BECOME A VOLUNTEER

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at The Food Bank of Waterloo Region. At this time, The Food Bank is only seeking Warehouse Support volunteers to help with essential tasks. We hope to open up other volunteer opportunities in the near future.

To become a volunteer, complete the onboarding steps below.

Questions? Email volunteer@thefoodbank.ca or call 519.743.5576.

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    1Your Volunteer Profile

    Create your confidential volunteer profile using Better Impact. This is one of the tools we use to communicate with you and schedule your volunteer shifts.

    Sign Up to Become a Volunteer

    When creating your volunteer profile you will be asked to complete the following onboarding activities:

    Once you have completed and submitted your volunteer profile, you will receive a confirmation that we have received your completed profile. We will review your profile to ensure you are eligible to volunteer. Following this, you will receive an email to confirm next steps, including how to sign up for volunteer shifts and other important information.

    If you have any questions throughout the process, please email: volunteer@thefoodbank.ca.

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    2WSIB Insurance Coverage

    Volunteers helping during the emergency and stay-at-home orders have access to WSIB insurance coverage through the Volunteer Action Centre and become part of the Pandemic Volunteer Program of Waterloo Region. Even if you are retired or are currently unemployed, WSIB insurance may cover health benefits related to your volunteering during the stay-at-home orders and provincial emergency. The Food Bank encourages volunteers to consider applying for WSIB insurance coverage. 

    Note: You may start volunteering with The Food Bank while this application is in process. 

    Applying for Emergency Volunteer WSIB insurance coverage

    To apply for Emergency Volunteer WSIB coverage, you must join the Pandemic Volunteer Program through the Volunteer Action Centre. During the application process, you will be able to share that you are already a volunteer with The Food Bank and wish to remain here. We realize this process is similar to what you have already completed with our organization, however this is necessary for every volunteer in order to meet the legislative requirements to qualify for WSIB coverage for your safety and security.

    To join the volunteer pool, you must:
    • Complete an online application form.
    • Participate in a telephone interview.
    • Provide references and agree to the pandemic volunteer policies and waivers.

    If you have any questions throughout the process, please email: volunteer@thefoodbank.ca.

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    3Sign up for Shifts

    Once we have confirmed completion of your profile and eligibility to volunteer, you will be able to sign up for shifts through your volunteer profile. Available shifts will be listed under the Opportunities – Opportunity List tab at the top of the page. You may choose shifts that work for your schedule. Once the shifts are approved by The Food Bank, they will appear under the Schedule tab at the top of the page.

Important reminders

  • Only scheduled volunteers may join us on-site.
  • Address: 50 Alpine Court, Kitchener, ON, N2E 3M7.
  • On-site parking is available in the small parking lot and on the road. Please do not park in neighbouring businesses. Click here for more information about parking.
  • Upon arrival, go to the Impact Entrance (blue door) and ring the doorbell.
  • Complete the online COVID-19 screening questionnairebefore each shift and prior to entering the building.
  • Bring a face mask to wear during your shift. Volunteers are required to wear a face shield for some activities, one will be provided.
  • Wear closed-toed, heeled shoes and clothing that will allow you to lift and stretch comfortably.