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VOLUNTEER WITH THE BEYOND 21 CONNECT PROGRAM

The Connect Program is a volunteer-based befriending initiative that aims to cultivate social relationships between volunteers and adults with developmental disabilities. There are two ways you can get involved:

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Individual volunteers are connected with a Beyond 21 program participant and spend one-on-one time exploring shared interests in the community. Volunteers and participants are carefully matched, taking each persons interests and personality into account. 1:1 Connections meet on a regular basis (minimum once monthly) and enjoy lots of fun activities – going out for coffee, sharing a meal, getting a manicure, attending a sports event or creative workshop, etc.

Hub Connections

Hub Volunteers spend time connecting with and supporting the social involvement of Beyond 21 program participants in a supervised group setting. Activities take place on site at The Hub (our programming space) where volunteers are invited to share their talents and take part in different activities alongside participants (i.e. art, crafting, puzzles, card games, billiards, baking, etc.).

WE CAREFULLY SCREEN ALL OF OUR VOLUNTEERS!

Use the drop-down menus below to learn more about our screening process:

Anyone interested in becoming a befriending volunteer with the Connect Program must first complete and submit an application form to be reviewed by the People Connector (Coordinator of Volunteer Services). Applications can be downloaded and submitted from our Current Opportunities page. Important Note: If there are no volunteer opportunities available at the time, we will hold your application on file for a six-month period and get in touch with you if something comes up!
Once an application has been reviewed, the People Connector will get in touch with the potential volunteer to schedule an in-person interview. Important Note: The interview process takes approximately 30-minutes. We respect your schedule - if you are invited for an interview, we will do our best to arrange a time and place that works for you!
Potential volunteers must provide two references that we can get in touch with. References help us to assess whether a potential volunteer is the right fit for the befriending program. Important Note: If you are invited for an interview, please come prepared with the contact information (name, phone, email address) for two references (one professional and one character).
The orientation & training session is approximately 4-hours, depending on the size of the training group. Training serves to equip befriending volunteers with the information and skills required to safely fulfill their role.
Connect Program volunteers are required to clear a Vulnerable Sector Police Check (VSPC) as they occupy a position of trust in working with vulnerable persons. We need to see the original copy of a recent VSPC (completed within the last 6-months). A standard criminal records check will not be accepted. Exception: Youth ages 17 and under will not be required to complete a Vulnerable Sector Police Check. Important Note: We will give you a signed letter to submit to the police station/OPP detachment in your area. This will ensure that you get the volunteer rate when paying for your police check. Please note that volunteers are responsible for covering the cost of their VSPC.

Check out our Current Opportunities page to see a list of volunteer positions we are recruiting for!

 

Application Forms

Befriending Volunteer Application Form (Adults Ages 18+)

If you are under the age of 18 please visit our Youth & Family Volunteering page

* Application forms can be submitted via email to volunteer@beyond21.org or mailed/delivered to 1500 Cumberland Street (Room 111), Cornwall, ON K6J 4K9 *

 

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