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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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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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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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Bayanihan Cultural and Housing Society

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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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Bridges for Women Society

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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.

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Admin & Clerical

Family Centre

Selkirk Waterfront Festival

Join the Burnside Gorge Community Association for this fantastic & free family event! Held annually in May in the beautiful Selkirk Waterfront, the festival hosts live entertainment, an artisan vendors market as well as an international food court.  2017 date and time:  Saturday May 27th, 10am - 3pm

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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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.

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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

 

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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District 69 Society of Organized Services

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Fernwood NRG

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For The Love Of Africa

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Fund Development

Work with committee members to develop and execute a plan for fundraising for the current project - construction of Dodoma Technical Institute

Publicity

Word Press Manager

Greater Victoria Housing Society

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Greater Victoria Women's Shelter Society

Mission Statement

The Greater Victoria Women’s Shelter Society is a small non-profit community group with a mandate to provide supportive housing for women and their children. Our organization has a strong commitment to feminist principles.

Our current central program is Margaret Laurence House which provides second stage housing and support for women and their children leaving abusive relationships.

We believe that safe housing is a fundamental right.

 

 

 

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InnovativeCommunities. Org Foundation

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Island Sexual Health Society

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James Bay Care Centre

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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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KidSport Greater Victoria

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Life Cycles Project Society

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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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Mercy Ships Canada

Mission Statement

Mercy Ships  Canada brings free, quality surgical care to the poorest nations of the world using their unique converted ferry the  Africa Mercy.  As the largest non-governmental hospital ship in the world, her features include five operating theatres and 82 patient beds with an annual capacity of approximately 7,000 surgical procedures.  Through 578 port visits in 70 nations, Mercy Ships volunteer crew have touched more than 2.4 million patients, including over 67,000 life-changing surgeries.
Our national office is in Victoria British Columbia, and is one of 16 national offices which make up Mercy Ships Global.

 

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Our Place Society

Mission Statement

Our Place Society is a community centre serving Greater Victoria's most vulnerable citizens: the working poor, impoverished elderly, the mentally and physically challenged, the addicted and the homeless. We serve over 1,500 meals per day, and provide hot showers, free clothing, counseling and outreach services, plus 45 transitional housing units. Most importantly, we provide a sense of hope and belonging to our neighbours in need.

Become part of a fantastic team of compassionate people assisting Victoria’s most vulnerable citizens. For more information, visit our website https://www.ourplacesociety.com/ or call our Volunteer Services team at 250-388-7112 Ext. 243 or email volunteermgr@ourplacesociety.com

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Pacifica Housing Advisory Association

Mission Statement

 

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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.

 

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Community Meals Program

Community Meals are held once a month in each of our four supported housing buildings.

Office Support

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.

Supported Housing - Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous needs - supported housing buildings

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

Ready to Rent BC

Mission Statement

Mission statement: To deliver housing education and related services. 

 

Vision: Community well-being through housing education and support. 

 

Purpose: The purpose of the Society (as described in the Constitution) are:

 

  • To help people learn to attain and maintain housing through housing education using a coaching, mentoring model;

     

  • To educate as many people as possible in the skills of attaining and maintaining housing; and 

  • To expand the availability of the Ready to Rent BC program to diverse populations in a range of locations.

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Rest Haven Foundation

Mission Statement

The Best Care Possible

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

Our Mission

Is to inspire the community to support Rest Haven Lodge.

 

Our Vision

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

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Board of Director Opportunities

Rest Haven Foundation Seeking Volunteer Directors

Rest Haven Foundation Board of Directors are seeking enthusiastic volunteers interested in being nominated for election to the Board of Directors for a two (2), or three (3),  year term.  As a board member you will fulfill crucial leadership roles responsible for inspiring the Saanich Peninsula community to support the mission and vision of the Rest Haven Lodge.

Interested individuals are encouraged to refer to the Rest Haven Foundation web site at www.resthavenfoundation.com  to complete the Notice of Interest Form and provide the required additional information. Reference should also be made to the Rest Haven Foundation Bylaws and Constitution found on the web site.

Rest Raven Foundation is seeking Directors who are qualified and skilled persons capable of and committed to providing effective policy governance, oversight and leadership. Emphasis will also be placed on enhancing successful candidate’s competencies and skill sets to meet this objective.

Knowledge and understanding in the areas of Governance, Fundraising, and Financial Management are beneficial.

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until positions are filledRe.

Questions can be directed to Sharon Mason, Acting Executive Director at info@resthavenfoundation.com

Salvation Army - Public Relations Office

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Shelbourne Community Kitchen Society

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Society of St Vincent de Paul

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Sooke Transition House Society

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The Cridge Transition House for Women

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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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The Hope Through Achievement Foundation

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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.

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Admin/Facilities

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.

Special Events

 
The Mustard Seed is funded 100 per cent by the generous donations of individuals, families, businesses, groups, churches and not-for-profit agencies.Less than two cents of each dollar that is donated to The Mustard Seed is used for administration and fundraising, when including all donated food and time.Many special events are held in Greater Victoria in aid of The Mustard Seed and the charity also holds two large fundraising events each year – The Great Canadian
 
Food Fight in October and The Spirit of Giving campaign during the month of December.
All of The Mustard Seed Special Events are supported by volunteers. 
 

The Salvation Army Victoria ARC

Mission Statement

INTERNATIONAL IDENTITY STATEMENT

The Salvation Army is an international Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible; its ministry is motivated by love for God and the needs of humanity

 

The Salvation Army Territorial Mission Statement

The Salvation Army is an international Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible; its ministry is motivated by love for God and the needs of humanity. The Salvation Army exists to share the love of Jesus Christ, meet human needs and be a transforming influence in the communities of our world.

 

Victoria Addictions & Rehabilitation Centre Mission Statement

The Addictions and Rehabilitation Centre provides quality counselling, support, resources and programs in a residential setting, to those making the transition from the institution to their family and community. All people are treated with the same high level of assistance, dignity and compassion

 

 Statement of Rights & Responsibilities

Each person in this community has the right and responsibility to:

  • Be treated with respect and dignity
  • Treat others with respect and dignity
  • A clean and safe living / working environment
  • Abide by all community living / working expectations
  • Keep personal living / working space and belongings in order, clean and secure
  • Available counselling and personal support
  • Keep healthy boundaries with other clients / Employees
  • Voice suggestions or concerns
  • Report observed unsafe or inappropriate situations

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Threshold Housing Society

Mission Statement

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

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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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Umbrella Society for Addictions and Mental Health

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Vancouver Island Human Rights Coalition

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Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group

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Victoria Child Abuse Prevention & Counselling Centre

Mission Statement

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 Lesbian Seniors Care Society

Mission Statement

The Victoria Lesbian Seniors Care Society supports the health and social needs of women-identified and lesbian-identified individuals and couples on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.  This includes women of all ages.  We provide safe, accessible and welcoming spaces, and we build community through public education and social action.  The VLSCS became an official entity in 1994.

We commit ourselves to building a greater involvement in the wider community, including students within the universities and colleges, professionals within health care, as well as all members of the LGBTQ international community and allies.

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Victoria Rainbow Kitchen Society

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Victoria Women's Transition House Society

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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 

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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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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