Covenant House Volunteers share their skills, passion and experience. They send our youth a powerful message, that they are worthy of someone else's time.
There are a wide variety of volunteer positions available. Some volunteers help in our kitchens by serving hot meals, while others provide valuable administrative assistance in our offices. Some even take our youth out on recreational outings.
You must be at least 26 to apply for one of these positions. We also require a one-year volunteer commitment. This is because it’s important for both our volunteers and our youth. The one-year commitment allows volunteers to learn and use the skills important to youth interaction, and allows youth (who are usually not very trusting of adults) to become comfortable interacting with our volunteers.
These positions often focus on an event or short-term project. For example, one of the most important projects we carry out is our Thank-A-Thon. At our Thank-A-Thon evenings, volunteers get together to phone donors and say “thank you”, all in a fun environment. We also have golf tournaments or other large fundraisers once a year where we’ll need people to help with the day’s activities.
Alongside these event-based opportunities is one that is always ongoing. Our largest one-off volunteer position is to sort clothes for our clothing room. The clothing room is there for youth who arrive at our door who might need a nice pair of pants for a job interview, or even just something to keep warm in. We get a large number of clothing donations, but only about 1/3 of them are suitable for youth. Volunteers help us sort and organize these donations.
Are you looking for a fun and different volunteer opportunity that engages your group while making an impact for homeless youth? Through Kits for a Cause you can build hygiene kits for youth at Covenant House Vancouver. There are no limits to group sizes; whether you are a group of 5 or 55 you can host a Kits event. Click here for more information.
Our Mentorship Program gives youth the opportunity to develop healthy and trusting one-to-one relationships with responsible adults. Mentors are adult role-models that commit to supporting a young person to achieve their goals over the course of one year. We will provide orientation, training and personalized matching. If you have questions, please contact our Mentorship Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mentorship Program is currently accepting application for mentors again! We are open to many backgrounds but are also specifically looking for people with a background in Illustration, graphic design, nursing, culinary arts and in facilitating groups with young adults similar to our population.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please fill out the Mentor application here.
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Availability: October, November, January, February, March, April, May & June
Various evenings from 5:00pm-7:00pm
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.
Availability: Year Round and at various times including evenings and weekends.
Duties: We love having groups and individuals assist us with sorting our in-kind donations of food, clothing, and household items. If you’re looking for a seasonal activity for your group, this one is for you!