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How You Can Help

Volunteer

Join our network of YWCA volunteers to advance gender equality and support local women and families. 

With more than 60 programs and services across Metro Vancouver, we’ll be sure to find a fit for your skills and interests. 

Type

Individual Volunteering

 

Whether you’re teaching yoga, mentoring youth or helping us fundraise, there are many ways to make an impact. 

 

Corporate and Group Volunteering

 

From tending to our Rooftop Garden to preparing meals for families, corporate volunteers strengthen their teams while giving back to the community. 

 

Please contact Zoё Stronge at zstronge@ywcavan.org if you haven't found an opportunity that is suitable for you or your company.

Volunteer Opportunities

Indigenous Mentors

Are you a young Indigenous woman interested in creating a supportive community with other Indigenous women and girls*?

 

Online
Date
November 2022 - June 2023
Time
2-5hrs per month (flexible)
Individual Volunteering

On Call Childminders Needed

Childminders are regularly needed throughout the YWCA to enable our program participants and members of our Housing Communities to be able to attend meetings, sessions and workshops. We are working to develop a list of potential Childminders that could be contacted when needed. 

You would be asked to assist with watching and entertaining small groups of children of various ages on an as needed basis in your area, according to your availability and interest.

 

Many Locations throughout the Lower Mainland - including Arbutus Ridge, Vancouver, Coquitlam, Surrey, Langley
Date
On Call
Time
On Call
Individual Volunteering

Activity Facilitator

YWCA housing communities provide safe and affordable homes for single women and their dependent children. Residents have access to other YWCA programs and services, and a foundation to move towards health, well-being and economic stability. They are located across Metro Vancouver. 

Many different locations throughout the Lower Mainland, including Arbutus Ridge, Vancouver, Coquitlam, Surrey, Langley
Role of Volunteers
Group Facilitators or Activity Coordinators in multiple areas of interest. Regular or One-Time volunteers appreciated.
Date
Open to Volunteer Availability
Time
Open to Volunteer Availability
Individual Volunteering

YWCA Rooftop Garden: Building and Structure Repair

The YWCA Rooftop Garden is located in downtown Vancouver on Hornby Street. It grows food for families with low-income at YWCA Crabtree Corner in the Downtown Eastside.

We are looking for a group of volunteers to build and repair garden structures. This includes:

5th floor - 535 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Role of Volunteers
Building and Structure Repair
Number of Volunteers
2 - 10
Date
Tuesdays or Thursdays
Time
Anytime between 1:00pm and 5:00pm
Corporate and Group Volunteering

YWCA Youth Education Guide to High School In-Person Facilitators

The YWCA Metro Vancouver will be running after-school programs this fall to support Grade 7 students in their transition to high school. A team of staff and volunteers deliver pre-planned curriculum on topics such as healthy living, social media, friendship, peer pressure, bullying, and mindsets to a group of 15-20 Grade 7 students.

elementary or secondary school in Surrey or Vancouver
Role of Volunteers
Facilitator
Number of Volunteers
80-100
Date
September to December 2022
Time
M-F, 2:30-5:30pm (please note times vary at different locations)
Individual Volunteering

Mentors for High School Mentorship program

Are you passionate about supporting youth* in Grades 11 and 12  explore their career options and plan their next steps after high school? We’re looking for women and non-binary mentors* to match with youth for one-to-one mentoring.  

Share your experience and provide guidance and support to help shape the personal and professional lives of young cis or trans women, or gender diverse youths in your community! 

Various
Role of Volunteers
Mentors
Date
November 2022 - June 2023
Time
Min. 1 hour per month
Individual Volunteering

Backpacks for Children from Low-Income Families 

We are in need of 150 new backpacks and school supplies for school-aged children from low-income single mother-led families in Coquitlam, Surrey, North Vancouver, Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.  Any quantity of backpacks would be much appreciated!

For a list of school supplies click here.

 

 

Multiple
Role of Volunteers
Put together and distribute backpacks and school supplies for children
Number of Volunteers
Unlimited
Date
Ongoing
Time
Flexible
Corporate and Group Volunteering

Gardening /Yard Maintenance at YWCA Alder Gardens

YWCA Alder Gardens provides affordable housing for single mothers and their children in Surrey.

Role of Volunteers: Trim hedges, weeding and help beautify the property.

13788 71st Ave Surrey, BC 
Number of Volunteers
4-10
Date
Thursdays
Time
Anytime between 8am – 4pm
Corporate and Group Volunteering

Mentoring, Hosting Workshops, Workplace Visits

YWCA Metro Vancouver offers several unique employment programs that provide opportunities for volunteers to share their skills and experience through mentoring, hosting workshops, mock interviews, etc. 

Metro Vancouver
Date
Ongoing
Time
Flexible
Corporate and Group Volunteering

Create and Deliver 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.

YWCA Crabtree Corner, 533 East Hastings Street
Date
Ongoing
Time
Flexible
Corporate and Group Volunteering

Create and Deliver 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.

Lower Mainland
Date
Ongoing
Time
Flexible
Corporate and Group Volunteering
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Contact your program of interest directly. Depending on the program's needs, we may tailor a position exclusively for you!

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