Volunteering

Get started by emailing @rsuonline.ca with the subject line “Interested Volunteer”The Good Food Centre accepts new volunteers on an ongoing basis. Volunteers play a crucial role in maintaining the daily operations of the centre while also providing rich insights, skills, and experiences.  A variety of roles catered to different interests are available including roles in urban agriculture, intake and support, fundraising, social media, and event planning.

Open Positions

All interested applicants must be able to commit to at least one (1) shift a week for a duration of at least two (2) hours or more. Volunteers must also be able to commit to one mandatory group training annually.

Social Media VolunteerThe Good Food Centre is always in constant touch with the Ryerson Community. The Social Media team should be capable of maintaining external and internal communication. They will need to build and maintain relationships with local and corporate organizations by spreading awareness of the GoodFood centre. This position is well suited for volunteers that are seeking experience in media, marketing, management, etc. All interested applicants are encouraged to apply regardless of previous experience.

Duties include:
Taking care of all social media platforms
Responding to inquiries regarding services that the GoodFood Centre offers
Constructing posters and promotional materials
Preparing weekly newsletters
Handling all sorts of media requests, preparing weekly posts for all social media platforms

Intake Support Volunteer This role involves working directly with members of the service to assist them in accessing the food bank and service resources. These volunteers interact with a variety of marginalized populations and must possess strong interpersonal skills. This position is well suited for volunteers looking to gain experience in food security, social services, and administration roles. All interested applicants are encouraged to apply regardless of previous experience.

Duties include:
Providing assistance and support to food bank members
General reception dutiesStocking shelves and checking expiration dates
Generating content for centre’s blog as directed by supervisor(s)
Ensuring that the environment is clean and a safe at all times
Meeting strict confidentiality standards at all times

Outreach VolunteerOutreach is a crucial component of our work at the Good Food Centre so that the Ryerson community is aware of our events, services, and programs. Outreach volunteers promote the Good Food Centre by tabling at events, postering throughout campus, and creating online awareness of student food security issues (collaborating with the social media team). This position is well suited for individuals who are outgoing, enjoy meeting new people, and are able to work with minimal supervision.

Duties include:
Collaborating with centre staff to develop new outreach ideas and strategies
Assisting with weekly outreach events as to be determined
Promoting the Good Food Centre through social media and other online avenues
Updating and maintaining the centre’s social media with relevant articles and news
Networking with other Ryerson services and departments to promote the centre
Must be able to work with minimal supervision and on a semi-independent basis

Research Assistant VolunteerThe Ryerson Students’ Union publishes an annual report on the state of campus food insecurity. This groundbreaking report is covered in local news and catches the attention of several local and national non-profit organizations. The Good Food Centre is currently looking for one or two volunteers to assist with next year’s publication. Applicants interested in pursuing a career in education, social policy, research, and academia are encouraged to apply.

Duties include:
Inputting demographic information into a database
Researching the root causes of student poverty and food insecurity
Suggesting changes to the research design and process
Staying up to date on research concerning post-secondary hunger and food insecurity
Participating on efforts to collect qualitative data through interviews

Receiving, Stocking and Merchandising VolunteerThe Good Food Centre receives deliveries every Tuesday from Daily Bread Food Bank. Receiving the shipment in a timely and respectful manner is crucial to the operation of the Good Food Centre.

Duties include:
Unloading the skid onto the GFC cart and bringing the delivery to the GFC
Stocking the GFC shelves in an organized, categorical way
Breaking down cardboard boxes and bringing them to the recycling bin
Portioning bulk items