Volunteering

Looking for an activity that will benefit your members, the community and the environment?

Tourism Vancouver has compiled list of volunteer opportunities for convention groups to consider. Here are just a few suggestions and we hope to continue to add to this list. Please contact your convention services team if you wish to explore other opportunities in our community. We can help make it happen.

1. Volunteer Event at the Greater Vancouver Food Bank

The Greater Vancouver Food bank is only 15 minutes from the downtown core and they welcome volunteers to their distribution depot to help sort the many thousands of pounds of food that they receive. Past volunteer groups have advised how much they enjoyed the opportunity to work together as a team and give back to this worthwhile cause. The Food bank is receptive to groups of 10 to 50 for volunteer opportunities for 3 or 4 hours shifts and their warehouse is located 10 minutes for the Vancouver Convention Centre. The Food Bank provides instruction and an outline of how their operation manages to feed over 25,000 people each week.

The Greater Vancouver Food Bank
1150 Raymur Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V6A 3T2
604-876-3601
foodbank@foodbank.bc.ca

 

Group Volunteer Contact:

Vanessa Knight, Warehouse Coordinator
604.216.2319
vanessak@foodbank.bc.ca


2. Volunteer with Evergreen - Can you dig it?

Evergreen's corporate planting and stewardship events are a great way to make a difference! A specialized planting event for your employees is a unique way to build leadership, acquaint diverse teams and benefit the community.

Evergreen has created a special fee-for-service opportunity for corporate groups to help enhance local green space by planting trees, shrubs and wildflowers in public spaces at customized planting and stewardship events. You show up and we'll provide:

  • Professional event management and coordination
  • Plant material (trees, shrubs and wildflowers best-suited to the site)
  • Tools, training, equipment and refreshments, as well as gloves for the participants to keep

 

Evergreen has over a decade of experience in designing and delivering corporate stewardship events and has worked with hundreds of happy participants. We look forward to working with you!

Please Contact
Andrew Appleton
Regional Director, British Columbia
604-689-0766 ext. 22
andrew@evergreen.ca
www.evergreen.ca


3. The Sharing Farm - Get Dirty, Leave With Great Stories

The Sharing Farm grows food for The Richmond Food Bank and several community meal programs. Volunteering at The Sharing Farm provides individuals and groups with an opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others, while connecting to the community. You will work with others from a variety of backgrounds, bonded by a common desire to help others through their work at the farm. Volunteering at The Sharing Farm is an economical way to build team spirit while assisting the less fortunate and giving back to the community.

Depending on the time of year, activities can include planting or harvesting vegetables, compost building, weeding, and construction projects. Your company builds on it’s corporate social responsibility by willing to invest in the community. Employees are offered an alternative environment in which to interact and bond. Volunteers enjoy a day in an invigorating outdoor environment. Groups of 10-80 people (depending on the season) are welcome at a single time.

Details:

  • Open from March-November. Contact us to find out availability
  • We recommend bringing any tools or gloves you may have. The farm is able to provide these, but it is helpful to have extras
  • We greatly appreciate all donations so that we may continue to grow food for our neighbours in need. These can be monetary or you can find a list of our current needs on our website.
  • For all groups over 10 we request a minimum $5 donation per person. This helps us to cover extra staffing and material expenses associated with your service learning experience.

 

Every year we host hundreds of volunteers so come join us and Get Dirty!

Contact Information

Emily Pearson
Volunteer Coordinator
emily@sharingfarm.ca - 604-360-7220
www.sharingfarm.ca  


4. Northwest Wildlife Preservation Society

Preservation through Education Northwest Wildlife Preservation Society (NWPS) introduces people of all ages to the wonders of the natural world to inspire environmental stewardship. Our mission is to encourage respect for and preservation of wildlife and wildlife spaces. Our programs include Wildlife in the Schools, Nature Walks & Workshops, and Habitat Stewardship Projects. NWPS is a non-profit registered charity actively involved in providing environmental education to British Columbians since 1987.

 

Northwest Wildlife Preservation Society (NWPS)

# 203-5066 Kingsway,
Burnaby, BC, V5H 2E7
(604) 568-9160 fax: (604) 568-6152
edcomm@northwestwildlife.com


5. Save Stanley Park - Ivy Buster Volunteer Program in Stanley Park
offered by the Stanley Park Ecology Society and the Vancouver Park Board

Ivy Busters began in May 2004 as a stewardship project between the Stanley Park Ecology Society (SPES) and the Vancouver Park Board. The purpose of the Ivy busters Program is to provide opportunities for the Vancouver community to participate in a fun, rewarding stewardship initiative that contributes to the restoration of Stanley Park's forests. To date, we've had 39 Ivy Pulls with a total of 769 volunteers working 2337 volunteer hours, removing a grand total of 20,285 square metres of ivy!

In May 2008 we launched our "Adopt an Acre' Program, where small businesses and corporations seeking social responsibility and sustainability (such as Capers Community Markets) will adopt a specific area in need of removal and restoration within Stanley Park. At the current rate of grown and removal, it will take at least 50 years to rid the park of this nasty invasive plant. There is hope however, with concerned volunteers willing to fight for the natural diversity of such a unique urban forest, we can make a difference and stop this disaster before it happens.

To volunteer contact the volunteer coordinator phone 604-681-7099 or email vols@stanleyparkecology.ca


 6. Give a bike to a Needy Child

Buy a bike or a baby carriage kit. Put it together and give it to a needy child or family. A great teambuilding activity and a friendly competition between two or three teams of delegates.


7. Work with one of our outstanding teambuliding companies in Vancouver and create a customized Corporate Social Responsibility event

A unique volunteer program can be designed with the strenghts of your organization in mind. Consider donating the registration fees for a fun creative Vancouver Scavenger Hunt or Race type of event to your favorite charity or local Food Bank. What expertise do your delegates bring to the table that can leave a positive legacy here in Vancouver? Donate and provide dental work, cosmetic surgery for a child in need, donate a wheelchair, encourage your delegates to rise to the challenge and sign up to be organ donors. Have teams compete to assemble a bicycle from a kit and donate the bicyclies to charity or a silent auction with the proceeds of the silent auction going to a charity. Donate used cell phones, or clothing to women in need.


8. Volunteer at the Belkin House

The Salvation Army Belkin House is a state-of-the-art, multi-program facility conveniently located in downtown Vancouver. Through a number of programs, Belkin House accommodates up to 224 residents. The Food Services Department provides an average of 8000 nutritious and balanced, low-cost meals per month; 3 meals a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We offer volunteer opportunities and can accommodate groups of up to 12; there are three – 4 hour shifts available to choose from. Belkin House Food Services is an environment that is clean, educational, exciting, fun, and meaningful for all to experience.

For more information, please visit our website at www.belkinhouse.ca

Please contact:
Alvin Chong
Food Services Manager
The Salvation Army Belkin House
555 Homer Street
Vancouver, BC, V6B 1K8
604.681.3405 ext.231
alvin@belkinhouse.ca


Pick a charity, volunteer and give as an association or group.

Your convention services team at Tourism Vancouver can help you find the perfect opportunity to volunteer and give back.

Please, share your giving story with Tourism Vancouver. We want to tell everyone about your good deeds.

Email us at dreynolds@tourismvancouver.com if you need assistance finding an opportunity to volunteer.

Listing of these charities does not constitute endorsement by Tourism Vancouver. Information is provided as a service to meeting professionals who have selected Vancouver as the Host City for their conferences and conventions.