Supported Volunteer and Employment Search Program

PADDLE strives to offer the participants  the opportunity to engage in their community in meaningful ways through volunteer and employment initiatives.

We have made community connections and supported volunteers at the following organizations in the community:

-The Salvation Army (Lakeshore location)
-The North Bay Food Bank
-The North Bay Humane Society
-Chippewa Secondary School
-The Gathering Place Community Garden
-One Kid’s Place
-The YMCA

WHY IS WORKING SO IMPORTANT?
Develop new skills and learn new things!
-Individuals increase their self-respect, dignity and self-worth with new responsibilities through work or volunteer experiences.
-Through volunteer and work experiences individuals are given the opportunity to contribute to our community.

WHY EMPLOY AN INDIVIDUAL WITH A DISABILITY?

-It is to your advantage to strengthen the identity of your establishment.
-It is of your advantage to take the first step: brush aside stereotypes!
-It is of your advantage to employ motivated and talented people.
-It is of your advantage to support the growth of every person; teaching people to accept themselves and others.
-It is of your advantage to recruit reliable employees!

WHAT PADDLE WILL PROVIDE:

-Support to connect with local employment professionals who can guide you through the process including any questions you may have regarding ODSP.

-8 Week ‘Ready to Work’ course to prepare individuals entering work or volunteer placements.
-Support individuals during work or volunteer placements.
-Ongoing communication with businesses, parents and participants.
-Opportunities for all that are interested in work.  Whether independently with support or group volunteer experiences.

If you are a business in the North Bay area that is interested in our Ready to Work program and would like to offer a work and/or volunteer opportunity to one of the PADDLE participants,  please contact Kristy Hunter (Community Placement Coordinator) at (705) 493-2401.