The Grind Pembroke is volunteer driven and relies on fund-raising events, grants and donations of money and gifts-in-kind from generous community members and organizations to cover day-to-day operational costs.

We do not receive sustainable funding from provincial or federal governments.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Grind Coffee House
requires mature, dedicated adult volunteers eighteen years plus to serve customers Monday – Friday. The time commitment is modest – either half-day (9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon) or full-day (9:30am – 2:30pm) shifts are available. Opportunities also exist to volunteer at after-hours special events on weeknights, weekends and statutory holidays, including off-site promotions and trade shows.

The Grind Client Services Office
requires mature adult volunteers eighteen years plus with administrative skill-sets to support staff in various ways: client welcome & intake, telephone answering, data collection & record keeping/filing, volunteer recruitment/training, fundraising, promotion and social media communications.

The Grind Youth Services
requires mature adult and older teen volunteers to assist with youth-focussed programs, preferably candidates with experience and skill-sets in leading youth activities including hockey and soccer.

Pembroke Community Kitchen
requires mature adult volunteers eighteen years plus to assist the Food Services Coordinator in preparing and serving lunch at the Grind Coffee House Tuesday – Friday. Hours will vary depending on requirements, but generally a typical shift will be scheduled between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm.


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.