Volunteering at The Gathering Place

The Gathering Place simply could not exist without our dedicated volunteers.

It is through our strong volunteer network that The Gathering Place can continue to create a safe and accepting place for people who otherwise would remain outside of the positive community relationships that assist to build personal empowerment and belonging.

As a non-profit, street level, community health centre we provide primary health care along with our community partners, to thousands of people who are homeless or precariously housed, through health and social supports in an inclusive, low barrier setting. We are rooted in respect, the promotion of personal dignity and care to all persons.

Volunteers Assist in Many Areas

Since Covid, the number of Guests has increased daily and thankfully hundreds of volunteers have come back to help deliver those critical services, but with the growing needs of our Guest population, we need more help. Without our volunteers, we could not offer all of the services that are presently provided. They assist in a wide variety of areas such as:

Kitchen: Our volunteers assist in cooking/serving 3 meals a day, 7 days per week with anywhere from 80 – 100 Guests for breakfast, 180 – 270 for lunch and 100 – 120 for supper.

Overnight Emergency Shelter: We have a temporary 30-bed low barrier shelter where volunteers are needed to help make beds every day, 7 days a week.

Social Room: Volunteers in this area usually offer a hot cup of tea/coffee for our Guests who arrive a little later in the morning and will often sit to have a game of cards, work on a puzzle, play a board game, or just to sit and talk. Due to COVID, we are presently not serving tea or coffee. Hopefully, that will change soon.

Sorting Room /Kindness Closet Clothing Boutique: Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are very gracious in donating their used clothing, toiletries, bedding, dishes, etc. to The Gathering Place. We have a large group of volunteers who first sort these products and organize them in our Kindness Closet Clothing Boutique currently located at The Lantern on 35 Barnes Road, which is visited daily by our Guests.
Clothing can be dropped off Monday to Friday, 9-12 pm.

Computer Room: We have a computer room which again, is run by volunteers. Guests are able to visit this area each day as a way of keeping in touch with family members or to locate information. Unfortunately, the computer room is not open right now, due to COVID.

Hair Salon: We have a number of hairstylists who volunteer weekly to shampoo and provide haircuts to all of the Guests. This is again, a service not open right now due to COVID restrictions.

The volunteers at The Gathering Place work tirelessly to provide an amazing environment for all of the Guests providing a safe, caring and loving atmosphere where everyone feels welcomed! Without the volunteers, there would be no Gathering Place, so we are forever grateful!

Interested in Volunteering?

There are many volunteer opportunities available to suit a range of interests, skills and circumstances, for those who wish to make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable members of our community.

If you are considering donating your time, we kindly ask that you consider a minimum of 3 hours per week.

Attached are the forms we need to be completed for a new volunteer applicant.
The RNC form is for east of Holyrood; the RCMP form is used for residents outside that area.

Please note, you must be 18 years of age or older to volunteer at The Gathering Place. Please read and complete the following documents, and then return the completed documents to our office.

  1. Volunteer Application – you must include 2 references
  2. Confidentiality Agreement for Volunteers
  3. Conflict of Interest Agreement
  4. Code of Conduct
  5. Consent of Vulnerability Check
  6. RNC Certificate of Conduct
  7. RCMP Certificate of Conduct
  8. Fee Waiver letter (costs of the criminal check will be covered)

The screening process takes 2 to 3 weeks.

Once your application has been processed, and we feel you would be a good match for our volunteer program, you will be contacted by our Volunteer Coordinator to arrange for an on-site orientation tour. The tour of the facilities could take approximately an hour and at that time we will answer any questions you might have. Following the tour, we can have a discussion about what would be a suitable volunteer placement for you.

Please return the completed documents to:
The Gathering Place
Attention: Jon Bennett
172 Military Road
PO Box 1761
St. John’s NL.
A1C 5P5

Our process is thorough and is meant to provide you and the Guests with the best experience possible. As well, we do everything possible to keep everyone safe by following all Covid protocols and public health guidelines.

We look forward to welcoming you to our volunteer family.