The annual Hope in Shadows calendar is sold on the streets of Vancouver, North Vancouver, and Victoria along with the monthly Megaphone magazine through our vendor program. Selling the calendar is an opportunity for our vendors to earn extra income and connect with a community. It can also be a way to practice and develop skills, build work experience, and open the door to other opportunities.
The opportunity to work as a vendor is open to anyone impacted by poverty. Becoming a vendor is easy. We offer one-hour orientation sessions regularly at the Megaphone office. At the session, vendors receive all the information and tools they need to start working, including an I.D. badge, sales tips, 5 free magazines and 1 free calendar to get started. After that, vendors buy each calendar for $10 and sell it for $20. They buy each magazine for 75cents and sell it to customers for $2. All the money from the sales transaction goes directly to the vendor.
We support the vendors working with us throughout the season with monthly vendor meetings, special training workshops and social activities. Some vendors are elected by their peers to sit on the vendor advisory board, which meets weekly with staff to provide input into how the program is run.
Check out this video for more information about the Hope in Shadows and Megaphone vendor program.
If you are living on a low-income in Vancouver or Victoria, homeless, or experiencing poverty, and are interested in becoming a vendor, please contact vendors[at]megaphonemagazine.com or call 604-255-9701 Ext 113. Or, come see us at our office in Vancouver at 312 Main St, or in Victoria at 1627 Quadra.