Volunteer Application for Spartacus Books
Since 1973, Spartacus Books is a non-profit, volunteer & collectively run bookstore & resource center. 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,
, or by visiting 3378 Findlay Street, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) 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)
Are you able to commit to volunteering at Spartacus for at least 3 months?
Can you commit to a weekly shift?
If not, that's okay! There are other ways to volunteer at Spartacus!
Are trans women women?
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What days/times are you available to volunteer?
Note that on Saturday and Sunday shift times are 11-3 and 3-7. If you are available at these time please select 10-2 (instead of 11-3) and 2-6 (instead of 3-7). Thanks!
10am - 2pm
2pm - 6pm
6pm - 8.30pm
10am - 2pm
2pm - 6pm
6pm - 8.30pm
Please list any skills that you could contribute while at Spartacus.
For example: used books buying, fundraising, tabling at events, graphic design, computer tech, etcetera.
Please list any skills that you would like to learn while at Spartacus.
Please list any subject areas that are of particular interest and/or familiarity to you.
For example: zines, feminism, anti-racism, queer studies, etcetera.
Please indicate any specific tasks you'd like to help with at Spartacus once you have completed your basic training.
Event Coordination (reviewing requests, booking space, bottomlining events outside of store hours)
Volunteer Coordination (setting up interviews, scheduling training, maintaining contact lists, supporting training)
Book Ordering (researching and ordering books)
Periodicals (researching and ordering magazines/journals)
Black Cat Video (researching and ordering DVDs)
Accounting (weekly and monthly financial reports)
Financial (paying bills, monitoring invoices and statements, keeping us aligned with budget)
Website (update website design and content)
Promotions (social media, email newsletter, posters, and so forth)
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. Within about a week after your interview you will hear from a member of the collective letting you know whether or not you have been accepted or not.
4. If you’re accepted, you’ll set up 1-3 training shifts with different collective members to learn how the store works.
5. After you've completed your training and feel comfortable, you can sign up for a regular weekly shift at the store. New volunteers are asked to commit to a specific shift for the first two months they're involved at the store. Otherwise, often people forget their training.
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