You can Make a Difference
Bridgeport Café, Sharewear, Food Bag Program, and many of our other programs would not exist if not for the support of our wonderful volunteers. It is thanks to them that we are able to continue our initiative of fostering community for those who need it most.
We have many opportunities to get involved and are always looking for people from all ages and backgrounds to help us with our community initiative. If you have a free schedule or only certain hours to commit, let us know and we can always find a volunteer opportunity for you! You can email us, give us a call, or drop by the centre to discuss available opportunities.
Food Bag Program
Together with the Food Bank of Waterloo, we hold a Food Bag Program at Emmanuel United Church located on 22 Bridgeport Road West, Waterloo every Thursday from 2pm to 4pm. We distribute a supple of fresh and prepared food that are nutritious and healthy.
If you are interested in volunteering from 1:30pm to 4:30pm on Thursday, we are always appreciative of the extra help with handing out food!
Please contact Linda Oliver (firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-886-1471) if you are interested in volunteering at our Food Bag Program.
One of the Wayside Centre's biggest programs is the Bridgeport Café, an afternoon drop in program for anyone looking for food or fellowship. The Café is volunteer run and led and is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday every week from 2:00pm to 4:30pm. The Café offers guests an assortment of hot and cold food and drinks. Board games, cards and movies are available for guests to spend time together. Other forms of programming including music and art are offered at the Café based on the interests and availability of the volunteers.
Bridgeport Café Opener
The Opener arrives 30-60 minutes before the Cafe opens to prepare or help prepare hot food to be ready at 1:00pm when the Cafe opens. As well, the Opener sets up the tables and chairs and any other things for that day. The opener stays until 2:00pm.
Bridgeport Café Closer
The Closer is at the Cafe from 2:00pm to 4:30pm and responsible for cleaning up the kitchen, putting out the garbage, putting away the tables chairs and miscellaneous cleanup of the Fellowship Hall.
Bridgeport Café Host
The Cafe Host should have strong interpersonal skills with an ability to support people of different socio-economic levels and cultural backgrounds. Conflict resolution and de-escalation skills would be an asset in this position.
Bridgeport Café Cook
Create simple but nutritious hot meals using the food available from the food bank.Meals usually consist of sandwiches, soups, salads, etc.
How do I volunteer?
Send us an Email
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Give us a Call
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Drop by the Centre
We are located on:
22 Bridgeport Road West
Waterloo, ON, N2L 2Y3