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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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Abbeyfield House St. Peter's Society

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AIDS Vancouver Island

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Alzheimer Society of BC

Mission Statement

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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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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Practicum Positions

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Arthritis Society - Victoria

Mission Statement

Provide leadership and funding for research, advocacy and solutions to improve the quality of life for Canadians affected by arthritis

Event Volunteers

We are looking for enthusiastic people to work with us to organize our annual Walk to Fight Arthritis. We are currently putting together a Walk Committee to help with planning and will also be recruiting for event day volunteers We would love you to join us! It is the ideal opportunity to bring your creativity, ideas and enthusiasm to the table and help us make this the best Walk yet! 

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Bayanihan Cultural and Housing Society

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BC Housing Management Commission

Mission Statement

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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Community Development Volunteer Opportunities

Be You Promise.org

Mission Statement

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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Beckley Farm Lodge

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Victoria

Mission Statement

At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Victoria We believe in the power and values of Mentoring.

As Canada’s leading child and youth mentoring charity,
Big Brothers Big Sisters facilitates life-changing
relationships that inspire and empower children and youth
to reach their potential, both as individuals and citizens.

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Adult Mentors (Aged 19+)

Teen Mentors (Aged 15 to 18)

Boys & Girls Club Services of Greater Victoria

Mission Statement

The Boys & Girls Club Services of Greater Victoria Mission:

 

"To provide a safe supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and build confidence and skills for life."

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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

Capital City Volunteers

Mission Statement

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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Central Saanich Senior Citizens Association

Mission Statement

The purpose of "The Centre" is to provide, organize and evaluate a broad range of enjoyable and interesting educational, recreational, cultural, social, outdoor and leisure programs and services for the 50+ population of Central Saanich and surrounding area. 

 

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Children's International Summer Villages - Victoria

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Communica Dialogue and Resolution Services Society

Mission Statement

Our Mission is to assist individuals, groups and communities to manage difference to promote strong, healthy, sustainable  relationships.

 

Our Mandate is to provide timely, affordable conflict management and communication services and education.  We emphasize relationship building and cultural awareness and partner with other community organizations to address community issues through collaborative approaches.

 

Our Values:

 

Inclusiveness – We celebrate diversity of all types;

 

Accountability – We strive to be transparent and respectful and to model that for our community;

 

Collaboration – We work to build community networks and collaborative partnerships to share resources and opportunities;

 

Creativity – We promote individuality, opportunity and growth


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Community Living Victoria

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Community Options for Children and Families

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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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Fairfield Gonzales Community Association

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Family Caregivers' Network Society

Mission Statement

Family Caregivers’ Network Society is a registered charitable organization whose mission is to inform, support and educate to improve quality of life for family caregivers. The society provides leadership to strengthen the voice of all family caregivers and promotes the significance of the family caregivers’ role.

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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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Front Desk Volunteer

Fernwood NRG

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Foster Parent Support Services Society

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Friends of Music Society

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Greater Victoria Down Syndrome Society

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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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HeadWay - Victoria Epilepsy & Parkinson's Centre

Mission Statement

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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Exercise

Help Fill A Dream

Mission Statement

Help Fill A Dream is an immediately responsive charitable foundation. We inspire hope, help and happiness for Vancouver Island children under the age of 19 with life-threatening conditions by fulfilling their dreams, improving their quality of life and assisting their families with care and financial support.

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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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Huntington Society of Canada - South Vancouver Island Chapter

Mission Statement

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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Internet for Humanity

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Board Member

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Island Community Mental Health

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Island Deaf + Hard of Hearing Centre

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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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Island Sexual Health Society

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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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Kardel Consulting Services

Mission Statement

Kardel’s mission is to help people with developmental disabilities have a good life

and to respect their personal choices

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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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Life Cycles Project Society

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Luther Court Society

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Maritime Museum of BC

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Men's Trauma Centre

Mission Statement

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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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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Military Family Resource Centre

Mission Statement

To provide programs and services that serve, involve and advocate for the Military Community and their families and address the unique challenges of the military family lifestyle and will result in an enhanced quality of life.

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MOVE Adapted Fitness and Rehabilitation Society of B.C.

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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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NEED2

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Oak Bay Lodge

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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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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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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.

 

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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

Parent Support Services Society of BC

Mission Statement

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

Mission Statement

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

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Power To Be Adventure Therapy

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Quadra Village Community Centre - Downtown Blanshard Advisory Committee

Mission Statement

 

The Quadra Village Community Centre is a safe and welcoming gathering place in the vibrant and diverse neighbourhood of Hillside Quadra. We work together to nurture community well-being by providing services and programs to meet the social, educational, health, employment, environmental and recreational needs of the people in the heart of the city. Our range of options for community members includes prenatal, children`s, youth, family,seniors and community programs. Since 1974 our preventative and responsive community based programs have helped make change close to home.

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READ Society

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Recreation Integration Victoria

Mission Statement

Facilitating active lifestyles for people with disabilities

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Volunteer Opportunities

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

Rest Haven Lodge

Mission Statement

Rest Haven Lodge is a Long Term Care facility located in the town of Sidney, BC. It is governed by a volunteer board of directors and has 73 publicly subsidized units by the Vancouver Island Health Authority. Each resident has their own private room complete with a two-piece washroom.  The three story building provides private accommodations on the second and third floor, with recreational, dining, administrative, and support services on the first floor.

Rest Haven Lodge aims to enhance the quality of life for our residents through resident-centered care that meets physical, social, emotional, intellectual, cultural needs and interests. We understand that volunteers are a key component to this goal and that volunteers elevate and enrich the quality of services we are able to offer our residents above and beyond the exemplary care that the residents receive from our health care providers. Our volunteers bring compassion and a personal experience to life at the Lodge and allow our residents to live with dignity and self-worth. 

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Active Opportunities

Saanich Peninsula Hospital Site, VIHA

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Saanich Police Department – Block Watch Program

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Salvation Army - Public Relations Office

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Salvation Army - Sunset Lodge

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Scouts Canada

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Activty Leaders

Facility Maintenance

Oversee the maintenance and ongoing renovations at Scout House.

Group Committee

Selkirk Place

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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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Volunteer Opportunities

Shekinah Homes Society

Mission Statement

At Shekinah Homes Society we envision a moral and just society where all people are given the opportunity to love, lean, work and play in inclusive communities.  Where the worth and unique value of each person is revealed and honoured, and where we joyfully celebrate our humanity, spirituality and chosen faith.

Our Mission

Our mission is helping people with developmental disabilities flourish by creating loving homes and opportunities to grow within a secure and caring community.

Our Values

Respect:  We are core-member focused, and foster a climate of teamwork and acceptance that values each person.

Compassion:  Our work is rooted in spirituality and empathy, and relationships that support play and happiness.

Right to Choice:  We are inclusive and acknowledge the rights of our core members to make informed choices.

Integrity:  We are honest and transparent in our dealings with each other, and do what we say we will do.

Security: We are committed to the health, safety, security and stability of each person.

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Shelbourne Community Kitchen Society

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Silver Threads Service

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Society of St Vincent de Paul

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Sooke Transition House Society

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Special Olympics BC - Victoria

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The Cridge Centre for the Family

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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 First Open Heart Society of British Columbia

Mission Statement

The First Open Heart Society of British Columbia is a registered charitable non-profit organization with a membership of approximately 500 people, comprised of patients awaiting, or who have undergone, open heart surgery, or other cardiovascular procedures, their spouses or immediate family members, as well as interested members of the medical profession and other hospital staff.  The Society is an independent volunteer organization and is not affiliated with any other heart organization.  

The Society's objectives are to support:

  • heart patients and their families
  • heart related specialized medical equipment and education for area hospitals and their families
  • the Victoria Heart House
  • the Victoria Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
  • the Autologous Blood Program

General Interests

Hospital Visitor

Have you had Heart Surgery? Past heart patients needed to visit current patients undergoing surgery to offer support encouragement.

Special Committee Volunteers

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.

General Interests

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 Prostate Centre

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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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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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Volunteer Opportunities

Umbrella Society for Addictions and Mental Health

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Vancouver Island Human Rights Coalition

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Vancouver Island Kidney Patients' Association

Mission Statement

OUR MISSION & VISION

Mission: To support Vancouver Island renal patients and their families in dealing with kidney disease, by identifying unmet needs and meeting them.

Vision: To be known to all Vancouver Island renal patients and treatment providers as a trusted source of support in dealing with kidney disease.

Our constitution states that, “the purposes of the society are to:

A. Assist in providing the material needs and the general welfare for the kidney patient community on Vancouver Island.

B. Inform the public about kidney disease.

C. Support and encourage research into all aspects of kidney disease;

D. Provide items of equipment, both medical and therapeutic, for patients undergoing treatment for kidney failure.”

 

 

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Volunteer Opportunities

VI Persons Living with HIV/AIDS Society

Mission Statement

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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Volunteer Opportunities

Victoria Brain Injury Society

Mission Statement

The Victoria Brain Injury Society's mission is to support, educate and advocate for adults with acquired rain injuries and their families; and to increase community awareness about acquired brain injuries.

General Interests

Communications & Event Planning

Driving & Collections

Education/Support of Clients

Office and Reception

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 Community Resources Society

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Volunteer Opportunities

Victoria Disability Resource Centre

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Uncategorized

Victoria Hospice

Mission Statement

To enhance the quality of life for those facing advanced illness, death and bereavement through skilled and compassionate care, education, research and advocacy.

Vision

Quality end-of-life care for all.

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Victoria Hospitals Foundation

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Victoria Immigrant & Refugee Centre

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Volunteer Opportunities

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.

Board Members

Social Events

Victoria Marine Rescue Society

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Victoria Parole Office

Mission Statement

The Correctional Service of Canada, as part of the criminal justice system and representing the rule of law, contributes to the protection of society by actively encouraging and assisting offenders to become law-abiding citizens, while exercising reasonable, safe, secure and humane control.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Victoria Rainbow Kitchen Society

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Volunteer Opportunities

Victoria Sexual Assult Centre

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Volunteer Opportunities

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 

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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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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Volunteer Opportunities

Women In Need - WIN

Mission Statement

At Victoria Women In Need Community Cooperative (WIN), we support women along their journey between crisis, financial self sufficiency and wellness. Our programs are there for women along each step of their journey.

We are there when she is in crisis and needs to access essential goods, we are there when she is setting up her own home after leaving a transition house, we are there when she is building a strong community of support. And finally, when she is ready, we are there to provide training, education and financial support to help her achieve her goals of financial self sufficiency and wellness.

How do we do this? We collect donated goods and provide affordable high quality clothing, household items and furniture through three Resale Shops in Victoria. The revenue from our shops, together with financial donations, covers the entire cost of running our non profit cooperative, and funds our empowerment programs for women. So whether you are a shopper or a donor, you too have a hand in transforming our community.

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Volunteer Opportunities

YMCA-YWCA of Greater Victoria

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Volunteer Opportunities

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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