Our volunteers play an invaluable role in the safety, comfort, motivation and well being of our clients. From playing the piano to helping prepare meals, your contribution is an integral part of what makes Forward House work. Scroll down to find a variety of opportunities to join our team. Don't see anything that piques your interest? Let us know - there is truly something for everyone here at Forward House. 

Forward House means community, support and joy, and creates a ‘go to’ place for those of us who need it. Spreading my joy and love of music here has been such a gift. Seeing the clients and students just having fun together is so rewarding to me.
— Forward House Volunteer

Meal Preparation Volunteers

At Forward House, we provide our clients with low-cost lunches six days a week and dinner three evenings a week. Food preparation volunteers are essential to putting hearty, healthy meals on the table every day. Volunteer responsibilities include helping with food preparation, serving, and cleanup. This is a great opportunity to get to know our clients on a casual basis.

Workshop Facilitators

When volunteers have special experience and/or interest in a particular area, we love to call on them to present to our clients either as a single workshop or as a series. Past workshops include: nutrition, healthy living, art, music, budgeting and more. Volunteers can also teach a weekly class that will contribute to our clients’ physical health and/or mental wellness such as music appreciation, crafts, meditation, and yoga.

Driving and Accompaniment Volunteers

We love to take clients in our Forward House van to special events and outings, and we're always looking for excellent drivers to take the wheel. Sound like something you're interested in? Drivers must provide a clean driver’s abstract, and enjoy going on fun adventures.

Outreach Volunteers

Join us on Thursdays from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at St. Stephen’s Church or on Fridays from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at Qualicum Commons for our ‘Qualicum Beach Outreach’ initiative. We are enjoying engaging with potential new clients and community members. Help us to spread the word and create new experiences for people who need our support.

Administrative Support Volunteers

We're a lean team so having extra hands and skills on our administrative team is always a bonus. Admin volunteers help to distribute information to the community, support fundraising activities, compile research on relevant topics, help us with social media and computer upgrades, and more. If you like sticky notes, alphabetized things, and have a great eye for detail, you're our person!

Governance and Leadership Volunteers

We have a wonderful Board of Directors who oversee the governance, finance and strategic direction of Forward House. We're always looking for new people to champion the cause and help lead the organization. We are also looking for individuals with specific skills such as marketing, communications, and fundraising to sit on one of our Board Committees.

Practicum Students

Visit our careers page for more details. 

Ready to Volunteer? 

Download our application form and email it to execdir@forwardhouse.com or drop it off at Forward House. Or if you have questions, fill out the form below, and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. 

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