Volunteer FAQs

 

What do volunteers do at Harvest?

A: We are focused on sorting and packing food for Harvest Hampers which are distributed to more than 325 organizations across Manitoba. We also pack kits for weekly school and daycare programs, and our Meals2Go weekend food for hungry kids.

Can groups (corporate/community/school) volunteer?

A: Yes! We would love to have your group volunteer in our warehouse. Your group will have a designated space to meet and store your belongings. A Harvest Crew member will take you on a talk & tour of our facility to learn how you are making a difference in the lives of Manitobans! Next, we will do a team building exercise to warm up the group for work before we take you out to our warehouse to work at one of our stations. The job will be determined on the day but could include: sorting food, packing Harvest Hampers, debulking large product into smaller quantities.

What is the maximum group size?

A: At this time, we are limiting volunteer shifts to 25 individuals.

Is your building and warehouse accessible?

A: Yes, our main entrance, volunteer rooms, and washrooms are accessible. Please notify our Volunteer Services Crew for special accommodations so we can have a workstation in our warehouse ready for you.

What COVID-19 safety protocols are in place?

  • Face masks are encouraged and available in all Harvest facilities.
  • Handwashing is required before and after the volunteer shift. Hand sanitizer is available onsite.
  • We will provide volunteers with disposable gloves to wear during their shift.

 

Can I complete my school community service hours at Harvest?

A: Yes. Please apply on our Individual Volunteer page.

What should I wear?

A: All volunteers are required to wear closed-toed shoes.  We recommend wearing comfortable clothing you do not mind getting dirty. The warehouse tends to be chilly in the winter and hot in the summer, so layered clothing is suggested. Avoid loose-hanging items (long necklaces, scarves, etc.) and pull back any long hair.

Is there an age restriction?

A: Volunteers must be 14 years of age or older excluding Family Night shifts. Anyone under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a chaperone for the duration of their shift.

Is there a minimum time requirement to volunteer?

A: Volunteer shifts are 2-3 hours in duration. A long-term commitment is welcome but not required.

Does Harvest have a parking area for volunteers?

A: Parking is available for staff, visitors, and volunteers. It is located on Winnipeg Avenue across from our Warehouse at 1085 Winnipeg Avenue (between the Jamaican Heritage Centre and the Carpet Outlet). You may report to our front door for sign-in.

How do I book my shifts?

A: Once your application has been approved, you will be sent details of how to log in to your account & book your shifts online. If you do not have access to a computer or mobile device you may contact our Volunteer Services department to book your shifts.

How do I contact the Volunteer Services Crew?

Email: volunteer@harvestmanitoba.ca
Phone: 204-982-3582