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Volunteer

Help us help street youth. Covenant House Volunteers share their skills, passion and experience. They staff our clothing room, help in our kitchens, serve hot meals, sort clothing donations, thank our donors, provide administrative assistance, take our youth on recreational outings and help with special events. They are often the first friendly face that a young person sees at our reception desk.

Send our youth a powerful message that they are worthy of someone's time - your time.

Last year, 180 volunteers donated 9758 hours of their time to Covenant House! We'd love for you to join the team.

Types of Positions

What can you do at Covenant House Vancouver? 
There is a range of positions and departments available for volunteers at Covenant House Vancouver, with varying levels of interaction with the youth we serve.

Thank-a-Thon Program

Availability:  October, November, January, February, April & May  
Monday and Tuesday evenings from 5:30-8:00pm
Duties : Thank-a-Thon's are fun-filled evenings where volunteers get together and call our donors just to say “thank-you”. Because we are primarily privately funded, it is important for us to be able to reach our donors and thank them personally for the difference they make in our young peoples’ lives. Learn more here.

Administrative Support

Availability: Monday to Friday during the day
Duties: A number of offices (Development and Communications, HR and Volunteer Services) work directly with staff to maintain databases and enter data and make thank you phone calls to our donors.

Drop-In Support

Availability: Monday to Friday during the day
Duties:  Help provided includes assistance to our reception desk, clothing room or serve hotmeals to the youth that access our drop in services.

Shelter Support

Availability:  7 days a week daytime and evenings available
Duties: Support the youth workers with daily tasks, provide support to youth with their homework. Accompany youth to recreational outings such as going to the gym or the movies.

Transitional Housing Support

Availability: 7 days a week daytime and evenings available.
Duties: Help our youth be creative with our art or music group, provide gardening tips for maintaining our rooftop garden. Help our housing workers prepare start up kits for when the youth move out.

Food Services

Availability:  7 days a week, mornings and evenings available
Duties : Assist with the food preparation of the main meals of the day, help slice and bag bread. Provide some assistance with cleaning dishes or serving the food. 

How to apply

Volunteers must be 26 years of age or older.
(The only exception is for our Thank-a-Thon program. We welcome young people's help to call and thank our donors).

  1. Click here for an application package.  
  2. Send us you application by email or mail.
  3. Successful applicants will be contacted to arrange an interview.
  4. All volunteers are required to attend an orientation session.
  5. Volunteers working in positions that involve direct contact with youth are required to submit to a criminal record check. This process is explained in detail at the interview stage.
  6. If you have questions about volunteering email Amanda at aemes@covenanthousebc.org or call 604-639-8920.

To apply for Thank-a-Thon or Group Volunteering Opportunities

  1. Click here for a Thank-a-Thon application.  
  2. Click here for a Group Volunteering application
  3. If you are under 19 and wish to volunteer for a Thank-a-Thon please fill out a parental consent form.
  4. Send us your application by email or mail.
  5. Our volunteer coordinator will contact you about your application.
  6. If you have questions about Thank-a-Thons/Group Volunteering please email Amanda at aemes@covenanthousebc.org or call 604-639-8920.