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!

Here’s how you can get involved:

Fundraising Event Planner & Event Volunteers :
Trivia Night and Gala

September 2019

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 individuals who are interested in assisting with our annual fundraising events and have the following skills:

  • Event planning and organizing
  • Volunteer coordinating
  • Experience with silent auction collection and assembly
  • Obtaining sponsorships for events
  • Promoting and selling event tickets
  • Knowledge of and connection to the Blind or Partially Sighted Community would be considered an asset but is not required

We are looking for candidates who are invested in helping us raise funds that will support our programming throughout the year.

Blind Beginning’s mission is to inspire children and youth who are blind or partially sighted and their families through diverse programs, experiences, counselling and peer support, and opportunities to create fulfilling lives.

Expectations:

  • Alignment with our Mission
  • Serve on the Gala committee and assist with Trivia Night fundraiser
  • Attend monthly meetings, either in person or through Zoom (October through March)
  • Help solicit and collect items to be used in silent auction/door prizes
  • Decorating of the venue, set up and tear down
  • Selling 50/50 tickets/silent auction transactions
  • Volunteer at the events on the day of

Blind Beginnings hosts two fundraisers per year, a Trivia Night in February and an annual Gala at the end of March. The Trivia Night is casual smaller fundraiser. The Gala is our main fundraiser and is an opportunity to create space for our members and their families. It is also an opportunity to recognize local businesses that are providing accessibility. This much-loved and anticipated event has been running for 10 years and is a great opportunity to attract media to build awareness of our organization.

Candidates will connect with their own creativity in order to create a successful event.

Staff support and leadership is readily available.

The time commitment is approximately 4 – 6 hours per month which includes committee work, but this may vary depending on the number of committee members involved. In the days immediately leading up to the events there is a bit more of a time commitment and the day of the event will be a full day.

The first Committee meeting will be held at the beginning of October.

Please consider joining our dynamic and fun group of fundraising volunteers!

To Apply:

Please apply with a cover letter outlining your experience and skills to: amy@blindbeginnings.ca

We will ask volunteers to take our volunteer orientation session and provide a criminal record check (no charge).

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