Get Involved

Help us grow our tenant-powered movement and fight for housing as a human right for all

The VTU is organized into several broad working groups, all of which work together in various ways. Below are some basic descriptions of each group and opportunities to get involved.

If you are interested in learning more, or want to join a working group, you can attend one of our monthly General Meetings or send us a message.

Movements like ours are made by those who show up and do the work. Will you be one of them?

 

Membership Team: 

VTU Membership Team oversees member relations & outreach, as well as manages the member database. If you don't know much about the VTU but want to get involved, this is a great way to start and see all the moving parts.

 

First-time volunteers might help with:

  • Sign-in/sign-up table at monthly General Meetings (GMs)
  • Tabling at events (such as Car Free Day)

Other volunteer opportunities include:

  • Taking minutes at General Meetings
  • Phone-banking our members 
  • Member data management
  • Answering emails
  • Offering language interpretation at meetings/events

 

Outreach and Advocacy Team (OAT):

This working group is made up of organizers and legal advocates who engage in direct actions to support tenant rights to safe and affordable housing. We meet with tenants in troubled buildings to help them organize for better housing conditions. Using direct action we build grassroots tenant power and local leadership to challenge for example, chronic building disrepair, unfair evictions or a scrupulous or negligent landlord at a residential board hearing. We work to unite the voices of tenants in Vancouver when speaking with local or provincial governments and media, and we share resources that help to secure our rights as tenants.

 

First-time volunteers might help with:

  • Door-knocking or flyering in a problem building
  • Assisting an experienced tenant organizer

Other volunteer opportunities include:

  • Assisting with campaigns
  • Tenant Organizing
  • Tenant Advocacy (if you happen to have a firm grasp of tenancy law)

 

 

Communications Team

The VTU Comms Team is responsible for both internal (membership), and external (social media, press) communications. Working closely with other parts of the VTU, Comms helps develop and implement outreach strategy for events, policy positions, campaigns and more. Generally speaking, we recommend you volunteer with another working group before joining Comms Team, as we want you to have a firm grasp on what the VTU is all about before we hand you the keys to our social media accounts. That being said, there is plenty of opportunity here if you like writing, social media strategy, or have a creative flair for video, photography or graphic design.

 

First-time volunteers might help with:

  • Designing a poster or graphic
  • Capturing an event with photo or video

Other volunteer opportunities include:

  • Social Media Management
  • Writing press releases
  • Composing member email newsletters & website updates
  • Translating VTU materials to other languages

 

Policy Team

The Policy Team develops pro-tenant policy solutions for all levels of government (municipal, provincial, federal), as well as articulates critique for current policies that hurt tenants. This is a great team to join if you are interested in learning more about how government policy affects tenants, and tenants struggles. Even if you don't know a lot about policy, the direct lived experience of tenants is what informs the work of this group, so all are welcome to get involved.

 

First-time volunteers might help with:

  • Attending a Policy Team meeting

Other volunteer opportunities include:

  • Working with the team to develop policy positions
  • Policy Research
  • Member surveys

 

New Teams/Working Groups

Are you a member who wants to start a working group?

Please get in touch!