Volunteering

Our volunteers tell us that helping at The Compass gives them a great sense of fulfillment. It's a great way to care for your neighbours in need and help make our community a better place for all.

We welcome volunteers from many different backgrounds and with widely ranging interests. Volunteers must be 18+.

Our volunteering is very flexible. You sign up for shifts when you are able to come in. We understand people have busy schedules. You can even sign up for one shift at a time.

What Do Volunteers Do?

There are so many roles that volunteers take on at The Compass. When the food bank Market is open, there are a number of roles like helping in the kitchen by serving coffee and snacks, working in the office, helping clients select their food, talking with clients and weighing their food. These roles are performed during our Market hours and each day is broken into 2 volunteer shifts:

  • Mondays 2:30 - 5:30 pm and 5:15 - 8:30 pm
  • Wednesdays 11:30 - 2:30 pm and 2:15 - 5:30 pm
  • Fridays 11:30 - 2:30 pm and 2:15 - 5:30 pm

There is another team of volunteers that work to help set up the Market. They perform tasks like sorting and organizing food donations, stocking the food bank shelves, purchasing food and picking up food drives. Whatever your talents we are sure to have a position you'd enjoy.

A volunteer serving food at The Compass

How to Apply

Please apply using our easy online application, then send in two completed reference forms. If you need a paper application contact us or drop by during Market hours to pick one up. Once you have completed the application we will review it and talk with you about what opportunities are available.

We provide orientation, training and support to help all volunteers do their jobs well.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Cooking for Programs
Are you a friendly, outgoing person who enjoys serving others? This role includes preparing meals, serving coffee and tea, as well as keeping the dishes and kitchen clean. It's a very social and fun role. Weekdays, evening and weekend times are availalble.

Driver
Are you interested in doing weekly pick-ups of food and delivering it to The Compass? Volunteers must have a clear driving record, be insured to use their vehicle for the Compass, and be able to lift and carry a minimum of 50 pounds. Weekdays preferred, but timing may be flexible.

Shopping
This role is one that allows you to help individual clients in the food bank Market and assist them in selecting their food. This role is the one that has the most personal contact with clients and is a friendly and engaging role.