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Seamstress Volunteer

Calling all superheroes with a needle, sewing machine and a strong desire to help seniors look and feel their best by mending and providing minor alterations of clothing.

Seamstress Volunteer
Role Purpose Summary

To provide specific residents, as directed by the Volunteer Coordinator, with basic mending, minor alterations and sewing of garments.

Key Accountabilities

  • Basic mending, minor alterations and sewing of garments as per residents’ requests (weekly)

  • Keep track of receipts for materials used/needed and present to Volunteer Coordinator on a monthly basis

  • Assist with program evaluation, if applicable


  • Good, clear communication skills with special emphasis on listening and observation skills and verbal communication

  • Ability to follow through with direction

  • Positive attitude, fun personality, and willingness to help others, flexibility

  • Basic sewing skills, including ability to hem, patch, repair, shorten, lengthen, etc., personal items of new and/or worn clothing

  • Access to and willingness to bring own sewing machine/serger necessary, work to be completed in the onsite Volunteer Room

  • Ability to interact with residents by providing encouragement, direction, and demonstrating patience

  • Comfortable working in a group setting

  • Familiarity with Geriatrics and/or vulnerable populations (addictions, mental health, homelessness) an asset

  • Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector Check mandatory for this position

 Time Commitment
  • 2-4 times per month, as per volunteer's ability (will vary from month to month)

  • 1-4 hours per visit, as per volunteer availability and number of mending requests

Long-term commitment preferred.

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