• Group Volunteer - Corporate Team Building YWCA

Looking for a great team-building event in Metro Vancouver? Why not volunteer as a group? Corporate volunteering is a great way for your organization and staff to give back to the communities you do business in.

Cook and serve a nutritious meal at YWCA Crabtree Corner in the Downtown Eastside, help beautify the grounds at one of our housing communities or collect donations for families in need. Please note that priority will be given to groups who make a financial contribution that will support families in need.

Ongoing Group Volunteer Activities

Other Group Volunteer Activities

Self-care kits for women in need

Create self-care kits for women experiencing homelessness, substance use issues, poverty, violence, poor health or other challenges in the Downtown Eastside. Self Care Kits are distributed daily at YWCA Crabtree Corner. With your co-workers, friends or family assemble items from the list below in clear plastic bags and deliver them to Crabtree Corner. You are welcome to add other items that you think may be useful.

  • toothbrush & toothpaste
  • deodorant
  • soap
  • hand cream
  • small hairbrush & hair ties
  • pads/tampons
  • underwear
  • socks
  • band-aids
  • lip balm

Drop off Location: YWCA Crabtree Corner 533 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Delivery hours: Monday to Friday 10:00am – 3:00pm

Become a Guest Speaker or host a Worksite Visit

FOCUS@Work, an empowerment and job search program that helps women reconnect with themselves, their passions, their skills and strengths so they can find meaningful employment.  
How to get involved?  Be a guest speaker, join an Industry Panel Discussion or offer company worksite visits.  We’d love to hear your ideas! 

Location: FOCUS@Work program, 210-1201 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Role of Volunteers: Present a topic relevant to women seeking employment e.g. networking, company culture, interview process tips etc.
No. of Volunteers: 1-6
Date: Mondays to Fridays
Time: 1-3 hours between 9:30am – 4:00pm

House Warming Baskets for Families

Many of the families that move into YWCA second-stage transition housing arrive with nothing but their clothing. Second-stage housing is where women can begin to rebuild their lives away from an abusive partner. The YWCA provides furnished apartments, emotional support, information and referrals, safety planning and court accompaniment. Your group can help this difficult transition by purchasing and assembling House Warming Baskets for families when they first arrive. Below is a list of suggested items and you are welcome to add other items that you think may be useful. Approximate cost:  $300


  • Grocery gift cards ($100 suggested value)
  • Baking soda, baking powder
  • Rice
  • Flour
  • Pasta
  • Vinegar
  • Cooking oil
  • Sugar
  • Tea
  • Salt & Pepper


  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Soap
  • Sanitary products
  • Toilet paper


  • Clothes hangers
  • Energy-efficient light bulbs – 40 & 60 watts
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dish soap


  • Tinfoil
  • Plastic wrap
  • Sandwich bags
  • Pot scrubbers


  • New sheets, blankets, towels
Cleaning, landscaping and organizing at YWCA Crabtree Early Learning and Child Care Centre

Program Description: Crabtree Corner Early Learning and Care Centre provides free, short-term, drop-in child care for children up to 6 years old in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
Location: 2nd floor – 533 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Number of Volunteers: 4-6
Day/Time: Tuesdays or Wednesdays between 9:00am – 4:00pm

Gardening/landscaping at YWCA Munroe House

Program Description: YWCA Munroe House is a second-stage transition shelter for women and their children who have escaped an abusive relationship.
No. of volunteers: maximum 12
Day/Time: Starting in April - Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays (except 3rd Thursday of the month). Anytime between 9:00am to 5:00pm
Activities: Annuals, vegetable seedlings and topsoil

Garage cleaning crew at YWCA Munroe House

Program Description: YWCA Munroe House is a second stage transition shelter for women and their children who have escaped an abusive relationship.
No. of volunteers: maximum 12 including a few strong people who can move big furniture.
Date/Time: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays (except 3rd Thursday of the month). Anytime between 9:00am to 5:00pm
Activity: Pay for a junk removal service (approx. cost $600 - $800)

For more information about corporate volunteering and team-building, contact Vanessa Wellington at 604 895 5826 | groupvolunteers@ywcavan.org