Circles is all about community—we build community to end poverty—and there is a role for everyone to play. What calls to you and lights you up? Contact us!
VOLUNTEER ON A RESOURCE TEAM
Resource Teams are groups of diverse volunteers who contribute vital assistance, fresh ideas, and vision to the Circles initiative. The five teams are:
Jobs and Education
VOLUNTEER AS AN ALLY
Participants are called Circle Leaders, and volunteers are called Allies. After both groups receive training, two Allies are matched with every Circle Leader. These intentional friendships are the foundation of the Circles model. Circle Leaders set their own goals and run the weekly meetings. Allies listen, ask questions, make suggestions, and help Circle Leaders use their unique gifts and skills to reach their goals. Watch a short video to see what it's like.
PARTICIPATE AS A CIRCLE LEADER
Circles helps families become financially stable with a unique approach. Circle Leaders get training on finance, employment, health, and communication skills. Each Circle Leader is matched with two middle- or upper-income volunteers. Getting out of poverty is easier with a circle of support. The program helps Circle Leaders become financially stable, share stories and be understood, use gifts and skills, and so much more. The program runs for 18 months.
BE AN ADVOCATE IN THE COMMUNITY
Because Circles aims to remove societal barriers to getting out of poverty, we are always looking for community leaders who can help advocate for change in the community. Circle Leaders surface roadblocks, such as child care or transportation, at monthly meetings. The Big View Resource Team then works with community leaders and advocates to resolve roadblocks. Let us know what your area of expertise/passion is!