It's a great way to connect with your community!
We are currently looking for energetic volunteers with the following skills and experience:
- Event planning
Throughout the year, we recruit assistants for our day-to-day operations and special events:
- Food distribution
- Kitchen organization/food sorting
- Special event helpers
My name is Shobhit. I'm a graduate student at the University of Ottawa. In my life, I've always tried to contribute and give back to society. When I moved to Canada from India, I first thought that following my passion of helping others could help me adjust to the nation, but I also thought that a country so rich would not have any problems.
I was wrong - I saw under that even this perfect country was still imperfect in a way, and found that even in Canada, due to many reasons, a countless number of people go hungry or have a hard time. Despite this, I also noticed big grocery stores discarding huge amounts of food into the GARBAGE. Disheartened, I researched and found about organizations like the Salvation Army who try to bridge that gap, and a matter of months after coming to Canada I was very impressed by such initiatives and decided to be a part of this noble cause.
Being a graduate student, I'm constrained for time, but through the University of Ottawa community navigator I found a perfect match with the Dalhousie Food Cupboard, and I emailed about my interest in volunteering and met with the coordinator, Mai Lee.
On my first day, I only volunteered for 30 minutes, but during that time I realized that I wasn't working for a organization, but with a family coming together with a common aim. Thanks to having mentors at the DFC like Mike and Mai, who are always there to help and guide you, I feel like my four months of volunteering have been challenge-free. We have a great coordinator who understands your scheduling constraints. And working with other volunteers (and enjoying the food they make!) definitely makes you forgot about any stress you might have.
By working here you not only help the community, but for a student like me who is introverted yet wants to make a difference in the world, this organization gives you a chance to explore your inner self and transform into your true self. To new volunteers, I would like to say: get ready to fill your cupboard with lots of affection and satisfaction; the DFC will let you explore anything you want - event planning, data entry, food packaging, interviewing - anything you know you can or want to do.
If you are interested in volunteering with the Dalhousie Food Cupboard, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
call (613) 230-3982 or fill in this contact form . . .