It’s National Volunteer Week in Canada! All across Canada, volunteers contribute to eliminating poverty, advocating for human rights, protecting the planet and creating thriving and resilient communities. From April 7 to the 13, Eva’s will be celebrating how our very own team of volunteers lift up young people experiencing homelessness by donating their time and expertise.
Homelessness is closely linked to food insecurity. For young people who are in a crucial stage of development, not having access to regular, nutritious meals can have negative, long-term impacts on their health. This makes Eva’s food program a critical part of our services.
Dana, a recent nutrition graduate from Ryerson University, found the perfect volunteer role at Eva’s as a Cooking Program Facilitator at Eva’s Phoenix. The position brings together her passion for alleviating homelessness and her knowledge of food and nutrition. At Phoenix, Dana helps prepare healthy and nutritious meals for 50 young residents, including delicious baked goods!
When young people don’t have to worry about where their next meal is coming from, they can focus on healing and building brighter futures for themselves. For Dana, the best part of volunteering at Eva’s has been gaining a different perspective of homelessness every day and being able to share her love for food with others.
Food is often one’s first exposure to a different culture, rendering it a unique way to bring people together. Through her experience at Eva’s, Dana now sees food in a different light. “I have understood that food is a way to connect with others, another way to cope with emotional stress and bring people together, ” she explains.
Dana would like to build a career in community and global health. Working with the young people at Eva’s has made an impact on how she wants to approach this work. We’re so grateful for Dana for bringing her expertise to this position and building up youth at Eva’s!