Emergency shelter beds

Volunteer with Emergency Support Services

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

Emergency Support 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.

Important notice

We're not currently accepting applications while we review the Vancouver Volunteer Corps program in order to better integrate it into the City's overall emergency planning and response capabilities.

Check back for future volunteer opportunities.

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

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Join a specialized team

Apply your experience and interests to one of the specialized ESS teams below.

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

Volunteer to help in an emergency

Learn how you can volunteer for public events, emergencies, and disasters with the Vancouver Volunteer Corps.