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Love Art? Volunteer at Gallery Gachet
Gallery Gachet is a unique artist-run centre located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Gachet is a collectively-run exhibition and studio space built to empower participants as artists, administrators and curators.
What: Volunteer Orientation
When: the third Tuesday of each month
Time: 3pm [and training at 4pm]
Where: 9 West Hastings, Vancouver
Volunteer Orientations/ information sessions take place on at 3:00 pm.
On these dates, Training Sessions will be held at 4:00pm following the orientation.Training Sessions are intended for all volunteers but especially those who may be interested in becoming a member of the Gallery Gachet Collective. Those who are interested in attending either the Volunteer Orientation and/or the Volunteer Training Sessions are encouraged to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 604.687.2468.
Our Volunteer Membership Program offers access to our facility and programs in exchange for volunteering with us. It also offers a wide range of opportunities for learning at all levels, including communication skills, exhibition coordination, learning about non-profit organization management, professional development skills for artists and arts administration skills. Volunteer Members and Collective Members find that through their experience with Gallery Gachet, they have an opportunity to increase their knowledge on many levels, transferring their new-found skills to other areas of their lives.
Examples of some volunteer opportunities include:
– Gallery Hosting (this is central to our volunteer program) – Preparation of the gallery space, exhibitions and assistance with gallery openings
-Administrative support, assistance with publications and communications initiatives
– attend workshops free of charge
– receive newsletters with information about exhibitions, workshops and other events
– are entitled to access our gallery and computer stations during open hours – are provided with access to supervised open studio times
– have the opportunity to join a committee and participate in the work of the Studio, Communications, Publications, New Media and Programming Committees
Volunteer at Your Local Community Centre
Vancouver community centres have many opportunities for volunteers -- get involved, doing something meaningful, and gain work experience.
Volunteer opportunities may include:
Click the button below to use the map to find a community centre in your neighbourhood.
Zoom in using the '+' sign and click on a blue teardrop near you and the phone number and address will pop up.
Every year, more than 1000 people donate their time, talents and energy with the aquarium.
There's a vast range of diverse opportunities, from educating and engaging visitors to administrative assistance and food preparation for our animals. The aquarium also relies on volunteer support in school programs, galleries, and events.
Learn more via the links below.
Movie Fan? Volunteer at The Cinematheque!
The team of volunteers is a huge factor in the Cinematheque experience.
What's expected from you?
What will you get in return?
If you want to become a part of this experience, just a few volunteering options include:
You will be provided with an orientation. Join in and meet a diverse and friendly bunch of co-volunteers with a shared love of movies.
Love Live Theatre? - Pacific Theatre
1440 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
Volunteer with the Theatre - for example, you can usher for a performance and if it isn't sold out see the show for FREE.
This volunteer position duties include ripping tickets, assisting the Front of House Manager and guidiing patrons. For more about becoming a volunteer, click the button below.
Love Live Theatre? - The Arts Club
Volunteering at the Arts Club is an excellent way to meet people, learn new skills, and become involved in the local theatre, arts, and not-for-profit community. They offer opportunities in many areas of the organization – from assisting at special events and fundraisers, office administration, to helping with many other unique projects.
If you're looking for a bit more of a commitment, they currently seek relief reception work from 12pm - 3pm a couple of days a week. Get more info about the Reception Relief Position, or click the button below for more general info about volunteering with the Arts Club.
Love Live Theatre? - Firehall Arts Centre
Firehall Arts Centre
280 East Cordova Street
Do you want to see free professional dance and theatre performances? Want to be part of a dedicated volunteer group? Want to interact with the best theatre staff and patrons in the city?
Become a Firehall Arts Centre Volunteer Usher!
As an usher you play a very important role before, during and after each performance.
Coast Mental Health
As a Coast volunteer, you can share your time, skills, interests and energy to support clients on their path to realizing their potential, while overcoming individual challenges. Together with other members of the Coast team, you can help clients define and meet their own social, psychological, physical, recreational and spiritual goals.
Rogue Folk Club
If you love folk music, this may be for you!
Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Rogue Folk Club. They give their time and energy and commitment, they move chairs, pour drinks, sell tickets, sell CDs, and clean up after concerts; they help out in the office - filing, archiving, etc.; they collate and fold the Rogue Folk Review for mailing; they sit on the governing board and they help to spread the word about a wonderful concert series.
Throughout the year, the efforts of all volunteers are recognized with special volunteer nights, pot luck parties (which often include free CDs) and compensation for extra effort with free tickets to concerts. Above all volunteers get the chance to meet the performers, to gather with fine like-minded people, and to participate in the building of our thriving series of concerts that is the envy of communities throughout the world.
The contact email addresses vary depending on the kind of volunteering you're drawn to with the club, so check out the link below.
Vancouver’s ten community policing centres hold a unique position among crime prevention initiatives in North America, with a strong partnership between the community and its police force. Unlike their counterparts in other cities, these centres are not satellite police stations -- they are actually operated, staffed, and governed by members of the community.
No one knows their community better than the people who live, work, and play there.
You can make a difference by getting involved. Visit your local Community Policing Centre or find out more on their website and social media channels - click on the link below, and then on the community policing centre near you.
YMCA Volunteer Postings Currently Accepting Applications
You have a lot to offer the YMCA: your time, energy and ideas. As a YMCA volunteer, you might lead an exercise class, mentor young people, fundraise, produce a special event or advise on local issues. No matter how you help, you'll make a big difference in the lives of people in your community.
We offer a wide range of programs and services throughout the Lower Mainland with volunteer opportunities to match your passion, skills and availability. Areas of interest may include:
Note that the 'currently recruiting' postings [at the link below] are for throughout the Lower Mainland.
First, click the area you're interested in [eg. immigrant services]. Then, for downtown Vancouver, see the postings for 'Robert Lee YMCA'.
Arts-Related Volunteer Postings
Do you love the arts? BC Alliance for Arts + Culture posts volunteer positions sent to them by their members and non-members. Check out the postings!
Thrift Store Volunteer
The Vancouver General Hospital Thrift Shop Society is a non-profit organization that works to raise funds for Vancouver General Hospital to support patient care. It is located near East Hastings and Nanaimo [2535 East Hastings Street].
The Vancouver General Hospital Thrift Store needs volunteers to assist in any of the following areas: cashiering, assisting customers, sorting and tagging clothing items, sorting and pricing donations, tidying and organizing the store, helping with donation drop-offs, recycling and more.
The VGH Thrift Store opens Monday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Shifts are from 2.5 hours to 4 hours each.
Besides making a positive impact in supporting Vancouver health care programs, you will meet new people in a fun environment that throws a potluck once in a while!
Botanical Garden and Conservatory
A wide range of volunteer opportunities are available with the Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association, both at VanDusen Botanical Garden and Bloedel Conservatory.
Over 1000 volunteers contribute their time and talents in education, visitor experience, special events, governance, administration, fundraising and special events.
Check out the button below for more info, then for anyone interested in volunteering they can complete the volunteer application form and read the volunteer handbook.
Citizen Committees; City of Vancouver
Vacancies on civic agencies, boards, and committees occur periodically throughout the year.
Just two examples; recently they sought people for volunteer positions on the Persons with Disabilities Advisory Committee and the Renters Advisory Committee.
Click the button below for the list of volunteer opportunities now, and help to change your city.
Vancouver Coastal Health
Volunteers complement the care provided by professional staff. As a volunteer, you can gain personal satisfaction from helping others, obtain experience relevant to your future employment or educational plans, meet new people and learn more about the health care system.
Green Streets are planted on traffic circles and corner bulges.
The City pays for the initial planting. As a volunteer gardener, you will work with the City and your community to help the gardens grow during the year.
You can simply weed and water, or choose to add your own personal touch by adding your favorite plants, providing more colour and interest through the changing seasons.
Click here for more information
City of Vancouver and Parks Board
The City and Park Board have a diverse range of volunteer opportunities to fit your goals, skills, and schedule.
Volunteering is a rewarding way to:
Check out some of their volunteering opportunities!
Vancouver Volunteer Corps
Are you interested in helping your community and playing a critical role during major events, emergencies, and disasters? Join the Vancouver Volunteer Corps (VVC) and show you care for our city and region.
As a volunteer, you will:
The VVC welcomes your application if you:
Volunteers are required to attend:
Love Gardens? - Volunteer Opportunities at UBC Botanical Garden
UBC Botanical Garden has many different volunteer positions. Check them out via the button below, and attend one of the following sessions.
Summer: Tourism and Tour Season Orientation:
Thursday June 14, 2018
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm.
Autumn: Apple Festival Volunteer Orientation:
Thursday, October 11, 2018
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm.