Community Dining Volunteer (Thursdays)

Community Dining Volunteer (Thursdays)
Organization NamePosition TypesDurationGreat ForRegion and Location(s)Ad Online SinceApplication Deadline
SPRINT Senior Care
  • Event Helpers
  • Food: Preparation / Service
  • Visiting / Chatting / Socializing
Long term (6 months to 1 year)
  • Seniors
  • Ontario
  • Ontario - Metro Toronto Area

Position Title: Community Dining Assistant

Department:  Community Wellness Department

Reports To: Supervisor/Coordinator - Community Dining


Program Description:

Many studies have shown that people enjoy their meals and eat better in the company of others, which helps improve their nutrition.  The Seniors’ Community Dining Program offers a wonderful opportunity for older adults to interact with their peers, increase their social contacts, eat a delicious meal, and live independently within their community.


Position Summary:

Under supervision and direction from the Community Dining Supervisor and/or other Community Dining staff, the volunteer assists with co-ordinating the organization of meals and establishing logistical routines for food service.


Quality, Health & Safety/Risk Management:

In order to reduce risk to clients, employees, volunteers and the agency, SPRINT Senior Care expects that all employees and volunteers will work within the mandate of their job description, and abide by the policies and procedures of the agency.  Each employee is responsible for his/her own safety as well as that of fellow employees. SPRINT Senior care expects every employee and volunteer to work and participate in quality improvement efforts.  This is an organizational philosophy that seeks to meet clients’ needs and exceed their expectations by using a structured process that selectively identifies and improves all aspects of service.


  • Participate in an orientation session with the Volunteer Coordinator
  • Review Community Wellness volunteer orientation manual and adhere to policies and guidelines.
  • Participate in an onsite orientation session with the staff of the Community Wellness Program.

Service Responsibilities:

  • Light food prep and prepare coffee and tea
  • Set tables for up to 50 clients
  • Assist with meal plating
  • Serve clients a 3 course meal – soup, main course , dessert with coffee or tea
  • Clear dishes from the table after each course
  • Wash and dry dishes, cutlery and scrub pots and pans
  • Clean and sanitize kitchen carts and counters
  • Clear tables when program is completed
  • Assist clients as needed
  • Interact and socialize with clients when time permits
  • May be asked to facilitate activity after lunch – bingo and trivia
  • Follow food safety guidelines and hand hygiene practices
  • Other duties as assigned by Community Wellness Coordinator
  • Some heavy lifting and bending required.
  • Work as a part of a team

Time, Commitment:

  • Thursdays 10:30 am - 2:30 pm (230 St. Clair Ave. W) - 2 volunteers needed

Volunteers can indicate which section would interest them and consider at least three months commitment.

Organizational Responsibilities:

  • Participates positively and contributes to the positive image of SPRINT Senior Care in the community.
  • Adheres to and participates in all SPRINT Senior Care system requirements.
  • Account to the Community Dining Program staff for instruction of tasks delegated.

Success Measures:

  • Positive feedback from Community Wellness staff
  • Satisfaction from the volunteer
  • Clients pleased with service

 Benefits and Challenges:

  • Helping seniors in the community
  • Developing new friendships
  • Complimentary lunch
  • Communicating with persons with dementia may be a challenge (training will be provided)


  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Basic food handling knowledge/skills
  • Basic sanitation, health and safety
  • Ability to exercise sound judgement and focus on the needs of an elderly person or an individual with disabilities
  • Ability to be patient, understanding and compassionate
  • Satisfactory Police Records check


Interested in applying?  

Complete the SPRINT's Volunteer Online Application Form.

Remember to indicate the name of the volunteer position(s), schedule, and tell us that you find out about this opportunity on "Charity Village". 

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