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Are you someone who loves to grocery shop and get a thrill from finding great sales? This is an exceptional talent that should not go to waste! Have you always wanted to volunteer for TWC but just don’t have the time to commit to a weekly schedule? Join our team as a Grocery Shopper! Toronto Wildlife Centre’s patients have a wide range of dietary requirements! Volunteer grocery shoppers play an invaluable role by helping to ensure that our wild patients have access to the nutritious and delicious food they need to aid in their rehabilitation and recovery.
What you’ll do
- You will be emailed a detailed grocery list complied by our rehabilitation team 12-24 hours before your scheduled shop
- You shop with the grocery list and purchase required items in specified quantities.
- Upon finding all items on the shopping list, you will drop the groceries off at the Downsview Centre and provide TWC with your purchase receipts to be reimbursed via etransfer, cash or cheque.
-Grocery shops take place Mondays and Fridays each week. Grocery Shopper volunteers are asked to sign up for a minimum of 1-2 shift per month to remain active. A minimum 1 year commitment (12-24 shops) suggested.
- Grocery shopping shifts are flexible and can be done at any time that fits your schedule (must be available to drop off between TWC’s operational hours of 9:00am-5:00pm)
- Must be able/willing to commit enough time to travel to multiple stores if needed to find all required items.
- 18 years of age or older
- Access to a reliable vehicle (G license in good standing)
- Must be able to pay for grocery items up front, to be reimbursed later - during busy season, grocery bills on one shopping trip could amount to $300-400
- Experience price matching on grocery apps or bargain hunting for deals an asset!
- Highly reliable and detail oriented
We ask grocery shoppers to abide by all COVID regulations and rules within grocery stores and while shopping out in the community including physical distancing, wearing masks and other mandatory PPE. Toronto Wildlife Centre is happy to provide our volunteers with face masks, face shields, disposable gloves or any other PPE that they may require. When dropping off groceries at our centre, volunteers will be asked to wear a face covering and limit their time in the centre for their safety and the safety of other volunteers and staff they may need to interact with. If a grocery shopper volunteer needs to go beyond the entrance vestibule at our centre, they will be asked to complete our sign-in log to allow for contact tracing (if ever required). If volunteers are feeling unwell during their scheduled shift, they will be asked to cancel, self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19 if required.
To apply, please visit: https://www.torontowildlifecentre.com/volunteer/volunteer-application/ and on your application include GROCERY SHOPPER as one of your general interests.
Toronto Wildlife Centre promotes the peaceful coexistence of people and wildlife by providing education and expert advice about wildlife situations, and providing medical care to sick, injured and orphaned wild animals with the ultimate goal of releasing healthy animals back into the wild.