TheUpsideProject (Student Volunteer – Long-Term Care Initiative)

Organization Name: TheUpsideProject
Opportunity Title: Student Volunteer – Long-Term Care Initiative
Category: Social and Community Service
Commitment: Less than 6 months, 6 months to 1 year, Ongoing Opportunity (> 1 year)
Start Date: December 31, 2020
End Date: January 1, 2022

  • Appropriate for youth (i.e., less than 18)
  • Appropriate for volunteers aged between 18 and 55
Opportunity Description:

Our student team will be writing and performing a production for residents and staff at Long-Term Care Homes across the Greater Vancouver Area. We will also be making handwritten cards (with hand-drawn art) featuring uplifting quotes, short stories, and poems for LTC staff and residents.



Team Composition

The LTC Initiative Team will be composed of incoming members to the Writing, Arts, and Production Departments. Members are welcome to join multiple departments as long as they are able to meet their responsibilities consistently. Taking consideration into their conduct as part of the LTC Initiative Team, members will be admitted into relevant positions in future initiatives without additional processes. Prioritized consideration for subsequent leadership positions will also be given to active members of each department.

Writing Team

  • Responsibilities
    • Collaborate with Production Team to write production manuscript
    • Collaborate with other writers to edit and finalize manuscript
    • Write uplifting pieces (stories, poems, quotes, etc.) for distribution among LTC communities
  • Qualities
    • Has some writing experience (creative OR academic)
    • Embraces teamwork
    • Has strong verbal and written communication skills
    • Is flexible and solution-oriented
    • ✨Good Vibes✨
  • Time Commitment
    • 3 hours per week | Responsive to Slack messages 5 days a week

Arts Team

  • Responsibilities
    • Collaborate with Production Department on visual performance pieces
    • Create simple designs for cards (individually and collaboratively)
    • Transcribe designs onto cards
  • Qualities
    • Has experience with various types of art (pastels, watercolor, etc.)
    • Is creative with designs and styles
    • Has strong verbal communication skills
    • ✨Good Vibes✨
  • Time Commitment
    • 3 hours per week | Responsive to Slack messages 5 days a week

Production Team

  • Responsibilities
    • Collaborate with entire department from inception to execution of production
    • Collaborate with Writing Department and Arts Department for written and visual components
    • Take on a specific production role (cast member, crew member, etc.)
  • Qualities
    • Has excellent communication skills
    • Embraces teamwork
    • Has proficient leadership skill
    • Has prior experience in performance arts (theatre, spoken word, dance, etc.) **not required, but very helpful**
    • ✨Good Vibes✨
  • Time Commitment
    • 4+ hours per week | Responsive to Slack messages 5 days a week


Since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Long Term Care Homes (LTCs) have faced significant adversity. The evolving pandemic threatened not only physical health, but also mental, as vulnerable groups found themselves increasingly isolated from loved ones. TheUpsideProject believes that smiles, laughter, and social interaction are essential for supporting mental health, now more so than ever, so we want to bring just those gifts to LTCs across the lower mainland this summer.

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