Frequently asked questions

What is WE Charity?

WE Charity is part of WE—a family of organizations that makes doing good, doable. WE Charity empowers domestic and international change. ME to WE is a social enterprise that creates socially conscious products and experiences that help support the charity. And WE Day fills stadiums around the world with the greatest celebration of social good.

WE is a movement that believes when we come together we can create an even better world. WE makes it easy for you to get involved—whether at home, school or work—by offering resources to help you create positive social change in your community and around the world.

What is the goal of WE Care Vancouver?

WE Care Vancouver aims to shed light on the city’s most pressing social issues, such as homelessness, opioid addiction and food insecurity, while also giving Vancouverites the information, tools and support they need to make a difference. Through workshops and resources, WE Care Vancouver will provide everything you need to bring your friends, family and community together to make a positive impact. We want to help you make Vancouver the most caring city in Canada.

Why is my help needed?

The fact is that 51% of Vancouverites do not volunteer. There is plenty of room for more compassion and action in our city. You have the power to create real change.

How do I get involved?

Getting involved is easy!
Go to WE.org/wecarevancouver and sign up for our e-newsletter, delivered to your inbox each week with everything you need to start creating change, including volunteer ideas and helpful tips to enlist your network.

If I have a question, how can I get in touch?

You can reach us at [email protected] with any questions or comments you might have.

I’ve never volunteered before. How do I get started?

Making a difference in your neighbourhood or community doesn’t have to be hard. And, if you begin by thinking of the causes you’re passionate about, and involve your friends, family and colleagues, volunteering won’t feel like work, either. In fact, one study found that 94% of people who volunteer notice that their mood improves after they’ve given their time and effort to a cause. It’s called the “helper’s high.”

Getting started is as simple as thinking about what local issues you’re already passionate about, or the names of organizations in your community you would like to volunteer for. Then do a quick Internet search to find phone or email contact information for the organizations, and get in touch to let them know you’re interested in helping. The most satisfying volunteer opportunities are ones that match your passion for a cause with your particular skills and talents. So if you’re a great cook, perhaps taking a few shifts at a soup kitchen is the right fit. If you’ve learned coding and are eager to use your skills outside of work, you might offer to build a website for a small local charity.

Try out a single volunteer session to see if the opportunity is a fit. If it feels right, think about how more regular volunteer shifts could fit into your schedule.

And, don’t forget, we’re here to help guide your journey every step of the way:

  • Sign up for our weekly e-newsletter for a regular hit of inspiration, support and easy activities you can add to your volunteer schedule.
  • Attend one of our upcoming WE Care Vancouver workshops. In less than half a day, you’ll learn how to create an action plan, and rally your friends and family to help you make an even bigger impact with your volunteer efforts.
  • Email us at [email protected].
  • Call our WE Care Vancouver family facilitator, Michelle Vanderzon, at 604-340-1813.

My kids are still very young and we’re always short on time! Is there a way for us to take action on a community cause together?

Finding the right volunteer opportunity isn’t always easy, especially when trying to match the passions—and hectic schedules—of both parents and kids. But it can be done! Click here for some easy ideas you can try today.

What are some local causes I can learn about on my own or with my family?

We don’t have to look further than our own city streets to find causes that could use our help. For example, did you know that automobile drivers take their eyes off the road for an average of five seconds while texting? That’s equivalent to driving the length of a football field. Distracted driving is a very real and very relevant problem in Vancouver and across the country. To learn more about this issue and others, click here.