COVID-Virtual Activity Pods
Funded by the Government of Canada, New Horizons for Seniors Program, our COVID-Virtual Activity Pod Program is aimed at engaging seniors in virtual volunteering to reduce social isolation during social distancing restrictions as a result of COVID-19.
Any senior (55+) from across the City of Greater Sudbury is welcome to participate in our Pod Program!
Information About the Program
We are thankful to have been awarded a grant from the Government of Canada through the New Horizons for Seniors Program to help fund this new volunteer program! Through this grant, we are able to involve seniors in a variety of fun activities while adhering to COVID-19 distancing restrictions.
Our Pods groups meet virtually each week safely at home while engaging with their peers through video meetings. Participants can try some of our recommended volunteering opportunities or begin their own! There will be no cost to participants for activity materials. Individuals participating in Pod activities will only require at minimum a phone (landline or cell) to join the Zoom calls, but those with access to devices with cameras (computers/tablets) are encouraged to use them!
Our Pods groups are already working on amazing volunteer projects like collecting winter wear for local warming centres, knitting winter wear to donate to local schools, creating thank you cards for frontline workers, writing letters to seniors in isolation, and collecting food donations for local food banks.
If you're interested in this opportunity, but want to take on more of a leadership role, we are looking for Pod Leaders to run the virtual meetings and liaise with our VBS staff, Board members, and the Pod participants. Pod Leaders will preferably be 55+ years of age.
Pod Leader volunteers will have responsibilities including, but not limited to:
attending and facilitating virtual Pod meetings through Zoom;
coordinating pick-up and delivery of necessary materials with Pod members and VBS Staff;
being open to brainstorming and being supportive of creative ideas;
communicating with VBS staff and Board members, and acting as a liaison
Additionally, Pod Leaders will need to have the ability to use Zoom with a camera to help with the facilitation of activities.
If you would like more information about becoming a Pod Leader, please contact our Program Coordinator at email@example.com.
Why Should You Sign Up?
Why Join a Pod?
Meet new people and socialize with other isolated individuals safely through virtual activities;
Participate in the activities that you enjoy with other seniors;
Give back to the community through virtual volunteering;
Why Become a Pod Leader?
Help lead fun, virtual activities for seniors who need to remain isolated due to COVID-19;
Learn new leadership and organizational skills;
How to Register
Registration is remaining open throughout the program for Pod Members, so everyone has a chance to participate!
There are two options for registering as a Member of the Pod Program:
1) Contact our staff directly
Phone: (705) 482-7422
Contact our staff if you would like more information, or to get yourself signed up for a pod! Our staff can help you find a pod with activities that suit your interests, and can connect you with the leader of the pod you will be joining so you can start getting information about activities!
2) Sign up through our online form below
Fill our our COVID-Virtual Activity Pods Sign-Up form to register for a pod! Select which pod you would like to participate in, and we will add your name to the pod list, and have the Pod Leader reach out to you regarding activities, virtual meeting times and more.
Please note, communications from your Pod Leader are likely to begin the first week of the program. If you have any issues, please contact us.
If you have any questions about this opportunity, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can get you into a pod today!