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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Volunteer Friend – Richmond Family Friend Program

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 THE RICHMOND FAMILY FRIEND PROGRAM

Many immigrant families feel isolated in their new country. They face the stress of raising children in a place where they don’t know the systems, and they often have language barriers. They feel alone and could use a friend who knows the community.

The Richmond Family Friend program matches struggling immigrant parents of young children with a mentor in their community. The mentor is a volunteer who will connect with the parent(s) as a friend and supporter to help them get better acquainted with their community. (Learn more about the Richmond Family Friend program.)

VOLUNTEER POSITION DESCRIPTION

We are in need of several volunteers to help newcomer families settle in the community. If you enjoy working with families and children, and are looking for a way to make a significant difference in your community, this position is for you! 

Key responsibilities include:

  • Providing one on one support and friendship to newcomer families with young children.
  • Meeting with the family once a week over coffee, at the park or other activities.
  • Providing friendship to families and information about community resources.

Knowledge of a second language is considered an asset. If your application is successful, a Criminal Record Check must be completed (at no cost to you). Training will be provided.

WHAT WE OFFER YOU

The opportunity to give back to your community and gain excellent work experience in a friendly and supportive environment. You’ll get to share your experience with others, and discover workshops and other fun activities throughout the year for you and your family. 

Start Date: ASAP

Location: Mainly in Richmond. May need to accompany families to Vancouver if necessary. 

Commitment: Flexible. As minimum as 1 hour per week. 

Hours: Flexible. The schedules vary according to needs of the family.

HOW TO APPLY

Please contact Judy Venable at 604-279-7100 or jvenable@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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