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We’ve got a year filled with opportunities for your corporate team or company. Experience team building that makes a real difference for families in our community.

COVID-19 RESPONSE TO VOLUNTEERING AT SECOND HARVEST

Second Harvest has taken measures to ensure the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, guests and community partners.  Due to COVID-19 and Public Health guidance about physical distancing, we have a limited number of in-person volunteer opportunities at this time.

We do our best to accommodate groups of all sizes on the date of your choice, however your flexibility is appreciated.

Feeding Our Future – July-August 2021

Spend a weekday morning during the summer to help assemble hundreds of food and resource kits for families with children.  Our goal this year is to pack 17,000 kits over the summer which will be delivered to our partner community organizations across Toronto.  Help us respond to the increase in household food insecurity during this pandemic by signing up to volunteer for Feeding Our Future.  Limited to a maximum of six (6) volunteers per shift.

Shift Times: Mondays-Fridays 8:30am-12:00pm

Dates: July 5th to August 26th (vacancies will vary)

Requirements: Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older. COVID-19 screening, physical distancing and masks are mandatory.

Location: Kitchen 24 – 100 Marmora St #200, North York, ON M9M 2X5

To book a volunteer shift, please contact Marjorie Richards at marjorier@secondharvest.ca

Virtual Holiday Turkey Drive – December 

Turkey Drive has become a holiday tradition for so many volunteers and supporters of Second Harvest.  In 2020, Turkey Drive went from an in-person volunteer opportunity and moved online to keep our volunteers, donors and staff safe.  Last year, we raised over 9,000 turkeys to meet the demand from community organizations who were experiencing additional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Register yourself or gather your family, friends classmates and colleagues to create an online team and fundraise to reach your turkey goal, just like you would in store!  Earn volunteer hours when you sign up for our next virtual Turkey Drive.

INACTIVE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Warehouse Food Sort – on hold due to COVID-19

Food sorts are a great way for employees to learn about teamwork and the importance of community involvement and gain further knowledge about Second Harvest’s food recovery programs. We are currently delivering enough food for over 30,000 meals every day. Often, the food donations arrive in large bins which need to be sorted into smaller boxes for our recipient agencies. We need volunteers in our warehouse to help sort that food.

Food Sort Opportunities are reserved for corporations who are Charitable Partners of Second Harvest. Charitable Partner status: support through a minimum contribution of $500.00 or $1000.00 of gift in kind/service value within the last calendar year. School and community groups are welcome to participate in Food Sorts.

Shifts: Monday-Thursday 9:30am – 11:30am or 1:00pm – 3:00pm; Friday 9:30am-11:30am

Requirements: Maximum of 10 people per shift, 16+ years of age.  Food sorts must be booked 2-3 weeks in advance.

Please Note: If you would like to request a Food Sort, please click here to download the package.  Complete the request form in your package and email to Marjorie Richards or fax it to 416-408-2598.

Truck Ride-Along – on hold due to COVID-19

Throughout the year, by appointment

Join one of our drivers on the road for a day, picking up and delivering donations of fresh and frozen food. This is a great independent opportunity for your employees to see who we are and what we do. We can accommodate one volunteer per truck and can take a maximum of 5 volunteers per day.

Shifts: Monday-Friday 7:45am – approximately 3:00pm.
Requirements: Volunteers must book in advance.

Toronto Taste – on hold due to COVID-19

Our biggest fundraiser of the year, Toronto Taste is also the city’s premier culinary event with more than 60 chefs and 30 beverage purveyors serving all-you-can-eat tastes to 1,500 guests. It requires more than 300 volunteers for event setup, site tear down, auction assistance, catering assistance, chef registration, pre-event support, and more.

Toronto Taste provides a great team building experience that can easily accommodate large groups.  Volunteers are vital to the success of Toronto Taste which helps us to provide over 1 million meals for hungry seniors, adults and children.

Location: Evergreen Brick Works – 550 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4W 3X8

Corporate Engagement

For more ways to partner with Second Harvest, please visit Corporate Engagement.

Sign-Up

If you are thinking of planning a group volunteer opportunity, please contact Marjorie Richards  416.408.2594 x 243 prior to selecting your day of community service.