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VOLUNTEER IN EDMONTON

Meals
Do you like to work in a social, busy environment? There are shifts available every day in our kitchen! Volunteering in our meal service program means helping to prepare, serve, and clean-up afterwards. We serve breakfast (7am-9:30am), lunch (10am-1:30pm), and dinner (4pm-7pm). Weekend shifts are brunch from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and dinner at 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm. This is a great role if you are interested in helping out but need flexibility in the schedule.

Note: A young person between ages of 12- 18 years must apply with a guardian as a group.

SANDWICHES
Helping prepare and package sandwiches is a great way to serve! The roughly 1100 sandwiches made daily are distributed throughout Edmonton on the Hope Mission Rescue Van, at the Tegler Youth Centre, and at our Emergency Shelters. “Sandwiches”, as it is fondly known, runs from 9am – 12pm on weekdays, excluding holidays.
SORTING DONATIONS
Everyday many generous supporters donate to Hope Mission. You can apply to help sort the donations received. Hygiene items, clothing, and non-perishable foods are all brought to the Hope Mission Bargain Shoppe. Volunteers go through donations and direct them to their proper location. This role is available Mondays and Thursdays, from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, and from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. This position is located at our Bargain Shoppe (2403 Ellwood Drive SW).
BARGAIN SHOPPE
The Hope Mission Bargain Shoppe is a thrift store that sells gently used items to support the programs at Hope Mission. Bargain Shoppe volunteers help staff maintain a welcoming store front. Things like setting up displays, tidying, and product sorting are all parts of this volunteer role! If you enjoy organization, creating displays, and welcoming shoppers, this role is for you!
SPECIAL EVENTS
For special events, we serve Thanksgiving, Easter, and four Christmas meals every year to our guests. If you are interested in serving any of the holiday meals, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator directly.
SHELTERS
When most of the city begins to quiet for the night is when some members of our community are the most vulnerable. Hope Mission offers shelter for men and women in three different emergency shelters throughout the year. Volunteers in our shelters welcome guests into the building, bag and label guest’s belongings, hand out sandwiches and blankets, assist elderly or intoxicated guests to get to their mats or to the washroom, etc. Our shelter shifts are from 8pm – 11pm and 11 pm – 2 am seven days a week. To apply for this position, we require you to come in for an interview and to complete a criminal record check.

Note: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age

RESCUE VAN
The Hope Mission Rescue Van operates 24/7 to help reach people in need of anything from food and clothing, to a listening ear and prayer. Volunteers who have been approved to help on the Rescue Van help hand out food and water, as well as connect with community in two faith-based roles. Our Community Support role is a ministry-minded approach to building relationships with those we serve through meeting basic needs and support on Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday from 8:00am-12:00pm. The Crisis Diversion role runs on Wednesday/Friday/Sunday from 8:00pm-12:00am. Crisis Diversion entails assisting staff who are responding to calls through partner agencies. To be considered for this volunteer position, a current police check and in-person interview are required.

Note: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age

TEGLER YOUTH CENTRE
Do you want to make a positive and lasting impact on the lives of children in the Beverly area? RW Tegler Youth Centre serves children and youth throughout the year. A commitment during the school year is required for school year positions. Check out hopemission.com/kids-youth/ for program information, or contact Kim Freeland-Ward with any questions!

kim.ward@hopemission.com – 780-422-2018 ext. 246

KIDS GIVING HOPE
Children who are ages 6 -12 can get involved and make a difference through Kids Giving Hope through monthly events, Holiday meals, and more! Interested participants can learn more at www.hopemission.com/kidsgivinghope
PRACTICUM & INTERNSHIP

If you are a student looking to complete practicum hours in the social work field, Hope Mission may be the right place for you! Working with compassion and integrity, we strive to serve “the least of these” and provide resources needed. Approval is case-by-case, and based on interests and currently available spots. An in-person interview and current police check are needed as part of the application process.

CHAPEL
Interested in serving at the evening Chapel service offered at the Herb Jamieson Centre? Please make a note of this on your application. Possible applicants will work with Pastor Alan Pysar upon initial approval.
GROUPS
Have a corporate group that wants to get involved? Are you a family who wants to get connected? We offer groups an opportunity to serve with our meal programs, and can be booked up to three months in advance. Groups (2 or more people), can complete the group application at www.hopemission.com/volunteergroup.

Note: A young person between ages of 12- 18 years must apply with a guardian as a group.

APPLY BELOW

Volunteers assist with the preparation, serving, and cleanup of our daily meal service, as well as sorting donations, assisting in our overnight shelters, and working with youth and children.

Your journey volunteering with Hope Mission begins with a few simple steps:

1. Please take a moment to read over our Rules & Safety:
2. Fill out and submit the appropriate online application:
Frequently asked questions

What is the minimum age to volunteer?

Youth between the ages of 12 and 17 are eligible to volunteer as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Volunteers that wish to serve at the Tegler Youth Centre or in our emergency shelters must be at least 18 years old. We also have an exciting volunteering program called Kids Giving Hope that offers monthly volunteering opportunities to families with children aged 6, which you can learn about here.

What is the required commitment?

Most shifts are between 3 – 4 hours. Volunteers that serve meals, help in the emergency shelters, or sort donations do not need to commit to a regular schedule. Once volunteers are approved for those areas, they have access to an online schedule that will allow them to see open shifts and book themselves in accordingly. Volunteers for the Tegler Youth Centre need to commit to a regular commitment.

Can I drop in to volunteer?

We do not allow drop in volunteers to ensure that everyone is provided orientation information and our schedule is balanced. Please fill out an online application form if you are interested in volunteering or accompanying a current volunteer.

Can I volunteer for the holidays?

Holiday volunteering shifts are opened three months in advance. These tend to book up extremely quickly, so be sure to apply early!

Do I need a criminal record check?

No criminal check is required for volunteers who wish to help with our meal service or sort donations. Criminal record checks and interviews are required for volunteers who want to serve in the emergency shelter, on the Rescue Van, or at the Tegler Youth Centre (which also requires Child Welfare Check).

Do you take volunteers who need to complete community service?

Yes, based on availability. Please fill out an application form and indicate the number of hours you need to complete. The volunteer administrator will contact you to confirm if you have been approved.

What is the maximum group size?

Our maximum group size is 12 people. There is no minimum size for groups! For youth groups, we require one adult for every 3 – 4 youth.

Is there a cost if our group wants to serve a meal?

There is no financial obligation to our volunteers. If you would like to contribute to the cost of the meal financially, that would be fantastic! However, it is not a requirement.

Contact Volunteer Services Edmonton:

Stephanie MacPherson
(780) 422-2018 Ext. 266 / Fax: (780) 426-7507
volunteer.coordinator@hopemission.com