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Volunteer Position Title: Urban Harvest Canvassers and Produce Pick Up & Delivery
Organization: Black Creek Community Farm
Location: Black Creek, Toronto/North York, Ontario
Start date: ongoing

The Urban Harvest Program is a collaborative project with the City of Toronto and Black Creek Community Farm to help reduce food waste through food redistribution and preservation workshops. Volunteers have played a key role in the success of the Urban Harvest Program in 2018 by canvassing, collecting and redistributing close to 3,000 pounds of produce.

We are asking for help from volunteers from the community and beyond to sign up more participants to donate their surplus fruits and vegetables grown in their backyards. This is an exciting opportunity to engage different people in our community in a food initiative to grow and redistribute good, fresh and locally grown produce to our local food banks and meal programs.

Main volunteer tasks (include, but are not limited to):

  • Assist with Black Creek Community Farm (BCCF) Urban Harvest staff to canvass homes in the Black Creek neighborhood

  • Inform homeowners about BCCF Urban Harvest Program and collect surveys/sign-ups from interested participants

  • Answer questions about BCCF programs and provide a great customer service

  • Pick up produce from homes up to 3km from Black Creek Community Farm riding BCCF’s cargo bikes

  • Sort and bag produce to redistribute to partner organizations (local food banks, children and youth programs, seniors, and local community programming)

  • Other duties as assigned

The position may involve:

  • A large amount of standing and/or walking for the duration of the shift

  • Repetitive tasks, including:

    • Lifting and moving up to 30 pounds,

    • Bending, reaching above head, crouching and kneeling

  • Optional: Riding a cargo bike

Assets:

  • Commitment to principles of food justice and waste reduction

  • Knowledge of, and experience working with, people of Toronto’s diverse communities

  • Effective communication and customer service skills

  • Ability to ride a cargo bike and second language relevant to the community (Vietnamese, Italian, Spanish etc) are valuable assets

Meeting location: Black Creek Community Farm, 4929 Jane Street (Southeast corner of Jane St and Steeles Ave. West)

Incentives: Volunteer honorarium, tokens and fresh produce available for committed volunteers

Hours: 3 to 9hrs/week

We aim to go out for canvassing 2-3 days a week in the month of July. Canvassing shifts should last up to 3 hours. Hours/dates may change according to weather and/or volunteer/staff availability. New volunteers should arrive 30min earlier to attend an orientation session.

Pick ups and deliveries will be scheduled according to homeowners and volunteers/staff availability, preferably mornings.

What to Bring With You:

As most of our volunteer tasks are outside we recommend bringing:

  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and/or long sleeves)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Snacks or lunch

TO APPLY:

Sign up for Urban Harvest Black Creek Volunteer opportunities here! Please indicate your availability/preferred shifts in the registration form.

All volunteers must fill out a general registration form on our TimeCounts webpage (timecounts.org/blackcreekfarm).

Email urbanharvest@blackcreekfarm.ca if you have any questions or concerns!

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jun 27 2019    ID: 54023