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Position: Volunteer Cook
Organization: Charlie's FreeWheels
Location: Toronto, Ontario

About Charlie’s FreeWheels

At Charlie’s FreeWheels, “We aim to inspire a spirit of exploration and to mobilize, empower and engage youth using bicycles as a driver for personal growth and positive social change.”

We understand bicycles as vehicles for positive social change. Our mission is to facilitate youth empowerment and enhance access and mobility for youth. We create opportunities for youth to build their own bicycles and develop essential skills along the way.

The ultimate long-term goal is to create a hub to support youth cyclists in Toronto. To this end, all volunteers, employees should work with the aim of facilitating youth-involvement and empowerment.

All people involved with Charlie’s FreeWheels must work together to create a safe, welcoming, and empowering space. We aim to provide an example of a communal and communicative environment where we can all work together to accomplish things we didn’t otherwise think possible.

Responsible to: Program Coordinator

Job importance: Volunteers are a vital part of the Charlie’s Freewheels team. The role of the Volunteer Cook is to ensure that healthy vegetarian/halal meals are prepared for CFW youth participants and Volunteers and Staff running the program. We believe community is built around food, the Volunteer Cook is essential in maintaining the safe and inclusive environment we have at Charlie’s FreeWheels.


The Volunteer Cook’s role is to make meals for youth participating in CFW programming (Build-a-Bike) as well as for the Volunteers and Staff that are running the programming (8-10 people for each meal). A key aspect of the Volunteer Cook’s role is providing an inclusive, supportive and healthy food related atmosphere.

  • Schedule and design meals (CFW has a list of tried and true halal meals for youth, but we are always open for new ideas)

  • Grocery shop - keeping receipts to be reimbursed or use our gift card

  • Prepare lunch meal

  • Deliver meal at appropriate time for programming (Lunch for the March Break program and Dinner for the evening Build-a-Bike classes)

  • Adhere to Ontario’s Health Standards. Cook clean and safely.

  • Cook Halal or vegetarian meals (Halal meat can be served as long as there is also a vegetarian option.

  • Adhere to food restrictions of Youth, Volunteers and Staff

  • Clean cooking dishes (students are responsible for doing the dishes they use)

  • Maintain a clean kitchen.

Time Requirements:

The Volunteer Cook is required for at least 2 hours on each day of programming to shop, prep, serve and clean up.

Volunteer Cooks can sign up to cook for a full program, OR any number of days to fit with their schedule. We just require commitment to the dates given.

Volunteer Cooks are required for each of the following programs:

  • March Break Bike Camp: Lunch, March 13-17
  • Evening Build-a-Bike Program: Dinner, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays in April/May/June
  • Day Time Build-a-Bike Program: Lunch, Wednesdays, April/May

We are also open to facilitating weekend cooking in preparation for a week of programming.

The Volunteer Cook’s responsibilities will take place at Charlie’s FreeWheels location 242.5 Queen St E.


  • All new volunteers must attend a Volunteer Orientation at Charlie's on the FIRST Wednesday of every month (March 1, April 5, May 3, etc...)

  • Basic cooking

  • Experience cooking for large groups is an asset.

Recommended Skills:

  • Cooking

  • Time management


Volunteers will be asked to submit feedback on their perception of the program and their enjoyment of the volunteer opportunity. The volunteer’s performance will be evaluated based responsibilities outlined above.

To apply:

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GoodWork ID: 38233       Date posted to Feb 14 2017