Chosen Action/Charity

Thanks everyone for all of your collaborative efforts! Please post your response to the questions below by Feb 27:

1.) What is the action/charity/organization that you and your group are planning to volunteer for? Briefly describe their purpose.

2.) How do you know this will be a positive and sustainable impact?

3.) Please post when you are going to start. You should be making contact with your organization by Wed Feb 27 at the latest.

Thanks!

Ms. Martin and Ms. Stuart

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Hi everyone! 

Here are my responses to the following questions: 

1.) What is the action/charity/organization that you and your group are planning to volunteer for? Briefly describe their purpose. 

Me and @Bogdan Badea (Charles Best) are planning to volunteer for the Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver. This is a charity that we’ve been quite interested in helping out because their principles align with our values. As mentioned in my previous comment concerning this project, my team’s value statement demonstrates our wants for personal growth in every individual. We believe that everyone deserves the right to be presented with the possibilities to pursuit positive activities, experiences and education to enrich their individuality. Furthermore, each citizen should be able to have access to these opportunities regardless of their gender, religion, race or sexuality.  

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Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver promotes the principals of diversity. They believe that it is an important investment to help our community’s children for that they can realize and share their full potential (1). Moreover, their vision is to put a mentor in the life of every individual who is in need for one (1, 2, 3). They find that with a positive role model, a child can gain a sense of belonging. Thus, they can find a reassurance of strengths, so they can be inspired to grasp their full potential (4). This charity does it with their volunteer-led mentoring programs (1, 2). Thus, their purpose is to support and offer such programs to the youth that are in need of one. They have been existing since 1957 and continue to strive for their vision (2). 

2.) How do you know this will be a positive and sustainable impact? 

We know that this will be a positive and sustainable impact because of the personal stories that we’ve heard about this organization. I have a peer and friend who participates in one of these mentoring programs. She mentions how she really enjoys the opportunity she is given to truly make an impact on a child’s life. Consequently, my team hopes to make a similar contribution to the community we’ve grown up in. Furthermore, we know this will be an influence on our society due to the research we’ve done online. Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver is very well known for their reputation. Many sites we’ve browsed project their extraordinary impact. More example, in an evaluation done by Boston Consulting Group in 2013, they’ve found that for every $1 invested in mentoring, there is an $18 return to society (5, 6). We found this statistic beautiful because it represents the amount of effort and passion put into this charity to strive for the personal growth of the children in our community. The study also mentioned that over their working lives, the mentored children have been found to earn on average $350, 000 more than those who didn’t participate in such activities (6).  

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3.) Please post when you are going to start. You should be making contact with your organization by Wed Feb 27 at the latest. 

Me and Bogdan are particularly intrigued by the Teen Mentoring Program that they offer. We know that Charles Best Secondary School is one of the 15 high schools that participate in this incredible initiative. With this knowledge, we’ve decided to apply online via this site : https://www.bigbrothersvancouv...ntoring-application/ . Both will be filing an application to volunteer after we meet up on Tuesday. We, furthermore, know that such opportunity has been offered at our school before, and the contact person to join this initiative is Ms. John, our school counsellor. Consequently, my team will also be attempting to drop by her office the next week for more information. The time when we would be doing this will be dependent on her availability. However, if we aren’t accepted within the time span given, we strive to, thus, fundraise with an activity at our school and donate earned money to the charity. 

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Here are the websites I used for research: 

(1) https://www.bigbrothersvancouv.../vision-and-mission/  

(2) https://chimp.net/charities/bi...of-greater-vancouver  

(3) http://www.bc211.ca/2015/08/bi...ery-child-needs-one/ 

(4) https://www.bigbrothersvancouv...tion/book-a-pick-up/  

(5) https://www.charityintelligenc...of-greater-vancouver  

(6) https://bbbscalgary.ca/wp-cont...nInvestmentStudy.pdf  

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Thank you for reading my response to the Chosen Action and Charity Project, 

Alison 

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Hi guys!

Below are my answers to the following questions:

1.) What is the action/charity/organization that you and your group are planning to volunteer for? Briefly describe their purpose.

So, myself, @Venus Seyedi (Charles Best), and @Catherine Eckman (Charles Best) value was equality. Accordingly, we searched for a charity who shared this value with us. Surprisingly enough, it was quite difficult for us to find a charity that accepts volunteers that focuses on equality. However, the YWCA of Metro Vancouver does strive towards equality for women - in fact, it is their vision. Their mission, on the other hand, is "to touch lives and build better futures for women and their families through advocacy and integrated services that foster economic independence, wellness and equal opportunities." In other words, they are working towards improving the lives of women and their families through different services and care they provide. 

However, the YWCA offers quite a few different programs and volunteer opportunities. So, we decided to choose the Youth Advisory Council or YAC for short. The YAC, a grassroots program, works towards empowering the youth in Metro Vancouver in order for them to achieve social change and gender equality, primarily through media literacy. To be a viable candidate for the YAC, you must be between the ages of 15-21 and must be passionate about...

  • "Digital literacy and media representation
  • Sexualization of girls and hyper-masculinization of boys
  • Intersectionality"

We believe that the YAC matches up very nicely with our value and all three of us are very interested in the topics discussed by the YAC. 

2.) How do you know this will be a positive and sustainable impact?

We believe that this action will have a positive and sustainable impact because the YMCA and YWCA are quite reputable. Since 1897, when the doors first opened, the YWCA has been one of Metro Vancouver's largest non-profit organizations. Their diverse services and program work towards lifting families out of poverty, providing education opportunities for children, employment and leadership. I have heard many stories firsthand about how the YWCA has revolutionized the lives of so many women in our community and our group would be honoured to have the opportunity to give back.

The YWCA in 1897.

3.) Please post when you are going to start. You should be making contact with your organization by Wed Feb 27 at the latest.

The official start day for volunteers is not listed on their website. In addition to this, there is an application process in order to become a council member. The application asks for 250 words or less about "a youth-related social issue you care about and what experience you would like to get out of the YAC" along with a resume.

Below is what I wrote:

As an Iranian teenager, I am constantly astounded by the deficiency of representation for Middle Eastern girls. Whether it be on television, in advertisements, or even in literature, I find myself disappointed by the lack of times I am able to truly connect with a character or otherwise in the media. My parents have raised me to be proud of my heritage and my culture and I am certain that many other Middle Eastern parents have done the same with their children. Nevertheless, I believe that it is truly important for young girls like myself and boys to be represented positively in the media. Through the Youth Advisory Council, I would like the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded individuals in order for us to reach our goals - whatever they may be.

I have sent my application and as of now, have not received a reply back.
 
All information from this post was taken from the YWCA Metro Vancouver website: https://ywcavan.org
 
Thanks for reading!

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Hey Butterfly Effect,

For the values volunteer project, my partner is @Joanna Whitter (Charles Best) and together our shared values are tolerance and equality.  Due to the wide range of different charities and questioning where exactly would accept our volunteer applications, for this post I am going to list our different options of action.  With a brief overview of each one and the relation to our values, hopefully we can post soon with a definitive answer for our chosen action within our community.  

1.) What are the action/charity/organizations that you and your group are considering to volunteer for?  Briefly describe their purpose.

Foyer Maillard Senior Living - As a private care home for senior citizens Foyer Maillard aims to "honour your journey" by creating an environment filled with compassion, nurturing, mutual respect and dignity.  They promote wellness of mind, body and spirit while having emphasis on flexible care, resident abilities and relationships.  Located within the heart of Maillardville, Foyers Maillard embraces the French Canadian heritage and provides bilingual services.  There are many different volunteer opportunities within the centre such as a one on one visitor, walking partner, arts and crafts assistant and many more.

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City of Coquitlam Volunteer - Within the city of Coquitlam there are many different areas for volunteering and we narrowed it down to either senior care, child care or adopt a trail.  Right now there are available spaces in all areas that we are interested ion for the city which is a positive, but choosing just one might be a task.  Considering this is the city, they don't necessarily have a mission statement with values because it isn't solely a charity or organization.  However I do believe our city requires volunteers to run smoothly especially during events such as Canada Day or the Teddy Bear Parade.

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BCSPCA - As animal lovers, it is only fitting to consider volunteering with animals because both of us do have our own pets and could transfer our skills into this opportunity.  The volunteer opportunity at the SPCA mainly focuses on working with animals and our age does limit us for different opportunities.  SPCA focuses on the protection of animals and the enhancement of the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals within BC.  With the help of many volunteers, they believe they truly make a positive impact on animal's lives due to the collaboration of people with a shared passion who promoter change.

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2.) How do you know this will be a positive and sustainable impact?

All 3 of our volunteer options will be a positive and sustainable impact on our community because they require volunteers to maintain their programs.  Although Foyer Maillard is quite new and I found the volunteer opportunity through research, their goal is to provide great care to the elderly and I believe Joanna and I would be a good addition. We would be able to bond with the seniors and build relationships. Our other 2 options the City of Coquitlam and BCSPCA are both large organizations that have put volunteers in the past to great use and overall helped the greater community. To conclude, any of the 3 organizations we have chosen would be a positive impact on our society because they all generally aim to help and care for others in order to benefit society. 

3.) Please post when you are going to start.  You should be making contact with  your organization by Wed Feb 27 at the latest. 

As I mentioned in the beginning of the post, we haven't picked a specific charity yet so we don't have a start date. We will make contact with our different charity choices in the near future to help narrow down which charity would be the best fit for us. 

That's all for today, thanks for reading!

1.) What is the action/charity/organization that you and your group are planning to volunteer for? Briefly describe their purpose. 

(1)Venus and Heeva and I chose YWCA Metro Vancouver.  This charity works to achieve women’s equality.   Our group’s value was equality so this was a perfect match. They have been open since 1897 to aid women in housing, finding employment and education who were new here.  However today they have a wider circle of who they help.  No matter your race, religion, age or gender YWCA will help.  Each decade they revaluate to meet the needs of those they help -mainly women and children.  In 2011 they changed the name from YWCA Vancouver too YWCA Metro Vancouver to “reflect their commitment to serving women and families throughout the metropolitan region”.  On their website you can see all the many things they help with, such as housing, early learning and child care, combating sexualisation legal services and more. (1)(2)They also have a YWCA hotel and YWCA fitness centre which both generate money toward their cause.  Overall this charity Supports equality and has continuously fought for it for nearly 125 years.

 

The YWCA has many different ways to help.  You can donate, volunteer in various ways, become a mentor and spread the word.  Some things you can volunteer for include:

  • YWCA thrift store-window display assistant
  • YWCA youth advisory council member
  • Event helper
  • YWCA youth education programs outreach team
  • YWCA educations programs- adult mentor
  • Youth education program-high school ambassador
  • Youth education program- facilitator
  • Photographer
  • Piano teacher
  • Driver
  • Child care assistant

(4)As you can see there are so many ways to help.  We decided to choose the Youth Advisory Council or YAC for short. «  The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is a grassroots program empowering youth in Metro Vancouver to become advocates for social change and achieve gender equality through media literacy. The YAC is a guiding body of 15-21 year old youth who are passionate about the following issues: »

  • Digital literacy and media representation
  • Sexualization of girls and hyper-masculinization of boys
  • Intersectionality

This charity fits perfectly with what we wanted to achieve through our volunteering!

 

2.) How do you know this will be a positive and sustainable impact? 

I know this will be a positive sustainable impact because of the great reviews from other sites and the sustainability part of the website. (3)  On the website, they dedicate a portion of it to talk about sustainability.   They talk about how they are environmentally healthy and caring.  One of the things they do is having their new projects be retrofitted with energy efficient lighting, energy-saving showerheads and a boiler system that cuts greenhouse gas and carbon emissions.  Along with the entire Hotel being certified LEED gold standard buildings.  Not to mention that YWCA has been going on for nearly 125 years have been reputable. There are stories on how YWCA has changed women’s lives around and they continue to do that.

3.) Please post when you are going to start. You should be making contact with your organization by Wed Feb 27 at the latest.

The start date for becoming a Youth Advisory Council member is not listed on the site.  However the instructions are clear.  We must write 250 words or less about "a youth-related social issue you care about and what experience you would like to get out of the YAC" along with a resume.  I have emailed this in, but like Heeva have not received a response.

 

(1)  https://ywcavan.org/

(2)  https://www.charityintelligenc...ywca-metro-vancouver

(3)  https://ywcavan.org/discover/sustainability

(4)  https://ywcavan.org/job/ywca-y...ory-council-member-0

 Thanks for reading!

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Hello B-Effectors! 

Our choice will be able to highlight the common value we both have, responsibility.  We determined that responsibility can be in many forms. The way we will approach this is being active, responsible, contributing members of the community. By taking care of our beautiful nature and environment, this is our way to be socially responsible. 

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1.) What is the action/charity/organization that you and your group are planning to volunteer for? Briefly describe their purpose.(Vancouver) 

My partner, Rhea, are considering supporting the Shoreline Clean Up Organization which is under the WWF (World Wildlife Fund), Oceanwise, and part of Vancouver Aquarium. Their purpose is to clean shorelines so organisms will not be in danger from the pollution. It also keeps the environment simply stays clean and safe. 
We have two plans: 

  1. Cleaning specific areas/shorelines at certain times in the upcoming weeks - depending on the response, it may be a formalized event or independent support due to nature of organization.
  2. Fundraising to help WWF's cause in their mission, "to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth"

2.) How do you know this will be a positive and sustainable impact?

Cleaning shorelines will be a positive and sustainable impact because of many factors. One is that we are eliminating the current pollution at the time we clean up. This action can prevent ongoing problems caused by trash and garbage around the area. It is positive in the sense that the area cleaned will not be neglected. 
For future sustainability, the areas we will be cleaning will have people passing by. This will bring attention, inspiration and increase the chances in people remembering to be 
A) Mindful of their trash
B) Take their own action and clean up
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3.) Please post when you are going to start. You should be making contact with your organization by Wed Feb 27 at the latest.

I have contacted the shoreline clean up organization and waiting to hear from them. The tentative plan is starting when snow is melted, we can start accessing areas to clean up. This will be mid-March on wards. Frequency will vary. 

~Jim

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Hi everyone!

The charity me and my team(Jim and I) has chosen is World Wildlife Fund.(WWF) Our shared value is responsibility so we thought that helping out in WWF would do exactly that. Taking care of our environment is something we both agree is very socially responsible to do.

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What is the action/charity/organization that you and your group are planning to volunteer for? Briefly describe their purpose?

As I just mentioned, the charity we have chosen is WWF.  Here is their mission statement:

“Our mission is to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth.” (1)

We were interested in their Canadian shoreline cleanup organization. It is jointly led by WWF and the Vancouver Aquarium. (2) The purpose is to clean up trash from the environment, one of the reasons being so wildlife won’t mistake it for food and the environment would be nice and clean.  It would also protect animals from the danger of pollution.

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 © WWF Canada

 

How do you know this will be a positive and sustainable impact?

We have two ideas to help out:

  1. We could fundraise for them so they could use the money for anything they’d need to help the environment. I’ve discussed with another group of this and are yet to find out if it would work but we would like to do the fundraiser together and then split the funds. We thought this way would be more efficient and we would probably raise more money than we would on our own because there are more people to help out.
  2. If we are allowed, we could go and clean shorelines ourselves and get some hands on work; we might able to get a group of people to come with us and we could all go help out and make a change in the environment.

Both of these will have a positive sustainable impact;  if we were to raise money, the WWF could use the funds for anything they’d need for their organizations and wouldn’t be limited to one thing. Even though the shoreline cleanup is what interests us, if they don’t need any funds from us for that, they could put it towards another project which would still be helping them out.

If we do the shoreline cleanup, we could keep our environment safe and clean, just how their organization would want people to do. If we went in a group, we could be spreading awareness as well. If people were to see a group of us cleaning the park, they might think twice before choosing to litter and maybe even consider participating as well.

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Please post when you are going to start. You should be making contact with your organization by Wed Feb 27 at the latest.

Jim has contacted the charity and we are still waiting to hear back. Our next steps will be based on what their response is.

1.https://www.worldwildlife.org/

2. http://www.wwf.ca/events/shoreline_cleanup/

 

Hi everyone! 

I’m in a group with @Maiya Callister (Charles Best) and @Kaley Stockton (Charles Best), and our value statement is “We believe that we should try to develop our consciousness as fully as possible by staying true to ourselves, overcoming challenges to aid others, and promoting equality and fairness in society”, our main and shared value being personal growth. The charity we chose is Jumpstart, as their charity is all about giving opportunities to kids to be active and pursue new skills when they could otherwise not afford it.  

Their vision statement is: “Canada, where all kids have a chance to fulfill their dreams.” (1) 

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We think that supporting Jumpstart will create positive and sustainable impact because it allows kids in need to get active in a sport they always wanted to try, benefiting their health, fostering new skills in terms of sports as well as things such as confidence, leadership and teamwork, and giving them a chance to pursue their passion that they might never have been able to consider before without help from Jumpstart. What the kids take away from their experiences that Jumpstart helps allow them to have can then provide them with skills and confidence that will be useful throughout the rest of their lives. 

Our team plans to host a fundraiser at school. We have not yet decided for sure what the fundraiser will be, but due to the cold weather lately, we are considering a hot chocolate sale with some baked goods perhaps. After the meeting this week we plan to have filled out the fundraiser application sheet together and have handed it in. The process can supposedly take up to 2 weeks, so we should have an update by then.  

Sources: 

(1) http://jumpstart.canadiantire....about-jumpstart.html 

(2) http://jumpstart.canadiantire....es/jumpstart/en.html  

Thanks for reading!

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Hello everyone,

Here I am just recording the answers to the above questions. My partner for this was @Lauren Jang (Charles Best), and our matched values were Tolerance and Helping. As these values can be interpreted in many ways and applied to many different areas, we both were conflicted where we wanted to focus our effort in. Thus, here are a couple of ideas that we came up with on where we could devote our time. We have yet to arrive at a decisive conclusion, but we will contact all of the below societies to help to narrow down our decision.

1.) What are the action/charity/organizations that you and your group are considering to volunteer for?  Briefly describe their purpose.

a) Foyer Maillard--a Seniors Home located in Coquitlam. 

Foyer Maillard is a non-profit that provides 125 rooms of residential care for older citizens. Their residence contains neighbourhoods for residents, a beauty salon, medical practitioners to visit the occupants regularly, physiotherapists, dietitians, and much more. They initially opened to supply supportive senior housing through a "room and board" model (residents pay to receive a bed and meals), but later renovated to incorporate complex care for residents. Their goal was and still is to selflessly help seniors in the community. Foyer Maillard describes its focus as one "on person centered care, meaningful activities, and relationships." They state volunteers "contribute in amazing ways to...residents' quality of life." 
https://www.foyermaillard.ca/h...o-become-a-volunteer 

(http://www.carp.ca/2013/08/09/...the-retirement-home/)

b) City of Coquitlam Volunteering - adopt a trail, senior care, child care

For the city of Coquitlam idea, our goals are a little less developed. Our ideas have ranged from adopting a trail in the city, volunteering at senior centres (e.g. the Dogwood Pavillion), or helping with children (at festivals, volunteering at spring break camps or even helping with environmental or sport programs). All of these options are available currently and branch from the same application process. As this is not a Charity or organization but a city, they have less of a defined goal in terms of the exact areas we are looking into, but their 2018 Business Plan included topics related to our interests, such as to Increase Active Participation and Creativity (parks, trails, community amenities). This is a goal that hopefully Lauren and I will be able to contribute to if we partake in volunteering for them.
https://www.coquitlam.ca/docs/...an-2018.pdf?sfvrsn=4
https://www.coquitlam.ca/city-...ation-community.aspx


 (https://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/mundy-park/)

c) BCSPCA - helping animals in a variety of ways

The BC SPCA (British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) states that their mission is "to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in British Columbia." They hope to achieve this by inspiring society to invite animals to the five freedoms, which include freedom from hunger, thirst, pain, injury, disease, distress, and discomfort, and the freedom to express behaviours promoting well-being.
Lauren and I, both animal lovers, hope to contribute to achieving this goal by helping animals one day at a time. Whether we are merely bringing the animals food or in the action aiding them, we are eager to contribute positively to this mission.
https://spca.bc.ca/about-us/mi...%2Fwww.google.com%2F
https://app.betterimpact.com/P...1d-872b-54cc0a82eaf8

(https://spca.bc.ca/locations/t...%2Fwww.google.com%2F)

2.) How do you know this will be a positive and sustainable impact?

Any and all of these societies have something that we could positively contribute to. For example, at the seniors home we could directly connect with and aid citizens who maybe are looking for companionship. Through Foyer Maillard, we would contribute to a community where we would immediately see the benefits. The same goes for adopting a trail--we would immediately see a decrease in the amount of trash on the trail (positive and sustainable--takes a little bit of time to make a big difference). As for the BC SPCA, our impact depends on where we are helping out. However, as a general, wherever we help, we will be directly impacting the lives of animals.

3.) Please post when you are going to start.  You should be making contact with  your organization by Wed Feb 27 at the latest. 

Lauren and I are contacting each of these organizations to clarify which best suits how we want to impact our community and our schedules. From there, we will update Butterfly Effect on precisely which organization we are choosing to work with in the long run.

 

Thank you guys, see you around
Joanna

 

 

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1.) What is the action/charity/organization that you and your group are planning to volunteer for? Briefly describe their purpose.

The Charity/Organization that we intend on volunteering for is Big Brothers of greater Vancouver. The reason we decided to go with this organization is because their mission coincides perfectly with what our common value was. Their mission to “support child and youth development through essential volunteer-led mentoring programs”, works perfectly with out value of self-improvement. The issuie that they see is that there are many kids out there hwo are facing problems both socially and racially, who could be aided by a “mentor”, and so what their purpose is is to provide those “mentors” and help kids. While the organization we wish to volunteer for is specific to the greater vancouver area, it is but a smaller part of “big brother big sister of Canada”. Their goal is that by giving kids who are facing difficulties or issues of overwhelming stress someone to help them every week for a bit that it will help their development and positivly impact their development.

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2.) How do you know this will be a positive and sustainable impact?

We know that this would be a positive sustainable impact, due to the personal stories that we have read off their website and from a friend that actually already volunteers for them. Honestly, there isn’t really a possible negative outcome to someone having the chance to have someone to be their “mentor” as it gives them atleast one hour in their week were things don't have to be stressful and they have someone they could talk to or ask for help with homework. It helps give them a break from their otherwise stressful life. There is also the numbers that you can get off of their website like the fact that for every dollar invested in their program, 18-23$ are put back into society through taxes, volunteerism and higher incomes. Even other little facts like the kids being 2 times less likely to be depressed later and 3 times less likely to develop social anxiety seem like worthy reasons. Out of all the looking into the organization I can’t come up with any possible negative outcomes other then if the mentor themselves is horrid but there is a screening process so even that isn’t really possible. It truly does seem like a organization that provides a long lasting positive impact on the community around them.

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3.) Please post when you are going to start. You should be making contact with your organization by Wed Feb 27 at the latest.

Sadly as of this moment Big Brother of greater Vancouver has not yet gotten back to us so we cannot as of yet actually answer that question. Though if it does turn out that it wouldn’t work to volunteer for them there are two other avenues we could possibly take the first is to have a fundraiser to raise money that we could then donate to their cause or we could host a clothing drive at our school for them. In fact on their website (https://www.bigbrothersvancouv...tion/clothing-drive/) there are all the instructions and guidelines for hosting one, this seems like a very appealing idea as for every 15.5lbs of clothes that we donate, they give us 2.50$ which we could then donate right back to them. Hopefully we will get back a email from the soon, and ill edit this then with what we will be doing until then though it’s not entirely certain.

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Hey guys! 

Here are my answers to the questions asked above.

1.) What is the action/charity/organization that you and your group are planning to volunteer for? Briefly describe their purpose.

Myself, @Heeva Chavoshi (Charles Best) and @Catherine Eckman (Charles Best)  top shared value is equality. Together, we tried our best to find the best charity to fit this value. Finally, we came across our chosen charity, YWCA - Metro Vancouver.  

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Their vision is based on the equality of women; to achieve women's equality globally. YWCA is one of Metro Vancouver's largest and most diversified non-profit organizations. Fundamental programs given, including services, are set to help lift women and families out of poverty, proving the best start for children while creating new opportunities for leadership, education, and employment.

The specific mission they include is outstanding. Their mission "is to touch lives and build better futures for women and their families through advocacy and integrated services that foster economic independence, wellness and equal opportunities." Specifically, YWCA's primary focus is to help create strong careers and futures for women and their families through services to receive the best outcome. When my group members and I read this, we knew we wanted to take part. 

YWCA Metro Vancouver's mission and vision

Nevertheless, YWCA provides various programs for people to volunteer with. As a group, we decided it would be best to volunteer for the YWCA Youth Advisory Council. 

Primarily, this is a grassroots program empowering youth in the regions of Metro Vancouver to become advocates for social change and obtaining gender equality through the means of media literacy. The ideal age range for this program to volunteer is from ages 15-21. You must be passionate about the following:

  • Intersectionality
  • Sexualization of girls and hyper-masculinization of boys
  • "Digital literacy and media representation 

As a team, my group decided that this was the best fit for our value and compliments our interests as youth for gender equality and contributing to the community, very well. 

2.) How do you know this will be a positive and sustainable impact? 

I know that contributing to the YWCA will be a positive and sustainable impact to our community because if it's outstanding history in the past. In 2022, YWCA will celebrate it's 125 years of changing people's lives. 

YWCA opened their doors in 1987, providing housing and and services to women coming to Vancouver in search of an employment or education. Viewing it's positive effects on so many people in the past century, their vision to achieve women's equality is still happening and on track. Furthermore, the stories connected through this organization through the website itself helped us understand the positive impact it is putting in our daily community. 

YWCA Metro Vancouver - changing lives since 1897

3.) Please post when you are going to start. You should be making contact with your organization by Wed Feb 27 at the latest.

To qualify as a candidate of the YWCA Youth Advisory Council, you must apply through a brief statement of 250 words or less about a youth-related social issue you care about and the experience you would like to achieve from YAC. You must also include a resume. 

Like my other group members, I have emailed the office with my application and am also waiting for an answer back! 

Thank you for reading! 

Venus Seyedi 

(All information and photos are based off the main webpage- https://ywcavan.org/ )

Hi everyone!

My partner for this activity is @Jasmine Paduraru (Charles Best) . Here are the answers to the questions for this activity:

1.) What is the action/charity/organization that you and your group are planning to volunteer for? Briefly describe their purpose.

Because our main shared values were helping, equality, and compassion, we decided to take to an organization that holds true to these three values. We chose to look into the BCSPCA, since they help animals who are injured/surrendered/looking for a family to adopt them. This act of helping includes compassion, as it is giving to animals and helping them achieve the five freedoms by asking for nothing in return. 

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2.) How do you know this will be a positive and sustainable impact?

By donating our time and charitable funds (depending on the ways that we can donate or help out with this organization), we will not only have a positive impact on the animals, but on our community and the families that end up adopting these animals as well. Our role would be to familiarize the animals with the presence of humans, and provide them with a safe, nurturing, stress-free environment so that they can happily move on to a forever home. We will be able to gain knowledge on handling and caring for these animals, which we will be able to share with both the public and with those adopting the animals. If we end up finding opportunities for charity and fundraising, this will also help to enhance the quality of life of the animals living in the shelter, which overall contributes positively to our community.

3.) Please post when you are going to start. You should be making contact with your organization by Wed Feb 27 at the latest.

We will be getting started in the month of April, as that is when we are both available to take initiative and become truly involved with this organization. I have emailed the head of the branch about opportunities and am still awaiting a reply!

Thanks for reading  

Hey everyone! 

I’m in a group with @Jessica Scott (Charles Best) and @Kaley Stockton (Charles Best), and our value statement is “We believe that we should try to develop our consciousness as fully as possible by staying true to ourselves, overcoming challenges to aid others, and promoting equality and fairness in society."  My group's shared value was personal growth. We believe that for one to be inspired to help themselves grow personally, they must first feel as if they have the opportunity. The charity we chose is Jumpstart, as their charity is all about giving opportunities to kids to be active and pursue new skills when they could otherwise not afford it, thereby fostering their capacity and want to develop new skills.

Their vision statement is: “Canada, where all kids have a chance to fulfill their dreams.” (1) 

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In supporting JumpStart, we believe that it will induce a sustainable and positive impact because it benefits kids who may not have the same opportunities as others in terms of sport. It allows these kids to participate in sports and try new things, which is at the same time fostering their mental growth; building lifelong skills like leadership, tenacity, collaboration, confidence, and passion. These qualities will be invaluable throughout their entire lives; plus, through getting an opportunity to try a new sport, they may discover a previously-unknown passion. JumpStart. This charity was founded in Canada and remains a national charity with a mission to help smaller communities. 100% of the proceeds donated go directly to helping kids; therefore...

Our team is planning to host a fundraiser at school. We thought that this would be the most beneficial for the charity because as I mentioned, all of the donations go directly to helping kids. Sports organizations are extremely expensive to be a part of, especially in areas such as Vancouver, so it made sense to raise money for this charity. We have not yet decided what we will fund-raise,  but are considering a hot chocolate sale with baked goods to go along with that. After the meeting this week we plan to have filled out the fundraiser application sheet together and have handed it in to administration for approval. It may take up to two weeks to get approved, so we'll give an update after.

Thanks!

Sources: 

(1) http://jumpstart.canadiantire....about-jumpstart.html 

(2) http://jumpstart.canadiantire....es/jumpstart/en.html  

1) What is the action/charity/organization that you and your group are planning to volunteer for? Briefly describe their purpose.

The charity we chose is the BCSPCA because we thought it worked extremely well with out values. The values we both received were compassion, helping, and equality. This charity ties in to all of our values. Their mission statement is “To protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in British Columbia” and they believe in the five freedoms for animals:

  1. Freedom from hunger and thirst
  2. Freedom from pain, injury, and disease
  3. Freedom from distress
  4. Freedom from discomfort
  5. Freedom to express behaviours that promote well-being.

They promote treating animals fairly, with works with our equality value. They promote compassion and helping as well, because their whole mission is to help animals.

2) How do you know this will be a positive and sustainable impact?

We know that helping the BCSPCA will create a positive and sustainable impact because by helping adoptable animals find a new home, we will be making room for the SPCA to take in a new animal. Not only will they be able to help more animals, but we will be spreading awareness about animal cruelty, and more people will adopt animals. The reason BC has less stray animals and abused animals in general is because the BCSPCA is already working. I have traveled a lot, and I noticed that in many countries and cities I go there are many stray animals because to the people there it’s just a part of life and they don’t even consider volunteering to help. As long as the BCSPCA keeps getting volunteers and support from others in BC, we can keep BC a safe place for animals.

3)Please post when you are going to start. You should be making contact with your organization by Wed Feb 27 at the latest.

Me and Juliana will be starting sometime in April because it is when we are both free. We have contacted the branch head of the BCSPCA about volunteering, and we are still awaiting a reply.

Can’t wait to volunteer!!!

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