Volunteer with Vancouver Emergency Social Services

Vancouver Volunteer Corps training exercise

Help people and pets who evacuated their homes during emergencies or disasters like fires, floods, or earthquakes.

Emergency Social Services (ESS) volunteers assist at disaster sites and provide essential basic needs for evacuees at reception centres (evacuation shelters).

Volunteer training is provided by the Justice Institute of British Columbia.

Is this volunteer opportunity for you?

To volunteer for ESS, you should have the following qualities:

  • A concern for people affected by disaster
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to respond on short notice
  • Willingness to work as part of a team
  • A sense of adventure

How to get involved

  1. Join the Vancouver Volunteer Corps (VVC) and complete VVC Orientation and Level 100 Training.

    Learn more about the Vancouver Volunteer Corps

  2. Next, register online to attend an ESS orientation session, held monthly.

    Register for an ESS orientation session

Already an ESS member?

Find upcoming training and meeting dates

Join a specialized team

Apply your experience and interests to one of the specialized ESS teams below. To join a committee, contact the Emergency Social Services Director (contact on this page).

Disaster assistance team members:

  • Respond to a variety of emergencies (about 30 per year), such as house fires
  • Are on call for one month at a time
  • Require considerable ESS volunteer experience (or approval from the ESS director)

Pet committee members:

  • Plan for Vancouver's pet population during disasters
  • Set up and manage the emergency pet centre
  • Meet monthly to train, exercise, and develop plans for ESS

Zone team members:

  • Plan and develop emergency response plans for their neighbourhood

For more information

Jackie Kloosterboer
Emergency Planning Coordinator & Emergency Social Services Director

Phone: 604-829-4373