Requirements:
  • Other
Also required for this position: Some paperwork is required. A 2hr. orientation is required.
  • Flexible in schedule
  • Good for groups
  • Accessible by public transit
COVID-19 Support

Seeking Long-Term Volunteers for WISH Drop-In and WISH Shelter

334 Alexander Street, Vancouver, BC, V6A1C3 [map]
50 hours
2 shifts/month for a min. of 6 months
****Please go to this link to fill out our Volunteer Application Form direct via the WISH Website, as this account is not frequently monitored
https://wish-vancouver.net/get-involved/ways-to-give/volunteer/

WISH’s Mission is to improve the health, safety, and well-being of women and gender diverse folks engaged in Vancouver’s street-based sex trade. Our dedicated volunteer team, ages 19 and up, perform a variety of tasks, including, but not limited to helping to serve and prepare a hot, nutritious meal; sorting and dispensing clothing, makeup, and toiletries donations; helping women sign up for showers and access shelters, some light janitorial duties, and of course, the opportunity to connect one-on-one with the individuals who access the Drop-In. We serve an average of 300-350 individuals per night across all of our programs and services.

****Volunteers must self-identify as women, non-binary, or gender-diverse, and must be over the age of 19. No exceptions.****

We ask for a minimum of two shifts per month for a long-term commitment of at least six months. All volunteer shifts run from 4:30pm-8:30pm, 8:30am–12:30pm, and 1:30pm-5:30pm, and the Drop-In is open seven days a week. We also require volunteers to volunteer one of their two shifts on a Friday or Saturday, along with one shift from Sunday to Thursday.

Please note that volunteering for the purpose of gaining research or information for projects is not allowed. WISH does not generally grant outside access to our Drop-In space. We expect volunteers to be at WISH because they want to contribute to the well-being of women who face various systemic barriers and marginalization in society.
Additional Details & Skills Required
If volunteers are interested after attending the Orientation, they can try up to 3 training ("buddy") shifts before committing to 6 or more months with WISH. 2 shifts are required each month, with one shift taking a place on Friday or Saturday, and the other from Sunday-Thursday.
Why should you volunteer for this opportunity?
Volunteering at WISH presents a unique opportunity for volunteers to learn about the compounding effects of marginalization, including poverty, racism, homelessness, sexual identity, gender identity, and how all of these factors can create barriers to basic survival needs, such as food, clothing, shelter, and employment. COVID-19 has only exacerbated critical needs. Volunteers can see first-hand how their efforts create a safe environment for participants to access our programs and services.
Requirements:
  • Other
Also required for this position: Some paperwork is required. A 2hr. orientation is required.
  • Flexible in schedule
  • Good for groups
  • Accessible by public transit