Volunteer Opportunities

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Christina Duncan, Recreation Therapist – Sighted Guide Volunteer – Do The Grind Blind Challenge 2017

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Thank you for your interest in Blind Beginnings. Volunteers are essential for us to help BC’s children who are blind or partially sighted reach their full potential.

In 2016, more than 2,400 hours were contributed to our programming, events and administration. Come join our team and make a real difference!

Here’s how you can get involved:

Volunteer Positions

Tandem Cycling Pilots
The Buddy-Up Tandem Cycling Club is seeking confident cyclists who have strong verbal communication skills and a positive attitude! This is a fun and rewarding volunteer opportunity to assist youth who are blind or partially sighted experience the joy of riding a bike. The pilot sits on the front of the bike and is responsible for the steering, braking, shifting gears, and providing verbal information to their stoker.

When: Rides will take place Sunday mornings throughout the summer, starting May 6 (volunteers are not required to commit to every Sunday!)
Where: North Burnaby (Union Street meeting location)
Who: Anyone who completes the volunteer training is eligible to become a volunteer

Junior Explorers Club Volunteers
These volunteers assist with a two hour club for blind and partially sighted children and their sighted siblings once per month during the school year.  The club takes place at the Bridgeview Community Centre in Surrey the 4th Saturday of the month. Club volunteers should be energetic, enthusiastic, friendly, outgoing, creative, and enjoy children.

Time commitment: 2 hours, one Saturday per month
Location: Bridgeview Community Centre – Surrey
Prerequisites: First Aid training and abilities in sports, music, and crafts are an asset.

Camp Hornby Volunteers
Blind Beginnings coordinates an outdoor adventure camp for blind and partially sighted children and their families. The camp takes place for a week each July at the Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Centre on Hornby Island, and volunteers are crucial to the camp’s success! Your duties as a Camp Hornby volunteer will include helping individual campers with personal needs, dorm supervision at night, working with outdoor education centre staff during program planning and delivery, and/or being a “buddy” for the week to one or more unaccompanied campers.

Time commitment: 60 hours, over 5 days in July
Location: Hornby Island
Prerequisites: First Aid training

Childcare Volunteers
Childcare volunteers provide childcare during our Parent Support Group meetings, which take place in conjunction with the Surrey Junior Explorers Club (every 4th Saturday during the school year).

Time commitment: 2 hours, one Saturday per month
Location: Bridgeview Community Centre – Surrey
Prerequisites: Experience working with children. Early Childhood Education certification and/or experience is an asset.

Volunteer Drivers
Volunteer drivers assist by driving blind or partially sighted staff and volunteers to and from programs, or to gather supplies necessary for programs.  All driving volunteers will be reimbursed for mileage at the going rate.

Time commitment: as needed
Location: various throughout Greater Vancouver
Prerequisites: Volunteer drivers  must have a valid BC Driver’s license and a clean driver’s abstract. They must also have their own vehicle.

Communications Volunteers
Communications volunteers assist with our youth-led newsletter – Limitless News – as well as creating awareness for our programs and events via social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). There are also opportunities to participate in our Youth Speakers Bureau, assisting with presentations to schools and community groups to promote Blind Beginnings. Communications volunteers must have excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Time commitment: as needed
Location: can be done primarily from home, with occasional meetings at Blind Beginnings office
Prerequisites: Strong skills in written English, access to computer with knowledge of Microsoft Word and Powerpoint

Fundraising & Event Volunteers
Every year Blind Beginnings organizes a series of events and activities to raise awareness and funds to run its programs – Gala Dinner & Auction, Blind Beginnings Has Talent, Walk-a-thon, etc.  Duties may include assisting with applications for sponsorship, seeking out donations for silent and live auctions, selling tickets, and assisting with set up and take down and other related duties before, during and after each event.

Time commitment: 5-10 hours per month
Location: primarily from home with meetings once per month (2 hours) at Blind Beginnings office
Prerequisites: none

Board Members
Board members are leadership volunteers who must be members of Blind Beginnings. A minimum of 60 percent of our Board must be blind or partially sighted or a family member of a child/youth who is blind or partially sighted.

Time commitment: Board meeting 2 hours once per month plus 1-3 additional hours between meetings
Location: Meetings take place at Blind Beginnings office
Prerequisites: Expertise in fundraising, event planning, accounting, public relations, marketing, human resources, or communications is an asset.

Two Steps to Volunteer

  1. All volunteers interested in working in any of the roles that involve interacting with our members must complete a criminal record check. Only communications, fundraising, and Board member volunteers do not require a criminal record check. Please download our Volunteer Criminal Record Letter to take to your local police station. Be sure to take photo ID with your form. If there is a cost for the criminal record check, save your receipt and Blind Beginnings will reimburse you.
  2. Complete our online Volunteer Application below, then click the Submit button.

Volunteer Application Form