How do I get involved?

Using the successful aha! Process Bridges Out of Poverty framework, the City of Peterborough has been working with groups of low income people in our community to develop life plans.

Now Bridges Peterborough is getting ready to start our third (Fall 2021) Bridging Teams.

In Bridging Teams, low-income team members are recognised as the lead problem-solvers. Who knows better the daily challenges of juggling priorities and managing without resources?

Middle and upper-income resourced individuals bring their curiosity, encouragement, community connections, and life-experience to the table.

Together, meeting regularly in a group, Bridging Teams encourage and support low-income individuals and families in building their bridges out of poverty. We invite you to join us as a volunteer Mentor.

Community Listening Party: Bridging Poverty & Privilege

A mentor is

a coach / a supporter / a motivator / an advisor / an advocate / a role model, a companion / a judgement-free listener.

A mentor is NOT

a surrogate parent / a teacher or tutor / a psychologist / An ATM / a savior / a professional counsellor / a social worker

Interested in becoming a Volunteer?

Ready to support us through volunteering or joining our team? Head to our Supporter Registration page and complete the form.

To become a volunteer Mentor:

  • Be in touch, fill out email form
  • Have a short interview with Bridges Peterborough staff
  • Take part in a 2-day training, and
  • Meet weekly, in a group, for 18 months

For more information (like what to expect, what not to expect, attributes of a good Mentor, etc.), to volunteer or donate in support of this life-changing work, call or text us at 705-915-0237 or email support@bridgespeterborough.ca today. We’d love to hear from you.

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