Multicultural Association of Fredericton Inc. (MCAF)
seeks Fredericton First Friends to Support Syrian Refugees
in their Resettlement and Integration Process
All interested volunteers MUST complete and return the:
• MCAF Volunteer Registration Form
• your current resume
• 2-3 character references
by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop off at the MCAF Front Desk at 28 Saunders Street.
Every family member who will be involved with your match MUST complete a separate volunteer application.
After receiving the above information, MCAF will conduct criminal record checks and reference checks. Selected volunteers will be invited to information/orientation/training session(s).
For more information please contact:
Coordinator, Community Connections Program
Volunteers are asked to make a minimum 6 month commitment for the following roles. Current volunteer opportunities include:
FIRST FREDERICTON FRIEND(S):
Volunteers (Canadian-born and/or settled immigrants) will be matched with newly arrived newcomer(s) to meet once a week for two hours or more (volunteers share time and friendship with immigrants during the critical first six months) for conversation, friendship building, and to introduce them to their new community. MCAF will try to match you with a newcomer(s) with similar interests and the same gender.
Volunteers help newcomers get used to living in Canada in many ways including:
• Offering social support and introduction to the community
• Introducing their newcomer friend to places and people in the community (ex. markets, grocery stores, community events / activities, recreational activities, parks, and other places / activities of interest)
• Practicing conversation in English
• Sharing and learning about each other’s traditions and customs
• Exchanging ideas, information and resources
I understand that the newcomer/volunteer relationship should be based on respect, equal partnership and shared participation in activities. Participation by both volunteer and newcomer is voluntary and either have the right to terminate the relationship at any time. As a volunteer, I understand and agree to the following:
1. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, I will do my best to maintain a commitment to the program for a minimum of six months to one year.
2. I will maintain weekly contact with the newcomer with whom I am matched, or ensure that any other members of the volunteer team are in communication if I am unable to do so.
3. I will communicate with the Program Coordinator approximately once per month, to keep them updated regarding the match.
4. I will not use the Community Connections Program as a means of pursuing a romantic or sexual relationship.
5. I will not use this relationship to promote any religious or political beliefs that I mayhold, nor will I use this relationship for any personal financial gain.
6. I understand that I may provide input into which newcomer I am matched with, but that ultimately all match selections must go through the Program Coordinator. I will not self-match with other newcomers once I am in the Program.
7. I will, at all times, respect the right to privacy of the individual or family with whom I am matched. I will treat any personal information about the newcomer with confidence and not disclose such information without their permission.
8. I understand that the Program is not liable for any injury or mishap which may befall me in the course of carrying out my responsibilities for the program.
9. I understand that I must notify the on duty staff/volunteer coordinator if I have special conditions (medical, physical, and other) which may influence me performing the assigned duties.
For more information please contact:
RIGHTS FOR VOLUNTEERS*
1. THE RIGHT TO BE TREATED AS A CO-WORKER
- Not just free help
2. THE RIGHT TO A SUITABLE ASSIGNMENT
- With consideration for personal preference, temperament, life experiences, education, employment background and available time.
3. THE RIGHT KNOW AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE ABOUT THE AGENCY OR SERVICES
- Its policies, its people, its programs.
4. THE RIGHT TO PREPARATION FOR THE JOB
- Orientation that is thoughtfully planned and effectively presented
5. THE RIGHT TO CONTINUING TRAINING ON THE JOB
- Follow-up to initial orientation: information about new development and training for greater responsibility.
6. THE RIGHT TO SOUND GUIDANCE AND DIRECTION
- by someone who is experienced , patient, well informed and thoughtful, and who has a time to invest in giving guidance.
7. THE RIGHT TO BE HEARD
- to have a part in planning, to feel free to make suggestions, to have respect shown for an honest opinion.
*From The Volunteer Service Procedure Manual, Ministry Of The Solicitor General Alberta.