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.
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Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is a public art gallery committed to the celebration of art. With vision, leadership and scholarship we will engage and inspire diverse audiences through exhibitions, interpretation, and stewardship of the collection.
- Overview: The AGGV is the region’s major public art museum, and has the largest collection of visual arts in public trust in British Columbia, with over 18,000 works stored on site.
- Curatorial emphasis: The AGGV showcases exhibitions from our celebrated East Asian collection (from India to Japan) and from Canadian and international contemporary and historical artists.
- East Asian Collection: The AGGV is home to one of Canada's most important East Asian art collections, second only to the Royal Ontario Museum. The collections of Chinese amber and ivory carvings are amongst the finest in the world. The East Asian Collection is one of the most comprehensive held in public trust in North America.
- Emily Carr: On permanent display is the work of British Columbia's foremost historical artist Emily Carr. An exhibition including paintings, excerpts from her books and archival images offers an insightful look at this inspiring Victoria artist who captured the British Columbia landscape and was inspired by the rich culture of First Nations people of the province.
- Shinto Shrine: The Gallery's Asian Garden boasts the only authentic full-sized Japanese Shinto Shrine outside of Japan.
- Spencer Mansion: Incorporated in 1947, the Gallery hasbeen at its current location since a donation of the Spencer mansion in 1951. Sara Spencer’s niece Myfanwy Pavelic, an esteemed Victoria artist, continued the family’s artistic legacy on Vancouver Island until her passing in 2007.
Volunteer Policy Statement
The Board of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria recognizes the valuable role volunteers have had in its history and will play in its future. The Gallery ensures that there are fair, consistent and equitable procedures pertaining to volunteer practices and performance.
Our mission is to provide all children with the opportunity to develop life skills by exploring their potential through arts experiences.
What we do:
Compelled by the values of Jesus Christ, we provide exceptional holistic care as we assist seniors to experience life well in supportive communities.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Victoria
At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Victoria We believe in the power and values of Mentoring.
As Canada’s leading child and youth mentoring charity,
Big Brothers Big Sisters facilitates life-changing
relationships that inspire and empower children and youth
to reach their potential, both as individuals and citizens.
To help build a caring society by providing excellent health, social and housing services needed by seniors, veterans and other adults.
Broadmead Care serves our community through leadership in long-term care delivery and by pioneering programs, services and methods that contribute to innovation in the health care system.
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Children's International Summer Villages - Victoria
Communica Dialogue and Resolution Services Society
Our Mission is to assist individuals, groups and communities to manage difference to promote strong, healthy, sustainable relationships.
Our Mandate is to provide timely, affordable conflict management and communication services and education. We emphasize relationship building and cultural awareness and partner with other community organizations to address community issues through collaborative approaches.
Inclusiveness – We celebrate diversity of all types;
Accountability – We strive to be transparent and respectful and to model that for our community;
Collaboration – We work to build community networks and collaborative partnerships to share resources and opportunities;
Creativity – We promote individuality, opportunity and growth
Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria
Cook Street Village Activity Centre
Creating Homefulness Society- Woodwynn Farms
Woodwynn Farms is a therapeutic community for the homeless with a unique and compassionate approach to helping people in need. Participants and volunteers live and work together on the farm, each day beginning with yoga along with mindfulness practices woven throughout the day. Meals are enjoyed together, consisting of nutritious, organic farm-grown food. This brings people back to health physically, spiritually, and mentally, so they can flourish and contribute to their communities. We operate by the motto believe in people until their ready to believe in themselves.
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.
Early Music Society of the Islands
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
Glenshiel Housing Society
Global Village Store
Greater Victoria Festival Society
Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival
The Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival Association is a volunteer-based organization. We are dedicated to working with performing arts educators to develop artistic skills and a love of the performing arts for all ages and skill levels in music, dance and speech arts.
Our annual community festival provides reputable professionals who foster inclusion, education and performance opportunity during adjudicated sessions. We celebrate participation, achievement and excellence through a series of special concerts and an awards program.
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.
Island Sexual Health Society
John Howard Society of Victoria
Effective, just and humane responses to the causes and consequences of crime.
Langham Court Theatre
A welcoming theatre community with a passion for creating vibrant, engaging entertainment.
Maritime Museum of BC
Military Family Resource Centre
To provide programs and services that serve, involve and advocate for the Military Community and their families and address the unique challenges of the military family lifestyle and will result in an enhanced quality of life.
Mount St Mary Hospital
Founded by the Sisters of St. Ann, we are a Catholic health organization dedicated to continuing the healing ministry of Jesus by providing compassionate, loving care to adults of all faiths who require long-term support. We are committed to meeting the physical, spiritual, intellectual, social, and emotional needs of all those we serve in partnership with their families, friends and other health care providers.
Oak Bay Lodge
Oaklands Community Association
Strengthening the Oaklands community by providing programs, services, and resources for its residents, businesses and visitors.
Our Place Society
Our Place Society is a community centre serving Greater Victoria's most vulnerable citizens: the working poor, impoverished elderly, the mentally and physically challenged, the addicted and the homeless. We serve over 1,500 meals per day, and provide hot showers, free clothing, counseling and outreach services, plus 45 transitional housing units. Most importantly, we provide a sense of hope and belonging to our neighbours in need.
Become part of a fantastic team of compassionate people assisting Victoria’s most vulnerable citizens. For more information, visit our website https://www.ourplacesociety.com/ or call our Volunteer Services team at 250-388-7112 Ext. 243 or email email@example.com
Pacific Centre Family Services Association
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.
Recreation Integration Victoria
Facilitating active lifestyles for people with disabilities
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.
Rotary Clubs of Greater Victoria
Are you a community conscious individual who believes in the power of collaboration? Yes? Then help us change the world!
Who are Rotarians?
In Greater Victoria, Rotarians are a group of 500+ business and professional people of all ages and from all sectors, who are passionate about making Victoria and the world a better place.
What do we do?
Over the past 10 years, we have raised and donated more than $3 million, while volunteering more than 100,000 hours to support numerous charities and projects.
What makes Rotary special?
Rotarian effort represents a significant contribution to infrastructure, social programs, leadership and education in Greater Victoria. However, when you join Rotary, it’s not only your community that beneﬁts. You beneﬁt too — through volunteering, networking, making lifelong friendships, and expanding your leadership skills. As an active Rotarian, you'll find the opportunities are endless.
Becoming a member is easy. With 12 Rotary clubs from Sidney to Sooke that meet at different times and locations, you’re sure to find a club that fits your schedule. Visit a club, get to know us, and become involved in your community. It's that simple.
Find a club and learn more
You can find a club and learn more about Rotary in Greater Victoria at http://rotaryvictoria.org
We look forward to meeting you!
Seniors Serving Seniors Association of BC
Seniors Serving Seniors is a non-profit society established to promote the well being of seniors by:
Collecting, researching, and disseminating information pertinent to seniors and the support of seniors in transition.
Story Studio Writing Society
The Story Studio Writing Society is a registered charity that is dedicated to advancing children’s relationship with literacy by fostering self-expression through the creation of their own published stories. The Story Studio enables children and youth to experience success as authors and strengthen their ability to write in their own voice.
Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary
To foster appreciation of nature and provide experiences that will develop personal responsibility for the care and protection of the environment.
The Canadian College of Performing Arts
The Canadian College of Performing Arts:
To offer quality training in a broad spectrum of skills which will prepare the students for careers in the performance arts locally, nationally or internationally.
To provide a stimulating, positive and constructive environment where students are encouraged to develop high standards of work ethics and conduct which will serve them in any field of endeavour in the future.
The Canadian Heritage Arts Society (CHAS).
- To provide instruction and training in the performing arts, and to raise the aesthetic taste and artistic appreciation of the public at large through the medium of public performances and exhibitions.
- To preserve and promote heritage arts and culture.
The Didi Society
Empowering women globally and educating youth locally for sustainable development and equality.
The First Open Heart Society of British Columbia
The First Open Heart Society of British Columbia is a registered charitable non-profit organization with a membership of approximately 500 people, comprised of patients awaiting, or who have undergone, open heart surgery, or other cardiovascular procedures, their spouses or immediate family members, as well as interested members of the medical profession and other hospital staff. The Society is an independent volunteer organization and is not affiliated with any other heart organization.
The Society's objectives are to support:
- heart patients and their families
- heart related specialized medical equipment and education for area hospitals and their families
- the Victoria Heart House
- the Victoria Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
- the Autologous Blood Program
The Salvation Army Victoria ARC
INTERNATIONAL IDENTITY STATEMENT
The Salvation Army is an international Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible; its ministry is motivated by love for God and the needs of humanity
The Salvation Army Territorial Mission Statement
The Salvation Army is an international Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible; its ministry is motivated by love for God and the needs of humanity. The Salvation Army exists to share the love of Jesus Christ, meet human needs and be a transforming influence in the communities of our world.
Victoria Addictions & Rehabilitation Centre Mission Statement
The Addictions and Rehabilitation Centre provides quality counselling, support, resources and programs in a residential setting, to those making the transition from the institution to their family and community. All people are treated with the same high level of assistance, dignity and compassion
Statement of Rights & Responsibilities
Each person in this community has the right and responsibility to:
- Be treated with respect and dignity
- Treat others with respect and dignity
- A clean and safe living / working environment
- Abide by all community living / working expectations
- Keep personal living / working space and belongings in order, clean and secure
- Available counselling and personal support
- Keep healthy boundaries with other clients / Employees
- Voice suggestions or concerns
- Report observed unsafe or inappropriate situations
Township Community Arts Council
University of Victoria English Language Centre (ELC) Study Centre
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.
Victoria Film Festival
Victoria Immigrant & Refugee Centre
Victoria International Buskers Festival Society
Victoria Lesbian Seniors Care Society
The Victoria Lesbian Seniors Care Society supports the health and social needs of women-identified and lesbian-identified individuals and couples on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. This includes women of all ages. We provide safe, accessible and welcoming spaces, and we build community through public education and social action. The VLSCS became an official entity in 1994.
We commit ourselves to building a greater involvement in the wider community, including students within the universities and colleges, professionals within health care, as well as all members of the LGBTQ international community and allies.
Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association
Our mission is to provide a therapeutic horseback riding program for children and adults with disabilities that promotes and enriches their physical, psychological and social well-being.
What We Do
Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association (VTRA) formerly known as Victoria Riding for the Disabled, was formed in 1982 to provide a therapeutic riding experience to children and adults with disabilities. VTRA is a non-profit organization that uses horseback riding as a recognized therapeutic aid for people with a wide range of physical, intellectual and learning disabilities. VTRA offers classes to more than 140 children and adults with disabilities that include Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, Autism, intellectual challenges, and hearing or vision impairment. VTRA is made up of a volunteer board, a small paid staff and more than 100 volunteers who through their dedicated contribution of time enable these individuals to ride each week.
We Rage We Weep Alzheimer Foundation
We Rage We Weep Alzheimer Foundation is a Victoria based independent Canadian Registered Charity founded in May 2006. We support caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. In doing so we fund, administer and/or market programs and services that:
- Make a difference in the day to day lives of caregivers and their loved ones, often a life partner or parent
- Are not currently available through statutory assistance but complement that already existing within the community
Thereby easing the burden of care giving - one family at a time.
West Shore Arts Council
About the West Shore Arts Council
The West Shore Arts Council serves the residents of five communities: Langford, Colwood, View Royal, Metchosin and Highlands, which form part of the Capital Regional District on Southern Vancouver Island. The population in our area is currently close to 100,000 and expected to double over the next twenty years. The West Shore Arts Council is the lead advocate for public understanding of, participation in and appreciation of the arts, culture and heritage and their valuable contribution to a vibrant community. In addition to serving the population within our communities, we act as a conduit for information exchange between other arts councils, maximizing opportunities for our members.
- to encourage creative participation and excellence in the arts, culture and heritage;
- to encourage the development of opportunities to perform and to exhibit the arts, culture and heritage;
- to act as a clearing house for information pertaining the arts, culture and heritage;
- to promote and foster public interest, appreciation and understanding of the arts, culture and heritage;
- to bring community planning priorities in the arts, culture and heritage to the attention of the local, regional, provincial and federal authorities;
- to encourage and advocate for arts education and cultural development in the West Shore communities of Colwood, Highlands, Langford, Metchosin and View Royal.
The West Shore Arts Council is run by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Arts Council could not exist without its volunteers and if you would like to get to know your fellow Arts Council members better, and have some fun at the same time, please consider volunteering.
Women In Need - WIN
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.