Relationship Volunteer with Mom2Mom
A Community of Support
Mom2Mom is currently seeking volunteers! Are you passionate about supporting women? Do you want to give back to your community? By joining Mom2Mom, you will have the opportunity to help low-income moms and their children in Vancouver. In addition, you will gain a community of women who care for one another while modelling compassion, strength, personal responsibility, and integrity.
Relationship volunteers are paired with a participant mom to build a relationship through monthly communication and at least one face-to-face meet up (this can be done virtually). The moms we serve live with daily stress around issues like food security, housing, and providing basic things for their children like transportation, access to health care, literacy skills, recreation etc. As a relationship volunteer, you offer someone to talk to who is outside the chaos of your participant mom’s life.
You also offer respectful, non-judgmental support to your participant mom. Both partners benefit from the relationship as the relationship volunteer witnesses the strength of women living in poverty and their ability to care for their children against very tough odds. The participant moms benefit from the consistent, supportive relationship and practical help related to navigating bureaucratic systems. For some participant moms, their Mom2Mom relationship volunteer may be the first unpaid person in her life who is just helping out of a sense of compassion and who doesn’t have power over her to remove her children.
Identify as a woman
Are compassionate and have an open attitude
Are able to set and exercise personal boundaries
Completion of a criminal record check
Can make a one-year minimum commitment to a relationship with your participant mom
Can contribute approximately four hours per month of your time, including one face-to-face meeting with your participant mom and a few texts or a phone call
"We could volunteer our time anywhere but we don't...the message we get from Mom2Mom is so clear, so community driven." - a Mom2Mom volunteer
"There's no relationship like this. I've been with single moms groups, or programs at the YMCA. They're great but they don't do what Mom2Mom does. The friendships are key. The community is key. Nowhere else can you [gain] perspective from people who have climbed up from where you are. It really lifts you up, rather than keeping you down." - a participant mom
"Women understand women...no matter where you come from, we know we have to help each other out." - a Mom2Mom volunteer
"The relationships we build are priceless." - a participant mom
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