Calling all recruits

By Geoff Lee

February 23, 2017 12:00 AM

STEP RIGHT UP Jacqueline Weed, Big Brothers Big Sisters Lloydminster Bowl for Kids Sake coordinator, during last year's Wii bowling tournament held at three elementary schools. Weed says there's a vital need of 28 vounteers. FILE LLS PHOTO

Big Brothers Big Sisters looking for nearly 30 volunteers

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lloydminster is looking to fill 28 volunteer positions in 28 days.
Throughout the month of February, the organization is looking to recruit community members to donate their time towards all facets of what is done within the agency.
Jacquie Weed, director of service delivery with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lloydminster, said 12 volunteer enquiries have come in as of Feb. 21.
“We’ve got some applications out for some program volunteers and just following up and getting those people back in to do their interviews and their training,” Weed said.
The same recruitment campaign took place in February 2016, and 29 spots were successfully filled in 29 days, Weed said.
“We’re hoping this year we can reach the goal as well,” she said.
“We always have kids on the waiting list, there’s always that need for the volunteers.”
Several programs, with varying time commitments, are available for those interested in volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Weed explained the Big Brother Big Sisters program, or the couples match, is a commitment of a couple hours per week spent with a child doing something both the adult and the child find interesting.
“They might just be going to Tim Hortons for hot chocolate, so that might be an hour, or they might be spending a day doing scrapbooking, that’s why we generalize it and say a couple hours a week on evenings and weekends,” Weed said.
Another option is in school mentoring, which Weed explained is a commitment of one hour per week during the school week, during the school year.
“They (volunteers) are matched with a child in one of our schools where we run the program,” Weed said. “For those people that don’t have the evenings and weekends free, sometimes that’s an option for them.”
Weed said the same kind of activities take place as traditional matches, simply things that interest both the adult and the child.
“They can do board games, they can do crafts, they can do baking, they can play outside, it just has to take place on the school grounds,” she said.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is always looking for board members, Weed said, another aspect of volunteer work available to the community.
“Board members meet once a month for ten months of the year,” Weed said.
“They are the ones responsible for making the decisions about the financial well being of the agency and those sorts of things,” she said.
“Doing some representation in public, those sorts of things.”
For those who may not want to work with kids or are unsure and think they don’t have the skills to work with kids, to which Weed commented, “you don’t need any of (skills to work with kids),” volunteering to raise funds for the organization could be a good fit.
“The fundraising is a huge piece. Without the fundraising we do in our agency we wouldn’t be able to support those programs,” Weed said. “We have so many things we do on a monthly basis that we could definitely find something for somebody.”
Weed said for those interested in volunteering to come by the organization to sit down and figure out what the volunteers’ interests are, and how much time they can commit.
Information is also available by calling the organization at 306-825-5757 to speak with any one of the staff members.
Weed said those who volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sister know they are helping make a difference in the lives of children and our community.
“Whether it’s the fundraising or being in a match they get to see what they’re doing directly.
“All the money that we raise in our agency from our fundraising events stays right here to impact those matches and support those matches and those kids that are on the waiting list and all those families,” Weed said.

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