How do I register to become a volunteer?

Click here and you will be directed to Better Impact, our volunteer database, where you can register your details.

You will be able to see what volunteer opportunities which are available.

After we’ve reviewed your application we’ll send you an invite to attend an in-person, volunteer orientation at our head office in Burnaby.

What to expect at the volunteer orientation?

2-4 times per month we hold volunteer orientations at our Burnaby head office. The sessions last about 1.5 hours and take place mid-week evenings or Saturday mornings.

  • This allows you the opportunity to learn more about our volunteer positions.
  • Learn about the history of the GVFB and work we do to support our clients.
  • Gain an understanding of the different departments where our volunteers help out.
  • Have a tour of our warehouse and volunteer lounge.
  • Meet other  potential volunteers.
  • Complete your criminal record check form and provide us with your ID.
  • Ask any questions you have about volunteering at the GVFB.

How old do you have to be to volunteer?

We require all volunteers to be 14 years of age or older. If you are 14-17 years old you will need to have written consent from a parent or guardian.

What is the time commitment?

Most of our volunteer positions require 1 shift a week for a minimum of 2 months, however we do have some roles that require a longer commitment.

Can I drop in to volunteer without having registered?

Unfortunately no. Prior to starting work, we require all volunteers to attend an in-person orientation session, complete all the necessary paperwork and have a clear criminal record check for working with vulnerable sectors.

How can I book in to volunteer as a group?

Click on the Group Volunteering page which will prompt you through the relevant steps.

You will then be directed to Better Impact our volunteer database where you can book your preferred date to attend a Group Food Sort.

You will then receive an email confirming your Group Food Sort appointment.

What can I expect when I volunteer?

Firstly to have lots of fun! Prior to your first volunteer shift you will be emailed an overview of what to expect when you arrive, what to bring and the contact details of who you will be reporting in to.

Will I receive a reference for volunteering?

We will provide a reference to volunteers who have worked over 80 hours.