Volunteer Resources

Check out these available resources for our volunteers including FAQs,  our Application, Waiver Forms, Volunteer Policy Information and more.


Q:  I submitted a volunteer application, when can I expect to volunteer? 
A:  Volunteer applications are thoroughly reviewed and applicants will be contacted by email only when there are vacancies.  Applicants whose skills, interests and availability best match the requirements of our volunteer positions will be contacted by a member of the Volunteer Program Team.

Q:  Do I need a Vulnerable Sector Check to volunteer?
A:  At this time, Second Harvest does not require a Vulnerable Sector Check in order to volunteer.  Our positions do not involve directly volunteering with members of the vulnerable population.

Q:  I need to fulfill court appointed hours, can I volunteer at Second Harvest?
A:   Second Harvest does not accept court appointed volunteers.  Due to the high volume of applicants, we give priority to volunteers who are seeking an ongoing commitment with Second Harvest.

Q:  How can I stay informed of upcoming volunteer opportunities?
A:  The best way to learn about volunteer opportunities is to become a subscriber to our Monthly eNewsletter, What’s Fresh?  You can also follow us on social media and check in regularly on our website.

Q:  Do you have evening and weekend volunteer opportunities?
A:  Yes, many of our events take place in the evening or on weekends, check our volunteer listing here.

Q:  Where is Second Harvest located?
A:  Second Harvest is based out of Toronto, where our main office and warehouse are located in North York.  While the majority of our volunteer opportunities take place at our North York location, we hold many events across Toronto which need volunteer support.

Q:  Can I just drop-in to volunteer?
A:  No, all volunteers, including corporate and community groups are required to book in advance of volunteering with Second Harvest.

Q:  I’m a High School Student and need volunteer hours to graduate.  What opportunities do you have for students?
A:  Volunteers must be a minimum age of 16, in order to volunteer with Second Harvest. Our most popular event for youth of all ages is Turkey Drive, which takes place in December.

Q:  Our company would like to volunteer together, how can we do this?
A:  Second Harvest offers many ways for corporate groups to get involved.  As a first step, please visit our Group Opportunities page to view our year-round and contact Marjorie Richards to book the teambuilding experience of your choice.

Q:  Will volunteering lead to employment at Second Harvest?
A:   Volunteering will always enhance a resume but volunteering at Second Harvest does not guarantee a paid position at our organization.  You can check our Careers page for employment opportunities and requirements for paid positions.

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Volunteer Application


Truck Waiver Form


Food Sort Waiver


Event Waiver


Turkey Drive Volunteer Toolkit - 2019


Volunteer Policy Manual


Toronto Taste Volunteer Toolkit - 2019


AODA Training Summary


Group Food Sort Request Package

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Marjorie Richards
Volunteer Program Coordinator
416.408.2594 x. 243
Ashley Ferguson
Volunteer Program Manager
416.408.2594 x. 287