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Friendship-based match

 

Friendship-based Match 

Volunteers in the one-on-one matching program are connected with an immigrant or refugee who lives in Abbotsford and has reached out for support. The time commitment is approximately 2 hrs per week for a minimum of 6 months.

Job Description:

  • Schedule meetings with “match” and plan activities
  • Offer English language support to a new immigrant or refugee
  • Share insights into Canadian culture
  • Share knowledge of the local community, attractions, events, and activities
  • Offer friendship and support

 

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the challenges facing new immigrants/refugees
  • Knowledge of the community and the resources that are available
  • Fluency in English
  • Patience and empathy
  • Sensitivity to cross-cultural differences

 

This volunteer position is best suited for someone who is:

  • Outgoing and friendly
  • Not judgmental or critical
  • Patient
  • Respectful
  • A native or fluent English speaker

Virtual Conversation Circle Volunteer Facilitator

PROGRAM NAME: Community Connections              

 

POSITION TITLE: English Conversation Circle Volunteer

                                   

SCHEDULE: Weekly,  2 hours per session/ once a week 

 

LOCATION: Online via Zoom

 

REPORTS TO: Lata Aggarwal 

DESCRIPTION: English Virtual Conversation Circle volunteers assist immigrant and refugee newcomers with informal English practice at weekly online drop-in sessions. Volunteers lead small groups of participants organized according to their English level. This volunteer position involves leading a small group (3-4 people) of newcomers with various topics that support learning about Canadian culture; practicing listening and speaking with others; learning new vocabulary; and understanding idioms and expressions.  Archway staff provide materials and resources to assist with discussions.

Conversation Circles give newcomers an opportunity to connect with each other and practice speaking English, while learning about Canadian culture and their new community from a volunteer.

TIME COMMITMENT: In most cases, the time commitment is 2 hrs per week (min. 6 months.)  Volunteers can choose either the morning or evening session: Tuesdays from 10-11:30am or Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30pm. 

DUTIES:

  • Facilitate an online conversation group of English language learners (normally 3-5 participants)
  •  Commit to a regular volunteer schedule (one class per week)
  •  Have access to a laptop/computer and reliable internet access
  •  Encourage attendees to practice speaking English 
  •  Manage dialogue and keep conversation flowing
  •  Ensure that conversations remain respectful
  •  Share insights into Canadian culture
  •  Attend occasional training sessions 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Fluency in English
  •  Knowledge of or willingness to learn about the challenges facing new immigrants/refugees
  •  Willingness and ability to communicate with newcomers who are still learning English
  •  Previous experience interacting with individuals whose first language is not English
  •  Sensitivity to cross-cultural differences
  •  Available to volunteer for 2 hours per week
  •  Previous teaching and/or facilitation experience is an asset

This volunteer position is best suited for someone who is:

  • Patient and friendly
  •  An excellent communicator
  •  Open-minded and non-judgmental
  •  Comfortable using the computer 
  •  A native or fluent English speaker
  •  Reliable and committed
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Seniors

Our staff and volunteer team provide Information, Referral and Resource Services.

These services help link and refer older adults to community supports, programs and services within Abbotsford that are relevant to them. Some of these services and supports may include but are not limited to the following:

This service may be accessed in person or over the phone. 

 

Volunteers are needed to support senior programs and services. Here is a list of possible opportunities:

  • Volunteer Drivers
  • Event Set -up volunteers
  • Better at Home Volunteer
  • Application and Referral Support Volunteers

Lunch with the Bunch

Help seniors get out of the house, meet new friends and have some fun!

Volunteer Drivers bring seniors to and from Lunch with the Bunch.

Pre-event: Set up room. Set required tables and chairs, set equipment (sound system, games as required), set tables, (table cloths, cutlery, coffee cups, condiments), make coffee, fill water jugs, fill creamers, set water for soup, set up for tea, set menu board, set out client name tags.

Mondays 9:30 pick-up/12:45 return

Abbotsford Community Services
2420 Montrose Ave

 

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