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Current Volunteer Opportunities

Elders Circle Salon - September 22 

Inviting Event Volunteers!

- Would you like to meet fun people and help deliver an interesting event? 

- Are you available on Thursday, September 22 for up to 4 hours in the evening? 

Join us at Kitsilano Neighbourhood House, Main Hall, 2305 West 7th Avenue for a SPEC’s Elder Circle event, “Bringing Forth Elder Wisdom”. 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 September 22. 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.

Volunteer opportunities include the following:

Event set up (5-5:30 pm): 
- Set up meeting space 
- Set up food and beverage service 
- Carry miscellaneous meeting materials 

During the event (5:30-8:30 pm):
- Greet and register participants 
- Tend food and beverage tables; clean up service area and dishes 

After the event:
- Put away tables and chairs 
- Clean up food and beverage area and dishes 
- Tidy the meeting area 

FLYERS - Before the event:
- Assist with event promotions by distributing flyers/posters in Vancouver 

For more information and to volunteer, please call Barbara at 604-757-6307 or email


Saturday, September 24, 10:30 to noon

School Garden Clean-up Work Party

Get your hands dirty and have fun with fellow elder earthkeepers!

Help us clean up a school garden!

The SPEC School Gardens program brings food gardens and food education to school children. Today, we’ll focus on the orchard.

Date: September 24, 10:30 – noon

Location: Queen Elizabeth Elementary School

                 4102 West 16th Avenue, Vancouver

Tools and other support will be provided by SPEC.

Bring your favorite gloves!

Please RSVP by phone or email

Call 604-736-7732 or email

2016 Summer market volunteers

The Westside Community Food Market celebrates local urban agriculture and the community every Thursday from 3 to 7 PM at 2305 West 7th Ave, Vancouver. You can get involved to help run this market, meet new people and enjoy locally grown and locally made food and art crafts. 

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!

Some of the volunteer tasks 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
  • Help set up and take down tents and tables

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

Market Shifts

There are two shifts for volunteers to choose from (or you can do both!):
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 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.  

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

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