Volunteer with Us

Volunteer with Us

Do you have skills, energy and talent to share?

For more than 40 years, we’ve counted on volunteers to support us in our mission to inspire belonging in a strong integrated community by empowering newcomers to Canada.

Volunteering is a great way to help you settle in Canada. Gain volunteer experience, meet new people, learn about workplace culture norms and improve your communication skills. Are you ready to make a lasting impact? Volunteer with DIVERSEcity’s Volunteer Program!

We can help you find volunteer positions to match your passion, skills and experience. Our volunteers help with everything from leading English conversation circles and computer classes to helping low-income newcomers file their income taxes. As a DIVERSEcity volunteer, you are truly building a stronger community. We welcome volunteers from all backgrounds who are 19+ years of age and located within Surrey, Delta, Langley and Cloverdale.

Contact our volunteer coordinators at 604-597-0205 or volunteer@dcrs.ca to find out about our next Volunteer Orientation Session, or fill out the Volunteer Application Form below.


*New volunteer opportunities supporting seniors and vulnerable populations during COVID-19 in Surrey, BC

We currently have a high need for volunteers to help us support seniors and other vulnerable populations during COVID-19, with tasks such as grocery shopping, food sorting, driving and more. Our current openings are:

Seniors Volunteer Driver
The Seniors Volunteer Driver supports the Safe Seniors Strong Communities by driving seniors to key appointments, including transportation to medical appointments. Due to risk, this role currently involves some additional protocols (compared to other volunteer roles) in addition to our COVID-19 protocols for all volunteers. Volunteers must be available during daytime hours Monday to Friday (but may give their availability to the program coordinators). Volunteers do not need to commit to a regular shift. Rather the volunteers are booked on an on-call basis.

Food Box Support Volunteer – Driver
The Food Box Support Volunteer – Driver supports a NEW hamper box program that distributes seasonal produce from the Surrey Urban Farmers Market and other food items to DIVERSEcity families and other clients living in Surrey, working in conjunction with other local food security supports. The volunteer delivers food boxes weekly to families. Volunteers must be able to commit to one shift/week for a minimum of three months. The tentative shift for this new service is Saturdays 11–2 pm, with pick up of boxes happening at a distribution site in North Surrey.

Seniors Meal Support Volunteer
The Seniors Meal Support Volunteer (driver) supports a meal delivery service of hot meals in DIVERSEcity’s partnership with a local temple. The service provides a much-needed hot meal three times per week to seniors who are currently isolating due to COVID-19. As the role involves working closely with staff, volunteers and other community members at our partner temple, we are seeking Punjabi- speaking volunteers for this role. Volunteers must be able to commit to two shifts/week for a minimum of three months. Shifts currently available are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 3–5 pm.

Seniors Social and Wellness Support Volunteer
The Seniors Social and Wellness Support Volunteer provides different types of social and wellness supports to vulnerable clients in our seniors programs. In the current context, this is in the form of weekly wellness checks to clients.  Future supports, when it is safe to resume group activities, will include face-to-face social interactions with clients (e.g., friendly visiting at seniors’ home, participating alongside seniors in social and recreational activities such as workshops, dancing, art, etc.). Volunteers must be able to commit to one shift/week for a minimum of three months.

Food Box Support Volunteer – Sorter
The Food Box Support Volunteer-Sorter supports a NEW hamper box program that distributes seasonal produce from the Surrey Urban Farmers Market and other food items to DIVERSEcity families and other clients living in Surrey, working in conjunction with other local food security supports. This role helps staff to prepare boxes with produce and other food items for the clients.

As the role involves working directly with food, volunteers MUST have current Food Safe certification. Volunteers must be able to commit to one shift/week for a minimum of three months. The tentative shift for this new service is Saturdays 9–1 pm. Volunteers can also take on the Food Box Support Volunteer – Driver if they wish to help deliver boxes after sorting.

Grocery Shopping Volunteer
The Grocery Shopping Volunteer supports the DIVERSEcity Food Security Supports for Vulnerable Seniors and Families during COVID-19 by purchasing for groceries and hamper items on behalf of clients and delivering these directly to families.  Volunteers must be able to commit to one shift/week for a minimum of three months. Shifts currently available are:

  • Grocery shopping on behalf of vulnerable seniors on Wednesdays or Thursdays (volunteer can choose the time based on availability). Shopping lists sent to volunteers on Wednesday mornings.
  • Grocery shopping for hampers for vulnerable families. This is on call based on referrals to DIVERSEcity Food Accessibility Fund for Migrants.

If you are interested, please fill out the form below or email us at volunteer@dcrs.ca.

Please note, we have strict protocols in place to ensure the safety of all clients, staff and community members, including volunteers, participating in this service. A successful criminal record check and screening is required to become a volunteer. Volunteers will be reimbursed for the cost of mileage and personal protective equipment (if required).


Be a volunteer with DIVERSEcity

Interested in other volunteering opportunities with DIVERSEcity? Contact our volunteer coordinators at 604-597-0205 or volunteer@dcrs.ca or fill out the Volunteer Application Form below. See all our available volunteer positions here:

Volunteer Positions

Volunteer Application Form

  • Personal Information

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Residence Status

  • Write N/A if you're not a permanent resident.
  • Emergency Contact

  • Volunteer Opportunities

    Please check all the volunteer opportunities you are interested in.
  • Languages

  • Education & Work Experience

  • Please include organization and job title.
  • Please include organization and volunteer position title.
  • References (no family, spouses or relatives)

    Please list three references who are not family related. Email addresses of your references are required.
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For more information about DIVERSEcity and what we do, check out About Us and Our Services.