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Find a community group near you and start changing the world—or at least your neighbourhood

Joining a community group is an excellent way to get to know your neighbours, promote sustainable living, improve your neighbourhood and enjoy your city.

From a group of families promoting the sustainability of the neighbourhood or a larger organization working to improve a city, community groups thrive on participation. So what are you waiting for?

Ecovillage Vancouver

What it is: Neighbourhood ecovillages are places where people work together. They share resources and promote sustainable community living. An ecovillage is a place where neighbours have potlucks, swap furniture, share tools, hold events, or do anything they’d like together.

Who it’s for: Anyone looking to make life a little easier through sharing of resources.

How to join: A neigbourhood ecovillage is something a neighbourhood creates together. Start by talking to your neighbours and get the ball rolling from there.

For more information and tips on starting an Ecovillage, contact Ross Moster or visit the EcoVillage website.

Be The Change Earth Alliance

What it is: Neighbourhood groups working toward a sustainable community. Read more about Be The Change.

Who it’s for: People who want to make an difference. If each community had just one Be The Change circle the world would be a much greener place.

How to join: Email to find a Be The Change circle in your neighbourhood. Or, start one yourself!

For more information, visit Be the Change.

Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition

What it is: A volunteer-run, non-profit society who works to improve cycling conditions in the Lower Mainland. The group promotes cycling in cities and believes more cycling means reduced traffic congestion, improved health, and improved environmental conditions. They organize bike rides, offer a bike safety program and do a number of other things.

Who it’s for: The cycling inclined and the not so cycling inclined. If you’re a cyclist that wants to improve road safety for others or you want to keep yourself safe.

How to join: The VACC has contacts in Burnaby, Maple Ridge–Pitt Meadows, New Westminster, the North Shore, Surrey–White Rock, Tri-Cities and Vancouver. Visit the website for individual contact information.

Slow Food Foundation

What it is: A group dedicated to slowing down of life. The group hosts a number of events that promote the education and enjoyment of slow food. Join them on bike tours in the Fraser Valley and information sessions on gastronomic sciences.

Who it’s for: People who like good food and the occasional field trip.

How to join: For details on becoming a member visit the website. If you are looking for less commitment, many of the events are open to the public.

For event dates and more information, visit Slow Food Vancouver.

The Fruit Tree Project

What it is: A community-based charity that connects people who have fruit trees, people who can help harvest, and community groups that distribute the fruit or use it in their programs.

Who it’s for: Anyone with an abundance of fruit and anyone looking to spend time this summer outdoors. Get a group of friends together and spend an afternoon in the sunshine. If you’re not into rummaging around in the trees, the group also needs people to help preserve and transport the fruit.

How to join: Get in touch with the group by email, or visit the Vancouver Fruit Tree Project website to register your tree or volunteer your time.

If you have information on a community group not listed, let us know!

All we need is the name of the group, what they do and someone to contact.