Church Community Volunteers (CCV) will complete its 50th year of service to the Clarkson Lorne Park community, currently providing transportation to health-related appointments and arranging fun & fitness activities at Sheridan Villa.

Back in 1968 our community was experiencing tremendous change, as apple orchards and strawberry fields were being replaced rapidly by subdivisions. A largely stand-alone agricultural community was becoming a suburban environment for young families and commuters.  Churches were changing, too, with increasing realization that faith-based services to members needed to be supplemented by social actions to meet some of the needs of others in our community.  The Outreach Division of Christ Church United identified several specific but wide-ranging needs and proposed an organization of volunteers to address those needs.  Representatives of Clarkson Road Presbyterian, St. Bride’s Anglican and St. Christopher’s Roman Catholic Churches quickly joined the project and CCV was born – later joined by St. Stephen’s United, Lorne Park Baptist, Sheridan United and, until its recent closure, St. Paul’s Anglican.

The initial list of services was very impressive and included dealing with domestic crises; visits to newcomers, shut-ins and hospital patients; meal services; vocational counselling; assistance in finding professional advice on health and personal problems; and transportation services.  CCV always drew on the expertise of other service agencies, but over the years the expansion of various social services such as The Compass and Meals on Wheels removed the need for some of CCV’s services.

Today, CCV volunteers continue to staff the telephone each weekday morning in Christ Church’s Sunday School office to arrange drives by other volunteers to health-related appointments, a valuable service in our spread-out community. They can assist clients who live between Winston Churchill Blvd to the west and Mississauga Road to the east, and south from the QEW to the lake. To find out more about CCV, call the office at 905-822-3377 on or after Wed. Sept. 5/18 between 9:30 and 11:30, and one of the program coordinators will arrange an assessment.

Another CCV service has volunteers enriching the lives of residents at Sheridan Villa with regular fitness and music programs. If you would like to also volunteer, please call the same number

The volunteer hours devoted by so many individuals providing these services over 50 years are immeasurable, as are the benefits provided to so many clients in our community.  What a wonderful initiative!