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.

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

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.

Active Working Groups

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 tenant 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. We build grassroots tenant power and local leadership to challenge for example, chronic building disrepair, unfair evictions or landlord intimidation tactics. Depending on the situation, sometime we advocate for tenants at the Residential Tenancy Board, in the media, or with the government directly. 

First-time volunteers might help with:

  • Door-knocking or posting flyers in a problem building
  • Assisting an experienced tenant organizer
  • Participating in tenancy law workshops

Other volunteer opportunities include:

  • Assisting with larger campaigns
  • Tenant Organizing
  • Tenant Advocacy

Communications Team

The VTU Comms Team is responsible for both internal (membership), and external (social media, press) communications. Working closely with other VTU Working Groups, Comms team members help 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 to better understand how the union works, and our broader goals. That being said, there is plenty of opportunity here if you like writing, social media, 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:
  • Managing social media accounts
  • Writing press releases
  • Composing member email newsletters & website updates
  • Developing communications and campaigns strategy
  • Translating VTU materials to other languages

Data Tools Working Group

The Data Tools Working Group uses data as a resource for tenants in their struggle against the increasing precariousness of the housing situation in Vancouver. We organize on Discord.

First-Time volunteers might help with:

  • Researching/amalgamating data online
  • Coding (beginners and experts alike are welcome)
  • Other web/digital projects in the VTU

*VISIT THE MICRO-SITE HERE*

Contact: vtu.datatools@gmail.com

Local Chapters

Want to get involved directly in issues going on in your own neighbourhood?

Local chapters work in tandum with other working groups to carry out organizing campaigns, host outreach events and more. This is part of a broader effort to de-centralize the VTU.

First-time volunteers might help with:

  • Write a letter (to city council, for example)
  • Door-knocking or posting flyers in a problem building
  • Designing a poster or graphic
  • Tabling in your neighbourhood
  • Calling local chapter members

Get in touch with your Local Chapter:

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Hastings Sunrise
  • Kensington-Cedar Cottage
  • West End
  • (More coming soon!)

Real Rent Control Campaign

The Real Rent Control Campaign is a province-wide campaign to win back vacancy control for tenants, where rent control is tied to the unit, not the tenant. 

First-time volunteers might help with:

  • Attending a meeting, learning more about the campaign
  • Tabling

Lots more info here: https://www.realrentcontrolbc.ca/

Contact: realrentcontrolbc@gmail.com

New Teams/Working Groups

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

Please get in touch!