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30 Jun 2016 3:00 PM (PDT) • Kits House: 7th and Vine
07 Jul 2016 3:00 PM (PDT) • Kits House: 7th and Vine
12 Jul 2016 5:30 PM (PDT) • Kits House: 2305 west 7th Ave, Vancouver
13 Jul 2016 6:30 PM (PDT) • 1055 West Broadway, 2nd Floor Boardroom
14 Jul 2016 3:00 PM (PDT) • Kits House: 7th and Vine
20 Jul 2016 6:00 PM (PDT) • Kitsilano Neighbourhood House (Kits House)



Current Volunteer Opportunities

Email volunteer(at) to talk to Tova, a real live human being who'd love to help you get involved!!

Inviting Event Volunteers!

SPEC Elders Circle Launch: Exploring the Terrain

  • Would you like to meet fun people and help deliver an interesting event?
  • Are you available on Thursday, June 23 for up to 4 hours in the evening?

Join us at Kitsilano Neighbourhood House, Main Hall, and help us launch SPEC’s Elder Circle program with our first public event, “Exploring the Terrain”. Through the Elders Circle, participants will discover engaged eldership in a time of great challenge and hope.

We need 4-6 volunteers (adult; all ages) to help us deliver this evening community event on June 23. 

You will learn more about how elders in our community can connect, contribute, and grow as creative and wise mentors to younger generations. A light supper is provided. (Bonus! While you’re at Kits House, browse the West Side Community Food Market between 3-7 pm.)

Volunteer opportunities include the following.

Before the event

Assist with event promotions before the event and help post event notices in coffee shops around Kitsilano Neighbourhood House.

Event set up (4-5 pm)

- Set up chairs and tables

- Set up food and beverage service area

During the event (5:30-8:30 pm)

- Greet and register participants

- Tend food and beverage tables

- Provide facilitation support

After the event

- Put away tables and chairs

- Clean up food and beverage area

Contact: For more information and to volunteer, please call Barbara at 877 334 9965 or email

2016 Summer market volunteers

The official start of summer is just around the corner, and that means it’s time for our Westside Community Food Markets! The markets are co-hosted by Kitsilano Neighbourhood House and the Society Promoting Environmental Conservation and run every Thursday from June 23 to September 15. With food and artisan vendors, music, a coffee/tea station and activities, the market becomes a community gathering space in the summer. It’s the perfect volunteer opportunity to do with a friend, or if you want to meet some new great volunteers!


We are hosting an orientation and meet & greet for market volunteers, taking place on Thursday, June 16th from 5:30 – 7:00 pm at Kitsilano Neighbourhood House (2305 West 7th Ave, corner of Vine Street). Snacks will be served. Please confirm if you plan on attending. 

** Please come even if you aren’t sure if you want to volunteer yet or not – it’s the perfect opportunity to learn more and figure out if it’s the right fit for you.


Position Details

At the orientation, we will go into more depth of what is expected of market volunteers, what the different roles entail and so on. Market Operations Assistants will all assist with either market set up or take down each market day, and perform a variety of other tasks, from promoting the market to surveying visitors and capturing stories and photographs. Other job duties may include:

  • Greeting customers and running our market booth (coffee and tea station)
  • Promoting the market 
  • Helping with market statistics, counting visitors
  • Running a Family Zone to engage kids in the market
  • Sharing food skills (favourite seasonal recipes, garden tricks and more) at our “nextpert” (next-door expert) booth 

The market needs volunteers who are able to commit to at least 8 Thursday markets between June 23rd to September 15th

Market Shifts

The market will run on Thursdays this summer from June 23rd to September 15th. There are two shifts for volunteers to choose from:
1:45 – 5:15 pm
5:00  – 8:00 pm

You don’t have to commit to the same shift each market, and there is some flexibility around shift time. We will cover how to sign up for shifts at the orientation. (If you are familiar with the ‘schedule’ function on the Volunteer Impact software, you can sign up for shifts now).

We hope to have you on board as a volunteer! Let us know if you have any questions in the meantime.

Contact: or 604-736-7732

Other opportunities arise often.  Sign up to Become a Volunteer and you'll receive regular volunteer call outs by email.

Specific needs

The energy and transportation committee is in need of people with renewable energy expertise. got some great knowledge and a bit of time? The team would love to have you. please email Tova at volunteer(at)

Committees - Our committees are always open to receiving new volunteers. Get in touch and join us at one of our meetings!

Energy & Transportation Committee

The Energy & Transportation Committee is looking forward to a great 2016! We have an energetic team of new volunteers that are putting time and energy into some great projects! If you are dedicated and passionate, there's a place for you. The committee focuses on issues around fossil fuel reduction, alternative energy and education.The committee meets every third Wednesday of the month at 6:00PM at the SPEC office building. Email volunteer(at) or sign up  to Become a Volunteer.

Zero Waste Committee

The Zero Waste committee had an amazing 2015, and now has laid the ground work to go forward on some really amazing ideas. The committee meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM at various locations. Email volunteer(at) or sign up  to Become a Volunteer.

Food & Environment Committee

The Food & Environment Committee works on projects from school gardens to public education to land use issues. They need talented, dedicated people to help move their projects forward. Interested? email volunteer(at) and come to their next meeting! The committee meets mostly on the firts Tuesday of the month at 5:30PM at the SPEC office building

Get Growing!

Looking for inspiration? Guidance? A chance to give back? Our demonstration gardens are truly amazing. Both locations contribute to the community through supportive learning opportunities and food donations to those in need. You'll find a ton of information on these gardens at Get involved with the Cambie Communal Garden (near Cambie and 10th avenue) by emailing cambiegarden[at] The Cambie group meets regularly on Sunday mornings from 10-noon.  

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