“We make a living by what we get, but make a life by what we give”.
~ Winston Churchill
Volunteers = Priceless
Providence Farm depends on an army of volunteers who dedicate thousands of hours each year to planting, growing, cooking, cleaning, painting, building, repairs, gardening, governing, sharing and, most of all, believing in giving back and that the work is done better together. They not only volunteer their time, but also their hearts and spirits.
Each program and activity at the Farm benefits greatly from the strength and dedication of its volunteers. Simply put, the Farm could not do it without them!
If you have time to volunteer once per year or once per week, the Farm may have just the volunteer opportunity for you!
1. Program Volunteers
At the heart of Providence Farm are a number of therapeutic programs, each of which requires numerous volunteers:
Nursery and greenhouse
General Store (retail)
St. Ann’s Garden Club (seniors)
Small Engine Maintenance Program
Textiles Program (sewing, knitting, weaving)
A Program Volunteer position in a therapeutic program would involve helping the Program Supervisor in the daily operations of the program.
2. People Volunteers
The purpose of the Farm’s therapeutic farming is to provide opportunities for adults and seniors in the Cowichan Valley with mental health issues, brain injuries and developmental challenges. If your interest is in supporting a participant(s) in their daily activities at the Farm you might be interested in become one of the Farm’s People Volunteers. A People Volunteer position would involve working directly with the Farm’s participants through a variety of therapeutic programs.
3. Event Volunteers
The Farm hosts numerous events and fundraising activities each year. Volunteer positions are always needed at those events for placing phone calls, stuffing envelopes, entering data, working registration tables, directing guests, handing out prizes, serving food, cleaning up and working displays.
If you are only available a few times each year, this may be a great opportunity for you to get involved!
4. Site and Administration Volunteers
Providence Farm is located on 400 beautiful acres at the base of Mount Tzouhalem. With numerous out buildings to repair and maintain, the Farm can often use volunteer help with its site maintenance work.
In addition, there are few administrative resources to operate the Farm, so there may also be volunteer opportunities within the administration offices, e.g. answering phones, filing, entering data, etc.
How to Become a Providence Farm Volunteer
Providence Farm’s Volunteer Policy
The Board of Directors approved the Farm’s Volunteer Policy which states volunteers must be:
- Able to work unsupervised,
- Able to perform the duties required of the volunteer role,
- Able to get to the Farm with their own transportation,
- Able to provide a second set of hands (i.e. the volunteer’s needs cannot exceed the needs of the Farm’s clients), and
- 18 years of age, or:
Volunteers between the ages of 16 and 18 require guardian or parent permission to volunteer and, ideally, will work with a mentor (provided by the Farm).
Youth (i.e. under 16) require guardian or parent permission and supervision (provided by the parent or guardian) to volunteer.
Steps to Become a Providence Farm Volunteer
The steps to becoming a volunteer include:
- Complete a Volunteer Interest Form,
- Meet with the Program Coordinator or staff member in the area in which you have expressed an interest,
- Complete a Criminal Record Check Authorization Form and Waiver of Liability Form and attend a Volunteer Information Session, and
Frequently Asked Questions
Farm Volunteer FAQs
Current Volunteer Openings
We are currently looking for volunteers to:
- Help with harvesting produce from the fields. Volunteer hours would be approximately 7:00 am to noon, Tuesdays and Fridays, from now until the fall. This is outdoor physical work and you will need proper clothing and footwear.
- Help with preserving produce from the fields (e.g. canning, making jams, etc.). Hours of work will be 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, from now until the fall (Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays). This is indoor physical work in the Farm’s kitchen.
- Assist seniors in the St. Ann’s Garden Club program. Volunteer hours would be from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Wednesdays. This is indoor and outdoor work.
Please complete a Volunteer Interest Form 2012 and send it to:
1843 Tzouhalem Road
Duncan, BC V9L 5L6
Volunteer Horticultural Therapy Internship positions are also available.
Thanks for considering a volunteer role at Providence Farm. Your time is valuable and you considering spending some of it here means a great deal.