A team of volunteers assist the Meal Centre Supervisor in preparing a hot lunch for our clients every day of the year. Volunteers are introduced to a number of tasks, including meal preparation, sorting and bagging produce and bread products, serving meals and coffee, and cleanup. This is a fast paced environment where you will be working together with a number of other volunteers.
Shifts available: Monday through Saturday, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm, Sunday 8:00 am – 12:00 noon
Requirements: Standing for long periods, some lifting, ability to follow directions, ability to work well with others, flexibility, criminal record check, 16 years or older
Open weekday mornings, the Redemption Cafe (our Drop In Centre) is a safe place for people to come for a morning meal and fellowship. Volunteers serve coffee and a light breakfast, engage clients in conversation, play a game of chess, or help direct individuals to appropriate agencies for assistance. As we are always looking for new ways to make meaningful and life-changing contact with our clients, the programs of our Drop In Centre are subject to change.
Shifts available: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 12:00 noon
Requirements: Standing for long periods, some lifting, empathy, acceptance of people from all walks of life, ability to follow directions, criminal record check, 16 years or older
Food Donation Pickup
Volunteer drivers arrive early each morning to pick up produce and baked goods from local businesses. These donations are used to provide a hot nourishing meal for our clients each day as well as supplying programs like the Redemption Cafe and the Emergency Shelter. The surplus is bagged daily by volunteers for distribution at the Meal Centre. Meal Centre clients may receive a bag of produce and a bag of baked items (depending on what has been received that day). Volunteers ensure that the food is distributed in a fair and equitable manner.
Shifts available: Monday through Saturday, 7:30 – 12:00 (may finish earlier)
Requirements: Heavy lifting, class 5 licence, safe driving record, ability to follow directions, willingness to travel around the Lower Mainland, 16 years or older
Abbotsford Thrift Store
Donated items are received, sorted, priced and prepared for sale in our Thrift Store. Volunteers may unload donations from vehicles, pre-sort items, hang priced clothing and linens, sort books and check all appliances and small electrical items before being placed in our Thrift Store for sale.
The thrift store serves the community at large with low cost, high quality, recycled clothing, household goods and furniture. Volunteers in the store will assist customers, keep the racks and shelves stocked and help to keep the store tidy and attractive for customers.
Goods from the store may be used by Family Services staff to assist people in need. Profits from Thrift Store sales help to support the programs offered at the Centre of Hope.
Shifts available: Monday through Saturday, various shifts available
Requirements: Standing for long periods, some heavy lifting, accuracy, customer service skills, friendliness, ability to follow directions, 16 years or older
Volunteers are needed to heat up pre-prepared meals, serve dinner to Shelter clients, wash dishes and ensure the kitchen is left clean and ready for use the next day.
Shifts available: Every day, 5:00 – 7:30
Requirements: Standing for long periods, some lifting, communication skills, empathy, acceptance of people from all walks of life, ability to follow directions, criminal record check, 16 years or older
Adult’s Day Program
The Adult’s Day Program is a once-a-week social group for men and women aged 55 and over who are in need of stimulation, group activities and socialization to combat isolation. Activities are provided which allow clients to explore their values, interests and abilities and to be active participants in developing their own quality of life. A variety of social and recreational activities, as well as health maintenance, education and spiritual growth will be provided by professional nursing staff. Volunteers are needed to assist the Supervisor in organizing and running the activities, engaging participants in fellowship and conversation, and assisting participants as needed. If you enjoy working with seniors from all walks of life, this is the perfect opportunity for you.
Shifts available: Wednesdays, 9:30 – 2:30 or 3:00
Requirements: Desire to work with adults, patience, empathy, criminal record check, 16 years or older
- Kettle Campaign
- Angel Tree
- Christmas hampers
- Santa Shuffle 5 km run/walk
People who are interested in volunteering with the Centre of Hope need to submit a Volunteer application form, and sign a Confidentiality Statement and Waiver of Liability. Each prospective volunteer is interviewed for suitability before being assigned to a particular area, and given a tour of the different areas of the building. Supervisors are responsible for providing a thorough orientation and training for each new volunteer.