Volunteer with the Burnaby Neighbourhood House!

Volunteer to refresh old skills, gain new ones, meet new people, and make a difference in the community. Assist with or lead our programs & events!

Question? Please contact: Janice Ho, Coordinator of Volunteers and Community Programs

Email: janiceh@burnabynh.ca         

Phone: 604-294-5444

If you have questions regarding leading a community program, please contact Gisela Briceno, Community Engagement Supervisor

Email: volunteer@burnabynh.ca

Phone: 604-431-0400 Ext.128

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Income Tax Supervisors and Assistants

From March to April 2022 we are looking for Tax Supervisors and Assistants to assist with our income tax clinics. Tax Supervisors will need some experience E-filing family and individual basic taxes. Tax Assistants will need to have interest in learning about filing taxes, and work alongside Tax Supervisors to do pre-screening and some tax paper preparation. Our regular tax season goes from March –April and our extended tax season goes from May – August.

Food bank or Food Distribution Volunteers

Do you have concerns about food security or want to help those in need with accessing free or affordable food? We are looking for individuals who can help sort, bag, store, shop and/or deliver food for isolated individuals and/or seniors living in Burnaby. Times and days are flexible.

Office Volunteers

Do you want experience working in an office setting? Do you enjoy working with others or chatting with people? Or do you enjoy sorting and organizing information? We are looking for office volunteers to help out at our South office once a week for 3 hours.

Seniors Programs

We are looking for individuals who enjoy working with Seniors (55+) who can lead conversation groups (in person or on the phone), walks, or facilitate workshops. You must be available during the weekday and during the day.

Literacy Now

If you are passionate or interested in increasing literacy in Burnaby there are several volunteer options available at this time. We are looking for Food Hub librarians, Online Outreach through Social media streams, and Working Task Groups that work to build and enhance literacy services, programs and networks in Burnaby.

Community Program Facilitator

If you enjoy bringing people together to learn and connect, the Community Program Facilitator volunteer role is the opportunity you were looking for. The Community Program Facilitator will design, develop, and implement an engaging program where participants will learn and develop skills, connect with each other, and build vibrant communities together. Times and days are flexible.

The time commitment will be 2-3 hours per week, to prepare and lead the sessions.  

EAL Teacher Volunteers

We are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to teach or assist community based EAL classes for adults for the following online classes: Tuesday 6-7pm (Beginners' class), Thursday 1-2pm (Intermediate class)

Digital Volunteers (In-Person)

We are looking for tech savvy, patient and multilingual individuals that are able to work one-on-one or in small groups with adult/senior learners. Volunteers need to be comfortable working in-person at both our south and north locations. Mondays 10am-12 pm (North House), Mondays 12- 2pm (South) – In-person and/or online and Thursdays 3-5pm (South).

How to become a volunteer?

1) Volunteer application form: 

    • Please complete the application form on our new volunteer software, Better Impact.
    • If you are an adult over 19, click here 
    • If you are a youth under 19, click here
    • Already have a Better Impact account? Log in at: https://app.betterimpact.com/Login/Login 
    • You can also install the BetterImpact app on your phone here

2) Informal Interview (10 minute interview):

    • After submitting your form on BetterImpact, you will be prompted to book a quick informal interview with us by emailing janiceh@burnabynh.ca your availability between Mondays to Thursdays. This is so we get to know a bit more about you, your interests and skills, and help you find the right volunteer opportunity match.

3) Cleared criminal check:

    • After your volunteer interview, you will be sent either a link or a letter to obtain a free criminal record check.

4) Reference check:

    • We will contact your non-family reference (friend, neighbour, classmate, or colleague) listed in your application. If possible, please provide their email as it helps expedite the process.

5) Volunteer orientation (30 minutes):

    • Online orientations will be conducted online. Once you complete your interview, a sign up link will be sent to you.

6) Signed understanding of policies and procedures

    • Completed at the orientation.

7) Photo:

    • Upload your photo onto the Better Impact site when you create your volunteer account.

8) Vaccination:

    • Proof of vaccinations is required for all on-site volunteer programs.

We apologize for the long list of items, but we want applicants to fully understand the volunteer application process in the beginning. We look forward to welcoming you to our Volunteer Team!

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