Volunteer

The Stop began as a volunteer-run organization in the 1970s, and to this day volunteers play a vital role in every facet of our operations. Without the dedication of our volunteers, we could not meet our goal of helping people stop the cycle of poverty.

Many of our volunteers have experience with issues facing the community: unemployment, poverty, and homelessness. The connection between volunteers and participants in our programs creates a unique sense of community marked by a non-judgmental and empathetic environment.

Volunteer Opportunities at 1884 Davenport

At our 1884 Davenport location, we have a Food Bank, Drop-In, kitchen (in which we prepare meals for the Drop-In), Healthy Beginnings program (a pre- and post-natal program), and Community Advocacy Program. Most of the volunteer roles that become available are for the Food Bank, Drop-In or kitchen and would take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays between the hours of 8AM and 3PM. We ask all volunteers to make a commitment of one 4-5 hour shift per week for a minimum of 4-6 months. If you are interested in volunteering with one of these programs, please contact Jasmine at jasmine [at] thestop [dot] org to find out about our monthly volunteer information session. You can also apply to Jasmine for the specific role outlined below.

After School Program Volunteer:
We are currently seeking one (1) new volunteer to join the After School Program, beginning late September and running through to February or June. This position will be based offsite at Davenport Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre (1900 Davenport Rd). We are looking for a community member with a strong interest in working with children from the Davenport West Community. For this role, you should have a positive attitude, be energetic, and have a willingness to really engage with the kids. You will be working with staff to engage children in cooking, gardening, and social justice activities. The commitment is one regular shift on Mondays from 2:30pm-6:30pm. Previous experience working or volunteering with kids, gardening, and cooking are assets but not required. If you are interested in this role, please email jasmine [at] thestop [dot] org with a bit of info about yourself, why you are a good match for this role, and a copy of your resume by Friday, September 12th.

Volunteer Opportunities at The Green Barn

Youth Program Volunteer:
Food Leadership for Youth (FLY) is an after school program for youth who want to learn about food issues through the development of cooking and gardening skills. The program fosters leadership values that allow participants to engage with their families, peers, school, and local community around food justice issues. The program is broken into three segments: the first for high school-aged girls, the second for youth ages 8-12, and the final segment for high school-aged boys and girls.

We are currently seeking three (3) new volunteers to join FLY, beginning late September and running through to late December or ideally June. These positions will be based at The Stop's Green Barn (601 Christie). The commitment is one regular shift on Wednesdays from 2:30pm-6:30pm. We are looking for motivated individuals with a strong interest in working with youth enrolled in FLY. We especially encourage applications from people who live in the Davenport West and St. Clair West communities. An interest in gardening, food, and youth programming is required. If you are interested in this role, please email jasmine [at] thestop [dot] org with a bit of info about yourself, why you are a good match for this role, and a copy of your resume by Friday, September 12th.

School Visit Program Volunteer:
The Sustainable Food Systems Education Program provides hands-on educational activities that focus on food issues while directly supporting the learning goals of the Ontario Curriculum. It offers an in-depth look at food security and a chance for kids to build on concepts throughout the school year. We are currently seeking new volunteers to join this program. As a volunteer, you will assist with setting-up program activities, facilitating portions of the workshop, working with kids in smaller groups, etc. These positions will be based at The Stop's Green Barn (601 Christie). The commitment is one regular shift on either Tuesdays from 12pm-4pm or Wednesdays from 8:30am-12:30pm. Programming is always dependent on bookings with schools so there may be some weeks off. We especially encourage applications from people who live in the local community. French language skills are also considered an asset. If you are interested in this role, please email jasmine [at] thestop [dot] org with a bit of info about yourself, why you are a good match for this role, and a copy of your resume by Friday, September 12th.

Volunteer Opportunities at Events

We often have one-off fundraising or community events where we need a large number of volunteers for the day or half-day. If you would like to be on our events list, please email jasmine [at] thestop [dot] org and include some information about yourself, your availability, and any special skills or interests you have, e.g. cooking, customer service, serving, setting-up or taking down events. 

 

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