Volunteer Opportunities

Winter Village Volunteers

Application Deadline: November 21st, 2017

Start date/term of position: December 2017


Winter Village is back for another holiday season!

Winter Village is a site-wide program at Evergreen Brick Works that aspires to get Torontonians to spend quality time together, stay active, eat delicious food, and get into the spirit of winter! This year Winter Village will feature a Holiday Etsy Market, a board game café, fire pit stations to make S’mores, a farmer's market, as well as food trucks and winter games in the Pavilions. We’re looking for lots of hands to volunteer during this fun and festive season!

There are many different ways you can get involved to make Winter Village a success. Here are a few of the main tasks you can help support:

  • Fire pit tending
  • Helping visitors make S'mores
  • Greeting visitors and helping them navigate the site
  • Eco-conscious gift wrapping
  • Activating the Holiday Etsy Market
  • Managing the Board Game Cafe
  • Conducting market research
  • Activating our winter games (ball hockey, snow play, bocce ball, etc.)

What you bring to the Winter Village Team:

  • You love fun and have an appreciation for the outdoors - even when it's chilly
  • You have a natural love of and confidence in engaging with new people
  • You have great customer service savvy - providing information and give directions
  • You are responsible and comfortable working independently and as a team player
  • Some roles require volunteers to become fire trained
  • Some roles require volunteers to lift and move up to 25lbs

Perks: You’ll get to meet other great volunteers, support our community market vendors and local Etsy artists. This is a unique experience where you will help to build an exciting community program together with staff.  You can look forward to snacks and when you’ve contributed over 20 hours, there are special perks including an Evergreen T-shirt.

When and Where:

The Winter Village orientation is taking place on November 21st from 6-8pm in Blakes Room at Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Avenue).

Winter Village Schedule: each Saturday and Sunday throughout December at the Brick Works (550 Bayview Avenue), and throughout the week between Christmas and New Year’s.

December 2nd & 3rd, 9th & 10th, 16th & 17th, and 23rd & 24th

And the week of December 26th- December 31st (exception December 30th)

Expectations: We would like volunteers to commit to signing up for a Saturday or Sunday each week in December and then at least 1 shift between December 26th and December 31st, totaling 4 or 5 shifts. Shifts vary in length but are usually between 3 to 5 hours. We understand that this is a busy time for folks, and can try to make accommodations to suit your availability!

Good to know: Some of the Winter Village roles take place indoors, while others are based outside. We want to ensure that volunteers are comfortable and can take breaks when needed. We encourage volunteers to dress warmly for their roles as well, lots of layers!

How we'll support you: You will attend an orientation on Tuesday November 21st from 6:00pm-8:00pm at Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Avenue). Fire Captain s are expected to attend a special training session prior to their first shift. Experienced volunteers and staff will also support you throughout each volunteer shift.

How to Get Here: Evergreen runs a free shuttle bus from Broadview Subway station with unlisted early-morning trips for staff and volunteers on Saturday mornings. There is also the 28A Bayview South bus runs 7 days a week from Davisville subway station. There is limited paid parking on-site, but note that all guests, staff, vendors and volunteers must pay for parking. (Proceeds raised from parking help Evergreen deliver accessible and inclusive educational programs.)

If this sounds like you: Create a volunteer profile with us here! Click on the "fill in an application". Be sure to tell us a little bit about yourself and why you think you’ll be a great addition to our team! Don't forget to reserve the 21st for the Winter Village orientation at Evergreen Brick Works.

 

If this sounds like you: Create an online profile and sign up for one (or more!) of the posted roles. Remember, as a new volunteer, it's always best to include a current resume and as much detail about your skills and interests so we can help match you to the perfect Evergreen volunteer opportunity.

Already an Evergreen Volunteer: Log into your volunteer account to apply.​