The Anawim Companion Society, which serves our community through Anawim House, was founded on the following guiding beliefs and principles:
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.
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.
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.
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.
BC SPCA Wild ARC
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.
Cool Aid Society
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.
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.
CRD Parks & Trails
Creatively United for the Planet Society
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.
Cultivating Local Yokals Society
Disaster Aid Canada
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.
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.
Esquimalt Parks and Recreation
Working in partnership with our residents, organizations and other municipalities, to develop a healthy and active community by ensuring access to recreation, parks and community development programs and services.
Fairfield Gonzales Community Association
Greater Victoria Bike to Work Society
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/
Greater Victoria Green Team
We restore, conserve and enhance our natural environment by engaging volunteers in educational hands-on activities.
Greater Victoria Placemaking Network
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.
Haliburton Community Organic Farm Society
Life Cycles Project Society
My Open Road Canada
My Open Road Canada is a non-profit organization striving to reduce carbon emissions world-wide. We utilize the free My Open Road smart-phone app to engage local communities in sustainable transportation. Like-minded, local businesses partner with My Open Road in order to give users incentive with discounts and prizes for their efforts. We are currently partnered with 20 businesses in Victoria and growing all the time. Our mission is to protect the environment by showing people that together, we can all make a difference with tiny changes to our transportation routines. Tiny changes = Big rewards.
Oaklands Community Association
Strengthening the Oaklands community by providing programs, services, and resources for its residents, businesses and visitors.
Point Ellice House and O'Reillys' Restaurant
Point Ellice House, 2616 Pleasant St. was the abode of a prominant family who lovingly filled their home with a vast collection of victorianna. To preserve and maintain this heritage house and garden, tours,teas and meals are offered on a daily basis except Tuesdays and Wednesdays when they are closed.The Point Ellice House Preservation Society wish to provide Victoria residents and visitors with an authentic journey back to a more gentile time, where ladies wore long gowns, and men top hats. They entertained their family and friends in the drawing room ,or had tea and played croquet on the exspansive lawn ,over looking the Gorge water way. Point Ellice is a Victoria treasure, that welcomes volunteers to share it's history , the original garden and help serve delectable teas and meals.
Quadra Village Community Centre - Downtown Blanshard Advisory Committee
The Quadra Village Community Centre is a safe and welcoming gathering place in the vibrant and diverse neighbourhood of Hillside Quadra. We work together to nurture community well-being by providing services and programs to meet the social, educational, health, employment, environmental and recreational needs of the people in the heart of the city. Our range of options for community members includes prenatal, children`s, youth, family,seniors and community programs. Since 1974 our preventative and responsive community based programs have helped make change close to home.
Rainbow Health Cooperative
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.
Rocky Point Bird Observatory
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.
Saanich Volunteer Services Society
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.
Shelbourne Community Kitchen Society
Southern Vancouver Island Nature Trails Society
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.
Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary
The Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary is a leader in the stewardship of functioning & diverse ecosystems and an urban refuge that provides opportunities to bring people and nature together.
Threshold Housing Society
Threshold Housing Society helps at-risk youth attain self-reliance through long-term supportive transitional housing.
Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group
Victoria Brain Injury Society
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.
World Fisheries Trust
World Fisheries Trust is dedicated to the equitable and sustainable use and conservation of aquatic biodiversity.