Volunteer

There’s a home for your contribution, wherever you are!

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“Never doubt a small group of thoughtful, committed people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead

Volunteers have been at the core of our work for almost 70 years. If you are looking for an opportunity to get involved, and you share our passion for vibrant family farms, strong rural communities and healthy ecosystems, join us!

Specific volunteer openings will be posted on this page as they arise. In the meantime, if you are a self-starter and you want to make a difference in your community you might consider planning your own event or fundraiser. Or try picking something from the following list of activities (click for more information):

Host a USC Canada kiosk

Canadians love gardening and good food, but many still have something to learn about the challenges faced by small-scale farmers and the seeds on which our food supply depends. Help us raise awareness about what can be done to support a sustainable and fair food system by holding a USC Canada kiosk at an upcoming event near you! All you need is a warm smile and an interest in talking with others.

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1-800-565-6872 ext. 242 at least four weeks in advance of your event. We will discuss kiosk planning logistics and provide you with materials to distribute. We will also give you the training you need to speak about USC Canada. You will have all the tools you need to feel prepared and confident going into your event!

Community events where volunteers have hosted a USC Canada kiosks include “Seedy Saturdays” (seed exchange fairs) in the spring, and farmers’ markets in the summer and fall. Multi-cultural, social justice and environmental fairs are also good matches for our mission. Wherever people congregate to learn more about world and food issues, you will find an interested public.

Hold a kitchen table talk for your friends and neighbours

Everybody can support small-scale farmers and agricultural biodiversity in their own way - but sometimes folks need a bit of group enthusiasm to get started. Become the spark that makes good things happen, and bring food for thought to your next social gathering!

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1-800-565-6872 ext. 242 to tell us more about your group and the type of gathering you are planning to hold. We will provide you with discussion kits, short films, and printed materials you can use get the conversation started. If you wish, we can also arrange for one of our staff members to call in during your gathering to answer questions and provide some ideas of what your group could do next.

The combination of good friends, good food and good information is a powerful one. Thank you in advance for giving farmers and seeds a place at your table, and bon appétit!

Organize a film screening at school

Do you want to help your friends and classmates (and yourself!) understand what is going on in the greater world of food? A fun way to do this is to organize a film screening for your school or youth group. Pick a date, invite your friends and get ready for some fascinating conversations.

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1-800-565-6872 ext. 242 to receive our list of hard-hitting documentaries about food, the environment and social justice. We can help you chose one based on your interests, and we will also provide you with all the logistical guidance you need to organize a fantastic film screening.

If you have volunteer hour requirements and this project would fit, we are happy to vouch for them once your event is completed.

Teach your community about biodiversity

Are you looking for new group activities that are both fun and intellectually stimulating? Learning about other countries, biodiversity and growing your own food is fun and accessible for all ages and ability levels! 

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Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1-800-565-6872 ext. 242 to tell us more about your group’s interests and requirements. We can suggest interactive games designed to teach big topics in a fun and accessible way. You can also use one of our presentations to take your group on a tour of USC Canada projects around the world. Last but not least, nothing beats planting a garden, in the ground or in containers, when it comes to connecting people to their food! We can help you get set up with biodiverse seeds and learning activities.

If you have experience developing programming for children, seniors or people with disabilities, and can help us develop more adapted materials, we would also love to hear from you [link mailto This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.].

Get Active for Biodiversity

Good health starts with good food. Good food starts with good seeds. But did you know good seeds are becoming harder to find? A shocking 75 per cent of the varieties of fruits, vegetables and grains have already been lost. Each lost seed takes with it the unique adaptations that allowed it to perform so well in the ecosystem where it was born. It is important to conserve the agricultural biodiversity that is left.

You can take part in one of our seven organized Run for Biodiversity events across the country or organize your own activity. Running, walking, hiking, bicycling, swimming, snowshoeing, skiing… you can do it all for biodiversity.

Getting started is easy:

  1. Pick your activity and set a date. You can set an individual goal or you can recruit a team to join you.
  2. Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1-800-565-6872 ext. 242. We will get you set up with everything you need.
  3. Start telling people around you about your goal and ask them to support you by making a donation for biodiversity! You can choose to allocate the money you raise to our overall mission or to one of the 11 countries where we have programs.

Don’t forget to share photos from your accomplishments with us. We’re excited to add you to our R4B Hall of Fame!

Volunteer with your workplace for USC Canada

Most of us spend such a large proportion of our time at work… It only makes sense to make that time more meaningful by volunteering with our workplace “family.”

If you have professional expertise you are willing to share, as a group, pro bono, we are very interested in hearing about it. Like all small but mighty non-profits, our needs run a full gamut, so please let us know what you have to offer!

And if you would like to do something different than what you do at your desk all day, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1-800-565-6872 ext. 242 to discuss your needs and interests. We can provide ideas of workplace activities, or let you know if there are any upcoming opportunities in your area to lend a hand for a day to a hard working farmer involved in our Canadian program [hyperlink: Bauta]. There is no better way to learn about where your food comes from!

If you have an employer-supported volunteer program, don’t forget to tell us more about it.

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We’re called USC Canada because we started out way back in 1945 as the Unitarian Service Committee, founded by the energetic Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova. We’re still planting the seeds that Lotta sowed. Find out more about our founder, Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova.

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