Family Drop-in Volunteers

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Position description: 

The Downtown East Side Neighbourhood House is looking for volunteers to help with our Family Drop-In program which runs every Tuesday from 3:30 to 6:30 pm.

The Family Drop-in program creates a welcoming, safe, and fun environment for local families to come spend time at after school. As part of the program, we provide our families with snacks, arts and crafts, guest speakers and end the evening by cooking and sharing a nutritious family meal together. Also, the families (children, youth and caregivers) who participate in the Family Drop-in work with staff and volunteers to farm our indoor and outdoor urban farm. The ages of kids present range anywhere from 10 months to 14 years old. It’s a great mix of people and a fun atmosphere.

We are hoping to find some volunteers that can help us out one shift a week (or whenever possible!). Volunteer duties may include helping to set up the day’s activities, doing some gardening, interacting and engaging with the families who attend, cooking meals, and clean up.

We provide an orientation and ongoing support to our volunteers. We strive to reward our volunteers for regular service - incentives range from t-shirts to free training programs for reaching different service milestones. We would love you to join our team and help us create a safe and welcoming space for our community.

Please note that applicants are required to undergo a criminal record background check for this role.


If you are interested, please send us an email at


The DTES Neighbourhood House provides programming, and educational, leadership, social and recreational opportunities to residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The neighbourhood house helps foster a respectful, equitable atmosphere of sharing and learning by providing opportunities for residents to meaningfully engage with, and contribute to, their community.

For more information about the DTES Neighbourhood House, our programs and how you can be involved with us, please visit:



Cooking & Food Preparation
Art Projects and Decoration
Child activities (arts, crafts, performances)
Set up and take down
General Assistance (answering questions, helping where needed)


•             Comfort and experience with working with families, children, and seniors

•             Experience working with food preparation

•             Past experience volunteering or working in the Downtown Eastside is preferred

•             Reliable schedule and available weekdays

•             Ability to speak another language is an asset

Role is suitable for: 
English as a second language (ESL)
Additional Information: 

We strive to recognize and reward our volunteers' contributions through things like t-shirts to training and certification courses for meeting different milestones.

How to apply: 
Please email
Contact person: 
Maleeha Sohail
Contact e-mail: 
Volunteer Centre: 
Cause Tags: 
Arts & Culture
Family & Children
Sport & Recreation
To provide opportunities for residents of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside to meaningfully engage with and contribute to their community in an equitable atmosphere of sharing and learning.
Position type:
Number of volunteers required:
Position start/end date:
1 Jan 2020
Time Committment:
3 Hours Per Week
Time of day:
Daytime, Evening, Weekdays
Work location:
Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House
573 East Hastings
Vancouver, BC V6A 1P9