Volunteers at Rooftop Garden
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. 

 

Please note: Due to the pandemic, we have limited volunteer opportunities at this time. We look forward to welcoming our volunteers back soon!

 

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 note: Due to the pandemic, we have limited volunteer opportunities at this time. Please contact Vanessa Wellington-Clark at vwellington@ywcavan.org if you haven't found an opportunity that is suitable for your company.

Volunteer Opportunities

Gardening at the YWCA Rooftop Garden

Our Rooftop Garden is one of the YWCA’s most beloved hidden gems. It is a healthy, diverse ecosystem in the middle of downtown Vancouver, and it yields more than 1,500lbs of food each year.

Every morsel goes directly into homemade meals served at YWCA Crabtree Corner Community Centre in the Downtown Eastside and to YWCA child care centres. 

Please bring: gardening gloves, water, hat and sunscreen

YWCA Program Centre, 535 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Role of Volunteers
Garden cleanup: Clearing out garden beds, weeding, planting.
Number of Volunteers
3-6
Date
Tuesdays beginning April 13th 
Time
1pm - 4:30pm  (minimum 2 hours, maximum 4 hours)

Gardening/Yard Maintenance at YWCA Cause We Care House

YWCA Cause We Care House provides affordable housing for single mothers and their children in the Downtown Eastside.

Role of Volunteers: Turn over the soil, plant some seeds and flowers, beautify the space. 

720 E. Hastings St. Vancouver
Number of Volunteers
4-6
Date
Tuesdays or Thursdays
Time
Anytime between 9:00am and 5:00pm

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

Gardening /Yard Maintenance at YWCA Fraser Gardens

YWCA Fraser Gardens provides affordable housing for single mothers and their children in Langley.

Role of Volunteers: Remove green waste, trim hedges, weeding and help beautify the property.

20750 Fraser Highway, Langley
Number of Volunteers
4-10
Date
Tuesdays or Thursdays
Time
Anytime between 9am – 5pm

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

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
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Didn't see a position that interests you?

We may be able to fit you somewhere else!

Contact your program of interest directly. Depending on the program's needs, we may tailor a position exclusively for you!

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