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Engaging People

about 1 month ago

Many of us have probably been a part of a community program as either a participant, a volunteer, or both.

Have you ever been part of a program that was really successful or a program that didn’t quite meet your needs? Tell us about it...
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  • AdrianaCull 25 days ago
    Not quite a community program, but after I had my first child I joined some parenting/mommy groups on Facebook, and one group had this peer mentoring program via Facebook that was similar to this model. I had volunteered and was never matched with anyone despite there being almost 10k members. I think a lot of people wanted to give out advice and new moms are always being peppered with parenting advice they weren’t looking for. I was looking for very specific mentorship around my inability to breastfeed and also being a plus-sized mom, and it was hard to connect with those exact experiences.
  • AmyGrace 24 days ago
    I was a volunteer birth companion through Mothercraft Ottawa for many years before becoming a professional birth doula. That program offers a rigorous screening process and very thorough training program for volunteers. It is really successful because of this but there never seems to be enough volunteers for the amount of people requesting support. It is huge time commitment on the part of the volunteer. Not only are they spending time prenatally supporting the participant but they are on call to attend their birth and then with them for an indeterminate amount of time for their labour. The program is great but didn't meet my needs as a volunteer anymore because I was not able to commit to being the one and only person on call for the participant.