Never has giving back felt so good—Especially with these awesome organizations around that empower your sense of community more than ever before.
It’s always good to go looking for fun things to do around the city you’re in, but what if you’re looking for something a bit more sentimental to get your hands on? We all know how giving back can make us feel, and sometimes the urge to do some good deeds pushes us to look for volunteering opportunities around. Being a company based in Vancouver B.C., we’ve had our fair share of looking for ways to give back, and we’re more than happy to pass the word along.
Without further ado, here are 5 amazing places you can volunteer at in Van-city. Each organization has its own unique community that could be just the right fit for what you’re looking for.
1. The Writer’s Exchange
If you’re passionate about literature and working with children, this is seriously where you need to be right now. This organization gets inner-city kids excited about reading, writing, and discovering their own unique potential, and you can be a part of it! You don’t even need to be a writer to get involved, just being committed to helping kids get excited about reading and writing should be more than enough.
You can have fun while helping kids build their literacy skills and self-esteem through tutoring and creative writing projects. This organization encourages applications from people from diverse backgrounds, including LGBTTIQQ2SA folks, Indigenous peoples, people of all colours, immigrants, and refugees, people with disabilities or another equity-seeking group with which you identify.
2. Vancouver Pride Society
Living in one of the most LGBT friendly cities in the world comes with obvious perks — including having the option of volunteering for amazing organizations like the Vancouver Pride Society. Vancouver Pride Society strives to produce inclusive, celebratory events, and advocate for LGBTQAI2S+ communities through an intersectional lens.
You can be a part of the event set up or tear down crew, volunteer for events, or take on office roles during Pride season. There are even roles you can take on only specific to Pride day; You can be a Parade Route Marshal, Flagbearer, MC Assistant, and that’s not even scratching the surface!
3. Greater Vancouver Food Bank
If you’re looking for more of a lively environment to get some volunteer work done, GVFB is the place to be. By getting involved with this organization, you’d be helping create empowering environments that provide and promote access to healthy food, education, and training.
One of the most popular ways for groups of 10-25 people to volunteer is by doing a group food sort. Group food sorts help ensure that the food that comes into the Food Bank is sorted appropriately and shared!
4. Queer Arts Festival
What did we tell you? Vancouver is the city to be in if you want to be more involved with the queer community! This annual artist-run professional multidisciplinary arts festival happens in Vancouver in June. Volunteers receive an all-access pass to the festival as well. Sometimes it’s good to plan for volunteering opportunities ahead of time!
There are some general festival positions like the art installation/ strike team member, kitchen helper, bar server, door counter & alcohol guardian, gallery host and event host available. If you’re looking to go more in-depth into the art scene happening at the festival, the box office assistant, merch assistant, photographer, video editor and committee member positions of that sort would be more suited to you.
5. Vancouver Art Gallery
Seems like an obvious one, but it definitely is worth mentioning. The Vancouver Art Gallery houses a permanent collection of more than 10,000 artworks, including historical collection from both North American and Europe. Volunteer positions in the art gallery embrace various areas such as marketing, administration and event planning, and what better way to be around arts and culture AND get to volunteer in a social environment?
Based on your strength and skills, there’s also a good variety of different things you can get yourself busy with. You can become anything from a special events volunteer to a concert liaison, depending on what you’re into!One of the gallery’s cool volunteering opportunities is the Family FUSE Weekend Volunteers Program, where you can the unexpected and consider the absurd as artists, dancers, musicians, filmmakers, and other creative artists lead workshops, performances, tours, and activities proving that there are no limits to the imagination.
So get out there and get involved!
Vancouver has so much to offer when it comes to organizations fighting for good causes, and what we went through is just a quick look at how many incredible communities and opportunities are lying around, waiting for you to take the leap. Ah, the options!