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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.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

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

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.

General Interests

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

BC SPCA Wild ARC

Mission Statement

BC SPCA Wild ARC is a wild animal rehabilitation centre operated by the BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. As the only wildlife rehabilitation centre on southern Vancouver Island, Wild ARC treats 2,500 wild animals annually from throughout the region.

Wild ARC's mission is to provide humane care to injured, orphaned, sick and distressed wildlife based on established rehabilitation standards and the animal's natural history. Each patient is treated individually and assessed for eventual release back into the wild. Wild ARC also aims to educate the public about wildlife, animal welfare, and co-existing with nature, as over 80% of the wild animals treated at Wild ARC are impacted by human activity. 

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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.

Burnside Gorge Community Association

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Burnside Gorge Community Association (BGCA) is to lead, promote and support prevention and intervention based initiatives which encourage healthy, inclusive, socially just living. The BGCA strives to provide a continuum of high quality programs and supports that strengthens the lives of children, youth and families throughout the Capital Regional District.

What We Do
BGCA provides social support, child care, recreation, youth and family services, and community development programs as well as a number of special events and partnership initiatives to children, youth, families and seniors in the Greater Victoria area. Programming includes:

Child care – Pre-school, out-of-school care, winter, spring and summer day camps.

Youth and Family Services – School and community based counselling services for families who struggle with parenting, homelessness, finances and other issues that are a barrier to meeting their children’s needs; youth outreach to at risk youth and youth transitioning from Government care to independence; family drop-in programs including a weekly community dinner and a Resource Room for low-income families to access free clothing, food and toiletries.

Housing and Asset Development – Direct housing and financial support to families in housing and financial crisis; long term asset building programs for families in subsidized housing; financial literacy workshops to youth and adults throughout the CRD.

Recreation and Special Events – Range of fitness and recreation opportunities for children, youth, families and seniors; community and special events; adventure day camps for youth during spring, summer and winter breaks.

Community Development – Burnside Gorge Community News with a distribution of 8,000; Community History projects; Public Art projects; environmental initiatives such as Friends of Cecelia Ravine and the Cecelia Ravine Community Gardens.

Admin & Clerical

Family Centre

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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Craigdarroch Castle

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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. 

Uncategorized

Duke of Edinburgh's Award BC & Yukon Division

Mission Statement

VISION
Inspiring youth to challenge their future.

MISSION
To provide a program that challenges youth and inspires them to achieve success for themselves and their communities.

VALUES
1. Quality: We are committed to continually improve our quality in our daily work to provide programs and services that satisfy our participant’s needs and expectations and are in conformity with national and international standards and provide consistency across the Region.
2. Integrity: We are professional and honest in our working relationships and honour our commitments to others, holding ourselves accountable to the highest ethical and performance standards.
3. Respect: We treat our team members, participants, volunteers, partners and suppliers with mutual respect and sensitivity, recognizing the importance of diversity.
4. Inclusiveness: We acknowledge and honour the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals. We pledge ourselves to creating and maintaining an environment that respects diverse tradition, heritage, and experiences.
5. Teamwork: Our team is supportive of each other’s efforts, loyal to one another, and care for each other both personally and professionally.
6. Leadership: We are passionate, independent, impartial and honest. We make prudent choices, even when difficult, and use and invest our resources wisely to achieve our vision.

General Interests

For The Love Of Africa

Membership

Work with the Membership Committee and the Board of Directors to enlist new members

Glenshiel Housing Society

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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.

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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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International Metaphysical Academy

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Internet for Humanity

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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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Mount St Mary Hospital

Mission Statement

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.

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MOVE Adapted Fitness and Rehabilitation Society of B.C.

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Oak Bay Lodge

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Pacific Centre Family Services Association

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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.

 

Our Gardens Program

"Our Gardens" is a community garden initiative currently operating at five Pacifica Housing complexes. Resident gardeners work with a coordinator and are involved in all aspects of gardening from constructing raised beds through to planting, weeding and sowing. Tenants are taught basic gardening skills and provided with 1-2 plots (raised beds or in ground) for growing vegetables, herbs and flowers. Tenant gardening experience ranges from beginner to advanced - all are welcome.

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.

General Interests

Saanich Volunteer Services Society

Mission Statement

A one on one direct volunteer service that promotes independent living and enhances quality of life for Saanich residents by providing coordinated volunteer services and connection to community resources.

Volunteer Opportunities

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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Shelbourne Community Kitchen Society

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Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary

Mission Statement

To foster appreciation of nature and provide experiences that will develop personal responsibility for the care and protection of the environment.

General 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.

Admin/Facilities

Threshold Housing Society

Mission Statement

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

Volunteer Opportunities

Together Against Poverty Society

Mission Statement

The Together Against Poverty Society (TAPS) is the largest antipoverty organization on Vancouver Island. It was incorporated in 1989. TAPS provides free, individual legal advocacy services for people facing income assistance, disability benefits, employment standards and tenancy issues. TAPS provides public legal education to ensure that all individuals and service providers understand their rights and responsibilities so they are better able to advocate on their own behalf. TAPS also provides broader advocacy on issues relating to poverty. 
"It is justice not charity that is wanting in the world"
~ Mary Wollstonecraft

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Victoria Immigrant & Refugee Centre

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Victoria Rainbow Kitchen Society

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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.

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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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World Fisheries Trust

Mission Statement

World Fisheries Trust is dedicated to the equitable and sustainable use and conservation of aquatic biodiversity. 

Environmental Education

Environmental Research/Monitoring