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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.

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AIDS Vancouver Island

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Alzheimer Society of BC

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The Alzheimer Society of B.C. exists to alleviate the personal and social consequences of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, to promote public awareness and to search for the causes and the cures.

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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.

BC Association of Clinical Counsellors

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BC Housing Management Commission

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Thank you for your interest in supporting the BC Housing Management Commission

Our role is to assist British Columbians in greatest need of affordable housing by providing options along the housing continuum. We work in partnership with the private and non-profit sectors, provincial health authorities and ministries, other levels of government and community groups to develop a range of housing options.

To find out more about us, please visit our website: http://www.bchousing.org.

To see volunteer positions in Victoria/Saanich area, please see volunteer job descriptions.

Contact Tricia Irish, Community Developer, VI Region:  250-978-2918, tirish@bchousing.org

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BC Schizophrenia Society Victoria

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Be You Promise.org

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The mission of Be You Promiso.org is to educate Canadians on the benefits of moderation or restraint in the use of alcohol and/or drugs. One of our objectives is to educate our youth by doing school presentations about the choices and the consequences of misusing drugs and alcohol and the effects it has on society as a whole.

Through education, outreach and awareness,Be You Promise.org works to prevent the initiation of substance use among youth or prevent further substance use among those individuals already using with the ultimate goal of reducing the personal and societal harms associated with drug and alcohol misuse.

 

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Beacon Community Services

Mission Statement

Beacon Community Services is a community-based, not-for-profit, social, employment, health, recreational, housing and volunteer services agency, offering a wide range of programs and services to thousands of clients in the Capital Regional District. Our strongly knit family of employees and volunteers promotes independence and self-sufficiency with dignity, respect and compassion. We help people to help themselves, and it is a job that we have grown into for over 40 years.

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Broadmead Care

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Cool Aid Society

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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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Creating Homefulness Society- Woodwynn Farms

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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.

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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

 

District 69 Society of Organized Services

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Fernwood NRG

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Friends of Music Society

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Greater Victoria Down Syndrome Society

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HeadWay - Victoria Epilepsy & Parkinson's Centre

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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.

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Huntington Society of Canada - South Vancouver Island Chapter

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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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International Metaphysical Academy

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Island Community Mental Health

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James Bay Care Centre

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James Bay Community Project

Mission Statement

To build healthy, inclusive community in James Bay and beyond by operating and facilitating programs and services that support families, youth, seniors and other community members.

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James Bay Community School Society

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Learning Disabilities Association of BC South Vancouver Island Chapter

Mission Statement

The Learning Disabilities Association of South Vancouver Island is now called LDABC The Learning Curve.  The Learning Curve's mission is to support, educate and advocate for children and youth with learning and behavioral challenges, and their families.

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Learning Through Loss

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Luther Court Society

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Men's Trauma Centre

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To provide psychological and practical support to males sixteen years and older who suffer from the effects of trauma, in order to facilitate their emotional healing.


The Men’s Trauma Centre is a non-profit society based in Victoria, B.C. Canada. The Men’s Trauma Centre exists to provide treatment and support services to adult and late adolescent males who are survivors of physical, emotional or sexual trauma as well as support for our clients’ significant others. Apart from providing counselling and victim support services our mandate includes:

  • Acquiring and developing educational materials concerning the traumatization of males and gathering statistics for dissemination to professionals and the community at large.
  • Assisting other agencies, through educational outreach, to improve their responses to their own male clients who may also be survivors of trauma.
  • Working in cooperation with other service agencies and professionals allows us to ensure comprehensive case management with respect to male survivors who seek treatment or support from whatever source.

We also consult with community and government groups in the areas of prevention, treatment, legal issues and other matters relating to the sexual violation of males.

The Men’s Trauma Centre is a registered non-profit society under the Society Act of BC and a registered Canadian Charity # 87557 9302 RR0001


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Mount St Mary Hospital

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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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Spring Fair 2017

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MS Society of Canada, South Vancouver Island Chapter

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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.

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Our Place Society

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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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Pacific Centre Family Services Association

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Pandora Arts Collective Society

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THE LITTLE GROUP THAT COULD! The Pandora Arts Collective Society is a caring and open community of people whose mission is to join together around the creative arts as a healing process. We facilitate and support a 'happier state of mind' through the social and educational benefits of a free and welcoming creative arts space. From humble beginnings our motto was realized, it states: "That which creates itself cannot be destroyed" which speaks to the empowering effect that creating art in a group setting has in building confidence and self-esteem. As a grass roots organization, the Collective is run largely by the members. We are supported by the community through private and public donations of materials, money and time. We employ an "Open Studio" Facilitator during the large group sessions and our participants are self-directed with their own art projects. We would like to invite you to join us and experience creating something special together.


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Parent Support Services Society of BC

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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

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

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Salvation Army - Public Relations Office

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The Hope Through Achievement Foundation

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The Salvation Army Victoria ARC

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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

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Together Against Poverty Society

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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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Umbrella Society for Addictions and Mental Health

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Victoria Child Abuse Prevention & Counselling Centre

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Mary Manning Centre responds to children, youth and families affected by sexual abuse and other trauma, by providing victim services, counselling, prevention and education within the Greater Victoria community, and consultation throughout the Province of British Columbia.

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Victoria Immigrant & Refugee Centre

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Victoria Lesbian Seniors Care Society

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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 Sexual Assult Centre

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Volunteer Access Program (at Volunteer Victoria)

Volunteer Access

Have you been challenged by mental health or substance use? Volunteer Access can provide you support towards your volunteering goals. 

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 

We Rage We Weep Alzheimer Foundation

Mission Statement

We Rage We Weep Alzheimer Foundation is a Victoria based independent Canadian Registered Charity founded in May 2006. We support caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. In doing so we fund, administer and/or market programs and services that:

  • Make a difference in the day to day lives of caregivers and their loved ones, often a life partner or parent
  • Are not currently available through statutory assistance but complement that already existing within the community

Thereby easing the burden of care giving - one family at a time.

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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 organizations to inspire 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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