Volunteer Opportunities

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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!

Opportunities:

Blind Beginnings General Board Member

February 2020

Since 2008, Blind Beginnings Society has envisioned a world where seeing things differently inspires limitless potential for children in BC who are blind or partially sighted. Through educational and experiential workshops, pre-employment training, summer camps, recreational activities and individualized counselling, Blind Beginnings offers these youth opportunities to develop skills, confidence and independence.

We are currently seeking an individual from British Columbia with experience in Accounting or Finance and Investment Management to join our Board of Directors.

We are looking for a candidate who is invested in helping us sharpen our financial strategy and strengthen our future, who has not-for-profit experience, and a desire to support young people in BC who are blind or partially sighted.

Expectations:

  • Alignment with our Mission
  • Work with the Board to execute its financial governance, stewardship and fiduciary responsibilities
  • Attend monthly board meetings
  • Serve on the Finance Committee
  • Attend events as required

Volunteers who contribute their time and knowledge on our Board can expect the opportunity to influence the future growth and success of Blind Beginnings, to develop meaningful relationships with fellow board and committee members, staff and community, and to gain knowledge and build skills in the area of Board governance.

The time commitment is approximately 4 to 5 hours per month which includes committee work. Board meetings are usually held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month in the evening.

To Apply:
Please apply with a resume and cover letter to: shawn@blindbeginnings.ca

Interviews will take place in March 2020.

Blind Beginnings strives to ensure our Board of Directors reflects the needs of the community we serve. We aim for a diversity of backgrounds including ethnicity, gender, age, abilities, regional representation and cultural background.

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

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