Since SPEC began in 1969, passionate volunteers have been the most valuable part of our identity. Volunteers like you play an important role in our accomplishments.

We offer a variety of opportunities ranging from project research and planning, fundraising, assisting at special events, garden plantings, cleanups, and community outreach. 

Please note at this time, we have limited volunteer opportunities due to COVID-19. 

Read through the Quick Guide for Volunteers for more information about volunteering with SPEC.

Volunteer Perks

A Home for New Vancouverites

We welcome volunteers from all corners of the globe and are proud to have many cultures, traditions and languages represented. Volunteers are often new to Vancouver and report that SPEC helped them connect with like-minded folks in a new city.

Flexible and Supportive

Fighting for the safety and security of our planet requires flexibility and innovation, and we’re proud to support volunteer projects and ideas on timelines that work with their busy schedules.

Team Meetings

Team meetings are one of the easiest ways to start contributing your knowledge and skills to SPEC. Our teams help develop many of SPEC’s programs and projects and are always looking for feedback and fresh ideas. Our teams are mostly volunteer-run and occur once a month in the evenings. Meetings are free and open to the public, and we always encourage new community members to join. 

Meetings are available for the following teams:

Second Tues of the Month
5:30 – 7:00 pm

Third Wed of the Month
6:00 – 7:30 pm

Second Wed of the Month
6:30 – 8:00 pm

Meeting dates vary, please email to join.

Meetings are held online due to the pandemic. Please email volunteer@spec.bc.ca to join us online. Find out when the next team meeting is happening by checking our events page.

Open Volunteer Positions

Summer Volunteer Opportunities with SPEC and our Community

There are lots of exciting volunteer opportunities this summer!

Food Packaging/Distribution Team

Food Team

Farm-to-Plate Marketplace is seeking volunteers to assist with packaging and distributing fresh, local produce to community members, many of whom are food insecure.

Commitment: Thursdays/Fridays, multiple shift options

Locations: Jewish Family Services and Little Mountain Neighborhood House

This is a great starter volunteer opportunity for anyone interested in building their volunteer experience and learning more about food security.

To apply, please contact the Farm-to-Plate Marketplace Coordinator, Robyn directly by email: farmtoplatemarketplace@spec.bc.ca



Volunteer E-Blast

If you are interested in hearing about volunteer opportunities as they come up, email Madyson to be added to our volunteer e-blast list.

Track Volunteer Hours

If you are already a volunteer with SPEC, please use this form to track your volunteer hours.