Activities involved
  • Flexible in schedule

Backup Driver Needed!

573 E. Hastings St, Vancouver, BC, V6A 1P9 [map]
1-2 hours / weekly
2 month minimum
The grassroots, secular DTES Neighbourhood House (DTESNH) aims to provide a dignified welcoming space for our neighbours to participate in various community inspired programs, as well as leadership, social, and recreational opportunities.

The DTES Neighbourhood House (DTESNH) is looking for a volunteer to hold the position of "backup driver" for our weekly food order from the UNFI warehouse. We have a volunteer who does it regularly, however they are occasionally unable to do it, so it would be very helpful for us to have a backup driver in those cases. 

DUTIES (when filling in for regular driver):
The volunteer will pick up our order on Tuesday morning sometime between 9-11am from "UNFI" which is located at 12757 Vulcan Way #153, Richmond, BC V6V 2Z6. Then drop it off and the DTESNH (573 E. Hastings St, Vancouver BC V6A 1P9).

- someone who has a valid drivers license and has reliable access to a vehicle--truck, van, SUV, hatchback, or spacious car with seats that can go down.
- someone who is responsible, dependable, and punctual
- good communication skills (responds to emails in a timely manner, easily reachable)
- understanding and support of the DTES Neighbourhood House's mission and philosophies
- able to commit to volunteering in this role for at least 2 months
- able to fill in on short notice--ideally is always available on Tuesday mornings.
- able to lift boxes up to 40lbs

- living or lived experience, or work or volunteer experience in the DTES
- interest in food security
- sense of humour is always an asset :)

Our application, screening and onboarding process includes: 
1. Email letting us know which position you are applying for and give a short introduction. 
2. Applicants will be sent volunteer forms to fill out 
3. Before confirming your volunteer role, you'll have a 15min call with the volunteer coordinator to discuss & confirm the details of the role, make sure it's a good fit, ask any questions, and get a basic orientation before you start your first shift.

ABOUT THE DTES Neighbourhood House:
Our mission is to provide opportunities for residents to meaningfully engage with and contribute to their community in an equitable atmosphere of sharing and learning.
The secular, grassroots Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House (DTES NH) embraces people of all ancestries, genders, ages and descriptions; annually welcoming almost 9,000 DTES residents in a community where 70% of our neighbours have low‐incomes, 700 are homeless and 5,000 are under-housed.

Those who built the DTES NH put the Right to Food at the heart of our work, as nutritional vulnerability was a theme familiar to all. Our goal around the Right to Food is to reform the nutritional impact, quality, abundance and delivery of food in the DTES in consultation with residents, community food providers, non‐food community organizations, healthcare professionals, policy makers, growers/suppliers, food/beverage industry professionals and researchers. Learn more about our organization & programs at
The DTES NH acknowledges and honours the fact that our community lies within the Unceded Territory of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
Why should you volunteer for this opportunity?
We provide volunteer training, reference letters upon request, and occasional additional training/workshop opportunities for our volunteers.
Activities involved
  • Flexible in schedule