Join Our Community Drop-In at the DTES!

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The Downtown East Side Neighbourhood House is looking for volunteers to help prepare breakfast and take part in our Community Drop-in programs on Tuesdays (10 AM to 2 PM)

Our volunteers help us serve a simple breakfast of oatmeal and coffee to our neighbours, clear tables and wash dishes. Volunteers are encouraged to interact with staff, other volunteers and community members during the drop in hours.

During the Community Drop-in, our neighbours have the opportunity to mingle with other local residents and can enjoy healthy and delicious food that is lovingly prepared by our neighbours, volunteers and staff.

One of the key goals of the Community Drop-in is to simply animate a space that our neighbours recognize as being very much their own – it is a space that belongs to the community. The food that is prepared is based on our food philosophy: it is diverse and has the ingredients listed for all to see. We provide high quality and nutritious meals to our neighbours and are careful to avoid foods that are overly processed or high in starch, refined sugars, or sodium.

Volunteers who have experience with food preparation and volunteers with Food Safe certification are preferred but it is not a requirement.  


Serve meals to neighbours in an often busy setting. - Help with clearing tables and washing dishes. - Help prepare breakfast  - Interact with staff, volunteers and community members.


- Comfortable working with people from all backgrounds and have a respectful communication style. - A love of food and an understanding of how a nutritious diet is part of a healthy lifestyle. - Previous experience with food preparation for large groups is a bonus.

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

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. If you are interested, please send us an email at

We are located at: 573 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V6A 1P9

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:

How to apply: 
Contact person: 
Maleeha Sohail
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Cause Tags: 
Community Development & Housing
Family & Children
Health, Social Services
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 Apr 2019
Time Committment:
4 Hours Per Week
Time of day:
Daytime, Weekdays
Work location:
DTES Neighbourhood House
573 East Hastings
Vancouver, BC V6A 1P9
Last Updated: February 11, 2020
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