Want to Help Single Parent Families?
Be the first person that our visitors or callers encounter. Your supportive listening and accurate referrals will create the sense of community that many say strengthens them the most when they visit the Centre. Twenty-five hours of training are offered over a 10-week period for this position. A six month commitment to volunteer an average of half a day per week is requested. About the Training
Make a concrete difference to struggling parents by accepting, sorting and displaying the toys, clothes and bread donated daily. Every month, 450 families stretch their budgets by using our free clothing and bread rooms, operated only by volunteers.
Special Project Volunteers
Do you have a special skill or talent that you want to develop or share? Join our Community Relations Team and help with fundraising, join our Board of Directors and help shape the vision of our Centre, help us with data entry & clerical tasks, driving, gardening and so much more.
MOMentum: Moms and Mentors
MOMentum Series: Moms & Mentors matches isolated single Moms – who are often grappling with poverty as well as the emotional and psychological difficulties that so often accompany relationship dissolution – with volunteer Mentors for friendship, support, and positive role modeling. Through participating in the mentorship program, the Moms develop the capacity to form strong community connections and develop positive living skills which increase their self-reliance and resiliency and help them become stronger individuals and mothers.
Each year, 30 – 35 Moms with 40 – 45 children are matched with Mentors to form close relationships that foster the development of the Moms’ innate parenting capacities. Our non-judgmental, strength-based approach helps Moms recognize and harness the inner resources they already possess to be loving with their children. The MOMentum series promotes the value of volunteerism by carefully matching Moms with volunteer women from the community who act as Mentors, and receive ongoing training and support from our program coordinator. The Moms and Mentors make a year-long commitment to meet weekly for support, friendship, and fun.
To further strengthen the unique community established within the program, all the Moms and Mentors (and their kids) gather together monthly at a local community centre to share a nutritious meal and listen to speakers on a variety of relevant topics (from cooking on a shoestring budget to financial literacy to container vegetable growing to adolescent sexual health, the topics covered range from the practical and useful to the joyful). While the Moms and Mentors are enjoying some “adult time”, the kids are playing and making friends themselves under the watchful eyes of fully-trained ECE-qualified childcare providers. All of this is provided to our single moms and kids, free of charge.
For more information, contact Sanni Rosebrock at Sanni@1-up.ca
Peer Helper Training
Our key volunteer role is the Peer Helper position. Our Peer Helper volunteer program involves a 10-week (once a week) training.
The initiative trains volunteers to do immediate support sessions with parents who drop in to the Centre, as well as phone sessions to help single parents who face barriers to accessing the Centre. The skilled volunteers will be able to assist parents in 1) clarifying and prioritizing issues, 2) finding solutions to their own problems, as well as 3) providing single parents with strategies designed to help them cope with day-to-day stressors.
Volunteers will receive training in effective listening, providing empathetic and respectful support, problem solving, limit setting and crisis management, understanding of single parent issues, and knowledge of community resources.
Peer Helpers are the “face” of 1Up, offering a warm, empathetic, non-judgmental first point of contact for single parents who access our resources. Peer Helpers do new member intakes, offer community resource referrals, are responsible for some administrative tasks, and engage with and offer support to our members.
For more information, contact Tanya Carr at (250) 385-1114 ext. 233 or Tanya@1-up.ca
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”