Cool Aid Society

Volunteer Opportunities - Gardening Support & Facilitation, Rock Bay Landing Shelter

Please apply directly (do not use the Volunteer Victoria application) by contacting...

Erin Gallagher,

Phone 250.383.1951x4

Volunteer Administrator, Cool Aid Shelters

Location / Venue:

Rock Bay Landing Emergency Shelter

535 Ellice Street

Victoria, BC

Do you enjoy gardening and landscaping? Want to work alongside men and women experiencing homelessness in creating a beautiful space? Feel like spending some time weeding and working alongside an incredible team of shelter residents?

We are looking for volunteers to work leading clients in gardening activities. 

Each of Cool Aid’s shelters has an active garden which our shelter residents help tend; our hope is to create a beautiful, healing space. While many of our residents have incredible skills, they often look to staff and volunteers for leadership and guidance with gardening (getting started, identifying weeds, choosing the right tools, etc.) The ideal volunteer for this role would be willing to lead by example by providing garden support at predetermined days/times, have some leadership skills, actively encourage client participation and support clients in group gardening activities.

Please apply directly to the Victoria Cool Aid Society by emailing Erin Gallagher, volunteer administrator for Cool Aid's shelters (, to find out more information about this opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people experiencing homelessness.

Please note that volunteers who work directly with shelter clients are required to complete a criminal record check prior to commencing their volunteer role. We'll walk you through this process, which is free for volunteers. At this time, all volunteers working within are shelters must be at least 19 years of age.

Thanks so much for your interest in volunteering with the Victoria Cool Aid Society. You can find out more about our organization by visiting .

Thanks so much for your interest in volunteering with the Victoria Cool Aid Society. You can find out more about our organization by visiting .

Qualifications Required

  • CPR Level "C" Must be Asset
  • Criminal Record Check Must be Mandatory to Volunteer

Schedule Summary

This activity occurs between Monday, September 05, 2016 and Tuesday, June 06, 2017

  • Monday - All Day
  • Tuesday - All Day
  • Wednesday - All Day
  • Thursday - All Day
  • Friday - All Day
  • Saturday - All Day
  • Sunday - All Day

Mission Statement


Homelessness touches many lives at a significant cost to communities. The Cool Aid Society has been a key player in the work to end homelessness in the Capital Region for decades and, with your help, is developing 360 more apartments for people who are currently homeless.


We act to end homelessness by working in partnership with others to develop community-based solutions.  We are committed to working in a non-judgmental way with adults experiencing marginalization in Greater Victoria by advocating for and providing emergency shelter, supportive housing, integrated health care and other support services.


The Victoria Cool Aid Society acts to end homelessness and improve our quality of life by working with others to build a community where:

  • No one is forced to sleep on the street or go hungry.
  • Everyone who needs supportive housing is getting it.
  • Integrated health care service to treat illness and promote wellness is provided.
  • Integrated services are provided to those with mental health and addiction issues.


  • We demonstrate reliability, good faith and integrity in all our relationships
  • We foster a workplace culture that embraces innovation, teamwork, leadership and knowledge sharing.
  • We make and keep our commitments.
  • We are accountable for our actions and measure and share our contribution to the community.
  • We appreciate and acknowledge the contributions of our employees, volunteers, donors and partners.
  • We support and value participation, build partnerships, and encourage shared leadership in our community.
  • We treat all people with respect, dignity and fairness.
  • We look at the environment through the eyes of our clients.
  • We are innovative, learn from our experiences and the input of others, and make effective change.
  • We are action oriented and advocate for those we serve.
  • We are committed to promoting fairness and equity within our organization.

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