A valuable contribution
Cheerful, reliable volunteers who enjoy children are vital to the success
of the school nutrition programs we support. Even an hour or so every
couple of weeks makes a valuable contribution.
Simcoe Community Services is a charitable, non-profit organization, established in 1953 by concerned parents wishing to offer their children with developmental disabilities an alternative to institutional placement. They are a multi-service agency that provide a wide range of programs & services to children, teens and adults who have an intellectual disability and believe that everyone can contribute to their community. Services are offered in Barrie, Orillia, Bradford and surrounding townships.
Im-Soom is 15 years old. She and her family immigrated to Canada eight years ago and soon arrived in Simcoe County. A week after she arrived, Im-Soom began attending the breakfast program in her elementary school. Today, Im-Soom is a high school student with a busy social and academic schedule, but she makes time once a week to help out with the breakfast club at her former school. “It’s really fun,” she says. It is also helping Im-Soom meet her 40-hour volunteer commitment.
‘It keeps me young!’
Through a senior men’s organization in Orillia, three years ago Fred got involved in volunteering every Tuesday with the morning nutrition program at a neighbourhood school. He and a parent volunteer prepare the nutritious menu items and serve them to 25-30 children over the course of an hour. “It’s a terrific experience,” says Fred. “Being with these kids once a week is a win-win for them and for me. It keeps me young!”