Volunteer Opportunity: Momma Moments Program

The Momma Moments program at CFY aims to empower young, pregnant and parenting women to effectively care for their children, and improve their healthy living skills. These pregnant and parenting women, who include teenagers and women in their early twenties, often experience great challenges in caring for their children. Such hurdles include living in poverty and feeling disconnected from other young moms who they can talk to, and with whom they can share parenting experiences. They also must contend with raising their children alone without a partner, and with very limited social and family support.

In addition to reducing their social isolation and providing a safe environment to engage in healthy recreational activities, Momma Moments offers the young mothers opportunities to share information about parenting amongst themselves and with CFY staff, while providing support throughout the program. Opportunities for shared learning experiences are among a few of the activities, in addition to guest speakers and workshops on a variety of topics to promote parent and family-building skills, mental health, physical health, and nutrition. Outside of group sessions, CFY staff continue to help participants make connections within the surrounding community and relevant services.

CFY is currently running the Momma Moments program in St. John’s and Conception Bay South. Each group meets once each week for two hours, with child minding provided for children and a hearty meal for all.

 

Nature and Scope
This position reports to the Momma Moments Program Facilitator.  This volunteer opportunity will involve direct work with staff, youth and their children. The volunteer would assist in the Momma Moments program with:

  1. Child Minding
  2. Program Resource Enhancement
     

Specific Accountabilities
As a Momma Moments volunteer, you will provide structured play and child care to the children who attend the Momma Moments groups on a weekly basis. The children in the group range from infant to 9 years of age.  We will try to match volunteers with children from the same age group to ensure consistency in the care of the children throughout the time in the group. We are also looking for volunteers with experience working with kids who have Autism or special need supports.

All volunteers will be under the guidance of the Program Facilitator and all moms will have ongoing input and involvement in the group decision making.

 

Commitment
Volunteers are expected to commit to a minimum 2.5 hours per week (Tuesdays 3:45-5:30pm or Thursday 4:30- 6:45pm) for 6-month commitment. Every 8 weeks there will be a week for development and planning.

Volunteers are a very important part of the Momma Moments group, and mothers and children appreciate consistency and stability. Please keep your volunteer-life balance and schedule in mind when determining if volunteering with the Momma Moments program is a good fit for you.

 

Qualifications/Requirements
The ideal candidate will have/be:

  • Certificate of Conduct
  • Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Kind and open minded to different children’s needs
  • Non-judgmental to a family’s situations/needs
  • Childcare experience with children ranging between infant-9 years of age
  • Able to be creative in organizing and participating in activities appropriate for young children
  • Able to work with independence and confidence
  • Able to maintain composure through stressful situations
  • Able to work with confidentiality in mind

 

Volunteer Application Form
Please click here for the Volunteer Application Form

 

Please submit completed application form, cover letter and resume to
Jeannie Piercey
Momma Moments Program Coordinator
Choices for Youth

Fax: (709) 754-6102
Email: jpiercey@choicesforyouth.ca