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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lanark County

Heidi McNeely
Volunteer Recruiter/Agency Promoter
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lanark County

18 William St. E.
Smiths Falls, ON
Canada K7A 1C2

TEL: 613-283-0570

E-mail: sandra.burelli@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca

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Visible Minorities or New Canadians; Disadvantaged; LGBTTQ; Youth (16-18 years); Youth (11-15 years); Children (0-10 years)

All young people in Lanark County realize their full potential.

To enable life-changing mentoring relationships to ignite the power and potential of young people in Lanark County.
We’re Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Many children and youth in Canada struggle with societal barriers and face adversities in their lives.

With the support of a mentor, these risks can be reduced or even avoided, and youth can reach their full potential.

We believe every child should have the opportunity to reach his or her full potential, both as individuals and citizens – that by doing so, they will not only do well, they will also do good.

We believe that by changing the course of young lives we can, in turn, be changing the course of a community’s future. That it could lead to an education in poverty and unemployment. Or to safer schools and neighbourhoods. Or to a renewed optimism for growth. That it could even lead to change on a broader, more far-reaching scale.

We believe that opening a child’s eyes to what is – opens their mind to what could be.

For nearly one hundred years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been making a positive difference in the lives of our nation’s youth by developing and implementing a wide range of mentoring programs. One-to-one and group programs, for both in school and outside of school.

Serving as role models, our mentors teach by example the importance of giving and giving back, of staying in school, and of having respect for family, peers and community. Each time we pair a child with a mentor or introduce a group of students to an in-school program, we start something incredible – a life-changing relationship built on friendship, trust and empowerment.

Witnessing the transformation of a child into a confident, concerned and motivated young person is a remarkable thing. Ushering them into adulthood, seeing them grow into a successful, responsible member of their community and society at large is even more satisfying. Proudly, it’s something our staff, volunteers and donors help bring about every day, and we’re very grateful for their generosity and support.

Whether it’s in the form of time or money there is no more important investment we as individuals can make than in helping our nation’s children realize – and share – their full potential.

We’re Big Brothers Big Sisters, and we believe in the value and values of mentoring.


Volunteer Opportunities

Jewel's Gently Used Clothing - Smiths Falls carries gently used clothing, books, house wares, dvds, and more.

The store manager is currently looking for a volunteer to cover a few hours on Thursday and Friday afternoons. Volunteers are NOT required to do both days, but can if they would like to.

A successful candidate will help with general tasks around the store.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
-steaming clothing
-general cleaning (sweep, dust, etc.)
-sorting clothing
-hanging clothing
-creating display racks and windows
-help with social media
Location: 18 William St. E
Smiths Falls, ON
Deadline: Aug 31, 2021
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lanark County operates two thrift stores: Jewel's Gently Used Clothing. One is located in Smiths Falls and the other is in Perth. All proceeds go directly to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lanark County and the programs that it provides.
This position will include visiting the store location(s), arranging outfits, taking photos and videos, posting to social media, etc.
Social media experience is mandatory. Marketing skills - a valuable asset.
Successful candidates will work in collaboration with the existing team of staff and volunteers, to help with store promotion and advertising merchandise that would appeal to new and existing customer base.
Location: 18 William St. E., Smiths Falls
46 A Wilson St., Perth
Deadline: Jul 31, 2021
Big Brothers Big Sisters provides opportunity for a young person to be matched with a mentor (Big Brother/Big Sister) in Lanark County. Many young people struggle with societal barriers and face adversities in their lives. However, with the support of a mentor, these risks can be reduced or even avoided, and help the young person to reach their fullest potential.
Mentors (Bigs) are fully screened and matched with a young person (Little). Big and Littles spend consistent time together, whether it is going for ice cream, to the park, to a sports game, and so on.
The hours are flexible, and determined between parties involved.
Bigs and Littles both experience benefits, including growth, self-fulfillment, socialization, companionship, and so on.
The amount of time a match exists depends on many factors. Some matches last for a year, but some last for a lifetime. The agency asks that mentors be willing to commit to at least one year.
Location: 18 William St. E.
Smiths Falls, ON
Deadline: Jul 31, 2021