Relationship Volunteers

 

A Community of Support

Mom2Mom was founded to provide “a circle of mothers” for low-income moms with broken families or little family support. As a relationship volunteer, you join a community of women who care for one another while modelling compassion, strength, personal responsibility, and integrity.

Relationship volunteers are paired with a participant mom to build a relationship through monthly meet ups and intermittent phone calls or texts. The moms we serve live with daily stress around issues like food security, housing, and providing basic things for their children like transportation, access to health care, literacy skills, recreation etc. As a relationship volunteer, you offer someone to talk to who is outside the chaos of your participant mom’s life.

Most often, participant moms did not grow up in supportive, nurturing families and may not have had role models to teach them healthy coping mechanisms, or even basic things like reading to children, cooking healthy food, family organization, and housekeeping, etc. Many of them have never had support to get them started in their recovery from traumatic childhoods, and have not had the chance to pursue a good education or acquire a skill that would be beneficial for job seeking.

What these mothers do have is tremendous resilience against adversity, tremendous love for their children and the ability to work hard for their families.

As a relationship volunteer, you offer respectful, non-judgmental support to your participant mom. Both partners benefit from the relationship as the relationship volunteer witnesses the strength of women living in poverty and their ability to care for their children against very tough odds. The participant moms benefit from the consistent, supportive relationship and practical help related to parenting and navigating bureaucratic systems. Additionally, relationship volunteers can connect participant moms to other resources. For some participant moms, their Mom2Mom relationship volunteer may be the first unpaid person in her life who is just helping out of a sense of compassion and who doesn’t have power over her to remove her children.

 

One of the most important things you can do is model consistency, reliability and stability,

as these traits are key to raising healthy, well-adjusted children. 

 

What does Mom2Mom commit to you as a Relationship Volunteer? 

  • To value your time and energy with clear and timely communication 
  • To provide support for your relationship with your participant mom by listening, coaching, resourcing goods and services, and making arrangements to support your participant mom when you are away/ incapacitated. 
  • To provide regular training to support your interaction with your participant mom. Volunteer support meetings are held bi-monthly in the homes of relationship volunteers. Volunteers are encouraged to attend these meetings which provide workshops around Personal Development, Setting and Enforcing Boundaries, Early Childhood Development, Trauma, Parenting, and time to share about practical issues and gain from others’ experience. Mom2Mom’s volunteer forum provides an additional source for discussion and resource-sharing with other Mom2Mom volunteers.
  • To provide fun opportunities for you and your participant mom (and her children and yours!) through our Side-by-Side free events program.

What does Mom2Mom expect from you, as a Relationship Volunteer? 

  • A one-year minimum commitment to relationship with your participant mom 
  • Approximately four hours per month of your time, including one face-to-face meeting with your participant mom and a few texts or a phone call.  
  • A warm, open attitude, a willingness to listen, and responses that emphasize participant mom’s strengths and considers the impact of trauma on behaviour and the complexity of poverty.  
  • Ability to set and exercise personal boundaries. 
  • Ability to travel to and from meetings with participant moms and volunteer support meetings 
  • Completion of a brief volunteer check-in on a monthly basis 

 

“They can do this on their own. They’re living in situations they’ve been in their whole lives. What they want, what they’re asking for, is just a bridge to more for their own daughters and sons. – Mom2Mom Volunteer

 

Quotes from Participant Moms
Quotes from Relationship Volunteers
Volunteer Support
Frequently Asked Questions

 

The role of the volunteer is to work towards developing a trusting relationship with a participant mom.

Each woman and each circumstance is different, so each relationship will be unique. The volunteer will support the mom in some of the following ways:

 

Identify Needs

To identify the basic needs of the family and to help the mom access food, clothing and household items.

Recognize Strengths

To help the mom in recognizing her strengths and help her to build on them.

Identify Goals

To help the mom identify her goals for her family and to support her in realising those goals.

Develop Skills

To help the mom develop skills that will benefit her and her family.

Provide Support

To provide emotional support and encouragement

Assist & Connect

To assist in connecting moms with community and school services and resources.

Donate

Mom2Mom exists only through the generous support of individuals like you.

A critical aspect to stabilizing low-income families and alleviating stress for moms is improving food security. That’s why Mom2Mom provides $100-$200 each month in grocery support to our participant families, based on the number of children. Donate today to help us nourish growing children and lay the foundation of a supportive community that allows low-income moms and children to thrive!


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