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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Breakfast Volunteer – Directions

ABOUT DIRECTIONS YOUTH SERVICES

Directions Youth Services provides 24/7 support to at-risk, homeless, and street-involved youth under 25. Vancouver’s most vulnerable youth can connect with supports, get counselling for trauma, mental health or substance issues, and transition to more permanent housing. Directions runs several facilities and programs for youth throughout Vancouver.

Directions is a division of Family Services of Greater Vancouver (FSGV), which for 90 years has provided trauma counselling and essential resources for children, families and individuals facing all kinds of life’s challenges.

VOLUNTEER POSITION DESCRIPTION

We’re looking for a skilled breakfast volunteer who can provide support to the Day and Street Youth Job Action Thursday Breakfast Program. If you have culinary experience, and wish to make a meaningful difference in the lives of youth, this position is for you.

Key responsibilities:

  • Working along with center staff in the preparation and service of the Thursday A.M. breakfast (to 25-30 Clients)
  • Maintaining health and safety standards in the kitchen
  • Ensuring open communication with Directions staff, Kitchen Coordinator and program management
  • Ensuring that food is prepared and served safely; ensuring proper food distribution to clients to reduce wastage
  • Ensure kitchen is kept at a high standard of cleanliness
  • Maintain relevant documentation and time sheets
  • Adhere to all program and agency policies, procedures and safety standards; including but not limited to confidentiality policy
  • Report concerns to Directions staff in a timely manner; including legal reporting concerns (risk of harm to self, to others and/or child protection concerns)
  • Model pro-social behavior for program participants
  • Maintaining a culture of ‘People helping people help themselves’

Experience:

  • Cooking experience (commercial cooking experience is an asset)
  • Safe food handling experience (food safe certification is an asset)
  • Experience working with homeless youth or with other marginalized populations is an asset

Knowledge/Skills:

  • Food preparation, service and kitchen cleaning skills
  • Knowledge about nutrition and food security issues
  • Social skills, a belief in the immense benefit of feeding people

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants with personal experience with addiction or street involvement require a minimum of two years clean/sober and away from services.
  • If your application is successful, a Criminal Record Check must be completed (at no cost to you).

Start Date: ASAP

Location: Directions Youth Services Centre, 1138 Burrard Street Vancouver.

Hours: This is a Thursday Morning Volunteer Position, (possibility of other days as well) reporting to the Senior Day Worker & to the Manager of Directions Youth Services Centre. Hours of attendance are typically 6:30-7:00 am to 9:00 am. Breakfast is served at 8:30am.

WHAT WE OFFER

The opportunity to give back to your community and gain excellent experience in a supportive environment. 

HOW TO APPLY

Please contact John Kehler at jkehler@fsgv.ca.

FSGV is committed to the principles of diversity. We encourage applications from qualified people of all genders and sexual orientations, visible minorities, Aboriginal persons and persons with disabilities.

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