Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer

For over 30 years, dedicated volunteers have been helping to meet the issue of food insecurity head-on in our community. We are neighbours helping neighbours. Why not join us?

Click on the program areas below to read about volunteer opportunities.

Christmas Program - Volunteer Opportunities available!

Neighbour to Neighbour Toy Store

From December 4-22, 2017 Neighbour to Neighbour will provide festive essentials (groceries and food vouchers, toys and stocking stuffers) to approximately 1600 families registered in the Christmas program. It’s volunteers on the front lines, in a respectful and dignified customer-service setting, who make this possible!

If you can make a weekly commitment of 3.5 hrs (mid-November and December), submit an application form and attend one orientation on any of these dates:

  • Thursday, October 19th, 3-7:45 p.m.
  • Friday, November 3rd, 1:30-3:15 p.m.
  • Monday, November 13th, 1:30-3:15 p.m.
  • Warehouse (November and December only): volunteers work as a team in the spirit of Neighbour to Neighbour, receiving and sorting food donations to ensure the timely stocking of food products on our shelves.

    Commitment: 3.5-hour shift weekly. Must be more than 16 years old.

  • Christmas Food Bank (November and December only): volunteers ensure that each shopper understands the point system for food items and is treated with dignity and respect.

    Commitment: 3.5-hour shift weekly. Must be more than 16 years old.

  • Toy Room: volunteers sort new donated children’s toys by suitability to age.

    Commitment: flexible, depending on your availability.

  • Christmas Toy Store: volunteers set up the store, float between the store and Neighbour 2 Neighbour to maintain tables stocked with toys; assist shoppers with carry-out; and ensure each shopper is treated with dignity and respect.

    Commitment: One or two 4-hour shifts from December 13-16. Must be more than 16 years old.

Volunteer in the Christmas Program!

Emergency Food Services – Volunteer Opportunities available!
  • Warehouse: volunteers work as a team in the spirit of the Centre receiving, sorting and stocking shelves to ensure the timely delivery of food products to the Centre’s food bank clients.

    Ability to lift 30-50 lbs is an asset.

    Commitment: 3.5-hour shift weekly. Must be more than 16 years old.

  • Food Bank: volunteers ensure that each shopper understands the point system for food items and is treated with dignity and respect.

    Commitment: 3.5-hour shift weekly. Must be more than 16 years old.

Volunteer in Emergency Food Services!

Family Services Program
  • Community Counsellors: provide information and access to community resources, help to identify options as well as validate the client’s experiences. Counsellors provide assistance with a variety of issues related to poverty, employment, family violence, health concerns and legal problems.

    Commitment: 3-hour shift weekly. Must have post-secondary education or work experience.

Volunteer in Family Services!

Educational Support – Volunteer Opportunities available!
  • Neighbour to Neighbour Centre Education Department
    Educational Consultants
    ensure that N2N educational support programs align with Ministry of Education curriculum. Educational Consultants must be proficient in teaching small and large groups as well as providing individual support to N2N tutors. Educational Consultants are responsible for decisions regarding the planning, implementation and evaluation of the program. We are currently seeking Educational Consultants for our literacy and numeracy programs.

    Commitment: Monthly commitment varies, but approximately 5-8 hours from September to June. For details please contact Deban at 905-574-1334 ext. 204 tutor@n2ncentre.com or apply online www.n2ncentre.com

  • Neighbour to Neighbour Jack Parent Reading Program: volunteers commit 2 to 3 hours with 4 or 5 students grade 1-3 students at selected schools during the school day.

    Commitment: Once weekly October to May. Must be more than 16 years old.

  • Math Success Program: Adult and youth volunteers tutor students in gr. 7 and 8 on Tues. Wed. and/or Thurs. after school, February-June 2017

    Commitment: A weekly commitment of 1-3 sessions from February-June 2017. Program is approximately 15 weeks in length so 15-45 hours is required. Training will be provided prior to and during the program. Community Involvement hours will be credited for youth volunteers.

Volunteer in the Educational Support Program!

Community Food Programs – Volunteer Opportunities available!

Please note that this list of volunteer opportunities develops alongside our Program Calendar. If you would like more information, please contact Danielle Boissoneau, Community Action Coordinator at dboissoneau@n2ncentre.com

  • Community Produce Market volunteers help run a fresh fruit and vegetable market for the community. They set up and/or take down market equipment, arrange and present produce in an appealing way, label foods according to price list, and conduct a closing inventory. Customer service skills and friendly personality are assets. Priority will be given to Rolston Neighbourhood community members.

    Commitment: 4-hour shift per week. Must be 16 years or older.

  • Produce Market receivers are responsible for receiving shipments of fresh produce and sorting produce for various community programs. They ensure all produce ordered has been delivered in good condition, and clearly label and sort items for various community programs including community meals, food skills programs and markets.

    Commitment: one ½ day shift per week. Must be 16 years or older.

  • Meal Service volunteers assist with serving food to guests during Community Meal programs. They welcome and seat guests, and provide exemplary table service throughout the meal in a comfortable and dignified environment.

    Commitment: 3.5 hour shift weekly. Shift times and availability will vary according to program schedule and demand. Must be 16 years or older.

  • Community Kitchen volunteers assist with many different tasks in our Community Kitchen and support the Community Chef in preparing foods for various programs at the Centre, including Community Meals.

    Commitment: 3.5 hour shift weekly. Shift times and availability will vary according to program schedule and demand. Must be 16 years or older.

  • Drop-In Program volunteers help to animate the Hamilton Community Food Centre by welcoming new guests to our Centre and/or providing information to those requesting help. Volunteers will help to answer and direct phone calls during their shift, as well as provide support to programming, as required.

    Commitment: 3.5 hour shift weekly. Must be 16 years or older.

  • Special Event volunteers help to organize and promote Special Events that are being hosted by, or at, the Hamilton Community Food Centre. They assist staff before, during, and after the Special Event. Special Events could include film screenings, forums, town hall meetings, holiday celebrations etc.

    Commitment: Special Event volunteers are periodically required. Must be 16 years or older.

  • Intercultural Community Kitchen volunteers help with set-up, food preparation and clean-up in the community kitchen space, and are passionate about the benefits of fresh and nutritious food. Spanish, Arabic, Kurdish and knowledge of other languages is an asset.

    Commitment: 3.5 hour shift weekly. Must be 16 years or older.

  • After School Program volunteers help to deliver fun, engaging and informative programming to school-age youth. They enjoy working with young people and help to keep focus during cooking and gardening activities.

    Commitment: 4 hour shift weekly. Must be 16 years or older.

  • Language Exchange volunteers help with interpretation and translation in Arabic, Kurdish and English. If you speak another language and would like to share, please get in touch with the Program Coordinator.

  • Garden volunteers work with community members to maintain the garden space. You can help through sharing your skills, planning the garden and taking care of the plants. No previous garden experience is needed. Come and learn with us.

  • Community Market & Café volunteers help our customers at the community market stand and serve them in our café. It's a fun, fast-paced shift! Gain useful customer service experience!

  • Seniors Wellness Program volunteers support Program Coordinators as required.

Volunteer at the Hamilton Community Food Centre!

Used Book Store
  • Clerks: maintain a high level of customer service in the Used Book Store. The store is a social enterprise, housed in the Neighbour to Neighbour Centre and open to the public that generates revenue for Neighbour to Neighbour Centre programming.

    Commitment: a 3.5-hour shift weekly. Must be more than 16 years old.

Volunteer in the Used Book Store!

Speakers
  • Ambassadors: network with the business community to raise Neighbour to Neighbour Centre’s profile

  • Speakers’ Bureau: make presentations to interested churches, schools and groups on Neighbour to Neighbour Centre’s programs and services.

    Commitment: 1 hour per month as needed. Must be more than 16 years old.

Volunteer Today!

Events
  • Coldest Night of the Year: is a fantastically fun, family-friendly walking fundraiser that raises money for the hungry, homeless, and hurting across Canada. The 2, 5 and 10KM walk held every February provides participants the opportunity to experience a hint of the challenges faced during the winter while raising revenue for the centre.

    Volunteers help with setting up; greeting, registering and directing walk participants; and prepping a warm snack for participants and volunteers.

    Commitment: attend 1.5 hour information session and tour; one 3- or 4-hour shift on event day in February. Must be more than 16 years old.

  • Stuff the Bus food drives: volunteers can deliver flyers (2 hours), help receive grocery donations (3 hours) or unload the bus (1 hour) once a month on Saturdays.

    Commitment: attend 1.5 hour information session and tour. Must be more than 16 years old.

  • Occasional Events: Throughout the year, volunteers support events outside of regular business hours such as unloading food drives; providing information to the public from Neighbour to Neighbour Centre’s booth at festivals; and assisting with third-party fund-raisers.

    Commitment: 3 to 8 hour shifts depending on scope of event

Volunteer at Events!