We welcome groups from schools, corporate teams, service clubs, churches, and other community organizations. We can accommodate groups of up to 15 participants. Our primary opportunity for groups is in our community meal program; however, we occasionally offer Activity Days that are well-suited to groups.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a minimum age requirement?
Yes. Volunteers must be 19 and older for most group volunteer opportunities. We have a limited number of weekday opportunities for chaperoned youth groups where all members of the group are at least 16 years old (i.e. Grades 10/11/12). These age limits are firm.
Can we just show up to volunteer?
No, please contact us to book your visit. To ensure the smooth operation of our programs and services, and the safety of the vulnerable populations we serve, we require pre-registration of groups.
What do groups do at the community meals?
Our daily community meal service is an ideal opportunity for groups. This opportunity offers your group a fast-paced, fun experience, and is ideal for busy groups at less than 90 minutes per visit! Volunteers help to plate and serve meals, greet guests, wipe tables, and many other important tasks to help our meal run smoothly.
Meals are served Monday to Friday in the late morning, and Mon/Weds/Fri/Sat/Sun in the late afternoon.
What are Activity Days?
Activity Days are offered on limited weekday afternoons, and can be combined with a community meal service. We’ll even feed you lunch! Come prepared to work hard: we engage groups to help with intensive cleaning projects, re-organization projects, and much more.
Please note that Activity Days require an investment of time, materials, and human resources for our organization. While not required, we encourage groups participating in Activity Days to consider a donation (suggested amount $300) to support Harbour Light’s facilities and programs. These gifts are tax deductible.
What do you offer for youth groups?
Youth groups meeting our age and supervision criteria are invited to help serve our lunchtime community meal. After the meal service, we can arrange time for youth and their chaperones to meet with one of our program clients for a candid conversation about addiction and recovery, homelessness, and other topics.