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Volunteer with the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation. Our work in Chinatown would be impossible without the talent, time, and generosity of our volunteer community. Please read below to learn about our volunteer guidelines and current opportunities to get involved.

Volunteer Benefits

  • Work alongside like-minded volunteers who share a common connection and passion for Vancouver’s Chinatown
  • Learn about Chinese Canadian history and culture through training and development opportunities
  • Invitations to special volunteer appreciation events
  • Receive complimentary admission to the Chinatown Storytelling Centre, along with other discounts and perks
  • Enhance your resume, and gain references after reaching a minimum number of hours

Eligibility

  • Minimum age: you must be at least 16 years old
  • Commitment: varies based on each opportunity, but in general, we expect a minimum of 1 shift per month (4 hours)
  • Screening and training: you must be able to participate in a face-to-face interview and attend a training session, see the position descriptions for dates and times.
  • Communication requirements: for all positions that interact with the public, you must feel comfortable speaking English. Volunteers are expected to actively start conversations with visitors.
  • You must be willing to obtain a criminal record check

Volunteer Policies

Read our volunteer policies, rights and responsibilities

Volunteer Guide

Download our Volunteer Guide

Current Opportunities

View our current volunteer roles below

Ready to apply? Click here to apply through our Volunteer Portal

Support our Curatorial team cataloguing objects accepted into our collection. This role involves assistance with object assessment, cataloguing, and following protocols for proper storage and handling. An ideal opportunity for students currently studying library or museum sciences (or a similar field) to gain hands-on work experience alongside our Collections team. Training to be provided.

* Some experience or relevant studies required. See application for more details

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Our Curatorial team is always looking for volunteer support with our collections and archives. Duties may include photography, scanning/digitizing archival materials, data entry, translation, transcription, cataloguing, and research. A perfect opportunity for those who prefer to be behind the scenes and want to gain hands-on experience with museum curation and collections. Training to be provided.

* Some experience or relevant studies required. See application for more details

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Share your enthusiasm and communication skills to inspire our visitors to make the most of their visit at the Chinatown Storytelling Centre. This role provides guided tours (scheduled daily) of the Centre’s exhibits highlighting narratives, timelines, and historical objects. Docents may also participate in our educational programs by helping students learn more about Chinatown’s history, and support Guest Services as needed. An excellent role for extroverts, and those who thrive on public speaking. Training to be provided. Fluency in additional languages is an asset.

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Support our Chinatown Vintage team with occasional deliveries of excess donations to neighbouring shelters. This role is great for volunteers who can drive and prefer to be on-call for casual volunteer opportunities.

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Periodically, the Chinatown Storytelling Centre will require an extra set of hands to support venue rentals. Duties may include event set-up, take-down, and rearranging furniture as specified.

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Do you have an eye for the latest fashion labels and trends? Are you looking for hands-on fashion merchandising experience? Support Chinatown Vintage by helping us hand-pick the best pieces for our curated boutique. Duties include sorting through donations and tagging items based on our store pricing guide. Training to be provided.

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The Vancouver Chinatown Foundation is looking for a self-motivated individual with strong research and written communication skills to support with ongoing grant applications. Duties may include sourcing potential funding sources, drafting proposals, performing research, submitting applications and tracking their status.

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Ensure our guests have a positive and seamless experience visiting the Chinatown Storytelling Centre. Duties include welcoming guests to the Centre, managing admission sales, distributing visitor maps, supporting our retail and security staff, and encouraging engagement at the Visitor Input Station. An excellent opportunity for those interested in hospitality, management and office administration. Training to be provided. Fluency in additional languages is an asset.

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Lend your expertise to support Chinatown Foundation staff with occasional IT operations and troubleshooting. Duties may include support with maintaining networks, office PCs, printers, and helping streamline process controls.

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Assist the Chinatown Foundation across its range of projects. This role will be located at the Head Office located at 127 E Pender and provide ongoing administrative support. Duties may include responding to incoming inquiries, fundraising support, research, filing and data entry. This is a great opportunity for people who enjoy evolving responsibilities and a chance to be involved with different projects at the Foundation. Training to be provided.

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Help us spread the word on the Chinatown Foundation’s work including the Storytelling Centre, Vintage Thrift Shop, and many other projects. This role involves support with occasional outreach opportunities and events for the Foundation. Our Outreach Team will assist Foundation staff with event set-up, take-down, and hosting booths at events such as community festivals, fundraisers, and exhibition openings. Duties may also involve selling raffle tickets, merchandise, memberships, and publicizing the Chinatown Foundation’s many projects. An ideal role for volunteers who enjoy interacting with the public and event marketing. Fluency in additional languages is an asset.

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Ready to apply? Click here to apply through our Volunteer Portal

Have a question? Contact us at volunteers@chinatownfoundation.org