Volunteer Application for Spartacus Books

Welcome...

Since 1973, Spartacus Books is a non-profit, volunteer & collectively run bookstore & resource center located right on the edge of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. The store has been successfully run for over 40 years by a collective of volunteers, despite a 2004 fire at one location, and two renovictions since then. With support from our community, we have survived it all but sadly had to leave the DTES.

People come to our safe and inclusive space to:
- read in peace on the couches
- use the free computers and internet connection
- chat and network with diverse and interesting folks
- learn about and advertise upcoming events
- buy books, zines, magazines, comix and other paraphernalia relating to struggles against classism, racism, sexism, war, corporate greed, environmental destruction, and other institutional atrocities
- attend movie nights, meetings poetry readings, and many other community events

Questions? Contact us at 604-688-6138, info@spartacusbooks.net, or by visiting 3378 Findlay Street, Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver, BC

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    Some of your responsibilities as a Spartacus volunteer/collective member will be:

    - selling books, magazine, zines, etc. - getting new people into the store by postering, distributing Spartacus leaflets, etc. - helping out for events that happen at Spartacus by booking new events, - setting up the event space, being around when events go beyond regular store hours - creating a safe, inspiring space in the store - fundraising – organizing fundraising events, etc. - tabling for Spartacus at community events - staying up-to-date on Spartacus happenings - attending Spartacus Collective meetings (usually about once a month)
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    Application process from here:

    1. Spartacus’ volunteer coordinators will contact you to set up an interview/orientation with 2 Spartacus volunteers. It might be a couple of weeks before you hear from us. 2. You’ll come in for your interview/orientation – it takes about 1/2 – 1 hour. You’ll learn more about how Spartacus works, what your responsibilities will be, how decisions are made in our volunteer collective. We’ll learn more about you, your interests, your experiences, and we’ll make sure we’re a good fit for you and vice versa. 3. Usually, you’ll hear whether you’re accepted into the Spartacus Collective (i.e. that you’ll now volunteer at Spartacus) at the end of the interview/orientation. Sometimes this isn’t possible, but that might be for a variety of reasons, so please don’t think you’re not accepted just ‘cus you aren’t told of the decision right away. If you don’t get the decision at the end of the orientation, you’ll get a call within a couple of weeks from a volunteer coordinator to let you know the decision. 4. If you’re accepted, you’ll most likely be set up with both of your 2 training shifts at the end of the interview. 5. You’ll come in for your 2 training shifts (or sometimes it takes 3 training shifts to get through all of the tasks) and then you’re ready to volunteer in a shift. 6. We’ve learned that it’s best for new volunteers to take on a regular weekly shift when they first volunteer. Otherwise, often people forget their training. So you’ll be encouraged to pick a weekly shift to take on, either during your interview/orientation, or during your training shifts.