What we're about

Hi

We exist to live better lives, to deepen the experience of living in the moment and passionately making the most out of life. And one great way of doing so is by giving. Making someone laugh or learn, leaving a lasting legacy are powerful ways to live a life of purpose, principle and productivity.

This group exists to help people live better lives and concurrently make a difference on various causes. It's been an experiment and a challenge to build momentum when people have such diverse interests and values. But given the times we live in, and the growing power of online social networking, it's crucial that groups like this exist to help people like YOU, do more good.

We'll have to find a way to make the most of this group as we try different things with an eye towards moving to the ideal world.

Our Meet Ups include opportunities to volunteer, various fundraisers, events bringing awareness of social causes/issues, contribution to social actions...as well as ordinary events here and there.

So, come out, have fun, meet others, and participate! See you at our events. Sign up for a meetup now.

It can be the most important thing you do all week ;-)

Since I love poetry, i thought i would share the following poem.

The cause that can never be lost nor stayed….

That cause can never be lost nor stayed
Which takes the course of what God has made;
And is not trusting in walls and towers,
But slowly growing from seeds to flowers.

Each noble service that men have wrought
Was first conceived as a fruitful thought;
Each worthy cause with a future glorious
By quietly growing becomes victorious.

Thereby itself like a tree it shows:
That high it reaches, as deep it grows;
And when the storms are its branches shaking,
It deeper root in the soil is taking.

Be then no more by a storm dismayed,
For by it the full grown seeds are laid;
And though the tree by its might it shatters,
What then, if thousands of seeds it scatters?

Kristian Ostergaard

Upcoming events (5+)

The Salvation Army, Belkin House - Aprons on!

Belkin House

At Belkin House we assist the homeless and those at risk of homelessness to become self-sufficient and independent through the reduction of physical, emotional, social and spiritual barriers. •What we'll do: Food prep, serving residents dinner, dish-washing, general kitchen tasks •What to bring: If you want to bring your own apron you're welcome to. They do supply plastic aprons, gloves and hair nets for us.

Volunteer at the Greater Vancouver Food Bank

Greater Vancouver Food Bank

The Greater Vancouver Food Bank is always looking for volunteers and lucky for us - we are always looking for a good cause to volunteer for! A perfect fit! A regular volunteer night has been set up at the Greater Vancouver Food Bank for the Fourth Wednesday of each month starting Jan 2017. The volunteer shift is from 5PM - 7:30PM and we ask that you show up at least 10 minutes prior to your shift to sign in and be ready to go! I am hoping that we can get at least 10 people out to this event on a regular basis. Please do feel free to sign up to (2) two guests for your shift. The more the merrier! ****please read below**** ***PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL OF THOSE WHO HAVE SIGNED UP AND MAKE SURE THAT YOU CHANGE YOUR RSVP TO A "NO" BY TUESDAY NIGHT, 9PM IF ARE UNABLE TO MAKE THE EVENT. I HAVE TO GIVE THE GVFB A TOTAL NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS THE DAY BEFORE SO THEY CAN DETERMINE WHAT WORK WILL BE DONE FOR OUR SHIFT. NOT CHANGING YOUR RSVP TO A "NO" BY 9PM THE DAY BEFORE AND NOT SHOWING UP WILL GET YOU MARKED AS A "NO SHOW".**** Below are some of the duties that we will help with during our time with the GVFB. Volunteers help with a variety of tasks in our warehouse and it all depends on the needs for that day, but be prepared for tasks such as:  Sorting and boxing food  Checking "Best Before" and "Expiry dates"  Checking for open packages and dents  Repacking Diapers  Sorting and packing produce Volunteer and Group Requirements: Because of safety concerns in the warehouse, as well as the specific tasks volunteers perform, we have the following requirements for each member of your group: All volunteers must be at least 16 years old and have a GVFB consent form signed by a parent or guardian Volunteers under the age of 19 must be accompanied by an adult All volunteers must have a clear understanding of the English language We can host a minimum of 10 and maximum of 25 volunteers per group – if your group has more than 25 volunteers, we would be happy to arrange for two shifts All volunteers must wear closed toe shoes We welcome volunteers of all abilities. If anyone in your group has physical limitations (lifting, or standing for long periods of time) please let our staff know and we will do our best to accommodate these requests. What to Expect Every volunteer experience is different, but here are some things you should expect when volunteering with us: We ask that everyone sign in upon arriving. Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the start time of 5PM. We provide locked storage for groups to store their personal belongings, as well as light snacks and beverages. Wear comfortable clothing that can get dirty. Please note that the temperature of the warehouse is dependent on the temperature outside. For safety reasons, cell phone use is limited to taking photos in the warehouse. There is a volunteer lounge available for phone calls, emails, and text messages. When volunteering please adhere to all our safety procedures. Your GVFB supervisor will review these prior to volunteering. If you have any safety concerns please bring them to the attention of the GVFB supervisor. Getting Here: By Car: We are located 4 blocks West of Clark and Venables. Turn south on Raymur at the point where Venables turns into Prior (look for the General Paint Building). Parking: Carpooling is highly recommended. Minimal free street parking is available in front of the building due to sharing with the park and local businesses. We are located in an industrial area, and we ask that you be kind to our neighbours by not blocking their driveways. The City of Vancouver Bylaw Enforcement requires 6 meters on either side of all driveways and intersections. Please do not park in the parking lot directly North of our building. By Bike: We are just South of the Adanac/Union bike path on Raymur Ave. Look for Noble Plumbing, and you should also see Strathcona Park from the bike route. Bike racks are available both outside and inside the warehouse. By Transit: The #22 bus runs every 15 minutes and stops right on the corner of Venables and Raymur. We are south of Venables on Raymur across from Strathcona Park. West bound Stop # 51361 and Eastbound Stop # 51282. You can call Translink at[masked] or visit http://www.translink.bc.ca for schedules and route information It would be great to get a good support group to come out on our pre-set dates and help out this very vital organization. I look forward to meeting some of you at these events. Jan

Heroes Needed: Highly effective but extraordinarily challenging work

Undercover Investigator (Animal Cruelty) — multiple positions You are here Position description: To obtain employment at factory farms and slaughterhouses in order to document conditions. Investigators must be prepared to witness unimaginable cruelty and engage in intense manual labor while maintaining their composure and cover to gather information necessary to expose and stop farmed animal abuse. Primary Responsibilities: Conduct thorough research on various farmed animal welfare issues and agricultural practices and facilities Apply for and obtain employment in the animal agriculture industry, including factory farms, hatcheries, livestock markets, and slaughterhouses Using hidden cameras, thoroughly document conditions and practices in the above mentioned facilities, paying particular attention to animal welfare issues Maintain daily records and communications with the director of investigations during the course of the investigation Review, compile and transmit footage, photographs and notes to the director of investigations Retain strict cover and confidentiality in relation to all cases and any other sensitive information before, during, and after each case While undercover, meet or exceed all expectations of the agricultural facility while maintaining cover and following all federal and local laws Be available to meet with law enforcement and provide testimony for all legal proceedings resulting from a case Qualifications: The highest level of personal integrity, intelligence, responsibility, and intestinal fortitude Capability to operate independently in physically and emotionally grueling environments Extensive travel required Ability to use discretion in confidential matters relating to cases Exceptional research and organizational skills Thorough knowledge of factory farming, animal husbandry practices, and animal welfare issues Commitment to the objectives of the organization Strong preference given to multilingual individuals Nation-wide travel is required V Volunteer skills: Environment and Animals (http://www.govolunteer.ca/volunteer-skills/environment-animals) Role is suitable for: Adult How to apply: Please visit: http://www.mercyforanimals.org/investigator-applicationContact person: Barb Wright Contact e-mail: [masked] Volunteer Centre: Vancouver (http://www.govolunteer.ca/centres/vancouver)

Volunteer at Battered Women Support services

Needs a location

Hi Folks In early November, i happened to be walking in yaletown and saw the socially responsible store, My Sister's Closet. I walked inside and seemed like the store is well-maintained and managed. I was also inspired by their mission and noticed that they are looking for volunteer help. Here are some of the opportunities Volunteer opportunities include: BWSS Crisis Prevention Volunteers Crisis Line & Intake Program Our Crisis line doesn’t get answered without the help of volunteers. This volunteer opportunity is for women who see themselves ready to make a difference by working directly with survivors of violence. After completing an intensive 12 week training program, volunteers answer our intake and crisis lines providing information to women and the community, facilitating support groups for women survivors as well as delivering workshops to high school students on dating violence. The majority of this work is done weekdays, during the day. My Sister’s Closet We can’t open our doors without the help of volunteers. This volunteer opportunity will see you making a difference while working with some fine eco-fashion. The energy is contagious as you work within a dynamic team of committed women. Retail, promotions marketing, and merchandising are just a few of the opportunities at BWSS’s retail program. BWSS Retail Program Volunteer Application Form. Email [masked] or call Samantha at[masked] or[masked]. Office Volunteer Our business line doesn’t get answered without the help of volunteers. This volunteer opportunity is the ideal spot for making a difference whether you are new to office work or you possess serious office skills and want to share the wealth. Office volunteers are required weekdays, during the day. Greeting women coming for support, answering business inquiries, and photocopying resource materials are all required. To apply please check the link below https://www.bwss.org/take-action/volunteer/ Thanks for reviewing this and thank you for seeking to make a difference

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Volunteer at Battered Women Support services

Needs a location

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