Volunteers are the backbone of the Food Bank in Pembroke. Over the years, the Food Bank has had a stable group of volunteers. This has enabled us to improve our service delivery to better serve our clients. However, the demand for food is increasing by leaps and bounds. Inflation, higher interest rates and skyrocketing housing prices are eating into incomes, causing more and more people to turn to the Food Bank to satisfy their food needs.
The increases in demand have forced us to expand our volunteer work force not only in the direct delivery category, but also in areas such as administration, Board support and information technology. if you want to give back to your community by volunteering your skills we would like to talk to you.
A wide variety of volunteer opportunities are available, some of which are listed below. The full range of work categories is included in the application form which gives you the opportunity to outline your skills and identify the kind of work you would prefer. All volunteers must complete a Vulnerable Sector police record check.
Work one-on-one with clients by registering them in on-line our registration data base to help them access their food entitlements.
This is the front line where we provide pre-packed food hampers to clients. You will interact directly with clients to ensure they have the food they need to feed their families. Some heavy lifting may be involved, but volunteers share the load wherever possible.
This involves packing hampers for clients using a list based on family size. You will work with a team to share the work of loading and packing. Stocking shelves is an ongoing requirement to ensure there is a ready supply of accessible food for clients.
Help with special events including setting up, running and taking down events. This may include public relations events, fund raising events, food drives, community garden support or preparing for things like the Santa Claus parade.
Food Bank committees take on the challenges of the many change initiatives that are required as the organization evolves. Your knowledge of non-profit organization management will be put to good use in writing, planning, assessing results and representing the Food Bank in the community.
If you are interested in applying to volunteer, you will see the full range of possibilities when you download the application below and follow the instructions.