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Action Committee of People with Disabilities

Mission Statement

Our mission is to put into action through advocacy the empowerment, social inclusion, and economic equity for all People with Disabilities.

General Interests

Volunteer Opportunities

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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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.

Practicum Positions

BC SPCA Victoria Branch

Volunteer Opportunities

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

CFUV 101.9 FM

Other Volunteer Opportunities

These positions don't require volunteers to undergo 'on-air' training. They are supportive roles, not broadcast roles.

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.

Volunteer Opportunities

Creating Homefulness Society- Woodwynn Farms

Mission Statement

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.

Woodwynn Farms Event Coordinator

Woodwynn Farms is a Therapeutic Community for the Homeless located in Central Saanich.


We are hoping to get one or more volunteers to join our team to work towards building and growing Woodwynn’s community and social engagement.


We are specifically looking for someone to take on an Events Coordinator role for both small and medium scale events for Woodwynn to increase community awareness of our program, our market, and peace garden, while additionally fostering community building and connection.

We are looking for volunteers who have, or seek, experience with marketing, social media, and event planning, although this experience is not required!
The time commitment is flexible and some projects can be worked on individually over the computer. Team meetings will be arranged regularly as needed.

This is a unique, fun and valuable opportunity to gain hands-on experience with a well-known charitable organization.
Please let me know if you would like any additional information or are interested in joining our Team.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

-Woodwynn Farms

 

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

General Interests

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.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

Extreme Outreach Society

Uncategorized

For The Love Of Africa

Publicity

Word Press Manager

Greater Victoria Festival Society

General Interests

Uncategorized

Greater Victoria Green Team

Mission Statement

We restore, conserve and enhance our natural environment by engaging volunteers in educational hands-on activities.

Environmental volunteers

Become an environmental volunteer with the Greater Victoria Green Team and help restore our natural parks and ecosystems!

Habitat for Humanity Victoria

Mission Statement

Habitat for Humanity Victoria is a community based, registered charity working towards a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. Founded in 1990, Habitat Victoria has built 22 homes locally. Our mission is to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty.

Habitat Victoria builds decent housing in order to provide lower-income, working families with access to affordable homeownership right here in Greater Victoria. 
Our Homeownership Program is open to people from all cultures, faiths and traditions.

Volunteer Opportunities

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!

Volunteer Opportunities

Internet for Humanity

Volunteer Opportunities

John Howard Society of Victoria

Mission Statement

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

Volunteer Opportunities

MOVE Adapted Fitness and Rehabilitation Society of B.C.

Uncategorized

Recreation Integration Victoria

Mission Statement

Facilitating active lifestyles for people with disabilities

Volunteer Opportunities

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

The Land Conservancy (TLC)

Volunteer Opportunities

The Mustard Seed Street Church

Mission Statement

The Mustard Seed Vision, Mission and Values

 Our Vision:  

As followers of Christ, we envision a compassionate community where the cycles of poverty have been broken and lives restored.

Our Mission: 

Our mission is to build community and maintain relationships, providing essential and trans-formative services to those in need.

 Our Values:

Christianity: knowing that love comes from Christ and redemption is the way of God’s Kingdom, we serve and lead as a response to that love, shared with our neighbours, a love that pervades everything that we do and are.

Integrity: knowing that trust is key in all relationships, we act ethically, lead with transparency and are accountable. 

Collaboration: knowing that we are a part of a system of care for those we serve, we lead and partner with others to achieve our vision, honouring the work of others and bringing our best to those we serve with.

Empowerment: knowing that we are capable of transforming our community for the better, we support those we serve in doing their part, invite our staff and volunteers to create solutions, be adaptable and take action while respecting and inviting the capability of everyone.

Safety: knowing that we are entrusted with precious lives and for the health and wholeness of those we serve, we commit to prevent the occurrence or risk of injury, danger or loss for all in our community.

Food Security

The Mustard Seed Street Church is donated millions of pounds of food each year, thanks to the generosity of Victorians and national corporations. As a member of Food Banks BC and Food Banks Canada, we rely on volunteers to support us in distributing food to over 5,000 families and individuals each month.

Threshold Housing Society

Mission Statement

Threshold Housing Society helps at-risk youth attain self-reliance through long-term supportive transitional housing.

Volunteer Opportunities

Victoria Film Festival

Volunteer Opportunities

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

Women In Need - WIN

Mission Statement

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.

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