Thank you for your interest in Blind Beginnings. Volunteers are essential to the continued growth of this unique organization. There are many ways you can help us to empower, enrich and encourage children and youth who are blind or partially sighted and their families across BC.
Club volunteers assist with a two hour club for blind and partially sighted children and their sighted siblings one Saturday a month during the school year. There are clubs offered in several regions of the province including; Metro-Vancouver, Fraser Valley, and Vancouver Island.
Club volunteers should be energetic, enthusiastic, friendly, outgoing, creative, and enjoy children. 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.
Youth Leaders must be blind or partially sighted, members of Blind Beginnings, and must complete the Youth Leadership Training offered once a year through Blind Beginnings. Once trained these volunteers will be expected to mentor younger children, do presentations in their schools or communities, and/or assist with the planning of fundraisers and special events.
Support Parents must be a parent of a child or youth who is blind or partially sighted, adjusted to their child’s visual impairment, and a member of Blind Beginnings. These parents will be expected to complete a 3-day training program. Once trained these parents will provide peer support to parents new to raising a blind child, and will offer support and resources, and assist with community presentations and/or
Childcare volunteers provide childcare during our Parent Support Group meetings. These volunteers must have experience working with young children. Early Childhood Education certification and/or experience is an asset.
Volunteer drivers assist by driving blind or partially sighted staff and volunteers to and from programs, or to gather supplies necessary for programs. Volunteer drivers must have a valid BC Driver’s license and a clean driver’s abstract. All driving volunteers will be reimbursed for mileage at the going rate.
Communications volunteers assist with our quarterly “Connections” Newsletter, as well as social media including Facebook and Twitter. They also may be asked to assist with small grant applications or attend information sessions to promote Blind Beginnings. Communications volunteers must have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Fundraising Committee Volunteers
Fundraising volunteers meet monthly to plan and implement fundraising events such as our annual Gala Dinner & Auction, Blind Beginnings Has Talent, Car Washes, Pub Nights, 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 during events.
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. Board members are expected to attend 2 hour monthly meetings and be willing to do 1-3 additional hours of work between meetings. Expertise in fundraising, event planning, accounting, public relations, marketing, human resources, or communications is an asset.
Two Steps to Volunteer
- 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 Criminal Record Letter PDF, complete and take to your local police station. Be sure to take photo ID with your form. Some community police stations only provide criminal record checks on certain days so you might want to call ahead. If there is a cost for the criminal record check, save your receipt and Blind Beginnings will reimburse you.
- Complete our online Volunteer Application below, then click the Submit button.