Volunteering

Volunteering

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

To help you find a volunteering opportunity that is meaningful to your group, Tourism Vancouver’s team has compiled a list of options representing a wide-range of interests and causes. This is a sample of the volunteering activities that are available, and we’re actively working to add to this list. We encourage you to contact our Convention Services team if you wish to explore other opportunities in our community. We’re here to make it happen.

1. Volunteer Event at the Greater Vancouver Food Bank

Only 15 minutes from downtown hotels and the convention centre, the Greater Vancouver Food Bank welcomes visiting groups of volunteers to their distribution depot to help sort the thousands of pounds of food that they receive. Past groups have told us how much they enjoyed the opportunity to work together as a team while giving back to this worthwhile cause. The Food Bank accepts groups of 10 to 50 for volunteer opportunities, for 3 or 4 hours shifts. They provide groups with instruction and an outline of how their operation manages to feed over 25,000 people each week.

The Greater Vancouver Food Bank
www.foodbank.bc.ca
Group Volunteer Contact
Vanessa Knight, Warehouse Coordinator
Phone: 604.216.2319
vanessak@foodbank.bc.ca


2. Volunteer with Evergreen - Can you dig it?

Evergreen's corporate planting and stewardship events offer a great way for visiting groups to make a difference. The group has over a decade of experience in designing and delivering corporate stewardship events and has worked with hundreds of happy participants. A specialized planting event for your group is a unique way to build leadership, acquaint diverse teams and benefit the community. Evergreen’s special fee-for-service opportunity for corporate groups helps enhance local green space by planting trees, shrubs and wildflowers in public spaces at customized planting and stewardship events. Evergreen provides groups with professional event management and coordination; the trees, shrubs and wildflowers best-suited to the planting site; as well as tools, training, equipment and refreshments, and keep-sake gloves for all participants.

Evergreen
www.evergreen.ca
Group Volunteer Contact
Robin Chan, Regional Director, British Columbia
Phone: 604.689.0766 ext. 231
rchan@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, and offers an economical way to build team spirit while assisting the less fortunate and giving back to the community. Volunteering with them provides visiting groups with an opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others, while connecting to the community. Volunteers work alongside others from a variety of backgrounds, brought together by a common desire to help others through their work at the farm.

The farm is open from March to November, and depending on the time of year, activities can include planting or harvesting vegetables, compost building, weeding, and construction projects. Your group can build on its corporate social responsibility, while delegates are offered an alternative environment in which to interact and bond in an invigorating outdoor environment. Depending on the season, The Sharing Farm welcomes groups of 10 - 80 people at a single time, and for groups over 10, a minimum donation of $5 per person is requested.

The Sharing Farm
www.sharingfarm.ca
Group Volunteer Contact
Kristjan Johannson, Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: 778.549.0093
kristjan@sharingfarm.ca


4. Stanley Park Ecology Society – Stanley Park Eco-Stewards Program

The Stanley Park Eco-Stewards Program (previously called Ivy Busters) works hard to restore degraded habitats by removing invasive species, planting native species, decommissioning unsanctioned trails, and adding course woody debris and other enhancements in downtown Vancouver’s Stanley Park.

Volunteers gather for a fun-filled morning or afternoon to take part in various restoration projects in the park where their efforts are most needed. Your volunteer group can take satisfaction is knowing that their work helps the group take important steps towards conserving biodiversity and restoring the important habitat in Stanley Park.

Stanley Park Ecology Society
www.stanleyparkecology.ca
Group Volunteer Contact
Julie Sims, Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: 604.681.7099
vols@stanleyparkecology.ca

5. Volunteer at Belkin House

The Salvation Army Belkin House is a state-of-the-art, multi-program facility located right in downtown Vancouver. Belkin House accommodates up to 224 residents, and the facility’s Food Services department provides an average of 8,000 nutritious and balanced, low-cost meals each month, serving three meals a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year. They offer volunteer opportunities and can accommodate groups of up to 12, with three different 4-hour shifts to choose from. Volunteering with Belkin House’s Food Services team offers an educational, exciting, fun, and meaningful experience for all.

Salvation Army Belkin House
www.belkinhouse.ca
Group Volunteer Contact
Alvin Chong, Food Services Manager
Phone: 604.681.3405 ext. 231
alvin@belkinhouse.ca


6. Give a Bike to a Needy Child

For an easy and effective team-building activities that gives back to the community, your group can purchase a bike or a baby carriage kit, create a competition among delegates to put it together, before gifting it to a needy child or family. Tourism Vancouver’s Convention Services team would be happy to help you find an appropriate recipient for your group’s gift.


7. Create a Customized Corporate Social Responsibility Event

Vancouver has a number of outstanding corporate team-building companies that can work with you to create a unique and meaningful social responsibility program for your meeting. A unique volunteer program can be designed with the strengths of your organization in mind. Consider holding a fun and creative Vancouver Scavenger Hunt or “Amazing Race” type of event, and donating the registration fees to an appropriate Vancouver charity or food bank. Or consider what expertise 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, or encourage your delegates to rise to the challenge and sign up to be organ donors. Additionally, consider organizing a drive among your delegates to donate used cell phones, or clothing to women in need.


Pick a Charity or Cause, Volunteer and Give as an Association or Group

The Convention Services team at Tourism Vancouver can help you find the perfect opportunity to volunteer and give back. And once you’ve volunteered, please share your giving story with Tourism Vancouver. We want to tell everyone about your good deeds!

If you need assistance finding an opportunity to volunteer, email meet@tourismvancouver.com and we’d be happy to help you find the right fit.

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.