Big Brothers Big Sisters Cornwall & District

OUR PROGRAMS
BIG BUNCH (ages 6-16) -Volunteer in a group activity twice per month as a team with children on our waiting list (2 volunteers/2 to 5 children) -Participate in the recreational events planned by our Recreational Committee or the team can plan an event of their own

TRADITIONAL BIG BROTHER/BIG SISTER (ages 6-16) -A few hours once a week for a one on one with your Little -Must be able to commit for a 1-year term as most of our Littles have waited longer

COUPLES FOR KIDS (ages 6-16) -You and your spouse volunteer together once a week for a few hours with your Little -The three of you can decide together what to do

IN SCHOOL MENTORING (ISM) (JK-Gr8) -Program is operated in local elementary schools -Volunteer Mentor meets with a Mentee (student) on school property, at the same time once a week for 1 hour

GO GIRLS (ages 12-14) -A mentoring program designed to promote physical activity, and healthy eating in young girls -Up to 8 girls per session facilitated by 2 female “Go Girl” mentors/volunteers -Incorporates fun, education & relationship building activities -Runs after school, 1 day a week for 7 weeks (sessions are 2 hours long)

GAME ON (ages 10-14) -A mentoring program designed to promote and inform boys to make healthy lifestyle choices -Based on 4 themes: physical activity, healthy eating, communication skills and self-esteem -facilitated by 2 male “Game On” facilitators -Runs after school, 1 day a week, for 7 weeks (sessions are 75 minutes long)

HOW THE VOLUNTEERING PROCESS WORKS
The following is a general overview of the volunteering application process. You, the volunteer applicant:

  • Completes an application with their local agency and signs agreement of confidentiality
  • Participates in a one-to-one interview with a staff member at the Big Brothers Big Sisters agency
  • Submits a vulnerable sector screen and criminal record check
  • Successfully completes an orientation and child safety training
  • Is notified of their acceptance/non-acceptance
  • If accepted as a volunteer mentor

THE MATCHING PROCESS
The following is matching:

  • The caseworker, now familiar with the volunteer and the children and youth waiting to be matched, discusses a potential match with the volunteer, the child or youth, and, depending on the program, with the family
  • The caseworker arranges for a meeting between the child or youth, the volunteer mentor, and often the parent or guardian

If everyone agrees, the match can begin!

Contact: 613-933-8035 or cornwall@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca
Website: https://cornwall.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/volunteer/
Address: 101 Third St W, Cornwall

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