Community Meals Kitchen Volunteer

VOLUNTEER

Christmas volunteer registration is now open! Shifts fill up fast so we encourage you to sign up when you are ready. You may view and sign up for shifts in your volunteer account. If you do not have one, you may sign up on our website.  

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us. Volunteers have been called “the army behind the Army” for their invaluable service to our community. In 2017, our volunteers generously gave over 4,100 hours of service to our community meal program alone! We are gradually developing more diverse volunteer opportunities in our 8 programs to give community members chances to serve our clients in multiple ways. To see different volunteer opportunities that are available, please click here.

We encourage interested volunteers to sign up, volunteers who are interested in serving community meals and sign up for our email list in our application form and we will get in touch through email when we are ready to welcome you back. We will be having in-person Christmas meal service and will need lots of volunteers for that! Please stay tuned on our email list for more details closer to date. Volunteers who are interested in skill-based volunteerism or other roles are encouraged to look at available roles under “view volunteer opportunities” and write down your area of interest when you complete your online application. You may also contact us through email directly.

How to be a Volunteer:
1. Create a volunteer account and register for an upcoming orientation session.
2. Start the criminal record review process and complete our online boundaries training– instructions will be sent to you when you’ve registered for orientation!
3. Attend orientation – you’ll get to know us, learn about our policies and opportunities, and meet our Community Engagement Coordinator.
4. Wait for your clearance letter, then sign up for positions!
For information about group volunteering, click here.

 

Watch Ricki’s inspirational story and see how programs you may be involve in makes an impact to former and existing clients.

 

You must sign up for volunteer positions within your volunteer account. Please note that some past volunteer positions may not appear due to health & safety prevention measures. We ask for your understanding as our team navigates through the dynamic situation of the pandemic. Although we are still serving meals to our community, our community meals program is currently not open to volunteers at this time due to Covid19. We do not have an exact date of when volunteer positions will be available for this program. Please stay tune for updates and check out our other volunteer opportunities!
How to view and sign up for shifts.

It takes an average of 6 weeks to go through our regular volunteer intake process. Our clients and their safety are always our priority, so we require that every volunteer completes our screening process, including a criminal record check. You must attend orientation, an online boundaries training receive CRRP clearance before volunteering. Please note: additional screening (references, interviews) may be required for some positions.

Basic requirements for individual volunteers:
Age: 19+
Clean Time: 1-2 years
Vaccination: BC has a Provincial Health Order in place that requires all on-site volunteers working with Detox, Treatment and CRF clients to be vaccinated with 2 Canadian-approved Covid19 vaccines.

 

Frequently Asked Questions
Can I volunteer just once?
We welcome one-time volunteers at some of our holidays and special events, including Christmas and Easter community meals. Watch this page, or our social media channels, for more information.

Can I just show up to volunteer?
To ensure the smooth operation of our programs and services, and the safety of the vulnerable populations we serve, we require volunteers to go through an orientation and screening process before volunteering.

Why does it take so long to be screened as a volunteer?
The safety and wellbeing of our residents and guests is critically important, so we need to know more about you before you join our community. Please be patient – we want to make sure that you are the right fit for our opportunities and that we are the right fit for you!

Why do you use the Criminal Record Review Program? Can’t I go to my local police for a criminal record check?
We participate in the CRRP because it’s free for volunteers, and it offers a comprehensive risk assessment process with consistent standards. You can learn more about the program on their website.

What is the minimum time commitment per month?
Most volunteers plan to spend 2-4 hours per month with us, but your commitment will vary according to your volunteer role and your schedule. Position descriptions will always outline the time commitment required. Our community meals offer the most flexible scheduling, so if you work rotating shifts or have an unpredictable schedule, they are a great fit!

I still have questions!
That’s okay – let’s talk! Please reach out to our Community Engagement Coordinator.

IMPORTANT DATES 2021

  • National Volunteer Week – April 24-30
  • Easter Community Meal –
  • Thanksgiving Registration opens – N/A
  • Harbour Light’s Anniversary – October 1st
  • Thanksgiving Meal –October 16, 2022
  • Christmas Registration opens – N/A
  • International Volunteer Day – December 5th
  • Christmas Day Meal – December 25th