Make a DIFFERENCE – become a volunteer in your community
Home and Community Support Services of Grey-Bruce divides the service area into 5 regions. We offer our programs in Owen Sound & North Grey, Peninsula Area – North of Owen Sound and Southampton, East Grey Area – South of Owen Sound and Meaford, Shoreline Area – stretching along the Lake Huron Shoreline South from Southampton, and Saugeen Central Area – encompassing Hanover, Walkerton and the surrounding region.
There’s no better way to share your gifts than volunteering to help others in a meaningful way. Our volunteer drivers improve the lives of seniors and others who are less mobile. By providing Meals-on-Wheels and other transportation services, our volunteer driver program is just one way to bring a smile to someone in need. Ask how to join our team of volunteer drivers in your neighbourhood.
While many of our volunteers offer their time and talent, other Home & Community supporters contribute financially, donating to the programs they feel are most important. Ask about regular donations through credit cards or even via paypal.
Home and Community Support Services of Grey-Bruce also encourages cooperation with area businesses through the Corporate Community Initiative. This includes fund-raising programs through employer-matched donations and pay deduction initiatives. It’s easy to become a strong supporter of our community. Ask how your company can help by becoming one of our valued community partners.
Home and Community Support Services Celebrates New Entrance Way
Home and Community Support Services of Grey Bruce wish to thank the Community Foundation Grey Bruce and the Hanover District Hospital for their support of a valued renovation at the Hospital. Financial contributions have made possible the creation of a dedicated, accessible entrance to the Day Away Program located within the Hanover and District Hospital.
The Day Away Program has grown significantly over the past decade and is now open 5 days a week, and alternating weekends with an overnight program for those individuals requiring additional respite. On a typical day, between 18 and 23 individuals will attend the program, as well as 4 to 5 volunteers. Until recently program participants entered the hospital through the emergency department entrance, which at times has created somewhat of a chaotic environment, particularly if an ambulance arrived during this time.
Executive Director Andy Underwood commented, “As this program has grown, the challenges of coordinating the arrival of so many vehicles and the resulting congestion within the emergency department entrance was becoming more of an issue for everyone involved. The solution to this problem was made possible through the financial support of the Community Foundation as well as the hospital. Both of these agencies are great partners.”
Several clients, volunteers and staff and Board members from Hanover & District Hospital and from Home and Community Support Services of Grey Bruce gathered on Dec 8th for a celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony.
Home and Community Support Services of Grey Bruce provides several community services throughout the two counties, including Meals on Wheels, Dining Club, Movin’GB Transportation, Housekeeping, Friendly Visiting, Adult Day Program and Overnight Relief Program.
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"Every day that I’m at the Meaford Day Away is a new and enjoyable experience. I feel I’ve made many new friends there, both staff and co-volunteers. Also my husband is always so keen to hear stories about the activities. I’ve learned so much about this area that we moved to from Pickering." - read more–P.C.
"...Because of the satisfaction derived from serving seniors through Meals on Wheels for HCSS, I was about to commit to becoming a volunteer driver also with HCSS. I thus became both a volunteer driver and a support for residents at Elgin Lodge and for other seniors in the community attending appointments."read more–A.K.
"In July of 2013 I moved with my 11 year old son to Port Elgin from Milton. My parents had retired and made the move up a couple years before and loved the small community feel Saugeen Shores has (what Milton once had). I’m self-employed as a Realtor and didn’t know many people in the area and had some time on my hands that I thought would be best used helping those who need assistance."read more–K.C.
"I think the Meals on Wheels is a very important program for seniors. In many cases our visits to their homes may be the only outside contact they have from week to week. In many cases their meals are the highlight of their day. My husband always asked and looked forward to what I prepared each day so I can appreciate how our seniors feel. It is a small effort on my part, but it brings great joy and satisfaction."read more–M.S.