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."
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.
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.
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