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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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Bayanihan Cultural and Housing Society

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BC Cancer Agency - Victoria

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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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Canadian Red Cross - Victoria

Mission Statement

The Canadian Red Cross mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.

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Capital City Volunteers

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Connecting generations and enhancing independence by providing outreach and volunteer services to seniors and people living with disabilities in the Municipality of Victoria.

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Capital Region Food & Agricultural Roundtable Society

Mission Statement

Our Role

Our belief in the power of Collective Impact for social change informs work that we do and shapes the strategies that we are using to achieve our objectives. The focus of CRFAIR as an organization is around two distinct but related spheres of activity:

  1. Provide Backbone Support for the Capital Region Food and Agriculture Network

  2. Undertake high value, meaningful projects that are consistent with our Vision, Mission and Values

Our Direction

Vision: A region where local, sustainable and healthy food is celebrated, abundant and central to the cultures, health and well-being of residents

Mission: Mobilize and connect efforts to develop healthy, equitable and sustainable food systems in the Capital Region.

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Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island

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Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria

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Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria

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Contemplative Society

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Cook Street Village Activity Centre

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District 69 Society of Organized Services

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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

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Esquimalt Neighbourhood House

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Esquimalt Parks and Recreation

Mission Statement

Working in partnership with our residents, organizations and other municipalities, to develop a healthy and active community by ensuring access to recreation, parks and community development programs and services.

 

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Special Events

We have a number of different volunteer opportunities for each of our large annual special events. If you are interested in volunteering for any of the following events please contact us:

Buccaneer Days - May 12 - 14

World Ocean's Day Festival - June 3

Esquimalt Neighbourhood Block Party - June 10

Lantern Festival - August 19

RibFest - September 9 - 11

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Fairfield Gonzales Community Association

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Family Services of Greater Victoria

Mission Statement

Family Services of Greater Victoria helps children, youth, and adults manage the challenges of separation, divorce, or transition to a new family structure. Our highly qualified staff, working with other community agencies, provides information and practical and emotional support so people facing these challenges can make the decisions that are best for everyone. BCFIT believes all individuals can find ways to move forward in their lives when family relationships have changed or are changing.

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Fernwood NRG

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Gorge Road Hospital

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Greater Victoria Green Team

Mission Statement

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

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Environmental volunteers

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

Haliburton Community Organic Farm Society

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Environmental Restoration

Heart and Stroke Foundation BC & Yukon - Victoria Area Office

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Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria

Mission Statement

The Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) helps individuals and organizations to connect across cultures. We provide information, support and tools to help immigrants and refugees reach their goals. By engaging people through networks, education, employment, and arts programming we create a welcoming community.

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International Metaphysical Academy

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Island Health - South Island Residential Sites

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Aberdeen

Aberdeen Hospital is a long-term care site located at 1450 Hillside Avenue, Victoria. There are many volunteer opportunities at this site, and they all exist to support our 100 residents and provide them with a better quality of life. To find out more, e-mail Bryony.Moorman@viha.ca or call 250.370.5645.

I look forward to hearing from you!

 

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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 New Horizons Society

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John Howard Society of Victoria

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

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Kaleidoscope Theatre

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Life Cycles Project Society

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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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MS Society of Canada, South Vancouver Island Chapter

Mission Statement

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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MS Bike - Cowichan Valley 2017

MS Bike is the largest cycling series in North America. Since 1989, cyclists of all ages and fitness levels fundraise and cycle together to end Canada’s disease. This unique event series provides Canadians with the opportunity to ride through scenic and often spectacular parts of the country.

This year's MS Bike - Cowichan Valley tour will begin at the beautiful Brentwood College School and pass through the gorgeous Island scenery with stops at many local points of interest.  We are looking to engage passionate volunteers in our MS Bike Cowichan Valley Experience fundraising event on August 19 & 20th, so grab your friends and sign up! The tour showcases the beautiful scenery, wineries, cideries, and farms of the Cowichan Valley – turning your volunteer experience into a mini-vacation.  

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Oak Bay Volunteer Services

Mission Statement

Oak Bay Volunteer Services (OBVS) provides direct volunteer services to Oak Bay residents of all ages on a one-to-one basis. Clients live in the Municipality of Oak Bay, can be of any age, and are individuals in need of volunteer help because of health, financial or other needs.

Our services include (but are not limited to): Driving to medical appointments, shopping and errands, visiting, walking, writing letters, reading, minor repairs, good day phone calls, income tax help, etc.

Our Purpose is to provide clients with individual services and social contacts in such a way as to help them maintain their independence and improve their quality of life.

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Oaklands Community Association

Mission Statement

Strengthening the Oaklands community by providing programs, services, and resources for its residents, businesses and visitors. 

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Oasis Society for the Spiritual Health of Victoria

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Open Space Arts Society

Mission Statement

Founded in September 1972, Open Space is a non-profit artist-run centre located in Victoria, British Columbia. For over forty years, Open Space has supported professional artists who utilize hybrid and experimental approaches to media, art, music, and performance. As an exhibition and performance centre, Open Space reflects the wide diversity of contemporary art practices in Victoria, across Canada, and beyond. Our commitment to contemporary artists is an inclusive situation, embracing work by artists of different disciplines, media, generations, cultures, and communities.

 

Open Space supports experimental artistic practices in all contemporary artsdisciplines, acting as a laboratory for engaging art, artists, and audiences. 

 

Open Space Arts Society Vision Statement (2010)

 

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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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Pacific Centre Family Services Association

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Pacific Peoples' Partnership

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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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Point Ellice House and O'Reillys' Restaurant

Mission Statement

Point Ellice House, 2616 Pleasant St. was the abode of a prominant family who lovingly filled their home with a vast collection of victorianna. To preserve and maintain this heritage house and garden, tours,teas and meals are offered on a daily basis except Tuesdays and Wednesdays when they are closed.The Point Ellice House Preservation Society wish to provide Victoria residents and visitors with an authentic journey back to a more gentile time, where ladies wore long gowns,  and men top hats. They entertained their family and friends in the drawing room ,or had tea and played croquet on the exspansive lawn ,over looking the Gorge water way. Point Ellice is a Victoria treasure, that welcomes volunteers to share it's history , the original garden and help serve  delectable teas and meals.     

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Recreation Integration Victoria

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Facilitating active lifestyles for people with disabilities

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Rest Haven Foundation

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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

Saanich Emergency Program

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Saanich Neighbourhood Place

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Saanich Peninsula Hospital Site, VIHA

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Salvation Army - Sunset Lodge

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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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Silver Threads Service

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Society Of Friends Of St. Ann’s Academy

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Society of St Vincent de Paul

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Sooke Region Volunteer Centre

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Special Olympics BC - Victoria

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The Bateman Foundation

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The Canadian College of Performing Arts

Mission Statement

The Canadian College of Performing Arts:

To offer quality training in a broad spectrum of skills which will prepare the students for careers in the performance arts locally, nationally or internationally.

To provide a stimulating, positive and constructive environment where students are encouraged to develop high standards of work ethics and conduct which will serve them in any field of endeavour in the future. 

The Canadian Heritage Arts Society (CHAS).

  • To provide instruction and training in the performing arts, and to raise the aesthetic taste and artistic appreciation of the public at large through the medium of public performances and exhibitions.
  • To preserve and promote heritage arts and culture.

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The Didi Society

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

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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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United Way - Victoria

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University of Victoria English Language Centre (ELC) Study Centre

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University of Victoria Student Recruitment

UVic Orientation Volunteer Opportunities

There are a number of ways to get involved with UVic Orientation, and we'd love to have you! We offer a range of volunteer positions to cater to a variety of personality types and skill sets. Regardless of the position you choose, you can look forward to professional development, social connections and a fun and rewarding experience. Plus, we'll always throw in perks like free food and exclusive UVic gear.

University of Victoria: Co-op & Career

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Vancouver Island Persons Living with HIV/AIDS Society (VPWAS)

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Our Mission

The mission of the Vancouver Island Persons Living with HIV/AIDS Society (VPWAS) is to offer compassionate peer support, prevention and treatment information and services to all persons living with HIV/AIDS and/or HCV.

 

Our Vision

To offer information and compassionate peer support, prevention and treatment information to all persons with HIV/AIDS and/or HCV through personal growth, achievement, education and cooperation.

 

Our Beliefs

We believe in supporting people living with HIV and HCV by offering our help to improve their lives.

 

We encourage our members and other people living with HIV/AIDS and/or HCV to take charge of their health and well-being.

 

We believe that community organizations must include people living with HIV and HCV in all aspects of services and programs that affect their lives.

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Victoria Immigrant & Refugee Centre

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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 Literacy Connection (formerly Literacy Victoria Society and READ Society)

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Victoria Marine Rescue Society

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Victoria Sexual Assult Centre

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Victoria Symphony

Mission Statement

To enrich lives through the shared experience of extraordinary music.

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Symphony Splash

Victoria Symphony Splash can’t happen without the support of over 350 volunteers each year, doing things from setting up tents to leading the parades to getting donations from the crowd. We’re looking for good people to help put on this iconic Victoria event, and hope you’re interested!

Benefits of Volunteering at Victoria Symphony Splash

  • Be part of one of the largest outdoor orchestral events in North America and one of Vancouver Island’s signature summer events!
  • Give back to your community and be part of a fantastic team!
  • Support the Victoria Symphony, Vancouver Island’s largest arts organization
  • Meet new and interesting people while you hear wonderful music in a spectacular setting
  • Get a Splash volunteer t-shirt and invitation to the Splash Volunteer after-party in August
  • Receive a ticket voucher for a concert in the Victoria Symphony’s 2017/18 season

Volunteer shifts are generally 4 hours long and happen all throughout the day on August 6, 2017

Thank you and we’ll see you at Splash!

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 

Volunteer Victoria

Mission Statement

Providing leadership to the non profit community since 1974, Volunteer Victoria is the primary recruitment and referral centre for the Greater Victoria Region. Guided by the principles of civil society we enrich the quality of life in our community through volunteer involvement.


Volunteer Victoria’s Mission is to advance the value of volunteerism in Greater Victoria by providing leadership and training in volunteer and non-profit management.

Our Vision is to build healthy communities enriched by volunteers.

For more information please visit our website at www.volunteervictoria.bc.ca

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Wear2Start

Mission Statement

W2S is a non-profit society that helps women-in-need on Vancouver Island “dress their best” for that all important job interview or their first few days on the job.  We provide suitable clothing, shoes and accessories, as well as other essential services such as haircuts, make-up and alterations.  Clients are referred to us by agencies that provide job training, skills development and job re-entry services for women of all ages and backgrounds.


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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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