Volunteer Position Descriptions

Reports To: Food Coordinator

Time commitment: 1.5 hours (8:30pm to 10pm)

Experience: Experience preparing food (personal or professional) is helpful

Training Required: Volunteer Interview, Volunteer Orientation

General Duties:

  • 830pm arrive at the Frank MacKay House.
  • Check in with Senior Shelter Rep (Warren Wesson) and advise that you will be preparing and serving food for the evening.
  • Set up table outside of kitchen area with table clothes and utensils.
  • Make coffee for 15 pers
  • Put out water jugs and glasses.
  • Heat food and prepare 10 plates to be placed at the kitchen counter for pick up from guests.
  • Replenish plates as necessary.
  • Receive and log donations throughout the evening.
  • Immediately place all food donations into the fridge closest to the intake desk or the stand-up freezer in the kitchen.
    • Ensure all food donations are labeled with the date they were prepared and the date they were frozen (if applicable).
  • 930 PM clean up the kitchen. This includes all plates, utensils, pots and pans. Clean counters, sweep floor.
  • Email or message the food coordinator if any unexpected food was delivered.
  • 10PM – Depart

General Responsibilities.

  • Be familiar with safe food handling procedures. https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/food-nutrition/food-safety/safe-food-handling-tips.html
  • Dispose of perishable items at the end of the shift.
  • Serve guests in a pleasant, efficient, courteous and professional manner.
  • Be prepared to call 911 in the event of an emergency.
  • Pick date based on availability (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly)

Reports To: Food Coordinator

Experience: Experience preparing food (personal or professional) is helpful

Training Required: Volunteer Interview, Volunteer Orientation

General Duties:

  • Pick dates based on availability – day, regular monthly, quarterly etc.
  • To contact Kitchen Manager/ Volunteer Coordinator with menu plans (ideally one week prior to delivery)
  • To purchase/prepare the items necessary for a healthy complete supper meal for 10 people.
  • Prepare food iaw Safe Food Handling Procedures: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/food-nutrition/food-safety/safe-food-handling-tips.html
  • To label meal with description of ingredients, date prepared, and date frozen if applicable.
  • To deliver meal NLT 830pm on the evening it is to be served. It will be received by the volunteer food server for that evening. Ensure they are made aware of any special preparation instructions.

Reports To: Warren Wesson

Experience: None required

Training Required: Volunteer Interview, Volunteer Orientation

General Duties:

  • Pick dates based on availability – day, regular monthly, quarterly etc.
  • Pick up laundry Monday, Wed, Friday and return either before 7am or after 830pm the following day.

Reports To: Shelter Coordinator

Experience: 8:30 to 11pm

Training Required: Volunteer Interview, Volunteer Orientation

General Duties:

  • Pick dates based on availability – day, regular monthly, quarterly etc.
  • Reception of guests and assignment of beds/bedding
  • Data entry for new guests
  • Access control of front door

“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy…when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.”

The Dartmouth Shelter Society is run completely by volunteers. We are all doing this because we care. By stepping forward to offer your valuable time or your unique talents, you are making a difference and you are adding your name to the Dartmouth Shelter Society story.
Please fill out the contact form and we will get in touch!

Would you be willing to participate in training in your role as a volunteer? (ie - Mental Health First Aid/ Non-violent conflict resolution)