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Abbeyfield House St. Peter's Society

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AIDS Vancouver Island

Who We Are:

Mission Statement: 

AIDS Vancouver Island serves the needs of people infected and affected by HIV and hepatitis C. We take evidence-based action to prevent infection, provide support, and reduce stigma.

Our Vision: 

Our vision is of a world free of HIV and hepatitis C. Until that time, those most at risk in our community continue to be marginalized - not only by their disease, but also by stigma and discrimination, poverty, and despair. As we fight these diseases, we join with those we serve to provide services based on consideration and respect and to provide visibility and a voice in the community.

About Us: 

AIDS Vancouver Island (AVI) is a community-based AIDS Service Organization (ASO). We have offices in the communities of Greater Victoria, Nanaimo, the Comox Valley, and Campbell River. Our catchment area includes all of the Gulf Islands.

At AIDS Vancouver Island we provide education, advocacy and support clients. AVI provides education and prevention information to schools, the broader community and target populations. Evidence demonstrates that comprehensive prevention programs can help to effectively contain HIV, hepatitis C, and other communicable diseases.

AIDS Vancouver Island provides integrated services to individuals with HIV/AIDS and/or hepatitis C, tuberculosis and other communicable diseases.

AIDS Vancouver Island's effectiveness is derived from our role in the community and our connections with the populations most infected by, and at risk of, contracting HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, and other communicable diseases. Throughout our large volunteer base and the community partnerships we have forged, we effectively target and educate difficult-to-reach populations. AIDS Vancouver Island is a vital component of the total effort against HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and other communicable diseases.

A Brief History: 

On September 17, 1985, five men (Wayne Cook, Don MacIvor, Roy Salonin, John Spencer, and Grant Sullivan) sat around a kitchen table and decided it was time to meet the challenge posed by the AIDS epidemic on Vancouver Island. These five men saw the growing need for accurate and up-to-date information and services relating to HIV/AIDS. That evening saw the birth of AIDS Vancouver Island (AVI), with the founders forming the first Board of Directors.

The society was subsequently incorporated in BC and registered under certificate number S20925 on January 24, 1986 under the legal name of The Vancouver Island Aids Society. Initial funding for the society's expenses came from a benefit and charitable donations. There were no paid staff and a small office space was obtained at no charge. Over the past 22 years, the need for HIV/AIDS related programs and services has continued to grow. AIDS Vancouver Island has continued to receive support from individuals and organizations in the communities we serve including the Vancouver Island Health Authority (formerly Central Vancouver Island and Capital Health Regions).

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Baptist Housing

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.

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Marrion Village

Marrion Village is an Assisted Living and subsidized Senior Housing community, perfectly situated in the desirable neighbourhood of Oak Bay, Victoria.

Shannon Oaks

Shannon Oaks is a premier independent living retirement residence with located in Oak Bay, Victoria.

The Heights at Mt. View

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Victoria

Mission Statement

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.

Adult Mentors (Aged 19+)

Broadmead Care

Mission Statement

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.

Nigel Program

The Nigel Program’s goal is to provide safe, caring homes and social environments for adults aged 19 to 55 with physical, emotional and cognitive disabilities. Our care and services address the range of physical, emotional and social needs for the clients we serve. We strive to create an environment of acceptance for residents that honours their life interests and goals, supports their strengths and challenges and maintains their dignity.

Canadian Blood Services

Mission Statement

There are so many ways to make a difference as a Canadian Blood Services volunteer. You might support the people who attend one of our 20,000 clinics across the country each year. Maybe you’ll register potential stem cell donors at an event in your community, or participate in events that help people learn about their blood type. However you give your time, you’ll touch the lives of people who depend on our lifesaving products to give them hope

Volunteer Opportunities

Canadian Red Cross - Victoria

Mission Statement

The Canadian Red Cross mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.

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Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island

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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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Cultivating Local Yokals Society

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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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Downtown Victoria Business Association

Mission Statement

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

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Fairfield Gonzales Community Association

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Family Caregivers' Network Society

Mission Statement

Family Caregivers’ Network Society is a registered charitable organization whose mission is to inform, support and educate to improve quality of life for family caregivers. The society provides leadership to strengthen the voice of all family caregivers and promotes the significance of the family caregivers’ role.

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Glenshiel Housing Society

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Glenwarren Lodge

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HeadWay - Victoria Epilepsy & Parkinson's Centre

Mission Statement

We are a vibrant and welcoming non-profit society whose purpose is to strengthen clients', families' and communities' ability to manage the physical, psychological and social effects of Parkinson's and epilepsy.

Exercise

HepCBC Hepatitis C Education and Prevention Society

Mission Statement

We are HepCBC, the Hepatitis C Education and Prevention Society! We are a non-profit organization run by and for people infected and/or affected by hepatitis C (HCV).

Our mission is to provide education, prevention and support to those living with hepatitis C (HCV).

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, an estimated 242,500 Canadians (maybe many more) are currently infected with hepatitis C. Did you know 30 to 70% of Canadians infected with hepatitis C don’t know that they are infected? Hepatitis C is a serious liver disease that people may live with for years, even decades, without any idea that they have it. Unfortunately, by the time symptoms appear, the liver may already have undergone significant damage.  Treatment can be extremely challenging to access, and some treatments have incredibly severe side effects. Help us to raise awareness and support those infected or affected by hepatitis C!

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Volunteer Opportunities

HepCBC Hepatitis C Education and Prevention Society - Greater Vancouver Area

Volunteer Opportunities in Lower Mainland

Please read about HepCBC's many volunteer opportunities!

Our goal is to eliminate hepatitis C from the world, starting in British Columbia.

You''ll be surprised to learn how many different kinds of jobs we have available!

Huntington Society of Canada - South Vancouver Island Chapter

Mission Statement

The Huntington Society of Canada is a not-for-profit charitable organization which raises funds to deliver individual and group counselling service to support individuals and families living with Huntington disease (HD) and to fund medical research to delay or stop the progression of the disease. The Society also works with health and social services professionals to enable them to better serve people living with HD. - See more at: http://www.huntingtonsociety.ca/about/mission-vision/#sthash.AU3xFkLk.dpuf

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Island Sexual Health Society

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Kiwanis Pavilion

Mission Statement

It is our privilege to serve people living and dying with frailty and dementia. We strive to provide compassionate comfort care, create a safe and friendly homelike environment, and build collaborative partnerships with each resident and family.

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Luther Court Society

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MOVE Adapted Fitness and Rehabilitation Society of B.C.

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MS Society of Canada, South Vancouver Island Chapter

Mission Statement

Mission and Values

The mission of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is:

To be a leader in finding a cure for multiple sclerosis and enabling people affected by MS to enhance their quality of life.
 

Our Values

At the MS Society of Canada, we uphold the following values:

  1. We believe in and work toward the full integration of people with multiple sclerosis in all aspects of life.
  2. We keep those affected by MS at the centre of our work at every level of the organization.
  3. We treat everyone with respect and dignity, and protect their privacy and rights to make decisions about their lives.
  4. We provide meaningful benefit to the greatest possible number of people affected by MS.
  5. We give hope to people affected by multiple sclerosis.
  6. We acknowledge the grassroots of our organization as one of its greatest strengths.
  7. We recognize that volunteers, donors, and employees are critical to our success, and we celebrate their commitment.
  8. We demonstrate ethical behaviour and integrity.
  9. We adhere to the highest standards of quality, transparency, and accountability.
  10. We create safe and collaborative environments that foster positive relationships.

MS Bike - Cowichan Valley 2017

MS Bike is the largest cycling series in North America. Since 1989, cyclists of all ages and fitness levels fundraise and cycle together to end Canada’s disease. This unique event series provides Canadians with the opportunity to ride through scenic and often spectacular parts of the country.

This year's MS Bike - Cowichan Valley tour will begin at the beautiful Brentwood College School and pass through the gorgeous Island scenery with stops at many local points of interest.  We are looking to engage passionate volunteers in our MS Bike Cowichan Valley Experience fundraising event on August 19 & 20th, so grab your friends and sign up! The tour showcases the beautiful scenery, wineries, cideries, and farms of the Cowichan Valley – turning your volunteer experience into a mini-vacation.  

Oak Bay Lodge

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Our Place Society

Mission Statement

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 volunteermgr@ourplacesociety.com

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Parent Support Services Society of BC

Mission Statement

Our Vision

A world where all children and their families are nurtured, valued and safe.

 

Our Mission Statement

To protect the safety and wellbeing of children and promote the health of families by providing support, education, advocacy, research and resources to those in a parenting role.

 

Our Mission is supported by...

  • Creating safe places for parents and grandparents to meet, share and learn
  • Supporting parents and grandparents in dealing with crisis or injustice
  • Working with other organizations that serve families
  • Carrying out research on emerging parenting issues
  • Creating and providing resource materials for parents and grandparents
  • Working for legislative and administrative changes

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Phoenix Human Services Association

Mission Statement

Phoenix Human Services provides programs that recognize the uniqueness of individuals and create opportunities to enhance their strengths and resourcefulness.

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Recreation Integration Victoria

Mission Statement

Facilitating active lifestyles for people with disabilities

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Rest Haven Foundation

Mission Statement

The Best Care Possible

In 2014 the Rest Haven Foundation was created and incorporated as a not for profit society. The community based board of directors and its members are passionate about ensuring Rest Haven Lodge provides the best care possible to the community. While being accountable and transparent to their donors.

Our Mission

Is to inspire the community to support Rest Haven Lodge.

 

Our Vision

For the community to embrace the journey’s at Rest Haven Lodge by providing up to date equipment, enhanced support services and facilities.

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Royal Jubilee Hospital - Volunteer Resources, VIHA

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Selkirk Place

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Seniors Serving Seniors Association of BC

Mission Statement

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.

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South Island Division of Family Practice Society

Mission Statement

The South Island Division of Family Practice is a not-for-profit society lead by and for family physicians practicing in the South Vancouver Island area.  The Division provides strategic leadership that shifts cultures and systems to:

  • Improve patient care delivery
  • Improve physician satisfaction and wellbeing
  • Support sustainability

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Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary

Mission Statement

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.

General Interests

General Volunteer Opportunities

The Salvation Army Victoria ARC

Mission Statement

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

Volunteer Opportunities

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.

Education/Support of Clients

Victoria Hospice

Mission Statement

To enhance the quality of life for those facing advanced illness, death and bereavement through skilled and compassionate care, education, research and advocacy.

Vision

Quality end-of-life care for all.

General Interests

Events

Cycle of Life 

July 22nd-23rd

We are seeking volunteers for the 5th annual Cycle of Life Tour on July 22-23, 2017!
The Cycle of Life Tour is a 2-day group cycling fundraiser for hospice care on Vancouver Island. This year we have over 80 riders working hard to raise funds and ride for hospice. Your help is needed to facilitate this fun weekend-long event.

http://www.cycleoflifetour.ca/

Victoria Lesbian Seniors Care Society

Mission Statement

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.

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Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association

Mission Statement

Mission Statement

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.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Access Program (at Volunteer Victoria)

Volunteer Access Mental Health Visiting & Activity Program

The Mental Health Visiting & Activity program matches community volunteers with individuals living in mental health group homes to provide companionship and reduce isolation.  

Join the Mental Health Visiting & Activity Program

Do you want to make a difference in the life of someone with mental illness? We are seeking volunteers to assist resident living in mental health group homes where isolation and loneliness can negatively impact their lives. Volunteers may visit, go for walks, provide fitness programs, teach arts and crafts, play board games, go to movies, or enjoy a common interest in the community.

We are looking for enthusiastic, compassionate and inclusive volunteers

Your time and companionship can have a huge positive effect—and it's so rewarding!

  • Social companions for both men and women to go for walks and talk, or have coffee and conversation with a resident
  • Program leaders for group home activities such as playing cards or board games
  • Arts program assistants
  • Provide fitness programs or accompany a resident to the gym or activity centre
  • Therapeutic yoga teachers at various sites
  • Do you have a musical talent to share? Playing piano or guitar at a group home will brighten the lives of the residents

These volunteer positions can provide invaluable experience for students or persons interested in mental health, psychiatry and other health-related fields. 

Ongoing support and training is provided.

For more information

Please contact the Volunteer Access Program Coordinator at accessprogram@volunteervictoria.bc.ca or call 250.386.2269 for an appointment. 

Volunteer Access is funded by Island Health Mental Health and Substance Use Services and operated by Volunteer Victoria