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ABOUT US

Working Gear is a volunteer-run charity located in the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood of Vancouver, BC. We have had the privilege of serving our clients since 2007. We rely on the generous support of individuals, businesses, and organizations to provide industry-appropriate clothing and haircutting services to individuals experiencing unemployment or underemployment.

OUR MISSION

To relieve poverty by providing industry-appropriate clothing, gear and supports at no cost to low-income or unemployed individuals in search of employment.

OUR VALUES

We exist to improve lives by supporting our clients and the community. We treat everyone with compassion, respect, and kindness

We recognize society’s interconnectedness. We are committed to addressing social inequities and we use our voice to advocate for positive change

Collaboration is the backbone of Working Gear. We aim to form long-lasting relationships and partnerships with our clients, referral agencies, volunteers, sponsors, donors, and advocates that are rooted in trust and integrity.

Staying curious is what keeps us on a continual path of learning and growing. We are committed to listening and learning from those around us, enabling us to innovate, adapt, and solve problems

We strive to make a sustainable impact in the lives of our clients and the community as a whole. We recognize hard work and celebrate the successes of our community

Hot off the press — Working Gear just released its second Annual Report!

We’re thrilled to share what we’ve been up to over the last fiscal year with our community. Hear from our Executive Director and Board Chair about how we successfully navigated and continue to respond to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, learn more about the programs and services we offer, and hear about the impact of our work from clients themselves. 

Download them here:

Working Gear 2021-22 Annual Report

Working Gear 2020-21 Annual Report

Working Gear is a registered charity, all of Working Gear’s filings and reporting to the Canadian Revenue Agency can be found here.

Have questions or want to learn more? Email info@workinggear.ca

Our dedicated

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Working Gear is almost entirely managed and run by a team of volunteers. We have a diverse volunteer Board of Directors and Advisors, who are all dedicated to ensuring the organization is a success.

JULIA BAHEN

CHAIR

PETER CRAWFORD

CHAIR

CHRIS ADAMS-BRUSH

TREASURER

JENNA HILDEBRAND

SECRETARY

GARTH WHITE

CONSULTANT

SARAH MAYER

COMMUNICATIONS

JENEA GOMEZ

AIDA TAJBAKHSH

Our trusted

ADVISORS

CAL CHAN

In-House Stylist and Operations Coordinator

STEPHEN FLYNN

Co-founder, Special Advisor/p>

BARB MIURA

Operations Manager

CLARE MCKENNA

Grants Advisor

SARAH BELEY, DIRECTOR

Sarah Beley leads Working Gear in its mission to relieve poverty by providing essential clothing to unemployed and low-income individuals as they transition back into the workforce. As the non-profit organization’s sole employee, Sarah guides a team of volunteers to support her in all functions.

An active member of the local community, Sarah forges strong partnerships with local employment agencies, homeless shelters and community organizations to ensure Working Gear helps everyone who needs it.

In Working Gear’s shop, Sarah manages both back and front-of-house operations alongside the organization’s volunteer Operations Manager, Barb Miura. Most recently, Sarah created an on-site barber shop so clients can get a haircut and present their best face on the job. More often than not, she is the friendly face greeting clients as they walk through the door and helping them find the right gear.

Sarah has a degree in Political Science from Simon Fraser University, with a major in Public Policy and a minor in Dialogue Communications, and a graduate diploma in Sustainable Community Development. In 2015, Sarah completed the prestigious Radius Fellowship program, a premium development for emerging social innovators. In 2019, she received the City of Vancouver’s Award of Excellence, which recognizes those who lead projects that create a thriving, healthy, and liveable city for everyone.

Some of our wonderful

Sponsors

worksafe BC logo
Indochino logo
Vancouver Foundation logo
BC logo inverted
Port of Vancouver
COV logo
tom james logo
Viberg Logo
K Clothing
Holmes make it right logo
Keen logo
Vancity logo
BC Hydro logo
Krogseth Foundation logo
Coast Capital logo
Orion Construction logo
Reddhart logo
SPI Health and Safety
Working Gear logo - reversed

WE ARE LOCATED AT

475 Main, St Unit 228
Vancouver, BC V6A 2T7

info@workinggear.ca

778.877.0147

MAILING ADDRESS
For Regular Mail Only – No Clothing Donations

PO Box 88495
Chinatown RPO
Vancouver, BC
V6A 4A7

Copyright ©2022 Working Gear Clothing Society. All rights reserved. Working Gear Clothing Society is a Registered Canadian Charity.