Emergency Program Volunteer Opportunities

The Lions Bay Emergency Support Services volunteer team is trained to respond to assist those needing emergency food, clothing, and shelter. The team is made up of both men and women with various skills, experiences and backgrounds, each of whom contribute to the team’s overall competence and capacity. Members are comprised of active duty and retired health care professionals, teachers, government employees, and homemakers to name a few. New members are always welcomed. No specific skills are required to become a volunteer.

What are some of the rewards in ESS?

Making a Difference: As an ESS volunteer, you are part of a team that provides lodging, food and a shoulder to lean on when disaster forces people from their homes.

Training: ESS volunteers obtain training through the Justice Institute, Canadian Red Cross, The Salvation Army and others. Training topics include Reception Centre and Group Lodging Operations, Family Reunification, Disaster Child Care, Meet & Greet, Emotional Support and more.

Recognition: Volunteers form the backbone of ESS. Recognition of their efforts may take many forms, including volunteer appreciation events, certificates, awards or letters from local government or provincial government, in addition to expressions of appreciation from peers, community members and those they have helped.

Protection: All ESS volunteers receive WorkSafe BC’s insurance and liability coverage while on assignment.