Burnside Gorge Community Association
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.
Cool Aid Society
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
Disaster Aid Canada
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.
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.
Esquimalt Parks and Recreation
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.
Greater Victoria Festival Society
Greater Victoria Green Team
We restore, conserve and enhance our natural environment by engaging volunteers in educational hands-on activities.
HepCBC Hepatitis C Education and Prevention Society - Greater Vancouver Area
Internet for Humanity
Southern Vancouver Island Nature Trails Society
Mission - The Nature Trails Society will connect communities by formalizing the managed access of a world class outdoor recreation network of shared use trails for all ages, abilities, and experiences.
Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary
The Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary is a leader in the stewardship of functioning & diverse ecosystems and an urban refuge that provides opportunities to bring people and nature together.
West Shore Arts Council
About the West Shore Arts Council
The West Shore Arts Council serves the residents of five communities: Langford, Colwood, View Royal, Metchosin and Highlands, which form part of the Capital Regional District on Southern Vancouver Island. The population in our area is currently close to 100,000 and expected to double over the next twenty years. The West Shore Arts Council is the lead advocate for public understanding of, participation in and appreciation of the arts, culture and heritage and their valuable contribution to a vibrant community. In addition to serving the population within our communities, we act as a conduit for information exchange between other arts councils, maximizing opportunities for our members.
- to encourage creative participation and excellence in the arts, culture and heritage;
- to encourage the development of opportunities to perform and to exhibit the arts, culture and heritage;
- to act as a clearing house for information pertaining the arts, culture and heritage;
- to promote and foster public interest, appreciation and understanding of the arts, culture and heritage;
- to bring community planning priorities in the arts, culture and heritage to the attention of the local, regional, provincial and federal authorities;
- to encourage and advocate for arts education and cultural development in the West Shore communities of Colwood, Highlands, Langford, Metchosin and View Royal.
The West Shore Arts Council is run by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Arts Council could not exist without its volunteers and if you would like to get to know your fellow Arts Council members better, and have some fun at the same time, please consider volunteering.
WITS Programs Foundation
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 organization to inspire their 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.
YMCA-YWCA of Greater Victoria - Y Young Moms Program
To provide safe, affordable housing for young moms and children that supports a sense of community where resident families feel safe, valued and respected.