Emergency Food Delivery Drivers
Volunteer Types: Emergency Services, Food preparation and services, Human rights, Others, Outdoor activities (landscaping/gardening), Transportation of goods
Organization types: Children, Youth and Family, Community and Social Services, Disabilities, Human Rights and Civil Liberties, LGBTQIA2+, Poverty/Social Justice, Public/Society Benefit, Senior Citizens, Special Interests, Women
Long term (6 months to a year)
Application Deadline: April 17, 2024
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Volunteers Needed!

Gopher-It Cares (formerly Ottawa Cares) was established in March 2020 as a Community Response to COVID-19 in Ottawa’s East End. This “last-mile” delivery program has continued to grow as a valuable and much-needed resource in Ottawa. Gopher-It Cares primary goal is the recruitment and coordination of volunteers to deliver food from community food banks to their local residents.

Gopher-It Cares is recruiting volunteers to join our incredible team. So we ask – can you help your community by volunteering as a Food Bank Delivery Driver?

Why volunteer with Gopher-It Cares?
*Flexible – Volunteer shifts go out for signup on a weekly basis so you can fit your volunteering around your busy schedule. Morning and afternoon weekday shifts are available to fit your schedule!
*Rewarding – Volunteering with Gopher-It Cares is a great way to give back to your community and make an impact directly.
*Contactless – Volunteer shifts are generally outdoors and contactless. Volunteer protocols are updated frequently to reflect current Public Health guidelines.

Volunteering with Gopher-It Cares is a fantastic way to help fight food insecurity in your own community. Volunteer opportunities are short (1-2 hours), flexible around your schedule, and most locations are entirely outdoors!

Individuals must have access to a vehicle for deliveries.

Current delivery areas are:
Centretown area
Smyth Rd area
Russell Heights

If you can help, please register by visiting https://www.gopheritcares.ca/register-to-volunteer/ or emailing Michelle Ruel at [email protected]

How will this opportunity benefit the volunteer?
Volunteers will learn about community emergency food programs and food insecurity in Ottawa. Flexible schedule.
How will the organization benefit?
Providing a desperately needed delivery service for food agencies that don't otherwise have the capacity to get food to community members who can't physically visit.


Michelle Ruel
@Gopher It Cares
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This position would be great for: Adults, Families, Groups, High School Students (14-18), Newcomers to Canada, Seniors (65+), Young Adults (19-24)
Number of Positions Available: 10
Good for people interested in: Emergency Services, Food preparation and services, Human rights, Others, Outdoor activities (landscaping/gardening), Transportation of goods
You will be helping with: Children (0-10 years), Disadvantaged, First Nations, Métis, Inuit, Indigenous persons, LGBTQI2+, Men, Persons new to Canada, Persons with disabilities or medical conditions, Seniors, Visible minorities or racialized persons, Women, Youth (11-15 years), Youth (16-18 years), Youth (19-24 years)

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