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COVID-19 Support: 
Yes
Virtual work: 
Yes
Position description: 

(for male-identifying/gender-fluid/non-binary adult volunteers)

As a Big Brother, you’ll be matched with a “Little Brother” in your area who needs a positive male influence. With this volunteer opportunity, you’ll spend 2 – 4 hours with your “Little” once a week – hike, bike, or just hang out. In some areas of the Lower Mainland, children are waiting upwards of 2-3 years for a mentor like yourself, there’s never been a better time to get involved.

What we do today makes a difference tomorrow. 2+ hours each week volunteer opportunity is all it takes to become a Big Brother. Become a kid again by doing a variety of fun activities and games with a Little Brother, aged 7 – 14.

The Big Brothers Mentoring program provides boys with a role model and a friend to talk to and share the experiences of growing up with. Through regular outings, a friendship is developed between the Big and Little Brother, that is built on trust, and common interests and values. Furthermore, the result is a life-changing experience for both the mentor and the mentee. Most importantly, you don’t need to be a superhero or have a wealth of experience with kids to get involved – consistency and dedication are two of the most important qualities we look for in our volunteers.

All it takes is 2-4 hours each week and a minimum one-year commitment to the program. Develop new skills, try out new activities, and be a role model. We take pride in our matching process, so our ideal is to match you with a child or youth who lives close and shares a similar personality and interests. Some of the activities Big and Little Brothers like do to are:

• Cycling
• Soccer
• Arts and crafts
• Mini golf
• Listening to music
• Cooking
• Fishing

Alternatively, check out our Facebook and Instagram pages (@BigBrothersYVR) which cite the experience of many of our Big Brothers volunteers.

“It’s amazing how easy it can be to volunteer when doing something you enjoy.”

Qualifications: 

No special skills or previous experience necessary but must be caring and dependable. Must be 18 years or older. However a formal application process is required, and you'll be asked for Criminal Record Check - Vulnerable Sector after your application is complete.

Role is suitable for: 
Adult
Senior
English as a second language (ESL)
How to apply: 
https://www.bigbrothersvancouver.com/volunteer-application-what-should-i-expect/
Contact person: 
Wes Martin
Contact phone: 
604-876-2447 x230
Contact e-mail: 
Other Volunteer Opportunities: 

(We welcome gender-diverse couples, including transgender and gender-fluid, and couples of all sexual orientation.)

Couples who are cohabitating, married or living common law who wish to volunteer together can be matched with a mentee through our Big Couples Mentoring Program (an extension of the One-to-One Community Based Mentoring Program). This program is designed for couples who wish to make a difference in the life of a child who needs a mentor and can benefit from an additional friendship in their life.

Volunteer skills: 
One-on-One Role Model, Companion, Escort

(for adult volunteers of all genders; offered virtually through Zoom, and in-person at City Centre Library, Strawberry Hill Library in Surrey, Sunset Community Centre in Vancouver and North Burnaby Neighbourhood House)

Volunteer skills: 
One-on-One Role Model, Companion, Escort
Volunteer Centre: 
Cause Tags: 
Family & Children
LGBTTIQQ2SA
Volunteerism
Mission:
We support child and youth development through essential volunteer-led mentoring programs.
Position type:
Number of volunteers required:
42
Position start/end date:
9 Nov 2020
Time Committment:
2 Hours Per Week
Time of day:
Daytime, Evening, Weekdays, Weekend, Virtual
Work location:
Various
Greater Vancouver Area, BC
Last Updated: November 9, 2020
Posting will Automatically Expire: February 7, 2021