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Volunteers engaging children in learning about soil and gardening. Image: Kelly Cruise
Image: Kelly Cruise

Evergreen’s volunteers are vital to make our cities flourish. They are city builders who support a host of projects and programs at Evergreen Brick Works (Toronto) and across the country (primarily Metro Vancouver).

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Through volunteering, you can take action and make your city better:

  • Learn, grow and share your expertise and skills
  • Get active, connect with nature and improve your health
  • Build connections and be part of an amazing team
  • Have fun while giving back

Our volunteers will receive training and learning opportunities, regular communications, ongoing support and appreciation.  Volunteers have opportunities to provide input and to grow, with opportunities for leadership roles.

Learn more about volunteering in different subject areas:

A group of children sitting on a rock in the forest at Evergreen Adventure Camp.
A young boy practicing riding a bike at an Evergreen Brick Works camp program. Image Credit: Jan Schwarz

Children & Youth Programs

Help tomorrow’s city builders connect with nature.

Evergreen’s Children & Youth programs connect children and youth to nature in immersive, active, exploratory activities. Programs range from curriculum-based school programs and clubs to informal drop-in nature play in our Children’s Garden, and camps in the summer and other times of the year.

Volunteers in these programs are fundamental to offering dynamic, impactful experiences for children and their families, youth and educators. Recruiting for most positions happens prior to each season.

Note: Most roles in this area will require the completion of a Vulnerable Sector check.

A group of people riding bikes on a path in the Don Valley. Image Credit: Geoff Fitzgerald
Volunteers at the skate rental desk at Evergreen Brick Works. Image Credit: Mike Derblich

Active Living

Promote healthy, active living in the outdoors.

Evergreen’s Active Living programs engage and empower Canadians of all ages and experiences to get out and active. Our cycling and skating programs focus on access, education and recreation throughout the year.

Volunteers in these programs are at the heart of offering accessible and dynamic programs. At Bike Works, experienced volunteers mentor newer ones, in addition to receiving extensive training.  Recruitment happens early spring for cycling programs, late fall for skating.

A vendor selling kale to a customer at the Evergreen Brick Works Farmers Market
A volunteer at the order station for Summer Wednesdays at Evergreen Brick Works. Image Credit: Andrea Gimblett

Public Markets

Create engaging public spaces to connect people with the local food and maker economy.

Evergreen’s Public Markets program fosters connections to a sustainable food system for all while supporting an equitable regional economy. They are creating great active places and activations down in the Don Valley in Toronto. By creating opportunities where people can experience good food, community, culture and nature while supporting local farmers and makers, we are engaging and educating residents and visitors about building flourishing cities.

Volunteers in Public Markets are at the heart of engaging and educating the public while ensuring well-run activations. We have activations in all seasons, such as Winter Village, Summer Wednesdays and more.

Two boys posing for the camera with shovels. Image Credit: Mike Derblich
A volunteer with a clipboard beside a stream. Image Credit: Anice Wong

Urban Agriculture, Gardening & Community Stewardship

Get your hands dirty and grow.

Evergreen’s Urban Agriculture, Gardening & Community Stewardship programs offer inspiration and learning while enhancing urban ecosystems, connecting communities to nature and creating healthier cities. Programs range from food growing and composting to native plant gardens and community stewardship in public parks.

Volunteers in urban agriculture and gardening come with all levels of experience and learn through doing. They help care for the various gardens at Evergreen Brick Works and support initiatives around composting, seed production and more.

Volunteers with 100In1Day posing for the camera on Queen St W in Toronto.
A group of 100In1Day Hamilton volunteers putting their hands together in a circle.

Urban Activation

Get residents more involved in their city.

Evergreen’s Urban Activation programs focus on getting the public engaged in discovering their communities and cities and taking action to make them better. Through the Don River Valley Park project, we are transforming the Lower Don into a vibrant, accessible civic space focusing on nature, culture and active living. Through 100In1Day we are inspiring and empowering residents to transform their cities. In Hamilton, we are inspiring and enabling community groups and residents to grow their capacity, connections and leadership in a shared community space. Green Bloc is a Vancouver program encouraging neighbourhoods to work together to lower their environmental impact.

A volunteer speaking to some visitors at a display table.
An adult and two children with painted faces at the annual Day of the Dead festival at Evergreen Brick Works Image Credit: Joanne Quinn

Festivals and Events

Make one-time events great.

Throughout the year, Evergreen hosts a series of special events and activations, primarily at Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto. These events inspire, empower and educate the public around gardening, the sharing economy, seasonal celebrations, art exhibits and flourishing cities.

Volunteers in this area are at the core of creating amazing, engaging experiences for participants. Volunteers will be invited to support events such as Drop, Swap and Shop, Seedy Sunday and Day of the Dead.

Evergreen is committed to providing a rewarding volunteer experience and welcomes volunteers from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life. We value the skills, experience, enthusiasm and contributions volunteer bring. We adhere to the principle of right to equal treatment without discrimination. If you require specific accommodations in order to participate in the volunteer program please let us know.

Evergreen has a variety of volunteer roles throughout the year and do our best to ensure a good match where volunteers can have a real impact. Evergreen welcomes volunteers of different ages – those 14 and under need to volunteer with a parent or guardian in appropriate roles while some roles have age restrictions due to the nature of the role.

Contact info have questions or need help applying? Email or call 416-596-1495 x331