A week for BCom students, faculty, staff and alumni to come together and volunteer in the Vancouver Community.

UBC Sauder Gives Back is a student-run initiative of the Commerce Undergraduate Society. By partnering with local organizations, these students are making connections, exploring ways to make a positive impact in their local community, and inspiring others to do the same. These students are bringing the value of responsible leadership to life through community service.

Sauder Gives Back 2022

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Oct 2022 volunteer projects

No matter which cause is closest to your heart, there is a volunteer opportunity for you. Help sort food donations, serve meals, lend a hand at shoreline cleanups, or offer a listening ear to someone who needs it.

Food Stash

Food stash keeps good, surplus food from going to waste by rescuing items from grocery stores, wholesalers and farms, and delivering them to where it’s needed. Their mission is twofold: reduce the environmental impact of food waste and bridge the insecurity gap.

Volunteers will be sorting through the surplus food to make sure everything that is delivered is good to go, as well as helping box the foods for easy transport.

A Loving Spoonful

Volunteers will be packaging batch cooked meals that need to be portioned into individual containers that are sealed, labelled and frozen. These meals are then delivered to their clients free of charge, who are living with HIV and co-existing illnesses throughout Metro Vancouver.

Ocean wise shoreline clean up

The Ocean Wise Shoreline Cleanup is now recognized as one of the largest direct action conservation programs in Canada. Ocean Wise is committed to growing the program to achieve our mission: to inspire Canadians to keep all shorelines free of litter.

Volunteers will be helping us clean up a local beach!

Canadian Blood Services – Group Blood Donation

Donate blood to save lives or for research.

The Dug Out

A community living room in the East Hastings area, the dugout provides 200 hot meals, coffee and snacks daily, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Volunteers will be helping serve coffee and snacks for the morning.

The Health and Home Care Society of BC (Care BC)

Care BC is an independent non-for profit who provides health promotion and supportive care services to communities in BC through their meals on wheels program, family respite centre and community integration projects. Volunteers will be helping with the meals on wheels program by assisting in the dispatch of meals and cleaning out of meal bags in their main depot.

North Shore Women’s Centre

A safe drop-in space that aims to provide women with access to resources and assist them with life choices, actively address violence against women at all levels of the community, challenge sexism and discrimination in the community, and work towards the elimination of the feminization of poverty. Volunteers will be helping in a research project for community mapping.

Greater Vancouver Food Bank

The Greater Vancouver Food banks mission is to provide healthy food to those in need and volunteers will be helping in sorting food donations for distribution.


Your volunteering experience may start here, but it doesn’t have to end here. Your experience can turn into an ongoing commitment, with these organizations and beyond. We believe that business is a tool for positive social change. By partnering with these local organizations, we can begin to explore ways to apply business skills to tackle today’s social issues. To learn more about UBC Sauder’s vision to build a more just, sustainable and prosperous world click here.


Thank you to the 69 students, alumni, staff and faculty volunteers who dedicated 199 hours of their time to the local Vancouver community at the 2022 Sauder Gives Back.

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Questions? Email, Student Engagement Advisor in the Undergraduate Office.


Looking for more ways to meet new people and volunteer for a cause you are passionate about? Check out:

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