Individual Volunteers

As of August 3rd, 2022, the GVFB is pausing all new individual volunteer applications.

As of August 3rd, 2022, the GVFB is pausing all new individual volunteer applications.

We have recently hired a new Volunteer Engagement team, within our HR group, who is currently focused on reviewing and developing our volunteer programming; we need a bit of time to make it fabulous!

If you have submitted an application to volunteer recently, prior to August 3rd, 2022, your application will be processed and you will be notified when you can schedule to volunteer with us.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Types of Volunteering

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Program Packs

This is a team-oriented production line where your group will fill bags with nutritious items for one of our specialized nutrition programs.

Program Packs

This is a team-oriented production line where your group will fill bags with nutritious items for one of our specialized nutrition programs. We offer three Children’s Programs each month: Baby Steps (Age 0 – 2), Preschooler Packs (Age 2 – 5), and Grade Schooler Packs (Age 6 – 12). Our newest specialized nutrition pack, the Seniors’ Program, caters to the needs of our senior clients ages 65+. Click here to learn more about program packs.

Group size:

Maximum 6 volunteers

Location:

GVFB Warehouse, 8345 Winston Street, Burnaby

Shift times:
  • Monday; 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday; 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tasks:
  • Assembling nutrition packs
  • Setting up/taking down the production line
  • Restocking the production line
  • Assisting with other warehouse-related tasks as needed
Requirement:
  • At least 15 years old
  • Wear closed-toe shoes onsite
  • Able to stand for an extended period of time

Food Distribution

This front-line opportunity directly provides healthy food to clients.

Food Distribution

Distribution volunteers work together to directly provide healthy food to clients. It is a highly rewarding role that provides weekly assistance to individuals, couples and families in need.

Locations:
  • 8345 Winston Street, Burnaby (Thursday-Saturday) - Outdoor site
  • 613 Queens Ave, New Westminster (Wednesday) - Indoor site
  • 295 Terminal Ave, Vancouver (Tuesday-Saturday) - Indoor/outdoor site
Shift Times:

Tuesday to Saturday; shifts are 4 to 7.5 hours in length and vary at each location

Tasks:
  • Distributing food to clients
  • Ensuring clients, donors and agencies know where to go and park
  • Assisting staff and volunteers in welcoming clients, explaining what food is available and communicating GVFB policies and procedures
  • Ensuring the distribution site is clean
  • Assisting the team with restocking and cardboard breakdown
  • Setting up and taking down the site materials (tables, signage, product, etc.)
  • Other tasks as needed
Requirements:
  • At least 18 years old
  • Must wear closed-toe shoes onsite
  • Able to stand for an extended period of time
  • It is a bonus if you speak multiple languages!

Warehouse

Volunteering at the Winston Warehouse is a dynamic opportunity to support our operations department.

Warehouse

Volunteering at the GVFB Warehouse is a dynamic opportunity to support our operations department. We adapt these shifts to support our daily operational needs and provide opportunities to explore various tasks.

Location:

8345 Winston Street, Burnaby

Shift times:

Thursday to Friday; 9:00 am-12:00 pm, 1:00 pm-4:00pm

Tasks:
  • Sorting and packing non-perishable donations
  • Quality checking fresh donations into palletized categories
  • Building orders of fresh/non-perishable items
  • Cleaning the warehouse (washing bins, dusting racking, refilling sanitizer bottles, etc.)
  • Quality checking and packing bread donations
  • Restocking the cooler, freezer, and bulk shelves
  • Organizing and packing diapers
  • And so much more!
Requirements:
  • At least 15 years old
  • Must wear closed-toe shoes onsite
  • Able to work in noisy conditions

Agency Restocking

Support the Vancouver Community Agencies (CAP) Market by staging, date checking and reorganizing the dry, fresh and frozen shelves.

Agency Restocking

Support the Vancouver Community Agencies (CAP) Market by staging, date checking and reorganizing the dry, fresh and frozen shelves. This site provides food to local Agency partners and their community members on a weekly basis.

Commitment:

4 shifts/month

Location:

1405 Thornton St, Vancouver

Shift times:
  • Monday; 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Tuesday and Wednesday; 8:30 am - 11:00 am, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Thursday and Friday; 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Tasks:
  • Sort food deliveries before restocking the cooler, freezer and Agency program areas
  • Date and quality check items based on the FIFO method
  • Re-stock dry, fresh, and frozen goods to ensure areas are well stocked
  • Stage products appropriately to provide easy access for Agencies shopping
Requirements:
  • At least 16 years old
  • Can work independently
  • Must wear closed-toe shoes onsite
  • Can stand for an extended period of time
  • Able to adapt to ambient temperatures and noisy conditions

Agencies Distribution Support

Our Vancouver and Burnaby markets provide weekly pick-ups for 118 Community Agency Partners.

Agencies Distribution Support

Volunteer directly with Community Agency Partners while they build their weekly orders. This customer service role is an opportunity to connect with other non-profits and support their community’s needs.

Commitment:

4 shifts/month

Locations:

8345 Winston Street, Burnaby & 1405 Thornton Street, Vancouver

Shift times:

Tuesday to Friday; 8:30 am – 11:30 am

Tasks:
  • Greet and support agency partners with their weekly orders
  • Assist agencies with navigating various areas of the warehouse: freezer, cooler, Basic Pantry, Bulk Shelf
  • Share information about products and special menu items
  • Share GVFB garden products with agencies and discuss the survey attached
  • Ensure the warehouse is kept tidy by sanitizing carts in between pickups, recycling empty boxes and any other tasks required
  • Restocking shelves with fresh and dry food products
Requirements:
  • At least 18 years old
  • Can work independently
  • Must wear closed-toe shoes onsite
  • Has customer service or front-line experience
  • Can provide clear communication and instructions
  • Able to adapt to ambient temperatures and noisy conditions
  • Can stand for an extended period of time

Administration Roles

Administration volunteering is a great way to gain professional office experience.

Administration Roles

Administration volunteering is a great way to gain professional office experience. Most roles require basic computer knowledge and customer service skills. Roles include reception, data and administration support for different departments.

Location:

GVFB Head office, 8345 Winston Street, Burnaby BC.

Shift times:

Varies on the role and its operational needs

This role requires more training than most, so we are looking for volunteers who are able to commit to multiple shifts. Minimum age requirement may vary depending on the role.