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Anawim House

Mission Statement

The Anawim Companion Society, which serves our community through Anawim House, was founded on the following guiding beliefs and principles:

A. Poverty
Poverty is a condition of our shared humanity. Physical, emotional, spiritual and social poverty exists at all levels of human society. Often poverty is unacknowledged and remains unchallenged. Such poverty leaves one feeling empty, powerless, alienated and in despair.

B. Core Belief
Beyond the face of poverty, there exists a whole person worthy of dignity, equality and unconditional love who needs to be accepted and reunited to humanity. We believe absolutely in the value of each human being to creatively live out his or her life.

C. Rights
Every person has the right to self-determination, mutual participation and love. If for any reason an individual cannot participate wholly in society, that person retains the right to belong with respect in a safe, healthy and caring environment. Poverty and its effects do not give us the right to impose judgment or limitations upon the poor.

D. Responsibilities
We are guardians of one another and the responsibility to respond to human poverty belongs equally to us all. We confront poverty as a human condition that can be understood, alleviated and healed. The pain and suffering of poverty must be met with compassion, companionship, generous giving and social action if it is to be reduced or eliminated. Each of us has been granted remarkable gifts and blessings that must be shared for the benefit of all.

E. Action
Poverty and its effects can only be alleviated by healing the whole person. We are dedicated to overcoming poverty by becoming compassionate companions with the poor while providing for their needs. We offer friendship for friendship. Our commitment to fulfill this mission will reduce the powerlessness, suffering and alienation of poverty.

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BC SPCA Wild ARC

Mission Statement

BC SPCA Wild ARC is a wild animal rehabilitation centre operated by the BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. As the only wildlife rehabilitation centre on southern Vancouver Island, Wild ARC treats 2,500 wild animals annually from throughout the region.

Wild ARC's mission is to provide humane care to injured, orphaned, sick and distressed wildlife based on established rehabilitation standards and the animal's natural history. Each patient is treated individually and assessed for eventual release back into the wild. Wild ARC also aims to educate the public about wildlife, animal welfare, and co-existing with nature, as over 80% of the wild animals treated at Wild ARC are impacted by human activity. 

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Cool Aid Society

Mission Statement

VICTORIA COOL AID SOCIETY

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.

MISSION

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.

OUR VISION

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.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  • 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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CRD Parks & Trails

General Interests

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Creatively United for the Planet Society

Mission Statement

Creatively United for the Planet is a registered not-for-profit society dedicated to empowering communities and individuals to take better care of the Earth.

We showcase and celebrate the important work that people are doing to make a difference to ensure where we live, work, eat, play and study remains beautiful, vibrant, healthy and resilient.

General Interests

Disaster Aid Canada

Mission Statement

At the Soap for Hope Program of Disaster Aid Canada, we are dedicating to meeting the hygiene needs of the needy in our community, here on Vancouver Island and abroad in disaster relief. Two years ago, our Executive Director, Anne McIntyre, was collecting lightly or unused hygiene products from hotels to send overseas in Disaster Aid kits when she asked herself if there was a need for these soaps here in Victoria. She quickly discovered that the answer was not only yes, but many shelters had no budget for hygiene products. This means that if they need to buy soap, then this money has to be diverted from food or other essential programs. 

In the last two years, we have grown to service 26 different shelters/ transitional houses or community centers on Vancouver Island. By diverting hygiene products such as shampoos, bar soaps and lotions that would normally be thrown into the trash, we have been able to help homeless individuals regain their dignity and health while protecting the environment.

Our Mission

To provide and assist in delivering humanitarian aid, shelter, sustainable water systems and hygiene products to people affected by natural and other disasters, or with compelling local need.

How We Fulfill Our Mission

By collecting lightly used or unused products from the hotel and accommodations industry, we divert waste from landfills and help people in need. Our service to the community means we connect and build relationships in the accommodations industry and those organizations that service homeless or at-risk individuals. We process these products to make sure they are clean and organized to make the biggest impact, then arrange for delivery or pick up to our local community or to send overseas. 

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Fairfield Gonzales Community Association

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Greater Victoria Bike to Work Society

Mission Statement

The Greater Victoria Bike to Work Society is a registered non-profit society governed by a volunteer board of directors whose mandate is to encourage and promote the use of the bicycle as a viable form of transportation.

Now in its 21st year, the Greater Victoria Bike to Work Week provides individuals the opportunity to experience cycling in a safe, fun way. Participants learn cycling is an enjoyable and feasible option for everyday transportation, particularly for commuting to work.

The Society started Bike to Work Week 21 years ago and hosts the provinces largest annual Bike to Work Week event. We also provide urban bike skills courses to the public building confidence and safety in commuter cycling. Click here to register in a course today.

Learn more here: http://biketoworkvictoria.ca/

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Greater Victoria Green Team

Mission Statement

We restore, conserve and enhance our natural environment by engaging volunteers in educational hands-on activities.

Environmental volunteers

Become an environmental volunteer with the Greater Victoria Green Team and help restore our natural parks and ecosystems!

Greater Victoria Placemaking Network

Mission Statement

Greater Victoria Placemaking Network

Our Mission is to inspire people, neighbourhoods and communities to create vibrant public places that promote health, happiness and well-being. 

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Haliburton Community Organic Farm Society

Environmental Restoration

Life Cycles Project Society

General Interests

Oaklands Community Association

Mission Statement

Strengthening the Oaklands community by providing programs, services, and resources for its residents, businesses and visitors. 

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Quadra Village Community Centre - Downtown Blanshard Advisory Committee

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Rainbow Health Cooperative

Mission Statement

We are a community owned and operated - not for profit health co-operative. We are chartered under the laws of British Columbia. We are trans-centric and queer-inclusive.  Our focus is helping gender non-conforming / trans (gnc/t) people. Our principle service is to support gnc/t groups in all areas and build a common network between them that is owned and managed by them. Where no group exists, we help the community start one. We believe it vital to our wellbeing to:

  • Be informed about our health and our choices regarding it
  • Develop communities of self-care where we assist each other in our common wellness
  • Represent ourselves collectively with organizations that provide services to the gnc/t community.

We accomplish this by developing and sharing knowledge about informed service providers, caring for each other in peer support groups, and advocating on health issues through our membership in a common organization. Our co-op makes our voices one. We use government support when we can get it, but are never dependent on it

We have a seven member board who represent the five regional health regions, a First Nations board member, and a one elected separately by our groups. Each director is elected by Co-op members of the region or community they represent. The following information is about how our co-op groups work and explains how you get started to register a new group.

General Interests

Rocky Point Bird Observatory

Mission Statement

Rocky Point Bird Observatory’s mission is to conserve birds through long-term ecological monitoring, scientific research and community outreach. Our primary role is to monitor the population trends, productivity and survivorship of songbirds in coastal British Columbia through daily surveys and bird banding. We also have a strong commitment to public education and training.

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Saanich Volunteer Services Society

Mission Statement

A one on one direct volunteer service that promotes independent living and enhances quality of life for Saanich residents by providing coordinated volunteer services and connection to community resources.

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Shelbourne Community Kitchen Society

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Southern Vancouver Island Nature Trails Society

Mission Statement

Mission - The Nature Trails Society will connect communities by formalizing the managed         access of a world class outdoor recreation network of shared use trails for all ages, abilities, and            experiences.

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Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary

Mission Statement

To foster appreciation of nature and provide experiences that will develop personal responsibility for the care and protection of the environment.

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Threshold Housing Society

Mission Statement

Threshold Housing Society helps at-risk youth attain self-reliance through long-term supportive transitional housing.

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Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group

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Victoria Brain Injury Society

Mission Statement

The Victoria Brain Injury Society's mission is to support, educate and advocate for adults with acquired rain injuries and their families; and to increase community awareness about acquired brain injuries.

Driving & Collections

Women In Need - WIN

Mission Statement

At Victoria Women In Need Community Cooperative (WIN), we support women along their journey between crisis, financial self sufficiency and wellness. Our programs are there for women along each step of their journey.

We are there when she is in crisis and needs to access essential goods, we are there when she is setting up her own home after leaving a transition house, we are there when she is building a strong community of support. And finally, when she is ready, we are there to provide training, education and financial support to help her achieve her goals of financial self sufficiency and wellness.

How do we do this? We collect donated goods and provide affordable high quality clothing, household items and furniture through three Resale Shops in Victoria. The revenue from our shops, together with financial donations, covers the entire cost of running our non profit cooperative, and funds our empowerment programs for women. So whether you are a shopper or a donor, you too have a hand in transforming our community.

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World Fisheries Trust

Mission Statement

World Fisheries Trust is dedicated to the equitable and sustainable use and conservation of aquatic biodiversity. 

Environmental Education

Environmental Research/Monitoring