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Volunteer

Volunteer with the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre & Emergency Night Shelter

Volunteer opportunities are for self-identified women over the age of eighteen (18).

Volunteer roles at the Drop-In Centre include, but are not limited to: management of the DEWC Clothing Room, mail-outs, food preparation, organizing donations, and helping with special events (ex. Christmas, New Year’s Brunch, Fall Dinner, Summer BBQ).

Orientations happen on the first Saturday of the month. To register for a Volunteer Orientation at our Drop-in Centre, please email: skills@dewc.ca or call: 604-681-8480 ext. 224


Volunteers contribute over 60,000 hours each year in a variety of capacities in a variety of roles:

  • Clothing Room Attendant
  • Board Member
  • Food Preparation
  • Food Service
  • Outings
  • Reception
  • Clerical duties
  • Hospital Visits
  • Fundraising
  • Computer Network Support
  • Program Delivery
  • Special Events
  • … and much more

At the Centre our first focus is providing for the basics: food, shelter, clothing and refuge. Volunteers help contribute fresh air and inspiration to improving quality of life through outings, special events and program delivery, creativity, and recognition of things that lead to a life with beauty. The relationships they make as well as their energy and support help make the Centre the warm and welcoming place that it is.

The volunteer program supports women of the community who also contribute to Centre activities through the Skills & Development Program. Read more about Skills & Development here.

Thank you for your volunteer support of the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre community. Your contributions are essential to the future of our organization and those of the women and children we serve.