Places to Volunteer in Vancouver and BC - A Quick LGBTQ+ Guide


Places to Volunteer in Vancouver and BC - A Quick LGBTQ+ Guide

Volunteers can do anything from taking tickets and stamping hands, to moving objects, to sitting on committees to help with planning. Small things. Big things. Every little bit helps and while you're contributing to your community, guess what? You'll be meeting new and interesting people. Summer is Pride season and there are hundreds of positions waiting for volunteers.

If you're ooking to help out your communities and meet other lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans people near you or who share your interestss, here are some organizations in BC that want to hear from you.

BC Wide

Your local Pride Parade or Festival is a good place to start. Lots of things to do, lots of nice people to do them with. What’s On Queer is curating and ever-growing list of Pride Festival links here.

Vancouver area

Queer Arts Festival – This annual artist-run professional multidisciplinary arts festival happens in Vancouver in June. Volunteers receive an all access pass to the festival as well.

Queer Film Festival /Out on Screen – Enjoy film? This film festival in August  needs volunteers during August.

BCRAD: British Columbia Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf - BCRAD is an education, social recreation, and administrative organization for Deaf, deaf, deafened, hard of hearing, Deaf-blind people who are gender and/or sexual minorities, and their allies.

Mabel League – This is fast pitch softball league one of the few organizations specifically for queer women left in Vancouver. Ball season starts in April and you can get yourself on the new players list via their website. Once you're playing with a team, you'll have lots and lots of opportunities to volunteer your time.

Not So Strictly Ballroom – queer partner dancing! Help to promote or register dancers at the door and get involved.

Pinoy Pride Vancouver - A social group for Filipino-Canadian LGBTQ's, families, friends, and supporters.

Qmunity (formerly the Vancouver Gay and Lesbian Centre) welcomes volunteers and has a number of volunteer postings available on its volunteer page. A sample of volunteer positions include staffing community outreach tables at public events, practicum placements for students, providing information and referrals, serving on committees, helping with events and facilitating groups.

Rainbow Refugees - Vancouver based community group that supports people seeking refugee protection in Canada because of persecution based on sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression (SOGIE) or HIV status. Volunteer opportunities include interpretation, system navigation support, fundraising, grant writing and event planning.

Sage Food Bank - The Saige Community Food bank is a food bank that provides a no barrier safe space for transgender and gender non-conforming or queer individuals to access healthy food, as well as support from their LGBTQ2+ peers and allies.

Sher Vancouver - A non-profit society for LGBTQ South Asians and their friends, families and allies. 

Vancouver Dyke March and Festival – A non-profit that produces the annual Dyke March and Festival.

Vancouver Pride Society – this is the organization that puts on the big Pride Parade in Vancouver, along with other events such as East Side Pride. They need lots of volunteers both in the office, and at the events. More information on their volunteer page.

Vancouver Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence – Fabulous community service and multifaith spiritual organization with an emphasis on the fabulous. They welcome a very broad spectrum of genders, sexual orientations and religious/spiritual traditions.

If you have an LGBTQ+ organization looking for volunteers and we've missed you from this list, send us an email and we'll add you.

Sophia Kelly has been  the out and proud editor of Lesbian Quarterly magazine since 2006, and an out and proud lesbian since 1990. Her writing has been published in anthologies, magazines and web zines. She runs Tailored Tech Web, Data and Project Consulting in Vancouver. She is currently working on a novel about time travelling lesbians and goats.

This article was updated May 2019.

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