Volunteer Opportunities

Hope House relies heavily on volunteers to run the day to day operations of our many programs and services, which is why we are so appreciative of the time and energy they devote to us. 

There are many wonderful volunteer and student placement opportunities at Hope House, take a look below at all the positions available to you! 

To begin the volunteer onboarding process, please fill out the form below or click here. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteers@hopehouseguelph.ca

Job Openings

The Hope House team is built upon individuals who are like minded in the sense of wanting to foster a greater level of independence for community members – by delivering front line services.

Hope House is an equal opportunities employer, committed to employment equity. Hope House values diversity and invites all qualified candidates to apply. Please let us know if you need any accommodations throughout the hiring process.

Current Openings:

Intake Support Worker

Reporting to the Programs Director, the Intake Support Worker uses their relationship building skills and knowledge of community resources to assist with the day to day implementation of support programming at Hope House. The Intake Support Worker plays a significant role in ensuring community members are welcomed, connected to resources and have knowledge of Hope House programs. The Intake Support Worker also plays a vital role facilitating and supervising the community partnerships to deliver healthy living programming. Currently, these community partnerships include the tax clinic, horticultural therapy, hair salon, chiropractor and Art Etc. The Intake Support Worker works collaboratively with volunteers and other staff.

Community Farmer

The Community Farmer will provide overall leadership to the management of agricultural land under Hope House’s management. All fresh food produce will be distributed through Hope House’s Food Market, to other food security agencies within Guelph or through the Better Food Co, a social enterprise project of Hope House, which uses a portion of the produce grown to generate income to support Hope House’s food programs through direct sales to restaurants or sales of single serving meals. 

The Community Farmer will be responsible for the management of an 8.6-acre parcel known as the North Field Food Farm located on the Ignatius Jesuit Centre. Approximately 2 acres is under production with the remainder in cover crops. At this site the Community Farmer is responsible for the development of the crop plan, work plan, supervising volunteers and the Farm Assistant with growing, harvesting and distributing of quality vegetables using Organic and Food Safety protocols.

The Community Farmer is also responsible for the administrative tasks related to the farm such as purchasing supplies, capital improvement projects and submission of reports.

Farm Assistant

The Farm Assistant will be instrumental in ensuring our food market has fresh, healthy produce from our North Field Food Farm. Reporting to the Community Farmer, the Farm Assistant will  prep, plant, weed, water, harvest and distribute produce following organic standards from appropriately 2 acres of land located on the Ignatius Jesuit Centre. 

The Farm Assistant is responsible for arranging the sale of produce to local restaurants under Hope House’s Better Food Co social enterprise project. 

In addition, the Farm Assistant helps to ensure that the North Field Food Farm is a welcoming gathering place for the community and encourages volunteers to complete production tasks such as prepping, planting, weeding, watering, harvesting among others. 

The successful candidate will have experience in gardening, commitment to social justice and an understanding of the food system and food security. They must demonstrate an ability to work with and show sensitivity to those who have experienced trauma and/or poverty.

Events Committees

With various events focused around fundraising for Hope House, event committees are an essential part of planning and executing great community events like Hope in the Street, Joy Home Tour, and Coldest Night of the Year.

Want to join one of these great committees? Reach out to info@hopehouseguelph.ca.

Hope in the Street Events Committee 2022

  • Shannon Ostetto Committee Chair
  • Nik Wever Entertainment Lead
  • Georgia Lavarini Social Media Lead
  • Mellissa B Volunteer Coordinator
  • Mahrukh Syed Volunteer Coordinator
  • Sean Furfaro Emcee
  • Alicia McDonald Website Lead
  • Rob Osborne Video Production Lead
  • Tara Chapman Licenses & Logistics Lead
  • Brandon Piebe Graphic Design Lead

Christmas Joy Home Tour Events Committee

  • Jenny Barretto Committee Chair
  • Jackie May Homes Coordinator
  • Claire Sutherns Marketing Chair
  • Liz O’Donnell Logistics Lead

Coldest Night of the Year Events Committee

  • Sean Yo Committee Chair
  • Laura Slack
  • Erik Anderson
  • Nicole Boucek
  • Shawn Crews
  • Eleanor Davidson (Hope House Board of Directors)

“As Event Director of Coldest Night of the Year, I feel tremendously grateful for the amazing team at Hope House who brings this event to life every year. The support of the community from our sponsors to volunteers to the walkers who have helped so many people through the programs at Hope House makes this such a rewarding event to be a part of.” – Sean Yo