VOLUNTEER

Nothing Teaches Hope, Kindness, Courage and Compassion More Than Helping Others

Kerr Street Mission relies on volunteers to help our programs run smoothly. If you are interested in a volunteer role, please take a look at the positions available below.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Our organization carefully selects its volunteers, and not all who apply will be accepted. KSM takes its responsibilities in respect of our participants seriously, and screens all applicants thoroughly. As part of our screening process, we require a Vulnerable Sector Check for applicants who are 18 or older. Any applications received that do not include a current (within 90 days of the issue date) police check, will not be reviewed until this requirement is fulfilled.

Once your application and police check have been received we will send you a follow up e-mail to schedule an interview.

Please Note: The application and placement process may take upwards of 4-6 weeks to complete.

CURRENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

There are currently no volunteer opportunities at this time.

KSM General Volunteer Application

If you would like to submit an application for future consideration, please apply below. We will hold on to the application for a 3 month period in the event an opportunity arises within your specified area of interest.

Bread Bagging Volunteer

Help us package and display fresh, donated bread for pick-up by our clients.  Open to volunteers aged 18+.

  • Fridays 8:30am – 10:00am
  • Tuesdays  8:30am – 10:00am

Position: Cobs Bread Delivery Volunteers (Volunteer Pairs required, students welcome)

Supervisor(s): Cobs Volunteer Coordinator

Objective: To transport bread from Cobs Bread (Lakeshore) to Kerr Street Mission in a
timely fashion.

Responsibilities:

  • Two people are required at a time to perform this task
  • Using your vehicle, arrive at Cobs Bread Lakeshore Road location when the store closes and package up all of the unsold product which Cobs donates to Kerr Street Mission
  • Use gloves and bags provided by Cobs to ensure sanitary packaging of the bread products
  • Load up your vehicle and deliver the packaged bread to the volunteers/staff at the Kerr Street Mission

Requirements:

  • One person in the volunteer pair must be 18+ with a valid drivers’ license and access to a vehicle
  • Punctuality
  • Ability to lift approximately 20 pounds of bread product
  • Diligence to complete the job in a thorough and timely manner
  • Good problem solving ability

Commitment: One hour per week, or as many days of the week you would like to volunteer.

Training: Procedures and on-site training

Christmas Wonders Toy Coordinator

Become a member of our Christmas Wonders team by leading and managing the toy component of the program.   Open to volunteers aged 18+.

  • August to December, with volunteer hours increasing in December

Position: Christmas Wonders Toy Coordinator

Supervisor(s): Christmas Wonders Lead

Objective: To provide families with the opportunity to select toys for their children and brighten their holiday season. 

Responsibilities:

  • Attend Christmas Wonders planning meetings and provide input and feedback as to how this years’ program will be run
  • Using past data as a guideline, estimate the number of children that will be participating in the Christmas Wonders program
  • Co-ordinate toy donations and deliveries with the Oakville Fire and Police Departments to ensure KSM’s needs are met
  • Work with KSM staff to arrange toy storage and organization leading up to the toy distribution dates.
  • With KSM staff, create a plan for leftover toys (donations or storage)
  • Estimate the number of volunteers that will be required leading up to and including the distribution dates and provide this info to KSM’s volunteer coordinator
  • Lead a group of volunteers in the set up of the toy distribution area
  • Participate and lead groups of volunteers during the toy distribution sessions
  • Lead a group of volunteers in the teardown, boxing and storage of leftover toys

Recommended Skills & Abilities:

  • Sense of ownership and ability to work with autonomy to achieve the objectives defined by KSM
  • Strong organizational and management skills
  • Well developed multi-tasking capability
  • Ability to lead and work well with people, providing direction in a kind and respectful manner
  • Strong problem-solving ability
  • A humble heart
  • Desire to provide a dignified and positive experience to families in need

Requirements:

  • Suitable for volunteers 18+
  • Current Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Flexible schedule. The number of volunteer hours increases significantly in December
  • Relevant work or volunteer experience

Client Delivery Volunteer

Help us distribute food parcels to our clients in a local seniors building, in a contactless manner.  Open to volunteers aged 18+.

  • Thursdays: 8:15 am – 9:00 am

Position: Client Delivery Volunteer

Supervisor(s): Client Delivery Coordinator

Objective: To deliver food parcels to our elderly clients. 

Responsibilities:

  • On a weekly basis, meet KSM staff and/or fellow volunteers at a local seniors building
  • If required, help bring food parcels from the delivery van into the building lobby
  • Deliver food parcels to clients’ apartment doors, per the client delivery list
  • Ensure parcels are delivered in a contact-less manner
  • Report any issues to the Community Deliveries Coordinator

Requirements:

  • Must be 18+ oMust be punctual and reliable
  • Demonstrates organization and attention to detail
  • Has ability to work independently
  • Good problem-solving ability
  • Ability to wear a face mask and follow COVID-19 protocol
  • Vulnerable Sector Check is required

Commitment: Minimum 3-month commitment.

Training: Volunteer Training Manual, KSM Orientation, Support from staff

Client Delivery Volunteer Driver

Deliver food parcels in a contact-less manner to clients who are unable to come to Kerr Street Mission in person. Open to volunteers aged 18+.

  • Thursdays between 9:00 am and 10:30 am

Position: Client Delivery Volunteer Driver

Supervisor(s): Client Delivery Coordinator

Objective: To deliver food parcels to clients who are unable to come to Kerr Street Mission in person due to health, mobility or other reasons. 

Responsibilities:

  • Once a week, deliver food parcels according to a prescribed route within the Oakville area (approximately 5-8 drop-offs per shift).
  • Arrive at KSM at the scheduled time to pick up food parcels and load car.
  • Follow route to clients addresses, following the drop-off instructions on the list provided.
  • Make contact-less drop-offs –once contact has been made with clients via phone or by buzzer, drop the items on their front step or lobby.
  • If contact cannot be made, return the food parcels to KSM.
  • Contact the Community Delivery Coordinator if any issues arise along the route and also to confirm deliveries have been made.
  • Shred documents containing client information once deliveries are complete.
  • Represent KSM in a positive and caring way with our clients and in the community.

Requirements:

  • Must be 18+
  • Must be reliable and punctual
  • Good driver with current auto insurance
  • Ability to lift up to 30 lbs with no issue
  • Possess a mobile phone with text capability
  • Good organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Compassion, patience and respect for client confidentiality
  • Ability to cover cost of gas/mileage for weekly trips
  • A ‘Vulnerable Sector Check’ (police check) is required

Commitment: Minimum 3-month commitment.

Training: KSM Policy & Procedure Training; Orientation; Support from staff.

Food Market Volunteer

Assist clients through their market (food bank) experience. Open to volunteers aged 18+.

  • Monday, Tuesday 12:45pm – 2:30pm
  • Thursday 9:45am – 11:00am

Position: Food Market Volunteer

Supervisor(s): Warehouse, Merchandising and Meal Preparation Coordinator

Objective: To assist clients through all stages of their market experience and to provide comfort, dignity, and a sense of safety to those using our services atKSM.

Responsibilities:

  • Store Check-In: Ensure that clients have been screened, verify Membership cards, and log each client’s visit using our Food Bank database. Communicate the size of the client’s family and program participation to other volunteers so that they can receive the correct items.
  • Store Assistant: Assist clients requiring help with their shopping baskets or with bagging, hand out produce from the fridge to ensure the proper amount is being fairly given, and help clients make informed choices based on food availability.
  • Check-Out: Verify that client’s food selections match their allocation based on family size, kindly communicate with client’s if they have chosen too many items and return to the appropriate shelf. Direct the clients towards the correct exit. 

Requirements:

  • Must be 18+
  • Must havea currentVulnerable Sector Check
  • Ability to respond firmly, compassionately and with grace
  • Understanding of compassion, valuing diversity, and awareness of issues facing this particular population

Commitment: Minimum 3-month commitment; must be present and on time for hours of food bank operation.

Training: Policy & Procedure Training; Orientation; Support from staff

Are you ready to volunteer at KSM?

Please contact volunteer@kerrstreet.com
for more information about how you can get involved.