We thank you for your interest in volunteering with PIRS. Volunteers are integral to the ongoing work of empowering newcomer women and their children across the Lower Mainland.

Please see our open volunteer postings below to see what would be a good fit for you.


1. Board Members

We recruit annually for the Board of Directors. As a Board Member, you will contribute to the governance of the organization, providing leadership, oversight, planning, ideas and networks so that we continue to grow, engage our stakeholders and continually improve our brand and reputation within the communities we serve. Keep an eye on this page for updates on skills and roles we are seeking to fill.

To learn more about the benefits, visit Join the Board.

2. Emergency Food Hub Volunteers

In collaboration with United Way, PIRS currently operates two Emergency Food Hubs to address food insecurity among immigrant and refugee families. Our Food Hubs operate out of South Vancouver Family Place and Journey Home in Burnaby, where the majority of the women we serve are based.

Food Hub @ South Vancouver Family Place (Vancouver)

  • Volunteer to help with food hamper sorting and packing
  • Full shift: Monday, 10:30-2:30 (4 hours)
  • Half shift: Monday, 10:30-12:30 (2 hours) or 12:30-2:30 (2 hours)

Food Hub @ Journey Home (Burnaby)

  • Volunteer to help with food hamper sorting and packing
  • Full shift: Thursday, 10:30-1:00 (2.5 hours)

If you are interested in being an Emergency Food Hub volunteer, please contact Valerie Lai (Program Manager) at vlai@pirs.bc.ca. Please also indicate your interest in volunteering at either or both locations, and let us know your availability.

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Women and children served

Since 1975, PIRS served 17,716 women and 9,116 children and counting.

Newcomer Support

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Women trained

84 women completed training programs in 2023 to become more effective leaders in their communities.

Women Leadership & Training

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Food hampers distributed

448 people continue to be served weekly through the emergency Food Hub.

Social Innovation & System Change

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We need donors like you to help newcomer women and their children thrive in Canada.