Volunteering in Sarnia-Lambton

VOLUNTEERING: A Great Way To Grow

Virtual Visitor

Virtually visit with a senior once or twice a week using an internet platform.

Puppeteer for a Cause!

Family Counselling Centre is in need of volunteers to join their Kids on the Block Program. Learn to puppeteer and present skits that provide youth in Sarnia with lessons on inclusion, prevention, and safety. No experience necessary. Join the fun today!

In-School Mentor

The In-School Mentoring program is a fun- based Mentoring Program that matches a caring adult volunteer on a one to one basis with a child at a local elementary school. For one hour a week mentors with their mentees engage in fun activities such as board games, crafts or just hanging out on the playground. All activities take place on school grounds during school hours. The children in the program benefit from the extra attention and friendship that an adult mentor can provide.

Couple Mentoring

The Couples Mentoring program matches a married or common-law couple aged 21 and over who would like to share the joys and rewards of befriending a child together. Through regular outings, a relationship is developed between the mentors and mentees that is built on trust and common interests and is supported by an experienced Caseworker. Couples generally spend about 80% of their time together with the Little Brother allowing some one to one time with child.

Big Sister Mentor

The Big Sister Mentoring Program provides girls with a positive female role model and friend to talk to and share the experiences of growing up with. Through regular outings, 3 to 4 hours a week, a relationship is developed between mentor and mentee that is built on trust and common interests and is supported by an experienced Caseworker. The result is a life changing experience for both the mentor and mentee that is built on trust and common interests and is supported by an experienced Caseworker. This program promotes the importance of staying in school and healthy relationships with family and peers while teaching trust, independent thinking and self confidence in order to make healthy decisions, all while having fun.

Literacy Volunteer: Children’s Program

SMART Group Fitness Instructor

Movement can be a lot more fun as a group but many seniors are unable to follow the intensity of a regular aerobics or other fitness class.  SMART classes are designed for seniors whether they need to complete the exercises in a chair, are able to stand and move or require a balance between the two.  VON will provide training and support for volunteers willing to lead a class in an apartment building, church or other facility close to where seniors live!

SCHOOL YEAR PROGRAM ASSISTANTS

Be actively involved with programs and assist our staff in providing an engaging and safe environment for our clients. Monday to Thurs from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. throughout the school year September to June. On PD Days we offer a children’s program in the afternoon instead of evening programs.

Are you interested in working with Children and Youth?
Do you have a teachable skill?
Interested in Fundraising? Board membership? Administrative opportunities?
Our volunteer opportunities allow you to use your expertise and knowledge, while giving back to the community.
As a volunteer in our Club you will:
Interact with clients as they participate in various activities.
Lead and supervise program activities ranging from fitness activities, cooking, arts etc.
Enhance your skills, add to your resume, and most importantly, have fun
How to Apply
Applicants must be at least 14 years old to volunteer.
Download and fill out the Volunteer Application form, located on our website.(www.bgcsarnia.com)Return to the Club by mail or in person to – 180 College Ave N, Sarnia ON N7T 7X2 (lower level, Forsythe St entrance) or by Email – llanouette@bgcsarnia.com
Attend an interview
Reference Check – All references listed on the application will be contacted. You can also include letters of reference if you have them. You can provide references, for example, from employers, teachers, coaches, co- workers, friends, neighbours, etc. Family members can not be used as a reference.
Applicants who are 18 years old or older will have to complete a Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC) relevant to their duties at the Club. The cost of the PVSC will be reimbursed to volunteers by the Club. This step can be done in person through your local police service
Once the above steps have been completed, you can begin volunteering according to the schedule you chose.
Placement Students
Placement opportunities are available for students who are currently involved in a high school, college or university programs that require a placement as part of their curriculum. The placement opportunities available at the Boys and Girls Club of Sarnia-Lambton focus mainly on program support but are dictated by the requirements of the placement and the needs of our organization. If you are interested in doing your student placement with Boys & Girls Club of Sarnia please contact Lisa Lanouette, Program Coordinator – llanouette@bgcsarnia.com

SPECIAL EVENT – (must be 18+)Looking for volunteers to assist with our Princess and Super Heroes party to be held in Spring 2019.

Are you interested in working with Children and Youth?
Do you have a teachable skill?
Interested in Fundraising? Board membership? Administrative opportunities?
Our volunteer opportunities allow you to use your expertise and knowledge, while giving back to the community.

As a volunteer in our Club you will:
Interact with clients as they participate in various activities.
Lead and supervise program activities ranging from fitness activities, cooking, arts etc.
Enhance your skills, add to your resume, and most importantly, have fun

How to Apply
Applicants must be at least 14 years old to volunteer.
Download and fill out the Volunteer Application form. Return to the Club by mail or in person to – 180 College Ave N, Sarnia ON N7T 7X2 (lower level, Forsythe St entrance) or by Email – llanouette@bgcsarnia.com
Attend an interview
Reference Check – All references listed on the application will be contacted. You can also include letters of reference if you have them. You can provide references, for example, from employers, teachers, coaches, co- workers, friends, neighbours, etc. Family members can not be used as a reference.
Applicants who are 18 years old or older will have to complete a Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC) relevant to their duties at the Club. The cost of the PVSC will be reimbursed to volunteers by the Club. This step can be done in person through your local police service
Once the above steps have been completed, you can begin volunteering according to the schedule you chose.

Placement Students
Placement opportunities are available for students who are currently involved in a high school, college or university programs that require a placement as part of their curriculum. The placement opportunities available at the Boys and Girls Club of Sarnia-Lambton focus mainly on program support but are dictated by the requirements of the placement and the needs of our organization. If you are interested in doing your student placement with Boys & Girls Club of Sarnia please contact Lisa Lanouette, Program Coordinator – llanouette@bgcsarnia.com

Telephone Visitor

We provide telephone visits to individuals who are waiting for a volunteer visitor to come to their home weekly.  Volunteers simply call to have a chat and keep in touch.  Calls may vary from 5-30 minutes depending on the individuals and situation.  Telephone visitors call at least monthly but if the client is lonely they may call as often as once a week.  Volunteers may choose to have from one to six clients on their call list and call the same people each month to establish  a relationship.