VOLUNTEER WITH US
Volunteers play a key role in supporting the work we do at DESTA. We are continuously looking for individuals ready to donate time and expertise as tutors, business and professional mentors, administrative support workers, and workshop facilitators.
We rely on volunteers like you to help us serve the community!
You can support in many ways, we are currently looking for:
GARDENSHARE – DRIVERS & LOADING (MAY ONLY)
We will be looking for a team of drivers to help us deliver supplies to our home gardeners the last two weekends of May. We will also need a lot of strong arms to carry bags of soil and other supplies for our garden installations. If you’re available, and willing to get a little dirty. Please apply!
GARDENSHARE – GARDEN MENTORS (JUNE – OCT)
Help a few new gardeners gain confidence this growing season! You’ll set a check-in schedule with your assigned gardeners to offer advice and support as they grow food in their home gardens. This is a great way to share your knowledge and build connections.
FOOD BANK PACKERS AT UNION UNITED CHURCH
You will unload the food delivery truck and/or pack bags for clients of both our 25 food bank deliveries at Union United Church. Once drivers arrive, packers help to get bags organized and loaded up into cars. Depending on their availability, packers are more than welcome to stay after the drivers leave to assist with the food bank inside and clean up afterward. Folks usually finish up around noon. This is an indoor job with approximately 10-12 people at a time. COVID precautions are strictly enforced on-site.
Routes generally take 30 minutes to 1.5 hours to complete, even at rush hour. Depending on the route, each driver makes between 3 and 10 deliveries. There are 2 delivery dates per week and we use between 2-4 cars each day. Our current clients are mainly in Southwest Montreal, but as we grow, we hope to spread across the island. In particular, we are looking for drivers from NDG/CDN and Montréal-Nord to help us get food to more families. Drivers are confirmed the week prior, and routes arrive via email on the morning of deliveries.
If you are interested in supporting the Food Program, please contact us at Desta.
If you are interested in volunteering in general, contact us here.
We also welcome volunteers for special events, mentorship, and to support our fundraising initiatives. DESTA particularly invites former participants to give back to their community by getting involved.
Your organization’s knowledge and experience are invaluable to up and coming entrepreneurs and small businesses. In-kind donations of time and/or services can make a big impact.