Current volunteer opportunities available are listed here. Volunteer forms are below!

Early Years Drop In (EYDI):
Provides a space for caregivers and their young children, to eat breakfast, participate in activities, workshops, and seminars together. The program begins right after the school bell rings at Lord Strathcona Elementary, and families can leisurely walk over to the Neighbourhood House from there.
EYDI is a place for parents to come together and learn from one another. It is a peer facilitated talking space, where open conversation is encouraged to be supportive of one another. Topics covered include: parents mental health, appropriate screen time for toddlers and children, baby’s sleep schedule, how to deal with bad behaviour, and the importance of literacy for toddlers. Conversation will commence after a healthy breakfast has been eaten.
EYDI will also be offering two workshops series. The Neuro Emotional Learning Program teaches parents the basics of how emotions work, how to identify a range of emotions in self and others, and how to manage these emotions with a view to improving emotion management and positive effect. Additionally, The Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Program provides 6-weeks of facilitated workshops on promoting positive parenting, improving parents self-esteem and coping skills, help prevent family violence, and create a better understanding of children’s health, safety, and behaviour. Please contact us at volunteer@dtesnhouse.ca if interested.The current need is for volunteers on Fridays from 9:00 am to 11:30 am.

Community Drop-in Program: This program runs every Monday (10 am to 2 pm), Tuesday (10 am to 2 pm), and Wednesday (10 am to 2 pm). As part of the Community Drop In Program, we provide a meal to residents of the community and provide various programs during the session as well. We are looking for volunteers who are able to commit to once a week for three months. It is a great chance to meet some amazing people from the community and make a difference. Please contact us at volunteer@dtesnhouse.ca if interested.The current need is for volunteers on Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Family Drop-in Program: This program runs every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 to 6:30 pm. Local families are invited to come spend time at the neighbourhood house after school. As part of the Family Drop-in program, we provide snacks, arts and crafts, guest speakers and end the evening by cooking and sharing a nutritious family meal together. The ages of kids present at the drop-in range anywhere from 2 months to 14 years old. It’s a great mix of people and a fun atmosphere. The current need is for volunteers on Thursdays.

We are seeking volunteers that can help us out one shift a week (currently Thursdays). Your duties may include helping to set up the day’s activities, interacting and engaging with the families who attend, cooking meals, and clean up. Volunteer shifts ideally start at 3:15 pm and end at 6:30 pm. Please contact us at volunteer@dtesnhouse.ca if interested.

Tuesday Night Prep Group: Every Tuesday night from 6:45 – 9:00 p.m. Cooking and prepping food for Wednesday Community Drop-In, cleaning up and leaving House the way you found it. Please email volunteer@dtesnhouse.ca to find out more.

Mobile Smoothie: Once/month on the Tuesday before Income Assistance cheque issue day. Volunteers meet at the House, form teams, load carts with smoothie kits and go to specific downtown east side locations to make and serve smoothies from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Volunteer are assigned shifts either for the morning or the afternoon during these times. Please email us at  volunteer@dtesnhouse.ca for more information.
Banana Beat: Once/month on income assistance cheque issue day. Volunteers go in two teams and pass out bananas to residents of the downtown eastside.  There are two shifts available for volunteers, one runs from 7:45 am to 9:00 am and the other one from 7:45 am to 9:30 am.

Please contact us at volunteer@dtesnhouse.ca if you’d like to volunteer.

Right To Food Zine: We are looking for writers and graphic artists for The Right To Food (RTF) Zine. The Right To Food Zine focuses on food security and food justice and is published quarterly with the occasional special issue. Please have a look at previous issues of the zine at http://rtfzine.org/

For the graphic artist, the main responsibility for this position will be to create collateral designs for the zine for its future issues. The role involves understanding the mission and context of the Right to Food Zine and giving it a high visual impact as it develops. Experience using InDesign is necessary in this role as well as experience working with any media which is suitable for print.

For writers, we want people who are interested in food security and social justice and are able to write articles / produce content for the zine. This role requires the volunteer to be able to attend weekly meetings at the neighbourhood house at 1pm on Wednesdays as necessary. Strong writing skills and previous writing experience are assets for this position.

If you are interested in a position, please contact us at volunteer@dtesnhouse.ca

On Call: Occasionally we don’t have enough volunteers for our programs and request last minute assistance. If you would like to be/willing to be contacted on short notice to help out please let us know and we will add your name to our volunteer list.

Donation Pick up driver: Once per month on the Tuesday before cheque issue day, we require someone (or team of people) to pick up 14 pre-paid cases of bananas from Whole Foods on Cambie and 8th and deliver them to the Neighbourhood House.

Please email the director at ed@dtesnhouse.ca for more information about this volunteer opportunity.

Please right click on link below for volunteer application forms:

DTES Neighbourhood House Volunteer Application Form

DTES Neighbourhood House Volunteer Agreement Form

DTES Neighbourhood House Volunteer Code of Conduct Form

Volunteer Criminal Record Check Consent Form

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