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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Resident Advisory Committee (RAC) Volunteer Position (New Westminster)

ABOUT FAMILY SERVICES OF GREATER VANCOUVER (FSGV)

Founded in 1928, FSGV is a charitable organization which works to inspire and support people in our community who live with personal, social and systemic barriers to participating fully in our society. We offer a broad range of programs and services across Vancouver and the Lower Mainland to help people to reach their full potential. This includes: counselling and therapy for women and children who are victims of violence, food and shelter, detox and safehouses for homeless youth, parenting skills training, community engagement through language classes, community kitchens, financial empowerment, seniors programs and more.

ABOUT NEIGHBOURHOOD SMALL GRANTS (NEW WESTMINSTER)

Neighbourhood Small Grants provide up to $500 for local residents to strengthen their community by bringing people together, sharing skills and knowledge, celebrating diversity, and increasing people’s sense of belonging. The grant is based on a simple but powerful idea—that everyone is a valuable member of the community and that we all have something to share.

In New Westminster, the grants are provided through a partnership between FSGV and the Vancouver Foundation, which created the program.

Local residents can come up with all kinds of creative ideas to bring people together. Previous years’ projects ranged from potlucks and clothing swaps to neighbourhood walking tours and multicultural cooking classes. Other ideas include harvest festivals, music groups, and art workshops. To ensure inclusivity, events must be free of charge to all participants.

For more information on the Neighbourhood Small Grants program, and to apply online, visit www.neighbourhoodsmallgrants.ca

VOLUNTEER POSITION DESCRIPTION

Family Services of Greater Vancouver is recruiting committee members to help support grassroots, community-building projects through the New Westminster Neighbourhood Small Grants (NSG) program.

We are looking for volunteers from a wide range of New Westminster residents (including those who have children at home, are senior, have a disability, or are single). Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and live in the City of New Westminster.

Term: RAC members serve for a two-year term, which may be renewed once for a total of
four years.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Promotion: Promote the NSG program through word of mouth, e-mail, social media, posters, and other means.
  • Grant reviewing: Review project proposals and make recommendations for funding in line with NSG goals, objectives, and program guidelines.
  • Assisting community gatherings: Assist in planning and conducting an orientation/cheque presentation session for NSG project leaders (usually held in the spring) and a program celebration and/or wrap-up session (usually held in the fall).
  • Support and mentorship: Support NSG project leaders by answering questions, attending their events, and providing mentorship as needed.
  • Storytelling: Share stories about noteworthy projects with other Advisory Committee members, the Program Coordinator, and Vancouver Foundation.
  • Feedback: Provide feedback and reflection on the NSG Program to the Program Coordinator and Vancouver Foundation for the purpose of improving the grant-making process and the overall program.
  • Recruitment: Identify individuals from within the community as potential committee members and make recommendations for recruitment to the Program Coordinator.

WHAT WE OFFER YOU

The opportunity to give back to your community and gain excellent experience in a friendly and supportive environment. 

HOW TO APPLY

Please contact Maylen Crespo, New Westminster NSG Coordinator, at mcrespo@fsgv.ca.

FSGV is committed to the principles of diversity. We encourage applications from qualified people of all genders and sexual orientations, visible minorities, Aboriginal persons and persons with disabilities.

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