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Every hour spent volunteering at The Nourish and Develop Foundation is an invaluable contribution to the work that we do.

We have many meaningful volunteer opportunities that account for your interests, teach you new skills, and work within your commitment level.

Pictured: our Community Kitchen Coordinator, Edna Smith, and one of our volunteers, Lorna.


To volunteer with us, please read our Volunteer Manual and complete our Volunteer Application.

For STUDENTS, please complete our Student Volunteer Application.

Please note: Due to COVID-19, our volunteer program is limited.

SPECIAL EVENTS VOLUNTEER (Occasional, 3-6 hours per shift)
At the Hub there is always something new going on. Join our directory of Special Events Volunteers to help with set-up and tear-down, food service and outreach, and facilities maintenance during special events. Please indicate if you have your Smart Serve certification or not.

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR (3 hour shifts, 1-2 times per week) 
Sign up for regular shifts at reception and be the face of our organization for an afternoon. Experience with phone service, Microsoft Word, and other administrative tasks is an asset.

FACILITY MAINTENANCE (3 hour shifts, 1-2 times per week)
Hub volunteers are an essential cog in the day-to-day function of our building. Fish-feeding, cleaning, updating signage, and making sure that each day runs smoothly for anyone who enters our building.

WORKSHOP FACILITATORS (Occasional, 1-3 hour workshops)
If you have a skill which relates to our program areas (food security, community building, or self-reliance) we would love to have you host a workshop at the Hub. We do ask for references and flexibility in the topics you choose to share. Workshop facilitation at the Hub is an excellent way to gain experience and share your passion with an engaged audience.

EVENT POSTERS (2 hours per month)
About once a month we have a stack of posters to be hung up in Cannington and the other villages in Brock. We are looking for regular volunteers with their own means of transportation to pick up these posters and hang them at different community posting sites.

FOOD PANTRY HELPER (3-4 hours per week)
Help to give back to your community by sorting and unloading for our Food Pantry. Volunteers must be able to lift boxes weighing up to 40 lbs and must complete a vulnerable sector check. Driver’s License is an asset.

DRIVER (3 hour shifts, bi-weekly)
Do you enjoy driving? Take the trip to Oshawa every other Thursday to pick up and assist in unloading and loading our food order. Must have a current Driver’s License and be comfortable operating a cargo van. 

Community Lunch Helpers (2-4 hours per week)
Come and help to put on our popular community lunches from start to finish. From food prep to table setting to serving, get a taste of community service and learn about healthy and easy meal ideas along the way.

Workshop Assistant (Occasional – 3 hours per shift)
Are you task-oriented and efficient? Lend us a hand with our kitchen skills workshops. You can expect to come in an hour or two in advance of a workshop to prep materials, assist our instructor throughout the workshop, and help to clean up afterwards.

Food Processor Extraordinaire (Occasional – 3 hours per shift)
Sometimes we find ourselves with more food than we know what to do with and need to transform it into something which will feed our community for a longer time. Food processors will do anything from canning and picking to making freezable meals for our Food Pantry. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn new skills and have a direct impact on your community.

Garden Helpers (2 hours per week)
Do you have a green thumb or aspire to have one? Sign up to become a garden volunteer. Tasks are always changing and there are always new things to learn, but volunteers can expect to water, weed, and plant both the Community Garden and our gardens at the Hub.

Project Gleaners (12 hours per week, seasonal)
Gleaners are unique in that their volunteer hours occur primarily during the growing and harvest season. Much of the volunteer work is required by gleaning groups takes place outdoors and requires varying degrees of physical labour (such as navigating through farm fields, bending over to harvest produce and loading and unloading produce).

Seed Librarians (Occasional, 3 hour shifts)
Our Seed Library is a great source of heirloom seeds for folks in town who cannot otherwise afford them. Sorting and researching seeds is fun and important work, but also time-consuming! Seeking folks with beginner garden knowledge who are interested in creating seedy materials for our library.

Drop-in Program Facilitator
We are looking for people with the following skills who are willing to host regular drop-in sessions: Art, Knitting, Musical instruments, worship and spirituality, nutrition, exercise programs (eg; yoga, tai chi, walking groups), and more. If you have a skill to share and are willing to commit to regular engagement we would love to have you on board. References, police check, and confidentiality agreement required.