“On my first visit, I was struck by how warmly our Elder Friends are treated. I felt honoured to be welcomed into this world and become a part of the family.”
– Danielle Robitaille, volunteer, with her Elder Friend, Mrs. Verret
EIGHT GREAT REASONS TO BECOME
A LITTLE BROTHERS VOLUNTEER
BECAUSE IT’S GOOD FOR YOU
A whopping 94% of people who do volunteer work say it improves their mood.
According to the Réseau de l’action bénévole du Québec (RABQ), volunteering helps improve quality of life and community well-being. And researchers have found that people who log 100 or more volunteer hours a year (i.e., two to three hours a week) enjoy a wealth of physical and mental health benefits.
Similarly, Volunteer Canada informs us that seniors who volunteer are less prone to stress-related illnesses. They have higher self-esteem and are less likely to feel isolated.
TO BE PART OF OUR QUEBEC-WIDE FAMILY
For 57 years, our volunteers have been proudly giving back to the community and lending a hand to those in need.
They work with isolated seniors to welcome them into our extended family, no matter what the circumstances, and be there for them, even in their final moments.
In every community across the province, Little Brothers is a source of warmth, companionship and joy. Our coordinators are here to provide you with support from day one, and throughout your volunteer experience.
We know your time is precious and you want your volunteer contributions to be varied and enriching.
That is why at Little Brothers we offer a wide range of volunteer options. We work around the time that you have to give and respect your limits.
Our long-term pairing program is our most flexible formula, allowing you to visit with your designated Elder Friend once every two weeks, at a time that is convenient for you. This represents a commitment of roughly four hours a month.
TO ENJOY SPECIAL MOMENTS
Celebrating what’s beautiful about life and old age is part of our DNA.
Everything we do is designed to create happiness by offering friendship, caring and comfort to seniors in need.
There’s so much to share: maybe it’s a warm smile between you and the Elder Friend you are paired with. A phone call to say happy birthday. Time in the country at one of our vacation lodges. A meal together during a hospital stay. A meaningful presence and a hand to hold during someone’s last moments. Every gesture is a source of joy, on both the giving and the receiving end.
TO HAVE A DIRECT IMPACT ON SENIORS’ LIVES
Putting an end to isolation, one person at a time, through a friendly smile, a pleasant conversation, an attentive ear… and just being there.
There is nothing more sincere or gratifying than a “thank you” from an Elder Friend.
“You became a second family for me when I was at my lowest, after my wife passed away. We really need people like you by our side!”
– Mr. Hardy, Elder Friend, with Pierre Forcier, volunteer
As you can see, all of these experiences – big and small – have a real and lasting impact on the lives of our Elder Friends.
TO BUILD A BETTER, MORE BALANCED SOCIETY
The non-profit and volunteer sector is one of the three pillars of Canadian society, alongside the public and private sector.
It represents 8.1% of the GDP, larger than the automotive and manufacturing industries.
In Quebec, 37% of the population are volunteers, contributing 310 million hours every year to causes near and dear to their heart. This represents about two hours a week on average. At Little Brothers, our volunteers are essential to our mission. Without you and our 2,050 volunteers, we could not reach out to our Elder Friends who, once they join our extended family, are here to stay for the rest of their lives.
“We forget sometimes just how important organizations like Little Brothers are to our healthcare system. They’re the missing link. They transform lives in so many ways. We see the results of what they do every day!”
– Dr. Pierre Cossette, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Université de Sherbrooke, and a participant in the Défi de nage de Sherbrooke
TO BRING GENERATIONS TOGETHER
Contrary to popular belief, many of today’s youth actively give back to the community (54% of 15- to 24-year-olds volunteer in one way or another).
As for baby boomers (65+), their commitment in terms of time spent on volunteer pursuits is nothing short of admirable. The average in this segment of the population is 207 hours per year, compared with 83 hours per year for adolescents and young adults.
At Little Brothers, we are fortunate to be able to rely on volunteers of every age and at every stage of life. This wonderful intergenerational mix is a natural fit with our Elder Friends in communities across the province.
TO MEET OTHER PEOPLE WHOSE HEART IS AS BIG AS YOURS
Our volunteers are giving, active people who choose to reach out to people in need.
And they reap the benefits of their efforts as well. According to the RABQ, volunteers enjoy a heightened sense of community, stronger social ties, and greater opportunities to develop their skills and grow as a person.