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1Up Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre

Mission Statement

1Up, Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre, provides practical support, opportunities for growth and a sense of hope for one-parent families across Greater Victoria. Guided by skilled and committed staff and trained volunteers, we offer important services to create foundations for personal and community growth in a welcoming and non-judgmental environment. The work we do here transforms lives creating stronger families and healthier children. It provides hope and the promise of a brighter future for parents and children, not just today, but well into tomorrow creating a stronger and more vibrant community in the process.

 

What We Offer:

Members can receive up to ten free individual counselling sessions. Our other free services for members include a clothing & household goods room, a bread pantry, a library & toy room, an annual school supplies drive, a Christmas Hamper program.

We provide volunteer opportunities and a Peer Helper Training program which prepares volunteers to provide reception, individual support, and resource information for the Centre and its members.

The Centre also offers a comprehensive selection of life skills programs and workshops, parenting skill and development courses and parenting support groups that are scheduled from September to June and are open to everyone in the community.

 

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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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Arbutus Singers Music Education

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Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Mission Statement

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.

artsREACH

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide all children with the opportunity to develop life skills by exploring their potential through arts experiences.

 

https://www.artsreach.ca/

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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.

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Adult Mentors (Aged 19+)

Teen Mentors (Aged 15 to 18)

Child Find BC

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Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island

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Children's International Summer Villages - Victoria

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Community Options for Children and Families

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Esquimalt Neighbourhood House

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Esquimalt Parks and Recreation

Mission Statement

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.

 

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Fairfield Gonzales Community Association

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John Howard Society of Victoria

Mission Statement

Effective, just and humane responses to the causes and consequences of crime.

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Living Edge Community

Mission Statement

Living Edge Community builds friendships and creates community among marginalized people and families by providing “food for the body and hope for the heart.”  Every Sunday we serve dinner to 100 – 200 guests in the gymnasium at CDI College on Kings Road. We begin with an inspirational  message followed by hot, nutritious meals served tableside by friendly volunteers with a passion for helping others. At our Marketplace program, held nearby every Tuesday and Thursday mornings, other dedicated volunteers organize donated fresh produce and other food items onto tables for selection by up to 150 people from the neighbourhood. We welcome everyone to join in, and to help us create smiles.

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Military Family Resource Centre

Mission Statement

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.

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Pacifica Housing Advisory Association

Mission Statement

 

Mandate

 

Pacifica Housing is a non-profit charitable organization that provides affordable housing for low income families, persons with a disability and adults who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

 

Mission

 

It is our mission to be a leading innovative provider of affordable homes and support services that contribute to the independence of individuals and families. 

 

 

Vision

 

We believe in “housing first”: helping people find safe, secure and permanent housing, so that health, family and other personal matters can then be addressed. Pacifica Housing's vision is to build better lives through affordable homes and community connections.

 

 

 

It is our long term desire to lead by example in integration, creativity and responsibility. We work to break the cycle of homelessness by enabling families and single adults to achieve permanent housing so they can live with dignity, safety and stability.

 

Virtues Youth Program

The Virtues Youth Group program provides weekly sessions, based on the Virtues Project, featuring virtues such as confidence, generosity, integrity and respect, for 90 children, ages 5-12, living in Pacifica’s subsidized family housing complexes. Children enjoy arts and crafts, engage in physical activities, celebrate various holidays, have nutritional snacks, and go on field trips to learn more about their community. Beyond the fun, children practice socially appropriate behaviour that builds self-esteem and develops strong and healthy family relationships and friendships

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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Volunteer Opportunities

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.

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Rotary Clubs of Greater Victoria

Mission Statement

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.

Joining Rotary

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!

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Scouts Canada

Activty Leaders

Group Committee

Story Studio Writing Society

Mission Statement

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.

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The Didi Society

Mission Statement

Empowering women globally and educating youth locally for sustainable development and equality.

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United Way - Victoria

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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 

West Shore Arts Council

Mission Statement

About the West Shore Arts Council

 

Mandate

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.

Our Mission

  • 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.

Organization

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.

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WITS Programs Foundation

Mission Statement

The WITS Programs bring together schools, families and communities to create responsive environments that help elementary school children deal with bullying and peer victimization. 

The WITS Programs Foundation supports schools and other organization to inspire their students to believe in healthy relationships

We believe that every child should be seen, heard and feel that what they say makes a difference

Our vision is a culture where children can live, grow, play and learn while feeling safe and valued.

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Current Volunteer Opportunities

Opportunities for you to help the WITS Programs reach more children and create better communities!

YMCA-YWCA of Greater Victoria - Y Young Moms Program

Mission Statement

To provide safe, affordable housing for young moms and children that supports a sense of community where resident families feel safe, valued and respected.

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