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Volunteerism means:
"Taking time out of your life to help someone else."
"Putting the needs of others first, for a cause or something you believe in."
"The act of giving back and providing help where it is truly needed."
"Doing something good for someone else around the community for the benefit of others with no personal gain."
"Putting in time and help without being told to do so.."
"Giving up your time to help people without being forced."
VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION PARTY

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION PARTY took place at Labdara on May 10th. The Home's talented cooks prepare a scrumptious duck dinner that was enjoyed by all. Former Board and GALA committee members, BINGO team representative, former and current volunteers attended. Activation Department staff and Volunteer Coordinator Nerijus Augutis and the Home's Administrator Eric Harela thanked everyone for their untiring and committed work with our residents and our home. Without volunteers we would lack many enriching experiences that make LABDARA a great place to be. Thanks to all of you for the great work you do! Members of the Labdara Board of Directors are volunteers who spend considerable time working on various projects, in addition to attending monthly Board meetings. Here are some of the Directors of our Board hard at work with the help of friends who volunteered their time stuffing envelopes on a Thursday morning on March 9th. We mailed out 700 envelopes announcing the date and program of the Labdara Foundation Annual General Meeting on April 6, 2017 and launched the 15th Anniversary Fundraising appeal letter. A couple hundred more envelopes will be sent reaching out to members of the Lithuanian community as part of our fundraising effort. A lot of good work for our nursing home is the result of the dedication and commitment of volunteers who provide not only direct resident care but also work in the background to support the work of the home.
Volunteer Apprectioan
Volunteer Appreciation
BOARD VOLUNTEERS & FRIENDS HARD AT WORK:

Members of the Labdara Board of Directors are volunteers who spend considerable time working on various projects, in addition to attending monthly Board meetings. Here are some of the Directors of our Board hard at work with the help of friends who volunteered their time stuffing envelopes on a Thursday morning on March 9th. We mailed out 700 envelopes announcing the date and program of the Labdara Foundation Annual General Meeting on April 6, 2017 and launched the 15th Anniversary Fundraising appeal letter. A couple hundred more envelopes will be sent reaching out to members of the Lithuanian community as part of our fundraising effort. A lot of good work for our nursing home is the result of the dedication and commitment of volunteers who provide not only direct resident care but also work in the background to support the work of the home.
Board Mailing
NEW VOLUNTEERS

A sincere thank-you to the 4 people who have volunteered to help with feeding at Labdara. More are still needed. Families are encouraged to come out to help whenever they can.
We are pleased to have 2 new volunteers join Labdara as chess players. Our chess playing residents look forward to the challenging games ahead
OUR BINGO VOLUNTEERS

LABDARA nursing home has a team of dedicated volunteers who last year worked BINGO on behalf of LABDARA a total of 36 times and raised over $40,000 for the home. Our team is led by Sandra Burke and is make up of Sandra, Birute Batraks and Vidmantas Valiulis. Arunas Morkunas works on behalf of the Labdara Foundation Board of Directors with the BINGO Team and negotiates with the City of Toronto re the use of the funds for our nursing home. These funds can only be used for the purposes outlined in an annual agreement with the City of Toronto. As a result Labdara has been able to pay for resident activation programmes, outings for the residents, various therapy sessions for our residents (music and art, etc. therapies), parts for the residents' electric beds, therapeutic physiology exercise bikes and massage table, weight scale lifts, etc. The City of Toronto, under the Ontario Lotteries and Gaming agency, runs the Charities BINGO at Delta St. Clair. A whole host of registered charitable organizations who are licensed to participate, are given a schedule of BINGO sessions they can run. The proceeds of those sessions then go to their charity. On February 24th, the City of Toronto celebrated the achievement of a milestone - $4M was raised to date through the organizations working at Delta BINGO for the benefit of the citizens of Toronto. A sincere thank-you to Sandra and her team.
Bingo Volunteers

Dr. Arunas Dailyde, shared his life story

Dentisk talk
Our regular volunteer, retired dentist, Dr. Arunas Dailyde, shared his life story with our residents on February 13, 2017. He brought several uniforms to show what he wore while serving in the Canadian Armed Forces. Arunas is a regular volunteer at Labdara - spending his time visiting and reading to our residents. His talk was very well received. Thanks for an interesting talk, Arunai
CHRISTMAS TEA FOR OUR VOLUNTEERS:

Christmas Tea

Labdara Nursing Home Administrator and staff hosted an afternoon Christmas Tea at Labdara with wine, cheese, and various hot and cold hors d'oeuvres on Wednesday, Dec. 14th. Eric Harela, the Administrator, thanked everyone for their contribution of talents and gift of time for the benefit of our residents. Grazina gave the gift of a Christmas poem that she wrote that reminded us all of the true meaning of Christmas. Onute gave the gift of her delicious home made Napoleon torte. And the giving continues throughout the year: the volunteer choir contributes their weekly gift of song; the GALA 2016 committee - the gift of organization and funds for the home - chair, Judy Kavaliauskas and Giedra Paulionis attended; the Labdara BINGO team gives the gift of time running Labdara's bingo evenings several times per week - team lead Sandra Burke and Birute Batraks attended; the Scholarship Committee gave their gift of time for the benefit of our students - chair, Ruta Rusinas attended; and, members of the Labdara Foundation Board of Directors work tirelessly throughout the year to ensure things run smoothly - chair, Gabija Petrauskas and Directors Ray Petrauskas and Vita Renyi were also there. Eric noted by how much what is done for the residents is multiplied beyond what the staff can do by themselves, thanks to the work of our volunteers.
A sincere thank-you to the 4 people who have volunteered to help with feeding at Labdara. More are still needed. Families are encouraged to come out to help whenever they can.
We are pleased to have 2 new volunteers join Labdara as chess players. Our chess playing residents look forward to the challenging games ahead
VOLUNTEERING - FRIENDLY VISITS

Volunteer Dog



VOLUNTEERING: Ema and her poodle Ellie who has taken training courses and is certified by the St. John's Ambulance organization as suited for friendly visiting, volunteer at Labdara. They visit with our residents regularly and bring joy to anywhere from 15 to 30 residents. We are pleased to have pets and their owners like Ema as part of our community of volunteers at Labdara.
LABDARA NEEDS VOLUNTEERS TO ASSIST WITH FEEDING


It is said that happiness is not the result of wealth and accumulated material goods, but rather, is the result of service to others. More and more of our residents, because of increasing age and more complex and severe disabilities at the time of admission to the nursing home, are unable to feed themselves - they require assistance during breakfast, lunch, dinner and for the morning and afternoon snacks brought to their rooms. Think of it - if you can"t give your body nourishment - it won"t survive! Feeding is essential to life. Labdara needs volunteers to assist our residents with feeding. The volunteers can select a time best suited for them: choose one or two days per week or choose a meal (breakfasts or lunches or dinners or snack times). Volunteers of all ages are welcome. This is also a good way for highschool students to complete their "community service" hours. It also provides practicum experience relevant for those seeking professions in health services. Ministry regulations require all volunteers in nursing homes to go through a police check - our Volunteer Coordinator will assist in this regard. Also, all volunteers will be provided with training in feeding the elderly before they begin. Please contact Labdara"s Volunteer Co-ordinator, Nerijus Augutis by phone: 416-232-2112 ext 413 or by e-mail: labdaravolunteering@gmail.com
NEW YEAR's RESOLUTION? VOLUNTEER AT LABDARA!!!
We need you and we need you now!!! LABDARA Nursing Home was established in 2002. It attracted a significant number of volunteers who since day one have been our partners and an integral part of life here at LABDARA. However, their numbers are depleting and it's time to "revv up again" with a call for a new group of volunteers to add to our cadre. Paid staff are busy performing duties that fulfill the daily requirements of life in a nursing home. Individualized attention, spending quality time just sitting with a lonely or isolated resident, holding a hand, gently reading a story, listening to favourite music together, walking beside or wheeling a wheelchair-bound person around the facility for a "walk" to change of scenery from the sameness their room, helping transport to and from activities, helping with feeding....are what we need you for. If you have a few hours of time to spare on a consistent basis - we need you and they need you. As time passes, relationships decline or disappear, hence consistency in relationships through our volunteers becomes very important to our residents. Many a New Year's resolution is made every year, but how many of them are realized? Let us challenge you to make a meaningful New year's resolution - become a volunteer at LABDARA! We guarantee that we will do our best to help you keep this year's resolution in the company of other great people like you!!! To volunteer, please contact: Volunteer coordinator, Nerijus Augutis by email:LabdaraVolunteers@gmail.com or by phone:416-232-2112 X413
LABDARA'S VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
Labdara has an organized volunteer program in place, which includes recruitment, screening, orientation, job-specific training and ongoing support and evaluation.
There are many dedicated volunteers who are diligent, yet there is much more that can be done with the help of additional hands. Most specifically, we are in need of "friendly visitors". Many of the residents look forward to having someone pay them a visit, or perhaps take them for a stroll. If you are able to visit with residents, take them to activities or for a walk, please register with the Coordinator of Volunteers and become part of the Labdara Care team. The number of residents with difficulties feeding themselves has increased, resulting in the need for more volunteers willing to learn to become certified feeders. If you know, of anyone, who can donate their time for an hour or two at any of the mealtimes (8:00, 12:00, 5:00 p.m.), please encourage him/her to contact the Coordinator of Volunteers as soon as possible. He/she will then set up some training times (at no cost to the volunteer) for the Feeding Course.
Music is very important to most of the residents at Labdara. Musicians are most appreciated on a regular basis, as the residents enjoy taking part in singing and listening to traditional Lithuanian songs. They often relate better with others through gift of music.' Musicians, who are able to play an instrument, are cordially invited to share their talents with the residents on a regular or once-in-while basis.
If you have any talents, gifts or skills, musical or otherwise, and would like to share them with the residents or other volunteers, please contact Nerijus Augutis , Coordinator of Volunteers at (416) 232-2112 ext. 413. We are eagerly waiting for an enthusiasitic response from both younger and older members of our community.
Benefits of becoming a volunteer
  • helps in developing self-confidence, interpersonal skills, and a sense of achievement
  • helps in developing a social network with other volunteers and paid staff helps in developing new job-related skills
  • increases awareness of community needs
  • provides further opportunities to become involved in community life
  • provides new life experiences
List of Activities at Labdara
For types of activities volunteers can become involved in, please scroll below
Aroma Therapy, Floral Arranging, Office Assistance, Arts and Crafts

Friendly Visits, Parties/special events, Baking, Gardening,

Pastoral Visitations, Beauty Hour, Hand Massaging, Pet Therapy

Bingo, Happy Hour, Playing Musical Instruments, Birthday Parties

Intergenerational Program, Prayer, Meditation, Religious Talks, Interpreting,

Reception, Card Games, Letter Writing/Reading Sensory Activities/ Mystery Box

Catholic Mass, Library, Sewing/Ironing/Knitting, Concerts/Entertainmen,t

Light Exercising, Sing Song, Decorating for special events, Memory/Sensory Walking

Transporting to Sun. church services, Escorting for appointments, Memory Room, Walking with residents

Excursions/Outings, Memory scrap booking, Exercising, Movement to music

Family Education, Movie Night, Feeding Resident,s Board Games, Music Group


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Labdara Lithuanian Nursing Home is owned by the Labdara Foundation, a not-for-profit registered charity B/N118987775RR001. It is managed by Assured Care Consulting Services.