How to VOLUNTEER
Please note that due to Covid-19 we are restricted to how many volunteers we can have in the food bank at any one time
Are you passionate about the wellbeing of neighbours in your community? Want to learn new skills, do some good work, and serve your community? The Helping Hand Food Bank wouldn’t exist without the contributions of members of our community. If you would like to join the team of volunteers, please call
519-688-3434. You will receive complete volunteer information. Please note at this time we only have volunteers assist on Tuesday mornings and Wednesday mornings/afternoons. These are done on a rotating shift and so volunteers are not at the food bank each week it opens. This is to keep everyone safe and healthy.
The Helping Hand Food accepts and supports:
Group and Corporate Volunteers
Internships and Other Placements
We want to ensure each volunteer has a positive and rewarding experience with us. Some groups will volunteer once in the year, while others will volunteer week after week – some for a decade or more!
The Helping Hand Food Bank could not exist without the loyalty, dedication and support of volunteers,
some of whom have been with us since 1991.
Our team of volunteers consists of individuals who continually devote both their time and skills on a regular basis in an effort to make a positive impact on hunger and the food needs of the community.
Volunteering has no age limit, your commitment and energy is enough. It is a great way to make new friends, and to contribute to your community.
Our volunteers provide essential services in many ways:
Sort food donations
Breakdown and portion bulk items
Assemble shopping requests from clients during their appointments
Keep the food bank clean and safe
Provide helpful input to other volunteers and staff
Serve on the Board of Directors or on other committees
As a volunteer, you will be helping with a variety of activities in our distribution centre that may include: fresh or frozen food sorting, fresh food packaging, and non-perishable food sorting. Volunteer activities will change regularly, depending on the type of donations and the needs of our community programs and agency partners.
Volunteer Eligibility Criteria:
Over 18 years of age.
Able to wear a mask for the duration of your shift.
Partnership with The Helping Hand Food Bank presents a unique opportunity for companies to market their business and to promote their commitment to the community.
Benefits of Sponsorship
Brand Awareness and Recognition
Promotional and Advertising opportunity
Community Involvement and Giving Back
Why Be A Food Bank Sponsor?
To address social responsibility targeted to hunger relief efforts
Identifies your brand with a high profile, widely respected, well known community charity
Provides engagement for employees in community activities
Demonstrates to your employees and customers that you give where you live and work
Provides community integration & positive goodwill
Addresses your desire to make an impact on our community
Provides essential food support services through the Tillsonburg area
If your company would like to become a partner in any of our events or programs or you would like to discuss a new initiative please contact our Coordinator Dianne Clark
YOU MAKE THE DIFFERENCE
Each year in Canada, more than 2.7 million Canadians living with food insecurity don’t know where their next meal is coming from. The Helping Hand Food Bank believes that everyone — from a single individual to a large corporation — has the potential to make a difference in their lives. The Helping Hand Food Bank offers many different ways to help those in the Tillsonburg area in need. Whether you want to make a financial donation, give food, organize a fundraiser, or volunteer your time. You have our promise that we value every donation, ensuring it is used responsibly and invested wisely so that it goes as far as possible.
Host a Fundraiser!
Are you interested in hosting a fundraising or food-raising event with your business, school, or organization? There are so many ways to get involved with the Helping Hand Food Bank, and we would love to explore your ideas and see how we can help you to help us!
HANDS THAT HELP, HEARTS THAT CARE!
As businesses and the community begin to re-open, we are looking ahead and planning for what is next and how we can continue to support people most impacted by COVID-19 to ensure that no one goes hungry.
In July 2020, due to COVID-19, we adjusted and adapted our operations and activated a new plan to provide service to our clients. This included significantly reducing the number of volunteers on-site. As we prepare to welcome volunteers back to the Food Bank, we have been working closely with the South West Public Health Department, implementing health and safety recommendations and best practices.