Volunteer

Volunteer: Become A Circle Ally

Would you like to assist low-income individuals who are motivated to become economically self-sufficient? Consider becoming a Circle Ally.

Circle Allies are community members who provide support, coaching, friendship, networking, and anything else necessary to help Circle Leaders achieve their self-sufficiency goals.

THREE PRIMARY GOALS OF THE CIRCLE ALLY

  1. Form an intentional friendship with an individual or family in poverty and join them in their quest to become economically self-sufficient
  2. Be willing to face and increase awareness of one’s own stereotypes and class rules
  3. Use this experience to advocate within the community for changes in the systems’ barriers that keep poverty in place

THE CIRCLE ALLY COMMITMENT

  • Commit to serve as a Circle Ally for 12 months or longer
  • Up to ten hours per month spent with the Circle and Circle Leader
  • One monthly meeting with the Circle scheduled at a mutually convenient time
  • Provide phone, email, or text support to the Circle Leader and other Allies as needed throughout the month

THE CIRCLE ALLY RECEIVES THE FOLLOWING SUPPORT

  • Circle Ally Training
  • Collaboration with others in the Circle…you are never left in isolation
  • Circles staff assistance with questions, mentoring, and conflict resolution

Volunteer: Provide Circle Support

Would you like to help, but don’t have the time to participate as a Circle Ally? Consider providing help with one or more of these needs.

VOLUNTEER WITH THE CHILDREN AND YOUTH CIRCLES PROGRAM

Volunteers are needed to assist with children in grades K-3 and grades 4-7 between 6 and 8 p.m. every Tuesday at the First Baptist Church, Sylva. Easy-to-follow instructions and supplies will be provided. Your volunteer experience will contain lots of interaction with fun, friendly children and adults. If possible, we need volunteers who can commit to several months at a time to help our children have a better experience, but any help is appreciated. Training and support are provided.

VOLUNTEER BY PROVIDING TRANSPORTATION
Lack of transportation is often a barrier for people who live in poverty. If you have a good driving record and valid driver’s license and insurance, you can help! You will use your own vehicle to transport Circle families to the and from weekly Circle meetings, 6-8 p.m. We can provide and install car seats!

VOLUNTEER BY PROVIDING A MEAL FOR CIRCLE MEETINGS
A Volunteer Meal Planner is available to discuss available dates that individuals or groups can volunteer. Volunteers are encouraged and invited to stay and eat with our Circle Leaders, Allies, and other community volunteers. Please fill out a contact form to let us know of your interest.

VOLUNTEER BY BEING AN AD-HOC ALLY
Share a special talent or specific knowledge you have to help Circle Leaders work toward their goals. 

VOLUNTEER BY SERVING ON THE GUIDING COALITION
A healthy Guiding Coalition consists of a representative cross-section of the community, both individuals and organizational representatives. This includes people with low, middle, and high incomes, people of different ethnic backgrounds, and different races and genders. Anyone on the Guiding Coalition should be firmly committed to Circles of Hope Jackson County and the work it will do in changing the face of the community.

VOLUNTEER BY SERVING ON A CIRCLES OF HOPE TEAM

  • Recruitment Team: Focuses on recruiting Circle Leaders and Allies
  • Community Team: Focuses on creatively developing a supportive, welcoming, innovative community meeting environment and program
  • Economic Stability Team: Works to connect Circle Leaders with employers and educational institutions and to develop assets
  • Resource Development Team: Focuses on developing financial and other resources for Circles of Jackson County
  • Big View Team: Develops an advocacy agenda that gets to the root causes of poverty and eliminates barriers that exist for low-income persons living in poverty