Volunteer Policies & Agreement

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the GVFB. Our mission is to provide healthy food to those in need.
Seeking individuals that want to help the distribution and/or agencies departments. Due to a change in operational needs, we are not currently recruiting warehouse volunteers.
 
Please only apply if you meet the following availability requirements:
  • Must be available to volunteer on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.
  • Must commit to shifts from June to September.
  • Can attend a mandatory in-person volunteer orientation on May 28th or May 29th. Orientations will be held at our Burnaby Head Office (8345 Winston Street, Burnaby).  
    • Tuesday, May 28th, 10:00 am-11:45 am - Limited spots
    • Tuesday, May 28th, 5:30 pm-7:15 pm - All spots have been filled
    • Wednesday, May 29th, 2:00 pm-3:45 pm - All spots have been filled
    • Wednesday, June 5th, 2:00 pm-3:45 pm - Extra session offered**

We are currently recruiting for the following roles:

  • Burnaby & Vancouver food distribution
  • Burnaby & Vancouver distribution interpreter
  • Burnaby restocking - All spots have been filled
  • Vancouver restocking - All spots have been filled
  • Food preservation volunteers - All spots have been filled

Current Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Burnaby Agency Restocking (16+) 8:30 am-10:30 am FULL Burnaby Agency Restocking (16+) 11:00 am-1:00 pm FULL Food Preservation (18+) 9:00 am-12:00 pmFULL Food Preservation (18+) 9:00 am-12:00 pmFULL Vancouver Food Distribution + Distribution Interpreter (18+) 9:00 am-1:00 pm

Vancouver Food Distribution + Distribution Interpreter (18+) 9:15 am-3:30 pm

 

Vancouver Food Distribution + Distribution Interpreter (18+) 9:00 am-1:00 pm

Vancouver Food Distribution + Distribution Interpreter (18+) 9:00 am-1:00 pm Burnaby Agency Restocking (16+) 11:00 am-1:00 pmFULL Burnaby Food Distribution + Distribution Interpreter (18+) 11:00 am-3:30 pm Burnaby Food Distribution + Distribution Interpreter (18+) 9:30 am-3:30 pm
  Vancouver Food Distribution + Distribution Interpreter (18+) 12:30 pm-4:30 pm Burnaby Agency Restocking (16+) 11:00 am-1:00 pm FULL Vancouver Food Distribution + Distribution Interpreter (18+) 12:00 pm-4:00 pm Vancouver Food Distribution + Distribution Interpreter (18+) 12:30 pm-4:30 pm  
    Vancouver Food Distribution + Distribution Interpreter (18+) 12:30 pm-4:30 pm Vancouver Food Distribution + Distribution Interpreter (18+) 3:30 pm-7:30 pm Burnaby Food Distribution + Distribution Interpreter (18+) 3:00 pm-7:30 pm  
 

Please read the following before you submit an application.

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Be 16+ years of age for agency restocking positions.
  • Be 18+ years of age for the food preservation position.
  • Be 18+ years of age for distribution positions.
  • Be a resident of British Columbia.
  • Complete a Criminal Record Check (CRC) during the orientation process.

Additional skills and qualifications may be required based on the position. Review the list of requirements for each role here.

Volunteer Agreement:

  • I will act honestly and follow the highest standards of ethical behaviour when interacting with other volunteers, clients, staff, and community partners. 
  • I will arrive on time and commit to an entire shift unless an absence is unavoidable, in which case I will refer to the cancellation policy.
  • I will accept directions and decisions made by GVFB staff and complete all duties diligently.
  • I will report unsafe conditions and practices to GVFB staff.
  • I will support clients, community agency partners, GVFB staff, and other volunteers with patience, respect, and dignity.
  • I will not take photos of clients and will receive consent from other volunteers and GVFB staff before taking photos.
  • I will maintain the confidentiality of all sensitive GVFB information I may learn or use to perform my volunteer role.
  • I understand that I cannot simultaneously maintain active volunteer status and active GVFB client status.
  • I agree that by submitting an individual volunteer application, I have read and accepted all volunteer requirements and the Volunteer Agreement.
  • I further acknowledge and agree that if I do not follow the GVFB policies, I may be asked to temporarily or permanently remove myself from all GVFB volunteer opportunities. 

Contact the Volunteer Engagement Coordinator at volunteer@foodbank.bc.ca if you have any questions.

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