Seva is Hiring! Volunteer and Staff Engagement Coordinator

Job Description For Volunteer and Staff Engagement Coordinator

Introduction:
The Seva Food Bank provides safe, nutritious and culturally appropriate food to low- income families in Mississauga through our Wolfedale Rd and Malton locations. An initiative of Sikhs Serving Canada, a registered not-for-profit organization, our mission is to positively impact local communities by acting on the basic Sikh tenets of sarbat da bhalla (the well being of all) and seva (selfless service). We serve clients and welcome volunteers from all faiths, backgrounds, and cultures.

Job Overview:
This Volunteer and Staff Engagement Coordinator’s key objective will be to create meaningful and engaging experiences for the individuals who choose to dedicate their time and services to the Seva Food Bank.

Key Responsibilities:

a) Volunteer Engagement (80%)

  • Design and coordination of the entire volunteer cycle (including needs assessment, recruitment, screening, orientation, placement, training, recognition and evaluation).
  • Develop an annual recruitment plan to meet the needs of the organization.
  • Identify and pursue potential volunteer recruitment opportunities within the local community, including in diverse communities.
  • Supervise volunteers during client shifts as per staff schedule.
  • Assist with volunteer recruitment for fundraising events.
  • Lead the development and delivery of volunteer training materials.
  • Develop system to retain volunteer records (profiles, scheduling and recording hours)
  • Help ensure volunteer records are up-to-date and accurate through data entry or by training others in data entry (while adhering to confidentiality and privacy policies)
  • Lead the planning of a volunteer appreciation program to meet the various recognition preferences identified by volunteers.
  • Develop relationships with local organizations (schools, youth groups, corporate groups, seniors groups) to expand support base for the Seva Food Bank (including volunteer partnerships)
  • Work in compliance with the provisions of The Occupational Health & Safety Act and its regulations as well as all other applicable legislation (including Human Rights Code).
    • Liaise with other Coordinators and all Managers on the scheduling of volunteers.
    • Plans, arranges and presides over monthly Volunteer meetings.
    • Produces and edits Volunteer newsletter.
    • Other related duties as assigned by Supervisor.

b) Staff Engagement (20%)

  • Support Executive Director to coordinate the full Human Resources cycle – recruitment, selection, compensation and benefits, orientation, management of personnel files, training and development, policies and procedures, legislative compliance and employee relations.

Hours and Location:

  • 40 hours a week including weeknights and weekends
  • Based out of Malton location but frequent travel between Wolfedale and Malton locations and across Peel Region

Compensation:

  • Competitive salary based on experience
  • Competitive benefits program
  • 2 weeks vacation (and Christmas to New Years break)
  • Staff development opportunities

Qualifications:

  • Strong sense of commitment to SFB’s mission and values.
  • Minimum five (5) years’ experience in volunteer management and human resources
  • Post secondary education in a related field (preferably Volunteer Program Management or Human Resources)
  • Ability to develop and maintain new and existing relationships with volunteers, staff and corporate partners through oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience working with groups and delivering presentations
  • General office and management skills including computer skills, people skills, planning and organizing aptitude, and leadership.
  • Demonstrated experience exercising good judgment and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment on various tasks simultaneously
  • A Criminal Records Check is required
  • Must hold a valid Ontario driver’s license with a clean driving record and have access to a vehicle.
  • Additional spoken languages an asset, especially Punjabi, Arabic, and Spanish.

Reports to:

  • Executive Director

How to Apply:

  • Please submit the following by Friday April 18th to hr@sevafoodbank.com:
    1. Cover letter answering these questions:
      1. What excites you most about volunteer management?
      2. Why do you want to work at a Food Bank?
    2. Resume
    3. 3 references

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those to be invited for an interview will be contacted.  Sikhs Serving Canada Association of Canada is an equal opportunity employer.  We believe in building an inclusive, accessible and barrier-free workplace – that supports all employees to reach their full potential.  We encourage all those who qualify for this position to apply.

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Open House in Malton on February 1st!

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Seva Food Bank Holds Open House In Malton On February 1st

Mississauga, ON (January 28, 2014) – The Seva Food Bank is holding an Open House at its new Malton location. It is a chance for members of the community to tour the facility and learn about what services will be offered. It is also an opportunity for clients to pre-register and for potential volunteers to learn about how to get involved. Snacks and refreshments will be served.

Community Open House
Saturday February 1st (10 am to 3 pm)
Seva Food Bank – Malton
2832 Slough St., Mississauga, ON

“We initially launched a food hamper program on December 16th to meet the urgent food security needs of the Malton community” said Executive Director, Daven Seebarran. “Simultaneously, we’ve been working to get the facility ready to operate as a fully functioning food bank. We’re delighted to announce that as of Monday February 3rd, the Malton location will be able to provide 7 to 10 days of food each month to local families in need.”

The Seva Food Bank provides safe, nutritious and culturally-appropriate food to low-income families living in 7 postal codes across Mississauga operating from its two facilities on Wolfedale Rd and Slough St. An initiative of Sikhs Serving Canada, a registered charitable not-for-profit organization, our mission is to positively impact local communities by acting on the basic Sikh tenets of sarbat da bhalla (the wellbeing of all) and seva (selfless service).

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Media Contact:
Kulvir Singh Gill
Sikhs Serving Canada
communications@sevafoodbank.com
www.sevafoodbank.com

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We’re Hiring! (Warehouse Coordinator and Client Services Coordinator)

Warehouse Coordinator Posting Closes Friday January 10

Click here to download PDF: Warehouse Coordinator Posting

Client Services Coordinator Posting Closes Friday January 17

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Seva Food Bank Hiring Warehouse Coordinator

Introduction:
The Seva Food Bank provides safe, nutritious and culturally-appropriate food to low- income families living in Mississauga’s L5B and L5C postal codes. An initiative of Sikhs Serving Canada, a registered not-for-profit charitable organization, our mission is to positively impact local communities by acting on the basic Sikh tenets of sarbat da bhalla (the well being of all) and seva (selfless service). Since opening our doors in September 2010, we have had the privilege of serving more than 500,000lbs of food to over 900 families in need. Seva Food Bank is looking to hire a new part-time Warehouse Coordinator.

Job Overview:
This individual will have responsibility for warehouse coordination at Seva Food Bank- Wolfedale and Malton. This includes food procurement, delivery, sorting, storage, and distribution.

Key Responsibilities:
● Oversight of warehouse operations
● Coordinate food delivery with external stakeholders.
● Supervise and train volunteers for logistics and food distribution.
● Receive food deliveries and donations to the food bank.
● Coordinate all aspects of our food procurement strategy including new initiatives to generate food donations.
● Serve as primary contact for The Mississauga Food Bank network and other organizations for food intake. Prepare weekly food order from TMFB.
● Closely monitor expenditures and maintain budgetary guidelines for expenses e.g.utilities, supplies, purchases, etc.
● Work with external pest control company to ensure compliance with health policies.
● May be designated other compatible duties as assigned.
● Transfer products between Malton and Wolfedale sites

Hours:
● 20 hours a week including evenings and weekends

Required Qualifications:
● Strong sense of commitment to SFB’s mission and values.
● Experience in logistics and warehouse management.
● Prior supervisory experience.
● General office and management skills including computer skills, people skills, planning and organizing aptitude, and leadership.
● Must be able to lift 50lbs.
● Must hold a valid Ontario driver’s license with a clean driving record and have access to a vehicle.

Preferred Qualifications:
● Prior experience with non-profit social services agencies.
● Prior experience working with vulnerable communities.
● Experience in volunteer management and engagement.
● Additional spoken languages an asset, especially Punjabi, Arabic, and Spanish.
● Food Handlers Certificate and CPR training an asset.

Reports to:
● Executive Director

Please forward a cover letter and resume with references by Friday January 10th, 2014 to daven@sevafoodbank.com. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those to be invited for an interview will be contacted.

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Seva Food Bank Opens Its Doors To Malton Community In Time For Holidays

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Seva Food Bank Opens Its Doors To Malton Community In Time For Holidays 

Mississauga, ON (December 17, 2013) – The Seva Food Bank began serving the Malton community yesterday from their 8,000 square foot new facility.  For those living in the L4V, L5S, L4T, L5T, L5P postal codes of Malton, Seva Food Bank – Malton will become their local neighbourhood food bank.

“We’re still a very young and growing organization,” commented Seva’s Executive Director Daven Seebarren. “Expanding to a second location is a major step for us. However, the tremendous support we’ve received to date from our volunteers and donors gave us the confidence we needed to take on this challenge.”

Clients can visit Seva Food Bank – Malton, located at 2832 Slough St, on Mondays from 4–9 pm, Tuesdays from 10 am – 2 pm and Thursdays from 2-6 pm. Initially, emergency food hampers are being distributed to families in need but the organization will be ramping up their operations in the new year. By February, clients can expect to receive 7-10 days’ worth of food each month. Other support services will also be introduced over the coming months.

“We are honoured and blessed to expand into Malton,” said Board Vice-Chair, Amarpreet Kaur Ahluwalia. “While continuing to focus on food security, our new facility will also serve as a hub connecting us with community partners to address the issues of poverty reduction and economic renewal.”

Seva Food Bank will also continue to operate its existing Wolfedale Road location. Both facilities are part of the Mississauga Food Bank’s extensive network of over 60 agencies addressing food security in the city.  “The Seva team has stepped in to meet a great need in the Malton community,” said Chris Hatch, Executive Director of The Mississauga Food Bank. “The staff, board and volunteers at Seva are great colleagues working with us to best serve our community.”

The Seva Food Bank is an initiative of Sikhs Serving Canada, a registered not-for-profit organization whose mission is to positively impact local communities by acting on the basic Sikh tenets of sarbat da bhalla (wellbeing for all) and seva (selfless service). Our existing location on Wolfedale Road services up to 400 families each month, distributing over 25,000 pounds of food.

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Media Contact:
Kulvir Singh Gill
Sikhs Serving Canada
communications@sevafoodbank.com
www.sevafoodbank.com

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CJMR 1320AM Radio Hosts Raise $100,000 and 50,000 Pounds of Food For Seva Food Bank

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CJMR 1320AM Radio Hosts Raise $100,000 and 50,000 Pounds of Food For Seva Food Bank

Wynne Food Drive

Mississauga, ON (November 25, 2013) – Over $100,000 in pledges and 50,000 pounds of food was collected for Mississauga’s Seva Food Bank this past weekend. The effort was led by the producers of CJMR 1320 AM radio station to mark the 544th anniversary of Guru Nanak’s birth.

“We really wanted to find a way to put Guru Nanak’s message of equality, social justice and service into practice” remarked radio host Kuldip Deepak. “The Seva Food Bank is doing just that with its commitment to seva, selfless service, and sarbat da bhalla, the well-being of all humanity.”

On Friday November 15th, the hosts held their third annual sixteen hour commercial-free radiothon. Just two days later, two-hundred volunteers were mobilized to collect food donations at 27 different locations across the GTA.

“This incredible week will make a direct positive impact on the lives of our client families” commented Seva Food Bank organizer, Manpreet Kaur Sidhu. “The food and funds collected allow us to not only feed more people but also tackle the issues of food security, hunger and poverty at both our Wolfedale Road and soon to open Malton locations.”

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne also brought a donation for the food drive and took out time to tour the new Malton location with fellow MPPs Linda Jeffrey and Vic Dhillon.

The Seva Food Bank first opened its doors in September 2010 and has grown to distribute 25,000 pounds of food to over 300 client families each month. As part of the Mississauga Food Bank’s city-wide network, it provides safe, nutritious and culturally appropriate food across the L5B and L5C postal codes. In early 2014, Seva Food Bank will be opening a second food bank in Malton.

Click here to view event photographs. Hi-res photographs available upon request.

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Media Contact:
Kulvir Singh Gill
communications@sevafoodbank.com
www.sevafoodbank.com

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Seva Spark Fundraising Gala Raises $35,000 For Seva Food Bank

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Seva Spark Fundraising Gala Raises $35,000 For Seva Food Bank 

Mississauga, ON (November 10, 2013) – An empty warehouse in Malton was transformed into a stunning banquet hall Saturday night to host a fundraising gala for the Seva Food Bank. More than 300 people attended Seva Spark: A Night at the Site. The event raised approximately $35,000 for Seva’s expansion into the Malton community.seva_0364

“Hosting our gala at the new location was a unique way to present our vision of the Seva Centre to the community” commented gala chair and board member Angie Rehal. “All the money raised goes toward the $250,000 campaign to build, staff and develop programing for the Seva Centre in Malton”.

Mandeep (Sandy) Kaur Grewal and Harbaljit Singh Kahlon were the masters of ceremonies for the event. The evening keynote address was jointly given by the husband-wife duo of Dr. Prabhjot Singh and Manmeet Kaur from New York. The evening featured performances by Dhol Circle, DOAHL Academy and Nach Balliye. Dignitaries, included MPs Tim Uppal, Parm Gill and Brad Butt, MPPs Amrit Mangat and Jagmeet Singh as well as Mississauga City Councillors Bonnie Crombie and Ron Starr.

“We are honoured and blessed to expand into Malton in the new year,” says board member, Ms. Grewal. “While continuing to focus on food security, our new facility will also serve as a hub connecting community partners to address the issues of poverty reduction and economic renewal.”

In addition, a strategic partnership between Seva Food Bank and the architectural design Perkins + Will was announced at the gala. Perkins + Will are providing their expertise to imagine and design the physical space of the new facility to be located at 2832 Slough Street in Malton.

The Seva Food Bank is an initiative of Sikhs Serving Canada, a registered not-for-profit organization whose mission is to positively impact local communities by acting on the basic Sikh tenets of sarbat da bhalla and seva (selfless service). Our existing location on Wolfedale Road services up to 400 families each month, distributing over 25,000 pounds of food.

Click here to view event photographs. Hi-res photographs available upon request.

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Media Contact:
Kulvir Singh Gill
Sikhs Serving Canada
communications@sevafoodbank.com
www.sevafoodbank.com

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Seva Food Bank Announces Daven Seebarran as its First Executive Director

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Seva Food Bank Announces Daven Seebarran as its First Executive Director

Mississauga, ON (October 1, 2013): Seva Food Bank is pleased to announce the appointment of Daven Seebarran to the position of Executive Director for Sikhs Serving Canada. This announcement marks the conclusion of an extensive search and recruitment effort led by the Board of Directors. Seebarran stepped into the new role on September 23, 2013.

Daven brings over 10 years of leadership and strategic thinking to the organization. “With our growth and expansion into Malton, we really needed an innovative and strategic organizational leader,” remarked Board chair Kulvir Singh Gill.” Daven will be an invaluable asset to the Board, providing guidance and direction for program planning, partnership and relationship building, as well as establishing accountabilities and financial oversight and budgeting.  We are thrilled to have him join our team”.

Daven will play an instrumental role in working with the Malton community to expand Seva’s reach of services – while deepening the current scope of services at the original Wolfedale location.  Seva will continue to focus on food security but will adopt a more holistic approach to supporting our clients.

“We look forward to continuing our important relationship with Seva Food Bank and wish Daven Seebarran success in pursuing our vision of a Mississauga where no one goes hungry.” adds Christopher Hatch, Executive Director of The Mississauga Food Bank.”

“I am excited by the ambitious growth being planned by the team at Seva, and look forward to making a positive impact in two of the most vulnerable communities in Mississauga” says Daven Seebarran.

Please join us as we congratulate and welcome Daven Seebarran to his new role!

The Seva Food Bank is an initiative of Sikhs Serving Canada, a registered not-for-profit organization whose mission is to positively impact local communities by acting on the basic Sikh tenets of sarbat da bhalla (the well being of all) and seva (selfless service). Our existing location on Wolfedale Rd services up to 400 families each month, distributing over 25,000 pounds of food.

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We are looking for a New Bookkeeper

Seva Food Bank, an initiative of Sikhs Serving Canada is seeking bookkeeping services. Our organization currently has an annual budget of approximately $180,000. Seva Food Bank is currently expanding to a second location in Malton, and it is projected that our annual budget will expand starting in 2014.

The person(s) selected will be evaluated in part on their demonstrated understanding of the required duties based on their responses in a subsequent interview.

Please see the posting here:
RFP_Bookkeeper_final

The following criteria will be used to evaluate proposals received:
1. Knowledge, expertise, and experience in the planning, management, and execution of the services for which they are responding.
2. Experience and past performance.
3. Capability of proposed solutions.
4. Availability, flexibility, and cost factors.

The proposal shall be sent to the contact listed below, to be received no later than October 15, 2013.
Daven Seebarran
daven (at) sevafoodbank.com

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Seva Food Bank Holds Kirtan Darbar At New Malton Location

Mississauga, ON (October 6, 2013) – Over 400 supporters and well wishers gathered on Sunday October 6th for Seva Food Bank’s Kirtan Darbar (Sikh prayer ceremony) in Malton. It was held at the Seva’s newest location at 2832 Slough Street in Mississauga where the organization will be expanding their operations in the new year.

The Kirtan Darbar brought together donors, volunteers and community partners. “These are the very individuals that supported the Seva Food Bank through our first three years of existence” said event organizer and board member Manraj Singh Pannu. “We’re very pleased to see everyone come out today to show their excitement and commitment to Seva’s plans for growth”.

The event featured several high profile local and international musicians performing kirtan (singing of Sikh hymns) including Bibi Guneet Kaur, Bhai Harpreet Singh, Bhai Sucha Singh, Bhai Jagjit Singh and Bhai Gurmeet Singh. Renowned kathavachak (Sikh lecturer) Bhai Gulzar Singh also addressed the audience with a poignant explanation on how Seva is bringing the concept of sarbat da bhalla (well being of all) to life.

Many local elected officials were in attendance including Federal Minister of State for Multiculturalism Tim Uppal, Provincial Municipal Affairs Minister Linda Jeffrey, MPP Vic Dhillon, MPP Jagmeet Singh, and Mississauga City Councillor Jim Tovey.

Renovations on the new space are scheduled to begin later this year. Before construction begins, on Saturday November 9th, the “Seva Spark: Night At The Site” gala will be held at actual new Malton location. “We are honoured and blessed to expand into Malton in the new year,” says board member, Amarpreet Kaur Ahluwalia. “While continuing to focus on food security, our new facility will also serve as a hub connecting community partners to address the issues of poverty reduction and economic renewal.”

The Seva Food Bank is an initiative of Sikhs Serving Canada, a registered not-for-profit organization whose mission is to positively impact local communities by acting on the basic Sikh tenets of sarbat da bhalla and seva (selfless service). Our existing location on Wolfedale Rd services up to 400 families each month, distributing over 25,000 pounds of food.

Official high-resolution photographs can be downloaded here.
All photographs are available for viewing on Facebook.

Media Contact:
Kulvir Singh Gill | Board Chair | Sikhs Serving Canada
communications@sevafoodbank.com |www.sevafoodbank.com

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