Current Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in any of the following positions, please click here to submit your volunteer application form.

 

Vegetarian Outreach Events – Staff the Toronto Vegetarian Association table at community events and trade shows, answering people’s questions about vegetarianism, promoting a plant-based diet, and spreading the word about the resources and events TVA has to offer.

Committees and Teams – Use your skills and expertise in a variety of areas to help keep the Toronto Vegetarian Association running smoothly.

Virtual Volunteer OpportunitiesToronto Veg News Editor, Lifelines Writer, Lifelines Editor, Letter Writing Team If you’ve got a busy schedule or if you don’t live in the GTA, you can still contribute to our mission to inspire people to choose a healthier, greener, more compassionate lifestyle. Check out our volunteer positions that can be done from home.

Other Volunteer Opportunities –  Resource Centre and Podcast Crew,  Outreach Set Up and Tear Down, Veg Guide Distributors

New positions are popping up all the time! See what projects or upcoming events we have on the go and where we need some extra help right now!

Veg Food Fest: Be part of North America’s largest vegan festival! We have positions doing everything from staffing TVA tables, doing photography, helping with set up and tear down, helping with cooking demos, helping out in the office leading up to the event, and so much more! Visit vegfoodfest.com/volunteer for a full list of positions and the application to apply.

Make sure to sign up to receive updates about the latest volunteer postings by joining our volunteer list on the right-hand side of this page.

 

Vegetarian Outreach Events

If you’re interested in tabling for TVA at any of the following events, please email Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator, using the following template:

Name of Event:
Shift(s) Interested In:
First Time Volunteer? (yes/no) (If yes, please include your phone number)
Have you received training from TVA?

Vegan Valentine’s Market

When? Friday, February 14th from 5 to 10 pm (off and on)

Where? Trinity United Church (427 Bloor Street West)

Tell me more: Spend a few hours at the TVA booth while also checking out this fun, celebratory event! We will have a fairly simple booth to spread the word about TVA, our social groups, etc. We are looking for a few volunteers who could take turns rotating at the booth and simply enjoying the event. There be some vegan vendors and also live music.

Green Living Show

When? Friday, March 13th to Sunday, March 15th

Shifts Available: Friday 12 to 3 pm, 3 to 6 pm, 6 to 9 pm
Saturday 10 am to 1:30 pm, 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Sunday  10 am to 1 pm, 1 to 4 pm, 4 pm to 6 pm

Where? Metro Toronto Convention Centre. A short walk from Union subway station.

Tell me more: The Green Living Show is Toronto’s largest eco-show, with exhibitors from a wide range of industries including transportation, food and beverage, energy, home and garden, eco-tourism, green building and more! Lots of vegetarian vendors too! We’re looking for volunteers who can help us reach our goal to double the number of Veggie Challenge sign-ups this year!

This is your chance to check out vendors from the London area that you may not have had a chance to try before! Make a day of it to check out this great Veg Fest and spend a few hours of your day volunteering for TVA. Click here for more details. 

 

Buy Good Feel Good

When? Friday, March 27th to Sunday, March 29th

Shifts Available: Friday 5:30-9 pm, Saturday 10 am to 1 pm, 1 pm to 4 pm, 4 pm to 6 pm, Sunday 10 am to 1:30 pm, 1:30 pm to 5 pm

Where? Evergreen Brickworks (550 Bayview Avenue – free shuttle available from Broadview Station)

Tell me more: From fashion and beauty to lifestyle and travel, Buy Good. Feel Good. Expo celebrates the power of the conscious consumer. Featuring vendors and brands with purpose, whose products reflect social justice and sustainability. Click here for more info.

 

Outreach Set Up and Tear Down Team

Do you want more people in the GTA to learn about the benefits of a vegetarian diet? Do you want to see more people sign up for the Veggie Challenge? And, do you have a car and a few hours to spare each month?

Then join our Set Up and Tear Down Crew for outreach events! Toronto is jam packed with events throughout the year and there’s so many opportunities for TVA to be present. But we can only be there with the help of a driver to transport our materials to and from the TVA office to these great community events.

Description: We’re looking for new people to join our team and help out at an event or two each month. The role involves picking up materials from the TVA office at a time that’s convenient for you, transporting them to the event on the actual day of the event and setting up the TVA table.

Alternatively, it can be done in the reverse! You can do a tear down shift where you’d pack up the materials at the end of an event, and bring them back to the TVA office at a time that’s convenient for you.

Members of our set up and tear down crew receive a FREE TVA discount card, offering savings at over 115 veg-friendly businesses in the GTA.

Qualifications and Application: You should be comfortable with heavy lifting, including up and down a flight of stairs, and must be willing to use your own vehicle for the role. Please email Barbi Lazarus with the subject Set Up and Tear Down Team.

 

Want to take your volunteering to the next level? Become an Outreach Specialist!

Description: Outreach specialists are trained and experienced volunteers in the outreach program who act as mentors to new volunteers, and lead other volunteers on their shifts, ensuring everyone is aware of the goals of the event and that all volunteers are motivated to reach those goals. They also play an important communication connecting link between staff and other volunteers, passing on messages to fellow volunteers and keeping staff informed about events they volunteer at.

Expectations/Qualifications: Outreach specialists should have strong leadership and communication skills, be outgoing and personable, and have completed at least 3 TVA outreach shifts. They are expected to volunteer at least once every two months for a 3 hour shift, although are encouraged to volunteer more frequently or take on a full day table captain shift from time to time.

Outreach specialists must complete the Online Key Messages and Programs Training, as well as a mentor shift with another outreach specialist.

Next Steps: If you’re interested in taking your volunteering with TVA to the next level and becoming an outreach specialist, email volunteer@veg.ca describing your interest in the position and your experience volunteering with TVA.

**Note: If you just began volunteering with TVA and are still interested in becoming an Outreach Specialist, that’s no problem! Let us know of your interest, volunteer for a couple of outreach shifts and we can chat again about becoming an outreach specialist after you’ve volunteered a few times.*

Committees and Teams

Programs Review Committee

Do you have a passion for using your keen analytical skills and your strategic outlook to contribute to the greater good?

The Programs Review Committee is a standing committee of the Toronto Vegetarian Association with the role of examining and evaluating new and existing Toronto Vegetarian Association programs through data collection, qualitative research, and collaborative discussions. They provide the Board of Directors recommendations to modify, enhance or validate programs, including both program structure and leadership.

Qualifications and Expectations: We are looking for candidates who have diverse backgrounds and skill sets. Candidates with experience in the following areas would be an asset to the committee: program evaluation and design, volunteer management, outreach/activism, program monitoring organizational development and non-profit management. The committee meets once a month (online during social distancing) for 2 hours and committee members take on projects to complete in between meetings for approximately 4 hours of work per month.

Email volunteer@veg.ca with your resume and cover letter if you are interested.

Chair of the Veggie Challenge Team

Are you a self-starter who’s passionate about inspiring people to go veg? We’re looking for an experienced, enthusiastic, passionate TVA volunteer to lead the Veggie Challenge team, taking the program to the next level and getting more people than ever signed up to try a veg diet for one week, and beyond!

The Veggie Challenge Team meets monthly to discuss visioning and ideas for expanding the program and tracking its success. Ongoing work needed to keep the program running is divided up between team members according to their skills and interests, to complete in between meetings.

Qualifications and Expectations

  • Veg* (vegetarian or vegan)
  • Strategic planning: coordinating team efforts and projects to continue growing and improving the Veggie Challenge program
  • Meeting coordination skills: organizing regular team meetings, preparing agendas, notifying participants, and maintaining up-to-date files
  • Team leadership: facilitate team discussions, coordinate the team’s work plan, delegate tasks to team members, and follow-up to ensure completion
  • Communication: communicate and meet with team members, the Executive Director and other committee chairs as required

Assets

  • Being tech and web-savvy would be an asset.

Application

To apply, please send a your résumé along with a letter describing your interest in the position and any relevant skills, education or experience to: Barbi Lazarus, Volunteer Resources Coordinator volunteer@veg.ca

 

 

Virtual Volunteer Opportunities

Toronto Veg News Editor

Description: Toronto Veg News is the TVA’s e-newsletter that gives subscribers monthly plant-based news updates, info about TVA events, recipes and nutritional info, and more. We are looking for an editor who can design and populate the monthly eNewsletter with content submitted by TVA staff and volunteers.

Expectations/Qualifications: It is expected this position will require 2-3 hours of work per month, which can be done from your own home. Applicants should have experience with HTML and wizzy wig/visual editors, specifically familiarity with Get Response would be an asset, although experience with other similar platforms such as Mail Chimp would qualify as well.

A submission of past examples of your work will be required.

Next Steps: If you’re interested in applying, please send your resume and cover letter to volunteer@veg.ca.

Lifelines Writers and Editors

Are you persuasive and passionate about vegetarianism/veganism and animal rights? Do you want to contribute to spreading the TVA’s mission to inspire people to choose a healthier, greener, more compassionate lifestyle through plant-based eating? We’re looking for volunteer writers to join our Lifelines team! Lifelines is the TVA’s quarterly newsletter delivered to the TVA members, and provides updates, insights, and thanks to donors and volunteers.

Lifelines Writer
As a Lifelines writer, you will be given themes and potential topics to create content, from your own perspective, that educates and/or promotes various aspects of plant-based lifestyles.

Writers are expected to contribute one piece (between 250-500 words) each issue (there are four issues a year). The role requires an ability to communicate effectively with the team via email and to meet deadlines.

Next Steps: If you’re interested in applying, please send your resume, cover letter, and sample of work to volunteer@veg.ca.

Lifelines Editor
We are looking for an editor with exemplary grammar skills and attention to detail who can edit content submitted by TVA staff and volunteers, and help proof the issues before distribution.

It is expected this position will require 4-8 hours of work per quarter (every four months, scattered over two months), which can be done from your own home. The role requires an ability to communicate effectively with the team via email and to meet deadlines.

Next Steps: If you’re interested in applying, please send your resume and cover letter to volunteer@veg.ca.

Letter Writing Team

Do you have a persuasive way with the written word? Are you motivated to respond to media articles that discuss issues you’re passionate about? Then join our Letter Writing Team and help demonstrate to the public that people do care about animals, and that support for vegetarianism is on the rise. Click here to see letters recently submitted and published by members of the TVA letter writing team.

Description: When you join our letter writing team, we’ll alert you to relevant articles in the paper that discuss vegetarianism in either a positive or negative light, so that you can send in your letter of praise or critique to the editor. There will never be an obligation for you to write, but the more letters sent to the editor in response to any particular article, the more likely it is that one of them will get published. Please note: As a member of the letter writing team, you agree that you will be sending in letters to the editor on your own behalf, and NOT as a representative of TVA.

Next Steps: Send an email to Barbi with the subject “Letter Writing Team” to be added to the mailing list.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Vegetarian Resource Centre Crew

Description: The Toronto Vegetarian Association’s Resource Centre is a unique library and bookstore carrying Toronto’s largest selection of vegetarian books and cookbooks! It’s also a great place for omnivores and vegetarians to stop in for advice and information on making healthier, greener, more compassionate food choices. On top of that, it’s run by a dedicated group of volunteers!

We are looking for more vegetarian* volunteers to staff the Resource Centre on two shifts per month (shifts are on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 8 pm and Saturdays from 1 to 4 pm).

Qualifications: *At least one year of experience living on a vegetarian diet (no consumption of fish, seafood, meat, chicken, game, fowl, or other flesh) is required for this position.

A caring, able researcher will thrive in this position. RC volunteers should have excellent customer service skills, and be able to both work well with others and independently. You should also be comfortable speaking on the podcast.

Responsibilities:

Helping customers sign books in and out; Answering questions in person and via email about vegetarianism; Providing personal perspective and support on vegetarian living; Handling book and membership sales; Assisting with ongoing maintenance of the RC including cataloging new books and magazines; Re-shelving books, occasionally assisting TVA staff with office tasks; From time to time, plan and coordinate events in the RC, such as an annual open house and bake sales. Volunteers also host and record a podcast on Saturdays.

Next Steps: If you’re interested in this position, please send your resume and cover letter to Barbi Lazarus at volunteer@veg.ca with the subject Resource Centre Application.

Outreach Set Up and Tear Down Team

Do you want more people in the GTA to learn about the benefits of a vegetarian diet? Do you want to see more people sign up for the Veggie Challenge? And, do you have a car and a few hours to spare each month?

Then join our Set Up and Tear Down Crew for outreach events! Toronto is jam packed with events throughout the year and there’s so many opportunities for TVA to be present. But we can only be there with the help of a driver to transport our materials to and from the TVA office to these great community events.

Description: We’re looking for new people to join our team and help out at an event or two each month. The role involves picking up materials from the TVA office at a time that’s convenient for you, transporting them to the event on the actual day of the event and setting up the TVA table.

Alternatively, it can be done in the reverse! You can do a tear down shift where you’d pack up the materials at the end of an event, and bring them back to the TVA office at a time that’s convenient for you.

Members of our set up and tear down crew receive a FREE TVA discount card, offering savings at over 115 veg-friendly businesses in the GTA.

Qualifications and Application: You should be comfortable with heavy lifting, including up and down a flight of stairs, and must be willing to use your own vehicle for the role. Please email Barbi Lazarus with the subject Set Up and Tear Down Team.  

Veg Guide Distributors

TVA’s veg guide is the most comprehensive listing of vegetarian and veg-friendly businesses in Toronto. Help us get these guides in as many places as possible so that it’s easy for people to find green, healthy and compassionate food options!

Description: Veg guide distributors pick up directories from the TVA office (we can also arrange for delivery if necessary), and distribute them to local retailers, businesses and community centres in their neighbourhoods. Distributors also re-stock these locations throughout the year as needed, ideally every two to three weeks.

Qualifications/Expectations: Volunteers are expected to follow up with the Volunteer Coordinator once a month with an update on the status of distribution in their area (i.e where they’ve been distributing to, how many directories have gone out, etc.). While some locations require re-stocking more frequently than others, the general expectation is that you will check in on your area once every few weeks as needed.

Where? We are in need of volunteers to sign up for a variety of locations. You can let us know your neighbourhood, and we’ll let you know what’s needed nearby. Some neighbourhoods we are specifically in need of help in are:

  • Bloor/Yonge/Dundas
  • Leslieville/Little India/Riverdale
  • Cabbagetown
  • Hotels downtown
  • Newmarket/Aurora
  • Richmond Hill
  • Scarborough
  • Etobicoke
  • Mississauga

Next Steps: Please contact Barbi Lazarus at volunteer@veg.ca providing your name, email address and the location you are interested in.

Vegetarians in Their Twenties: Group Leader

Do you enjoy meeting and mingling with other young vegetarians and vegans? One of TVA’s social groups, Vegetarians in Their Twenties is looking for a new leader to help plan events once a month or bi-monthly. This would including both managing the Facebook group as well as monitoring an email account for the group. Group events can be anything from dinners at local restaurants, potlucks in the park, day trips to go strawberry picking or nights out at pool halls or kareoke bars.

Qualifications/Expectations: The ideal candidate will be punctual, reliable, responsible, a good communicator and, of course, fun. For this particular group, we are looking for someone in their twenties. TVA Group leaders must also be vegetarian and members of the Toronto Vegetarian Association (or join before becoming a leader).

Application: Please email volunteer@veg.ca with the subject Vegetarians in Their Twenties leader, and if you are not yet a volunteer with the TVA, please submit a volunteer application at veg.ca/volunteer.

Toronto Veg Families: Group Leader

Do you want to help families and children get to know others in the city who are also vegan, vegetarian or planning to make the big change in the Greater Toronto Area? We’re looking for a new leader for Toronto Veg Families, to organize bi-monthly events where families and their kids can get together and meet like-minded kids and parents, such as brunches, playdates, and holiday parties.

Qualifications/Expectations: The ideal candidate will be responsible, social, a good communicator and enjoy planning casual events.  TVA Group leaders must also be vegetarian and members of the Toronto Vegetarian Association (or join before becoming a leader).

Application: Please email volunteer@veg.ca with the subject Veg Families Group Leader, and if you are not yet a volunteer with the TVA, please submit a volunteer application at veg.ca/volunteer.

 

 

Office Help Team

Description: We are always looking for new members of our Office Help Team. The behind the scenes work that is necessary to make our attendance at outreach events possible is critical to us getting our message out to the public. Examples of tasks may be making phone calls to thank new members, applying TVA stickers to literature we distribute at outreach events, and stuffing and mailing envelopes.

Expectations/qualifications:
Requests for assistance in the TVA office are sent out to the list as required. Requests may be sent out well in advance, but more often than not are fairly last minute (the week of). Volunteers can take us up on the offer or decline according to their availability. This position is particularly well suited to volunteers available during regular business hours, although some evening opportunities will come about as well.

Next steps:
To join the Office Help Team, email Barbi Lazarus at blazarus@veg.ca, with the email subject “Office Help Team”.

Volunteer Gift Recruiter

Are you sales savvy? Like talking to people and building relationships?

Description: We’re looking for a couple of people to help build an inventory of gifts for volunteers by approaching local businesses and asking for donations on behalf of TVA. A sample letter signed by TVA and talking points will be provided.

Expectations/qualifications: Sales or marketing experience would be a definite asset. We will provide a list of businesses to approach, but we’re looking for someone who can take ownership and initiative with this project, approaching the businesses and following up. The expected time commitment is a couple of hours per week for the next month or so, until the inventory is developed.

Next Steps: Please contact Barbi Lazarus with the subject “Gift Recruiter”.

Host a Vegan Bake Sale for TVA

It’s simple!

  • Host a vegan bake sale
  • Raise money for your cause of choice (we’re hoping that’ll be us!)
  • Promote delicious, cruelty-free food
  • Be part of a fun, global event that helps people, animals and the planet!

Sign up today to host your own vegan bake sale during the week of April 25th to May 3rd! We’ve got tips to help you find a venue, we can promote your bake sale to our networks, and we’ll give you the option to order any free literature you might want to give out like veg directories or recipe booklets. Just send us a quick email to volunteer@veg.ca saying you’d like to hold a bake sale and we’ll send you tips and other helpful info!

DIY Fundraising

Description: This is your chance to help TVA raise funds so that we can build our capacity and have a greater impact! While the Toronto Vegetarian Association is a grassroots organization that relies on the support of hundreds of volunteers, we also require funds to put our programs into action. Volunteers are always welcome to organize their own fundraising events, such as bake sales, walkathons, pot lucks, car washes or whatever your creative mind devises!

Next Steps: Click here to download our DIY Fundraising Kit with tips and instructions for getting started on organizing your very own fundraising event for TVA.