There’s a home for your contribution, wherever you are!
“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
- Hold a kitchen table talk for your friends and neighbours
- Organize a film screening at school
- Teach your community about biodiversity
- Get active for Biodiversity
- Volunteer with your workplace for USC Canada
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
If you have volunteer hour requirements and this project would fit, we are happy to vouch for them once your event is completed.
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!
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:
- Pick your activity and set a date. You can set an individual goal or you can recruit a team to join you.
- 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!
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!
If you have an employer-supported volunteer program, don’t forget to tell us more about it.