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Why Volunteer?

From the very beginning, we have relied on volunteers to make things happen. From our managers to our teachers to those of you who came out to help us clean the walls, everything we do is based on willing volunteers like yourself. 

Volunteering is an amazing way to connect with your community and contribute your skills to building something you care about. At The Learnary, we work to treat our volunteers well and celebrate your contributes often. We hope you'll join in the fun!

The Vancouver Learnary Society is a registered non-profit organization. 

Ways to Volunteer


  • Shop Clerk volunteer during weekday shop hours 
  • Sewing support during Sewing Space Days
  • Art Space Support
  • General odd jobs around the shop: stamping bags, sorting supplies, labeling etc. 
  • Cleaning:  store front, bathroom, fridge, floors 


  • Press Release Writer
  • On Line Program Promotion 
  • Grant Writer
  • Web support



  • Co-ordinator of Kids Maker Pop ups in shop and for fall special event (2 -4 x/year)
  • Fix and/or Maintain Typewriters
  • Photographer 
  • Experienced Interviewers to do a series of long interviews
  • Board Members: Treasurer, Youth Advisor, Grant Writer. 
  • Removal of recycling, cardboard, and various junk. 


  • Fix and/or Maintain Typewriters
  • Fix and/or Maintain Sewing Machines
  • Tiling work around sink area
  • Install small cabinet in bathroom and a handful of small shelves

How do I become a volunteer?

To become a volunteer, please contact Sam or Surya by coming into the shop or emailing us at  Let us know what you have in mind and we will see what we can come up with. 

All volunteers will committee to contributing to The Learnary in a way that fosters inclusion for all, curiosity, community and kindness.  

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The Learnary is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people. We are humbled by this history and grateful for our use of this land.

Phone: 604-215-1146

2643 East Hastings 

Vancouver, BC 

V5K 1Z5



Free (2 hour) public parking is available 1/2 block north of Hastings between Penticton and Kamloops.

Store Hours

Wednesday  11:00  - 5:00

Thursday 11:00 - 5:00

Friday 11:00 - 5:00

Saturday 11:00 - 5:00

Sunday 11:00 - 5:00

Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays. 

Special Hours:

No special hours this season!


Accessibility is important to us. Please note, however, that we are in an old building with limitations.

The Learnary Storefront is on one level.

The front entrance door is 34” wide. There is a short slope outside the front door which rises approximately 5” over 13".

Our bathroom is approximately 57” x 60”.  To access, you need to pass through three doorways. The smallest has a width of 26”. The bathroom is non-gendered.

Our back door (private entrance) has five wooden steps.  

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