How to get involved as a volunteer

Core Members

Our volunteer Core Members are the bread and butter of FOUND.
Core Members commit 5-10 hours of volunteer time per week, including biweekly team meetings.

If there is a project you want to partner on that is in line with our mission, email us at info@FOUNDns.com

 FOUND strongly believes in skill-building,
and our goal with volunteers is to provide an environment in which existing skills are utilized and valued but also where new skills can be developed.

Currently seeking an Assistant Partnerships Coordinator 

The FOUND Assistant Partnerships Coordinator duties include:

  • Assisting the Partnerships and Grant Coordinator (Lindsay):
    • Seeks out new partnership opportunities with farms and farm markets
    • Foster existing relationships with farmers and farm markets
    • Work with farmers to schedule harvest events
    • Work with the FOUND events team to find volunteers to help with the harvest
  • Attending Monthly Core Member meetings and assisting with other tasks/events when possible (if located in the valley, transportation to these meetings is available)
  • Meet with Lindsay on a regular basis (bi-weekly if possible)

Desired skills and experience:

  • Located in or near the Valley (Windsor, Wolfville, Canning, etc.) considered an asset
  • Passionate about food issues, reducing food waste, and sustainability
  • Strong communication and organization skills
  • Enthusiasm and outgoing personality to apply to networking with farmers’ markets, farmers, and local business owners
  • Flexible availability considered an asset
  • Access to a vehicle would be helpful but is not required

This volunteer position is approximately 5 hours / week. FOUND strongly believes in skill-building, and our goal with volunteers is to provide an environment in which existing skills are utilized and valued but also where new skills can be developed.

About FOUND:

FOUND strives to reduce food waste by gathering and sharing forgotten fruits and vegetables in Nova Scotia. We source our food from local producers, farmers’ markets, and even the trees around us that otherwise wouldn’t end up on our plates.

All too often, foods that are considered ‘imperfect’ are left in the field to rot, and ripe produce at farmers’ markets is thrown away due to short shelf life. To help address this problem, FOUND collects this forgotten food and donates a part of each fresh harvest to local food banks and shelters, with the remaining being offered wholesale to local cafes and restaurants. Food that isn’t distributed immediately is transformed by FOUND into shelf-stable preserves and other goods that are sold at local markets and shops.

During our first year, FOUND harvested 3,242 pounds of fresh, local produce that would have otherwise been wasted, and instead shared that food with various community groups throughout Halifax.

FOUND is hoping to find an enthusiastic volunteer to help with building and fostering relationships with local farmers and farmers’ markets.

To apply

Please send a brief expression of interest and resume to:

Lindsay@foundns.com

Applications will be accepted immediately and the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is selected.

 

Harvesters

FOUND is looking for volunteers to help harvest the bounty around us. Whether you can donate a few hours on a sunny afternoon or want a larger role as an Urban Harvest Day Organizer, we are happy to have you participate in our local harvests!

Every Harvest Volunteer will take home a part of the bounty collected. This is a great way to connect with your neighbours, learn about local species, and fill up your belly at the same time!

Kitchen Helpers

After Urban Harvest Days and harvests from our farmer and market partnerships, FOUND will need many cooks in our community kitchen to make sure all of the bounty is lovingly made into shelf-stable preserves and other goods. Never canned before? Now’s the perfect time to learn!

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