturday (3:30 p.m.)

  • ArgyllHospital and Residential Centre
    Wednesday (3 p.m.), Thursday (3 p.m.) and Saturday (3:30 p.m.)

  • St-Vincent Residential Centre
    Tuesday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

  • St-Joseph Residential Centre
    Tuesday (3:30 p.m.) and Sunday (10:15 a.m.)
    The chapel is located on the 2nd floor.

VITÆ Foundation

Participate in fundraising activities such as secretarial work, reception, phone canvassing or work for coffee shops, etc.  (Required availability: on call, unspecified dates).

Visit the Web site of the VITAE Foundation

Recreational activities

Participate along with CSSS-IUGS recreational services professionals in a variety of activities (e.g.,  bowling, evening of music, community meals, board games, painting, etc.).

Association of beneficiary assistants (Association des auxiliaires bénévoles)

Organize in concert with association members special fundraising activities for residents (e.g., gift shop).

End of life

Accompany a resident in his final moments of life (required availability: on call, unspecified dates).


Offer to listen and comfort bereaved families (required availability: on call, unspecified dates).

Centre d'expertise en santé de Sherbrooke (CESS)

Provide a variety of services such as secretarial work, reception during conventions, mailing, and so on (required availability: on call, unspecified dates).

Simple gestures can make all the difference. Listening to residents, showing interest in who they are, learning about their lives and especially listening to them brightens up their day.