Gordon Neighborhood House [FULL]

About the project

Gordon Neighborhood House is dedicated to serving Vancouver’s West End and aims to offer programs that meet the needs of the community, while providing a space for community members to connect and collaborate. In response to issues related to food security and food justice, the organization is hoping to develop its food security programming in a way that emphasizes cultural inclusivity and engages the community. 

The purpose of the project is to conduct research pertaining to best Condupractice in food security programming and to ultimately help inform future programming at Gordon Neighborhood House. Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn about this issue in-depth and develop an understanding of how it is currently being addressed in our community, while honing their research skills. On the third day volunteers will be expected to deliver their findings to the GNH teams, providing an opportunity to practice presentation skills. In addition to this, volunteers will gain practical experience with the implementation of food security programs as they participate in supporting GNH’s current programs during the week. 


Programming Dates
Kick-off Orientation Saturday, February 8 from 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Tuesday, February 18, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm 

Wednesday, February 19, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm 

Thursday, February 20, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

What you will do

  • Engage with Gordon Neighborhood House team and clients to develop an understanding of programs
  • Participate and volunteer in assisting with weekly food initiatives including; community lunches, west end food hub and chop n chat
  • Use experience gained through participation in programming to help inform research recommendations
  • Conduct research of best in class culturally inclusive food security programming across Vancouver and North America
  • Produce a final summary of research findings and present them to Gordon Neighborhood House team


  • An interest in understanding the relationship between food security and healthy communities 
  • Experience in basic research practices
  • Interest in diversity and inclusion in relation to food access and programming
  • Ability to work in a small team environment 
  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • Experience with Microsoft office suite (in particular PowerPoint and basic excel skills)

Placement location

If you have questions

Contact the Centre for Community Engaged Learning about community-based opportunities, programs, and resources.

All in-person services and events have been suspended until further notice.