Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House

About the organization

The mandate of the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House is to provide programming, and educational, leadership, social and recreational opportunities to residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The DTES NH embraces people of all ancestries, genders, ages and descriptions; annually welcoming almost 9,000 DTES residents in a community where 70% of our neighbours have low‐incomes, 700 are homeless and 5,000 are under-housed.Read more about Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House.

Read Sarah and Christa's Chapman Award-winning stories about their experiences at the neighbourhood house last year.

What you'll do

Community Drop-in - Program Helper

  • Prepare and serve food that is diverse and nutritious, and help with clean up at the end of your shift
  • Contribute to creating a respectful culture and welcoming space that belongs to the community
  • The Community Drop-in is the most attended of the NH’s programs and involves a number of activities related to nutrition and Right to Food
  • During this program, community members have the opportunity to mingle with other local residents and get involved as volunteers

Community Kitchen - Food Prep Helper

  • Work alongside a facilitator and community members to prepare nutritious food that will be served at the Community Drop-in the next day
  • Help with clean-up at the end of your shift

Family Drop-in - Food Prep Helper

  • Contribute to creating a respectful culture and welcoming space that belongs to the community
  • Support programming that emphasizes food literacy, healthy meal preparation, culinary exploration and urban farming practices
  • The families (children, youth and caregivers) who participate in the Family Drop-in work with staff and volunteers to farm our indoor and outdoor urban farm
  • Engage children through arts & crafts, music, and reading stories 

Gift Basket Fundraiser and Volunteer Program - Program Assistant 

October to December 2017

  • Work alongside the volunteer coordinator and the Gift basket Committee at the neighbourhood house and various levels of support to help ensure the success of the house’s annual gift basket fundraiser
  • Tasks for the volunteer may include facilitating canning workshops ( no experience in canning needed), coordinating and leading gift basket assembly sessions, assisting with transport and drop off of supplies for the gift baskets, attending gift basket committee meetings, providing some clerical support and assist with reporting.

January to March 2018

  • Support the volunteer coordinator to evaluate and enhance the neighbourhood house’s volunteer program by assisting with some  of the following tasks: survey data collection, co-facilitating feedback discussion groups, undertaking data entry and analysis, coordinating information from different programs in the neighbourhood house that rely on volunteers, updating program materials and creating new resources as necessary.
  • Support NH programming staff organise, update and improve reporting on their volunteer data in line with the enhancement of the volunteer program

What you’ll get out of this experience

  • Learn about food justice, health promotion and the social determinants of health and how these are enacted through programs emphasizing food literacy, healthy meal preparation, culinary exploration, and urban farming practices
  • Gain hands-on experience in programs that work to mitigate the immediate effects of material poverty by providing access to healthy food, and also in the longer term as participants acquire the skills to prepare and grow nutritious food based on their socio-economic and housing realities
  • Hone your interpersonal, critical thinking, and communication skills and ability to work cross-culturally 

Requirements

Community Drop-in - Program Helper

  • Contact information for 2 references

Community Kitchen - Food Prep Helper

  • Contact information for 2 references

Family Drop-in - Food Prep Helper

  • Contact information for 2 references

  • Criminal record check

Gift Basket Fundraiser and Volunteer Program - Program Assistant

  • Contact information for 2 references
  • Criminal record check
  • Previous experience in program coordination or supporting programs in an intermediate role
  • Good organizational skills 

Qualifications

Community Drop-in - Program Helper

  • Food Safe certification

Community Kitchen - Food Prep Helper

  • Food Safe certification

Family Drop-in - Food Prep Helper

  • Experience with child care or recreational programs

  • Knowledge of a musical instrument/performance

Gift Basket Fundraiser and Volunteer Program - Program Assistant

  • Food Safe certification
  • Experience and comfort working with food preparation
  • Experience in leading workshops (for a small team of volunteers)
  • Able to take directive and work on projects with little supervision
  • Ability, high energy and enthusiasm to work in a team, solid work ethic with a can do attitude

Scheduling

Community Drop-in - Program Helper

  • Mondays or Wednesdays 10:00am - 2:00pm

Community Kitchen - Food Prep Helper

  • Tuesdays 6:45pm - 8:30pm

Family Drop-in - Food Prep Helper

  • Tuesdays or Thursdays 3:30pm - 6:30pm 

Gift Basket Fundraiser and Volunteer Program

  • Thursdays 5:00pm - 8:00pm