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Volunteers

 Forward House Community Society volunteers play an invaluable role in the safety, comfort, motivation and well being of our members. Volunteering at Forward House is an opportunity to make a worthwhile contribution to your community and to support the vital work we do. We endeavour to make your time with us enjoyable, meaningful and rewarding.

Current Volunteer Opportunities:

·         Food and Meal Preparation - at Forward House we provide our clients with low cost lunches six days a week and dinner three evenings a week. Food prep includes working with staff to prepare meals and snacks.

·         Workshop Facilitation – Volunteers with appropriate experience are invited to present workshops on a given topic/area of interest. These can be presented as a single event or as a series. Volunteers can also teach a weekly class that will contribute to our clients’ physical health and/or mental wellness (e.g. art, music, meditation, yoga).

·         Client Support – this involves working with Forward House staff to engage with and support clients, and can include participating in Forward House programs alongside clients, and/or outreach (e.g. check-in phone calls to clients that may not be accessing our services regularly).

·         Driving/Accompaniment – Forward House has a van for transporting clients on special events and outings. Drivers must provide a clean driver’s abstract, and be willing to participate and engage with clients on outings.

·         Administrative Support – this can include graphic design for posters and brochures, distribution and dissemination of information in the community, including the use of social media to promote awareness of Forward House, and office support (e.g. photocopying and collating materials for special projects and presentations).

·         Resource Development – Forward House is involved with several annual community events which require volunteers. Some are for raising awareness and others are for raising funds.

·         Research – this can include research into relevant community resources and information on mental health and addiction, as well as for special projects.

·         Governance – the Board of Directors oversee the governance, finance and strategic direction of Forward House.

·         Champion Project Committee – this involves working with the Board of Directors’ committee to engage supporters and champions of Forward House services and programs.

Click here to download our Volunteer Application Form. Please email completed application to execdir@forwardhouse.com or drop off in person to:

136 East Hirst Ave., Parksville. Office hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.

For more information, contact us at 250-954-0785.

Thank you for your interest in Forward House.

"Forward House means community/support and joy, and creates a ‘go to’ place for those of us who need it. Spreading my joy and love of music here has been such a gift. The clients and students alike just having fun together is so great.” (FH volunteer)