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.
BC SPCA Victoria Branch
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.
Capital Region Food & Agricultural Roundtable Society
Our belief in the power of Collective Impact for social change informs work that we do and shapes the strategies that we are using to achieve our objectives. The focus of CRFAIR as an organization is around two distinct but related spheres of activity:
Provide Backbone Support for the Capital Region Food and Agriculture Network
Undertake high value, meaningful projects that are consistent with our Vision, Mission and Values
Vision: A region where local, sustainable and healthy food is celebrated, abundant and central to the cultures, health and well-being of residents
Mission: Mobilize and connect efforts to develop healthy, equitable and sustainable food systems in the Capital Region.
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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.
Downtown Victoria Business Association
Mission and Vision
The DVBA Mission is to nurture and promote the vitality and vibrancy of downtown Victoria and its business community.
Our Vision is to be the authority on all things happening in Victoria’s downtown core.
Our Guiding Principles
The Downtown Victoria Business Association will:
- Be focused and strategic in deployment of resources
- Be accountable, fiscally responsible, and transparent
- Be responsive to the needs and expectations of stakeholders
- Act with integrity
Fairfield Gonzales Community Association
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.
Island Sexual Health Society
John Howard Society of Victoria
Effective, just and humane responses to the causes and consequences of crime.
Kardel Consulting Services
Kardel’s mission is to help people with developmental disabilities have a good life
and to respect their personal choices
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pacific Centre Family Services Association
Recreation Integration Victoria
Facilitating active lifestyles for people with disabilities
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.
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.
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
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 Operatic Society
VOS is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization established in 1945 with the purpose of bringing top-quality live musical theatre to Victoria and giving aspiring young singers and performers the opportunity to display their talents. Over the years, VOS has produced Broadway Musicals, Light Operas, and Gilbert and Sullivan productions, using and promoting local talent on and off the stage.
The Society strives for quality, professional productions, while endeavouring to maintain affordable family prices. VOS provides and encourages the training of young artists in all facets of musical theatre production, through the provision of theatrical workshops and practical hands-on experience with our annual productions and other events
Our Mission is to produce exceptional musical theatre that engages the broader community.
Victoria Sexual Assult Centre
To enrich lives through the shared experience of extraordinary music.
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.
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.