Volunteer at Toronto Taste

Second Harvest is incredibly grateful for the volunteers who donate their time and energy into making Toronto Taste a success. This event would not be possible without your hard work and dedication.

Please view our positions below and contact Marjorie Richards with your top three choices or call 416.408.2594 x243.

Volunteers must be 19+ years of age to participate in Toronto Taste on Sunday June 3.

TORONTO TASTE 2018 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Auction Attendant (3:30pm-10:30pm):  Assist guests with bidding on items; answer any questions and closing the auction.  Volunteers should have excellent customer service skills, are tech savvy, be friendly and outgoing and have knowledge of wine (if volunteering in the wine auction). **Orientation on Tuesday May 29th is mandatory for all auction attendants for training on Mobile Bidding Platform. – FULL

Auction Cash-Out (8:15pm-10:30pm): Assist with processing payments for our auction winners.  Volunteers must be able to work in a fast-paced environment with excellent customer service skills. – FULL

*Bussers (3:30pm-10:30pm): Assist with clearing dishware and sorting recyclables.  Volunteers with a passion for the environment and/or bussing experience are considered an asset.

*Bussing Swing Shift: (5:30pm-8:30pm): Assist with clearing plates, ensuring a clean tasting environment for our guests and cutlery/glasses are fully stocked.  Volunteers with restaurant/hospitality experience is preferred but not required. 

Event Floater (4:00pm-10:00pm): Maximize your impact! Assist in filling any volunteers gaps throughout the event as requests are made by team members.  Volunteers should be open to pitching in and thrive in a fast paced environment.

*Environmental Crew (4:00pm-10:00pm): Ensure waste bins are changed over throughout the evening and assist with recycling cardboard and other materials.  Volunteers with a passion for the environment and ability to lift a maximum of 30 lbs are considered assets. – FULL

*Food Waste Management (4:00pm-10:00pm): Packing up used dishware and sorting recyclables/organics into appropriate bin. Volunteers with a passion for the environment and/or bussing experience are considered an asset.

*Bussing Floater (4:00pm – 10:00pm) : Assist with clearing plates, ensuring a clean tasting environment for our guests and cutlery/glasses are fully stocked.  This position could fill any of the catering positions (Bussing, Environment Crew and/or Food Waste Management)  Volunteers with restaurant/hospitality experience is preferred but not required.

*Chef Check In (1:00pm-5:00pm): Assist our chefs and beverage purveyors with unloading their supplies and delivering them to their stations.  Volunteers should be able to lift a minimum of 30lbs and be accustomed to physical labour. 

Chef and Bev Event Support (3:45pm-10:30pm): Support our chefs and beverage purveyors throughout the event by ensuring their needs are met (water, ice, equipment replenishment) under the guidance of the Catering Sub-Committee. Volunteers should be able to lift a maximum of 30lbs, have excellent customer service skills, maintain a high level of professionalism and can multitask under pressure.

Florals & Décor (9:00am-5:00pm): Assist with flower arranging and placement of décor under direction of the Toronto Taste Floral Chair.  Volunteers must have experience with or a passion for floral arranging. – FULL

Guest Entrance (3:30pm-10:30pm): Assist with greeting guests, scanning tickets, crowd control and handing out guest gift bags at the end of the night.  The general entrance will be located outside in a tented area.  Volunteers must be able to work in a fast-paced environment, superior organizational skills and should have a pleasant demeanor. – FULL

VIP Guest Entrance (3:30pm-10:30pm): Assist with greeting guests, scanning tickets, crowd control and handing out guest gift bags at the end of the night. Smart Serve Certification Requried. Volunteers must be able to work in a fast-paced environment, superior organizational skills and should have a pleasant demeanor. – FULL

 Info Table (10:00am-3:30pm & 3:00pm-9:30pm): Represent Second Harvest and provide general public with information on our organization as well as Toronto Taste.  Volunteers should have excellent customer service skills and knowledge about Second Harvest. – FULL

*Live Auction Spotter (6:30pm-8:30pm): Assist our guests with bidding on our Live Auction items and usher them to cash out when Auction is complete.  Volunteers must display professionalism and have attention to detail. – FULL

Operations Crew (11:45am-4:00pm & 3:30pm-10:30pm): Assist with loading, unloading and placement of event supplies, replenish ice and other materials and be on standby for cleanup. Volunteers should be able to lift a minimum of 30lbs and be accustomed to physical labour. 

*Raffle Ticket Seller (3:00pm-9:00pm): Promote and sell raffle tickets amongst our guests.  Volunteers should have sales experience and a friendly and outgoing personality.  – FULL

*Set Up – Saturday June 2nd: (11:00am-5:00pm):  Assist with setting up our event space, preparing materials, placing supplies for next day set up. Volunteers should be able to lift a minimum of 30lbs and be accustomed to physical labour – FULL

*Set Up – Sunday June 3rd: (9:00am-2:00pm 10:00am – 4:00pm, 11:00am – 3:30pm, 12:00pm – 4:00pm):  Assist with setting up our venue including, tables, linens, signage, hand-washing stations, etc.  Volunteers should be able to lift a minimum of 30lbs and be accustomed to physical labour. 

*Tear Down (9:30pm – 12:30am):  Assist with dismantling the event space, packing and loading materials onto our trucks. Volunteers must be able to commit to the entire shift, be able to lift a maximum of 30 lbs and be accustomed to physical labour.

Traffic Enforcement (1:00pm – 7:30pm):  Assist with directing traffic for vendor drop offs and pick-ups as well as direct guests to appropriate parking lots.  Volunteers must be comfortable providing and enforcing instructions and standing outdoors for the duration of the shift.

Parking Lot Attendant (1:30pm – 7:30pm) Assist with directing the public to other parking lots and ensuring our chefs and guests park in the reserved lots.  Volunteers must be comfortable providing and enforcing instructions and standing outdoors for the duration of the shift. 

Volunteer Check In (7:00pm-12:00am): Assist with registering volunteers, equipping them with materials and directing them to their Team Leader. Volunteers should have excellent customer service and judgment and be accustomed to working in a fast-paced environment. – FULL

Volunteer Room Support (11:00am-4:30pm & 4:00pm-10:30pm):  Assist with serving lunch/dinner and maintain a clean eating space for volunteers.  Volunteers should be friendly, organized and outgoing. – FULL

*positions well-suited for large corporate groups

Corporate Volunteer Partnership Levels

10-24 volunteers

  • Website recognition on Toronto Taste Volunteer Page
  • Recognition on Social Media channels
  • Signage display in the Volunteer Retreat

25+ volunteers

  • Website logo recognition on Toronto Taste Volunteer Page
  • Recognition on Social Media channels
  • Signage display in the Volunteer Retreat
  • Event program listing

For more information on Toronto Taste, please visit our website at torontotaste.ca

TORONTO TASTE VOLUNTEER PARTNERS

    

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Interested in Volunteering?

To get involved with Toronto Taste 2018, please contact Marjorie Richards at 416.408.2594 x243.

Volunteers must be 19+ years of age.