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 Sonia at sonia [at] thestop [dot] org to find out about our monthly volunteer information session.

Volunteer Opportunities at The Green Barn

Volunteer at The Stop's Summer Camp:
We are seeking volunteers with lots of energy, interest, and experience working with children in a camp setting.

The Stop Community Food Centre’s Summer Camp provides hands-on educational activities that focus on food issues through cooking, gardening, and creative activities. Children will participate in a week-long day camp at The Stop's Green Barn. Participants are between the ages of 8-12-years-old. 

As a volunteer, you will have an opportunity to learn about food education programs by assisting with setting up program activities, supporting cooking and gardening activities, as well as active play.

This position will be based at the Green Barn at Artscape Wychwood Barns (601 Christie Street).

The commitment is a minimum of 2-3 full days of camp from 8:30AM to 4:30PM. The camp dates are as follows: 

  • Monday, July 6th to Friday, July 10th
  • Monday, July 20th to Friday, July 24th
  • Monday, August 10th to Friday, August 14th

Training will be provided prior to camp. We especially encourage applications from people who live in the local community. Breakfast and lunch will be provided each day.

Please contact Sonia at 416-652-7867 Ext. 249 or sonia [at] thestop [dot] org.

Volunteer Opportunities at Events

We occasionally require volunteers to support our community and fundraising events. If you would like to be added to our event list to be notified of these one-off volunteer opportunities, please contact Sonia at sonia [at] thestop [dot] org.

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