Volunteers make the Table work

Volunteers are vital to our success at the Table Community Food Centre. Our dedicated team of volunteers includes people from all over Lanark County, and people from all backgrounds and experience levels are welcome and encouraged to participate.

We have exciting volunteer opportunities available that are open to everyone. There are an array of shifts to fit your schedule. Some of the possibilities include:

  • Work in the kitchen preparing and serving food under the guidance of our chef;
  • The Good Food Bank can always use help with the work of distributing food to people who need it;
  • Help facilitate one of our ongoing programs like Shovel and Spoon, Dads and Kids in the Kitchen, our Community Kitchen or The After School program;
  • Get your hands dirty helping out in the garden; 
  • Stand up for a cause you believe in, or help your peers learn how to make themselves heard with our Advocacy Office and Social Justice Club; 
  • We have regular fundraising events and community activities that would not be possible without the help of people like you; and 
  • There's always a need for help with driving, deliveries, cleaning and routine maintenance.

Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older to volunteer at the Table. In some circumstances we allow younger volunteers, for example if a parent is available to accompany the volunteer or the position is specifically designed for students.

If you are interested in sharing your time, please contact Beth at beth@thetablecfc.org, phone 613-267-6428 ext. 4, drop by the Centre at 190 Gore St. E, Perth ON.

Volunteer Initiatives

LOOKING FOR A FEW VOLUNTEERS 

We are looking for a few volunteers to help out for a couple of one time only special events:

 

1-Stuffing Envelopes to help get out the Spring mailing this Thursday June 2nd from 10:00am-12:30pm at the Table.

 

2- Perth Kilt Run Marathon on Sunday June 26th- we will have a cheering and water station in front of the Table starting early in the morning at 6 am and ending in the early afternoon (around 1pm).  Let us know if you have time to join us for a part of the morning.

 

If you are available and would like to help please contact:

Beth at 613 267-6428 ext. 4 or via email at beth@theTableCFC.org

or

Ramsey at 613-267-6428 ext. 8 or via email at ramsey@theTableCFC.org

With the New Year comes the need for new volunteer staff for the 2016 Programs.  If you would like to help out with the After School Program, the Community Kitchen or Meals, the Good Food Bank, Dad and Kids in the Kitchen, or some of our shorter run workshops please contact Beth at 613-267-6428 x4  or email her at beth@thetablecfc.org.

With the New Year we will be starting up a new round of programs in January and February and looking for a new group of program volunteers.  If you want to join an amazing team of caring folks now is the time to fill out a volunteer application to begin to make that happen.

Volunteers! Come out and get to know other volunteers at The Table! Thursday March 19th from 5-7 The Table's social justice club, the Community Action Network, will be hosting a volunteer social offering tea, coffee, snacks and the space to share stories. Feel free to bring along information about other projects you are involved with in the community.

 

If you drive to Perth via the Franktown highway on any given weekday morning, chances are you have seen Rick Gooderham trying to hitch a ride into town. Five days a week, rain or shine (or snow) Rick makes his way from Kelly’s Trailer Park to the Table CFC using his only mode of transportation- his thumb.

Rick is currently both a volunteer and participant in our programs. His story from participant to invaluable volunteer is exactly what a success story looks like for us. Inspired by Rick and his dedication, the staff at the Table nominated Rick for the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award and we are thrilled to announce that Rick has been chosen to receive this honour. The Caring Canadian Award, which was established by the former Governor General Romeo LeBlanc, recognizes individuals who volunteer their time to help others and to build a smart and caring nation. Upon finding the letter in his mail box, Rick took one look at it and thought “Oh dear, what did I do now?” Now, full of pride, Rick has been showing off his letter from Rideau Hall to everyone at the centre; so much so that we have made him a photocopy so that he can preserve the original and have it framed.

Around the Table Rick volunteers to do the jobs that no one else is keen on doing. In the summer he mows the lawn, trims the hedges, sweeps the driveway and keeps the yard and walkway clean. In the winter he shovels and salts the walkway and ramp and year round he helps with the garbage, recycling and compost. When asked why he volunteers at the Table Rick says “you guys treat me like a human being, like family. You do such a good job here; it is heartwarming to see what happens here”.

Rick is a stand-out participant volunteer whose spirit for sharing and inclusiveness is inspirational. Rick is always the first one to introduce himself to a new participant and takes every newcomer (including the new Executive Director) under his wing until they get the hang of things, making them feel welcomed and engaged.

At first Rick came to the Good Food Bank for emergency food supplies, and then began to take part in Community Meals. It did not take much to convince him to join the Wednesday drop-in kitchen and, later, the seniors’ cooking group. He joined the Social Justice Club and held his own in demanding discussions about human rights, injecting the perspective of someone who has firsthand experience of poverty.

 As the Table made the transition from food bank to food centre, we changed more than the just the physical space we use and the programming and services we offer, we changed the way we operate. We have always relied heavily on volunteers in order to provide services, however, an outdated volunteer policy did not allow for participants to volunteer at the centre. As we moved from a model of charity to one of solidarity an important step was to involve the very people who participate in programs in as many ways as possible. We knew that many of the people coming to the Table were interested in giving back in some way and sure enough once we changed the policy participants began applying to work alongside staff and existing volunteers. Rick was one of the first to submit an application. Rick gives back more than he receives from The Table and we’re thankful every time he walks through the door.

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