GET INVOLVED

The Grind Pembroke values its volunteer base and always welcomes new applications from interested community members 18 years of age or over to assist us in providing compassionate services to Pembroke & Area’s marginalized and at-risk community members.

The Grind follows health and safety guidelines of the Renfrew County District Health Unit, the Department of Labour and the Pembroke Fire Department related to fire protection, food safety and COVID-19 for the protection of both staff, volunteers, patrons and clients.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Grind Coffee House

Our Coffee House requires mature, dedicated adult volunteers to serve patrons from Tuesday – Friday. The time commitment is modest – either half-day (9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon) or full-day (9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.) shifts are available. Opportunities also exist to volunteer at after-hours special events during weekdays, on weeknights, weekends or statutory holidays, including off-site promotional activities.

Please note: during the COVID-19 pandemic, and until further notice, the Coffee House is closed to in-door services and activities.

The Grind Client Services Office
Our Client Services Office requires mature adult volunteers with administrative and/or social service skill-sets to support staff in various ways, such as client welcome and registration, telephone answering, data collection and record keeping. The office is open from Tuesday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Administrative Services Office
Our Administrative Services Office requires adult volunteers with office/administrative skill-sets to support staff in various ways, such as telephone answering, data collection, record keeping, filing, volunteer recruitment and training, fundraising, promotion and social media communications. The office is open Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The Grind Youth Services
Our Youth Services sponsors the Valley Warriors Program for challenged children. We require mature adults and older teens to assist with child-focussed recreational programs that include, at the moment, hockey and soccer. Successful candidates will preferably be individuals with experience and skill-sets in leading children’s activities in these sports, including coaching and administrative support.

The Grind Community Kitchen
Our Community Kitchen requires adult volunteers to assist the Cook/Food Services Coordinator in preparing and serving meals. We welcome applicants in particular who have food handling experience. Currently, only take-out lunches are available to patrons during the COVID-19 pandemic from Tuesday – Friday. Hours will vary depending on requirements but generally a typical shift would be scheduled between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

APPLICATION PROCESS

If you are interested in joining our Grind Team, you must successfully complete a two-stage registration process:

• complete a Grind Pembroke application form to provide information about yourself, including how we can contact you, your experience and skill-sets, how you want to be involved in our programs and services, and your time commitment. References from three individuals who are familiar with your character are required (sorry, no family members or close relatives please). Download Grind Volunteer Application Form

• complete a Police Vulnerable Sector Check Form and submit to your nearest OPP detachment. OPP detachments will only receive completed forms on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please allow 3-4 weeks for processing. (Please note: Military members, including family members residing at Garrison Petawawa, must obtain appropriate forms from Garrison Petawawa Military Police). Download OPP Vulnerable Sector Check Form / Cover Letter

When the Grind Volunteer Application Form and the Police Vulnerable Sector Check (the police will advise applicant when the completed vulnerable sector check form is ready for pick up at the police detachment) are completed, deliver or mail both forms to The Grind Client Services Office.

Upon receipt of these forms, supplied references will be contacted. Your application will be reviewed and, if all is in order, you will be advised and invited to visit the office for an interview and orientation.

Training will be provided at a later date. The nature of the training will be determined by the nature of the volunteer work assigned.

We thank all prospective applicants for their interest in assisting us with The Grind’s mission.