Volunteer With Us

The Roulant is many things, including a community of thousands of passionate volunteers that make social change possible. It’s folks like you that nourish us and contribute to an amazing intergenerational community. Above all, we’re a place of learning and interacting, which means that all levels of experience and knowledge are welcome.

In many, many ways, the work that the Roulant does is all about the connections that are made between volunteers, clients, and staff. Come get involved and find out for yourself!




Individual Volunteering

Whether you are someone who wants to get more involved in your community, a student who needs to do volunteer hours, part of a work reintegration program, or need to do community service hours, you are welcome at the Roulant!

Here is a list of our various activities.

Please note that for the March to April period our needs are mostly related to meal deliveries and the collectives. The kitchen is already pretty full! If you are only interested in helping out with food preparation, we invite you to get in touch in May!

Meal deliveries are done by foot, by bike, by bus and by car, across various neighborhoods surrounding Mount-Royal. Volunteers are sent in groups of two (or, if necessary, alone) on delivery routes that last about 3 hours, from start to finish. Staff members remain available by phone during delivery routes if there are any problems. Once all meals have been delivered, volunteers return to the Roulant to check-in with staff.  View the schedule here (please note that the Sat schedule is slightly different)

Meal deliveries are not only an essential service, but are also an opportunity to break social isolation among our client-members. Whether chatting at the door for 5 minutes or taking half an hour for a visit, meal deliveries are one way we try to create connections between generations and cultures.

Meals-on-Wheels volunteers help prepare, package and deliver between 80-100 meals per day, 5 days per week (Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat). On each of these days, there is a morning kitchen shift, an afternoon kitchen shift, and an afternoon meal delivery shift. View the schedule here (please note that the Saturday schedule is slightly different from the weekday schedule)

Volunteering in the kitchen is a great opportunity to meet other volunteers. There is always music playing and there are interesting people around. A kitchen coordinator is present to answer any questions you may have and to guide volunteers in their work.

The atmosphere in the kitchen is casual and fun, but it is still important to be aware of hygienic standards, such as tying hair up and wearing a hat or hairnet, wearing closed-toe shoes and avoiding wearing nail polish and jewelry in the kitchen.

The Roulant has three gardening sites: the Rooftop garden (111 Roy Est), the Edible Campus (McGill University) and our peri-urban farm in Senneville (West Island).

Depending on the gardening site, the weather, and the time of year, volunteer tasks may range from watering to adding compost, from staking vines to cutting clover, from removing field stones to preparing beds for planting, and more! Garden work happens rain or shine (except in the event of major storms), and volunteers should dress appropriately and expect to get dirty. It’s all part of the fun!

Days and times for volunteering in the gardens vary from year to year, and also throughout the season. However, as a general rule, we welcome volunteers from Monday to Saturday, from mid-May to mid-October, for morning or late afternoon shifts.

From June to November, several afternoons a week, there are food preservation shifts in the Roulant kitchen. Through preserving fresh vegetables from our farm, volunteers acquire plenty of hands-on experience with canning, dehydration and fermentation. All levels of experience are welcome!

Click here to learn more about our food preservation program.

While the Agriculture and Meals-on-Wheels programs are lead by Roulant staff and helped by the volunteers, these collectives are led by volunteers and supported by Roulant staff.

Each collective is run by a separate group of volunteers and has different requirements for participating based on project needs, membership and seasonality. Click on the following links to find out more information about our collectives and how to become a volunteer:

The Roulant sometimes needs volunteers to help with special projects outside of the regular shifts, such as events, graphic design, translation, photography, data entry, skilled labour and much more.

Do you have any skills, interests, hobbies or talents that you’d like to share? Please let us know!

Are you ready to get started?
Join us for a volunteer info session! These are 1 ½ hour long introductory meetings where new prospective volunteers come to learn about volunteering opportunities at the Roulant, get a tour of our facilities, meet one another and the Volunteer Program Coordinator. Coffee and tea for everyone!



Group volunteering

Are you a member of a club or an organization looking for group volunteering opportunities for a one-time experience or on an ongoing basis? Are you a high school teacher or university professor looking for ways to involve your students in their community?

Please contact the Volunteer Program Coordinator to inquire about available opportunities.

Here are some groups that have volunteered with us over the past few years:







Corporate Volunteering

Do you work for a company that is looking for team-building activities outside of the office? We offer unique team building opportunities to companies that are looking to provide their employees with meaningful experiences in the community.

Activities

Companies may get involved in different kinds of activities at the Roulant. They can help within our meals-on-wheels program, preparing and delivering fresh meals for our client-members, or they can add their strength to our agriculture team during a gardening shift.

Cost

Santropol Roulant is always looking for partners. We ask that companies couple their group experience with a donation, which will go towards the purchase of the fresh, local ingredients that are needed to prepare our 22,000 + meals throughout the year. We’re happy to provide a tax receipt for any donation that accompanies your corporate team building activities.

For more information about how your company can get involved at the Roulant, see our Corporate Team Building Activities document and get in touch with our Volunteer Program Coordinator.


Some companies that have volunteered over the past few years: