The Advocacy Allies are a group of volunteers put in place to expand the capacity of The Mississauga Food Bank’s advocacy initiatives. Volunteers with a passion for and knowledge in the political sector will enable The Mississauga Food Bank to achieve more in its advocacy work and make each initiative more effective and impactful. 

The Co-Chair position will serve as a volunteer leader of this group. The Executive Business Assistant will Chair the group; 1-2 volunteer Co-Chairs will work closely with the Executive Business Assistant to support and ensure the success of the group’s members. The Executive Business Assistant will connect the Co-Chair(s) with the status of advocacy initiatives that The Mississauga Food Bank is undertaking, and the Co-Chair(s) will work alongside the Executive Business Assistant to develop and execute a plan to activate the Advocacy Allies in supporting those initiatives. 

The Mississauga Food Bank’s advocacy strategy is outlined below:

  1. Leverage connections with clients to further the advocacy efforts of Feed Ontario and Food Banks Canada. Areas of focus are as follows:
    • Protection for Low-Income Renters.
    • Minimum Income Floor.
    • Affordable Early Learning and Childcare.
    • Food Justice and Racial Equity.
  2. Educate, equip, and empower our clients with the knowledge and opportunity to become more civically engaged.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Policy:

Effective September 7, 2021 – All volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before volunteering. Volunteers are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine. To read the full policy, click here.

If you have questions or a written, approved medical exemption from the vaccine, please email julia@themississaugafoodbank.org.

Responsibilities:

The Advocacy Allies group will meet quarterly and additionally will be called to action as needed to support The Mississauga Food Bank advocacy initiatives. While volunteering in person at said initiatives is not mandatory, members of the team will be the first ones tapped for and entrusted with these opportunities. Such volunteer opportunities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Executing vote pop-ups (educating food bank clients on how to vote)
  • Distributing party platforms or voting information to clients
  • Planning & executing joint events (e.g. a town hall with elected officials) with representatives from other local non-profits
  • Engaging clients with Feed Ontario’s annual Postcard Campaign
  • Identifying opportunities for The Mississauga Food Bank to further engage in advocacy in the community

In quarterly meetings, team members will have the opportunity to learn about upcoming The Mississauga Food Bank advocacy initiatives, priorities, and events, as well as provide input on how to optimize initiatives and discuss ideas for future initiatives.

In addition to the above responsibilities expected of all team members, the Co-Chair(s) will meet as needed with the Chair to prepare for group meetings, and responsibilities associated with running group meetings will be divided among the Chair and Co-Chair(s).

Qualifications:

Required:

  • 16+ years of age
  • Outgoing personality – warm, friendly, and engaging
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team with a positive attitude
  • Proven ability to take on a leadership role: delegating tasks, motivating teams, ensuring team deadlines and responsibilities are met
  • Comfortable engaging in conversation with others and speaking in front of a group
  • Enthusiastic about and/or eager to learn about the democratic process, political activism, and/or poverty reduction initiatives
  • Passionate about poverty reduction
  • Ability to work effectively unsupervised 

Preferred:

  • Prior work/volunteer experience or education in the democratic process, political activism, and/or poverty reduction initiatives
  • Prior leadership experience

Reporting Structure:

The co-Chair (s) will report to the Executive Business Assistant (Chair). Committee members will report to the Chair and Co-Chairs. Coordination and communications will in select instances be managed by the Volunteer Coordinator.

Location:

Meetings will take place virtually. Various volunteer opportunities will take place either virtually, at The Mississauga Food Bank (3121 Universal Drive), or at any number of The Mississauga Food Bank’s neighbourhood food banks & other network agencies across Mississauga.

Duration & Time Commitment:

Two-hour team meetings quarterly. 1-hour Chair & Co-Chair meetings as needed to prepare for quarterly meetings. You may commit to advocacy-related volunteer opportunities according to your availability; this may be anywhere between 5-40 hours per year in addition to the quarterly meetings.

Minimum one-year commitment.

Training Provided:

Training on the democratic process, political issues and proposed solutions, volunteering instructions, etc. will be provided as needed for each volunteer opportunity that arises.

Benefits:

  • Making a difference for those experiencing food insecurity
  • The chance to meet new people and gain new skills
  • Developing leadership skills and experience
  • Experience in political activism and civic engagement
  • A letter of reference once you’ve participated in the committee for a period of time
  • The opportunity to network with like-minded volunteers and elected officials

Applying:

As part of its commitment to racial justice and reconciliation, The Mississauga Food Bank encourages candidates who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour to apply to join the committee. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.