Volunteer

We love our volunteers.

It would be impossible to offer the kinds of programs and services we do without their tireless work and support. Their generous offering of time and expertise makes it possible for more than 20,000 Calgarians to eat, have a warm place to sleep and clothing on their backs, while also feeling comforted and cared for every year.

Volunteers act as extensions of our staff. They are the foremost advocates for Calgary’s most vulnerable, and they spread untold kindness and joy throughout our community. Those interested in volunteering with the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre can choose from a range of roles, best suited to their skills, interests, and available time commitments.

Volunteer Hands

Group Volunteer Hours in 2016

Group Volunteering

We always excited to welcome groups of family, friends, co-workers, and church members to volunteer together. We’re able to accommodate groups of up to ten people at a time for a number of meaningful roles — from two hours to an entire morning or afternoon.

Benefits

  • Make a huge difference in a short period of time.
  • Build stronger relationships while making an impact in your community.
  • Make a one-time commitment.

Individual Volunteering

If you’re looking to volunteer on your own, there are a number of roles you can choose from, based on your skills, availability and desired time commitment.

Benefits

  • Choose shifts that work with your schedule.
  • Meet new people who share your passion for making a difference.
  • Work in roles that build on your existing strengths.
  • Interact closely with homeless men and women.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Drop-In Centre Located?

#1 Dermot Baldwin Way SE, just south of Langevin Bridge.

Is there parking?

Yes, the Drop-In Centre provides complimentary parking on the south side of the building. Where it is marked “Reserved Parking”, this is for our volunteers.

If the parking lot is full, where do I park?

There is additional overflow parking on the east of the building. Please ask security to unlock the parking compound.

Can I drop in and volunteer?

Unfortunately not, all volunteer activities must be scheduled in advance by a member of the Volunteer Department.

I’ve already scheduled a shift and I have more people that want to join me, can they come?

As much as we would love more volunteers, there are area volunteer limits. If you have more people who would like to volunteer, please schedule an alternate day and time with the Volunteer Department for your larger group.

How many people are considered a group?

Party of three or larger (including you) qualifies as a group. If this is the case, please follow the group application process.

I have youth that want to participate with me, can they volunteer?

We welcome volunteers of all ages. However, those who are under the age of eighteen must be accompanied by a minimum of one adult. For children under the age of nine, they need to be accompanied by an adult, with an adult child ratio of one-to-one.

I’ve volunteered with a group previously, do I need to attend an orientation?

With all other volunteer opportunities, other than to serve a meal, we require you to attend an orientation.

What should I wear during volunteering?

Closed toe shoes must be worn, along with modest and comfortable clothing during your visit. No bandanas are permitted on the property; but baseball caps are.

When I began my first shift as an ACV in Intox I felt immediately enthralled into the perspective of a shelter worker; I immediately received hands on experience surrounding the specific procedural duties of a shelter worker as well as one on one communication with a plethora of different clients with different stories, perspectives, and specific needs. Most notably I was mentored and welcomed by the active staff members, truly making me feel like I was part of an important team. Any individual looking to gain some perspective into the life of a Shelter worker, the kindness and understanding it requires, and the vast benefits one may gain from forming new relationships with a mosaic of differing individuals would be greatly interested in the ACV program.

Tyler

Volunteer

Your contribution helps make it possible to serve meals, run programs, operate our facilities, and care for vulnerable clients. Apply now to the volunteer at the Calgary Drop-In Centre.