Volunteer

Volunteers play an important role at both our Kelowna and West Kelowna locations. Getting involved is easy.

The Central Okanagan Community Food Bank is a volunteer driven organization. Simply put, we would not exist without the hard work, commitment and dedication of our volunteers! We wish to thank those who contribute their time through volunteering, fundraising and food collection throughout the year. It’s through such contributions from the public that we are able to ensure food reaches those who need it most.

Every year, the Central Okanagan Community Food Bank relies on approximately 150 volunteers, contributing more than 25,000 hours.

150

volunteers

25,000

contributing hours

Volunteer Location

To get started, please select your preferred location
Both our locations have a variety of volunteer opportunities available, including parking attendants, perishable and non-perishable food sorters, admin support, events, and client support team members.

Kelowna

at 2310 Enterprise Way

Volunteer Application

West Kelowna

at 3711 Elliott Rd

Volunteer Application

PLEASE NOTE

New volunteer applications will be on hold until January of 2023. We look forward to meeting you in the new year!

I feel blessed to be able to volunteer at the Food Bank with my husband and be able to give back to the community. We began when our other volunteer options were closed due to Covid. I love volunteering in a clean and organized environment with flexibility of days and hours that we can choose. We tried a couple of different areas within the organization and found a ‘favorite’, that we love. The Food Bank staff are affirming, understanding, show and verbalize appreciation and allow us to be creative.

Eileen
Volunteer since summer 2020
  • Volunteer FAQ

    -Whether you are volunteering or mentoring you can expect the following:
    -To be an agent of change and learn about the community. There is a tremendous amount of personal satisfaction in helping out a much needed and worthy cause.
    -Increase your confidence and gain skills to add to your resume.
    -Have fun while making new and lasting friendships. Our atmosphere is more than a team, it’s a family.
    Successful candidates who volunteer with the Food Bank can expect a detailed reference letter if needed to find gainful employment. We love to brag about our people!

    We are currently accepting volunteers 16 years of age or older.

    Yes! Both our locations have a variety of volunteer opportunities available, including parking attendants, perishable and non-perishable food sorters, admin support, events, and client support team members. We will always work with you to find the right fit!

    Once a week or every day! We have a variety of available shifts which are typically 3 hours long, to ensure that volunteering can work for anyone’s schedule. Once you have completed your orientation, you can begin booking the volunteer shifts that work for you!

    We will not discriminate against somebody based on race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, or socio-economic status. While we encourage everyone interested to fill out an application form, our space is currently limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Training begins with Orientation, as part of exploring a fit among our team. Regardless of the nature of your volunteer position, a staff member or volunteer will give you the training you need to succeed in your volunteer placement. The length and depth of the training will depend entirely on what volunteer opportunity you end up pursuing.

    Getting involved is easy! Please fill out the application above to get started. You will be contacted by a team member to arrange an Orientation which includes a tour of our facility.