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Volunteers are a key part of CNH’s success. Every year, hundreds of volunteers help support CNH in a variety of ways. They help out in the office, in the kitchen, on the rooftop garden, and in many of CNH’s programs and initiatives.

Volunteering at CNH is a great way to get valuable experience and a wonderful way to contribute to making your community a better place!


Volunteer positions are open to Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, and others with valid Work Permits. We welcome people from all backgrounds and ages; however, please note that you must be at least 16 years of age to volunteer with the Recreation, Morning Star and Child Care Programs. All volunteers are required to submit a Criminal Record Search.

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To learn more about volunteer opportunities, please contact Irene Mella, Office and Volunteer Coordinator, at 604-412-3707 or email


If you’d like to apply to become a volunteer at CNH, please fill out the online Volunteer Registration Form. You may also print the form, fill it out, and then drop it off at the front desk or email the completed form to Irene Mella at

Available Volunteer Positions

Volunteer Pole Carrier – Community Carving Project
The Community Carving Project, titled: Ancient Cedar’s Journey Home at Collingwood Neighbourhood House by Lead Carver, Gerry Sheena, and his Apprentices, Yvette Muskego, Roxanne Charles and Veronica Rose Waechter Danes is nearing completion. We are planning for the installation of the pole at the Annex at 3690 Vanness in October 2018 – there will be a parade starting at 5288 Joyce St. and the installation and blessing at the Annex site. Traditionally, a finished pole would be carried by community members to its final home, and lead carver Gerry Sheena, would like continue with this important tradition. The parade and installation is scheduled for a Saturday in late October. The journey will begin at 10 a.m. and will take from 20 minutes to half an hour.

We will need 40 people to carry the pole with 20 people available to switch over during the parade. While carrying the pole is an honour, it is also quite heavy, and we hope that people take that into consideration when signing-up. Volunteers need to be between 20 and 40 years of age, be physically fit and have no health issues that could be aggravated by heavy lifting. For complete details of this volunteer position, click here.

To sign-up, contact the front desk at CNH (5288 Joyce Street) at reception (604-435-0323) – or you can contact Andrea at  Sign-up by Monday, September 20.

Chef’s Assistant
The Chef’s Assistant will be supporting the Preschool Lunch program at the new CNH Annex. They will be working with a chef and assisting with various kitchen duties to prepare lunches for preschool children. Duties include meal preparation, washing and cleaning and assisting the chef as required in the kitchen. Volunteers will be required to stand for the duration of their volunteer shift and do some light-to-moderate lifting. Volunteer hours are from Monday through Friday from 10 am-12 pm. For complete details of this volunteer position, click here.

CNH Compost Volunteer
CNH requires a compost volunteer to maintain the CNH compost bins outside the building. Duties include regular turning of the compost bins and monitoring of what is going into them. When bins are done composting, the volunteer will communicate with the Food Security Coordinator about transferring compost to nearby community garden plots. Hours are flexible (1 hour, 1-2 times per month). For complete details of this volunteer position, click here.

Neighbourhood Connector Volunteers
Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH) is looking for a volunteer who lives in Renfrew-Collingwood to build social connections and relationships with neighbours in their own immediate place of living – a neighbourhood block or apartment floor. The volunteer would be supported by a CNH staff person to develop a project plan, communicate with neighbours, develop surveys to find out what neighbours are interested in, and work with neighbours to plan community activities such as movie nights or block parties. This position is for a total of 20-40 hours. Click here for more information.

Urban Agriculture Volunteers
Are you eager to get your hands dirty and learn more about sustainable, organic and regenerative growing practices? Have you been looking for more ways to connect with neighbours in your community? Do you want to eat fresh produce you helped to grow? The Renfrew Collingwood Food Security Institute is looking for volunteers for the Rooftop Garden and Norquay Orchard. Volunteers will be able to take home produce from the sites and will also have many garden workshop opportunities. Click here for more information.

Volunteer Teaching Assistant
Are you patient and passionate to help newcomers? The LINC program is looking for volunteer teaching assistant. With funding from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the program aims to facilitate the social, cultural and economic integration of immigrants and refugees into Canada, by providing language instruction in English, as well as information that helps newcomers to become oriented to the Canadian way of life. LINC classes will start in September 2018 at CNH Annex location. As a volunteer teaching assistant you will:

  • Provide support to LINC instructors with teaching English to newcomers
  • Provide one-on-one support to students
  • Commit to volunteering once a week for a period of 3 months (35 to 40 hours in total)
  • Be encouraging, supportive, and treat all students with respect.
  • Gain valuable experience in teaching practice and improve your teaching skills

LINC program needs you to be:

  • Fluent in English.
  • Completed or in completion of TESL certification
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and leadership skills
  • Teaching experience and helping newcomers are assets.
  • Need to pass a Criminal Record Check

Peer Educator 
The Peer Education Program is looking for young adults to take on mentorship roles for school-aged youth. The Peer Mentor is expected to be involved with the Program from August 2018 to April 2019. From January-April 2019, the mentor oversees after school sessions of the program for 3 hours a week, for roughly 15 weeks total with a conference style fair to wrap up the program. For complete details of this volunteer position, click here.

Event Coordinator – Fashion Show Fundraiser
Are you interested in event management? We want to hear from you!
CNH Homelessness Program works with homeless or tentatively housed people in East Vancouver. CNH will open a beautiful new annex in the FAll and as part of our opening celebration we will host a fashion show fundraiser with proceeds going to support the Homelessness Program! We’re looking for a dedicated volunteer who can help us to put together the event. For complete details of this volunteer position click here.

Meet our Featured Volunteer!

Mr. Hoo

What were you doing in 1993? Yee Ching Hoo – better known as Mr. Hoo – began volunteering at Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH) in 1993. That was 25 years ago! And, no surprise to him, he is still volunteering with CNH. Even at 90 years old, he has no plans to retire from CNH.

Upon his arrival in Canada in 1991, Mr. Hoo decided to attend ESL (English as a Second Language) classes at CNH. Back then it was in our former building on Kingsway and he remembers it well. Mr. Hoo is a bit of a foodie so he initiated a cooking activity for the ESL students and staff after their regular class; it was a way for them to participate and get to know each other better while cooking and eating together. His spring rolls are famous! This activity continued as CNH moved into the “new” building in 1995. Since then Mr. Hoo has been involved in Community suppers, potluck dinners, seniors’ groups and English classes. He sat on the CNH Board of Directors for three years and even became involved in regularly visiting the preschool classes at Sarah House, where he was pleased to interact with the youngsters in Cantonese and English.

The many years of dedication have not gone un-noticed. Mr. Hoo was nominated by CNH for the International Year of the Volunteer award in 2001. He was also recognized with a Good Neighbour Award in 2005. In 2012, CNH nominated Mr. Hoo and he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal; this commemorative medal serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.

Why does Mr. Hoo continue to spend his time volunteering here? Though he is quietly proud of the awards he has received, they are certainly not his motivation. The reason is simply that Collingwood Neighbourhood House is like a second home to him.

If you enjoyed this feature, please visit our page regularly to read more about all the incredible volunteers who dedicate their time and energy into making Collingwood “a place to belong, a place to grow”.

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