Causes to Consider

1 Up Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre 602 Gorge Rd. East Victoria, BC V8T 2W6  Provides support to one-parent families across Greater Victoria. Offerings include: counselling sessions, access to essential items, a mentorship program, education programs, support groups, resource referrals, and a peer helper volunteer training program.

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Abbeyfield House St. Peters Society 1133A Reynolds Road Victoria, BC V8P 2K5 Ph: (250) 479-6140 Provides elderly men and women who do not require institutional care with friendship, comfort and security while preserving a degree of privacy and independence.

Aberdeen Hospital, Island Health (VIHA) 1450 Hillside Ave Victoria, BC V8T 2B7 Phone: (250) 370-5645, Email: SIRSvolunteerATviha.ca Provides residential care to those requiring complex health care, as well as rehabilitation services through the Activation Program. 

Action Committee of People with Disabilities 948 View Street Victoria, BC V8V 3L5 Ph: (250) 383-4105 Promotes awareness, acceptance and understanding of the issues and problems facing people with disabilities. Activities include public advocacy, individual advocacy and the consumer card program.

AIDS Vancouver Island (AVI) 3rd floor – 713 Johnson Street Victoria, BC V8W 1M8  Ph: (250) 384-2366 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.

Alzheimer Society of BC 202-306 Burnside Road W, BC V8Z 1M1 Ph: 250-382-2052 Purpose is 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..

Anawim Companions Society 973 Caledonia Ave Victoria, BC V8T 1E7, Ph: (250) 382-0283, Email: info@anwimhouse.com The purpose has been to empower people to embrace life since 1991. They do this by providing two programs: drop-in and residential. They offer a safe and sober home where people can find hope and get their needs met via various self-enriching programs, meals, showers, laundry facilities and people to talk to.

Anglican Synod of the Diocese of BC Refugee Program Anglican Synod of the Diocese Refugee Sponsorship Program, 900 Vancouver St., Victoria, BC V8V 3V7. Since, 2015 we have had the privilege of working with over 500 volunteers who have enable the support and care to resettle over 350 refugees on Vancouver Island fleeing conflict and war.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria 1040 Moss Street Victoria, BC V8V 4P1 Ph: (250) 384-4171 The purposes of the Art Gallery is to enliven and enrich the human spirit through the visual arts. In addition to the gallery, services include the gallery gift shop, art rental / sales program, library and facility rentals. They also have programs from docents who help with the exhibits to the gallery-in-the-schools.

ArtSea Community Arts Council, 9565 Fifth Street, ArtSea Gallery in Tulista Park, Sidney, BC. Ph: 250.656.400. ArtSea is a volunteer-run umbrella arts organization that works to ignite interest and appreciation for all forms of arts and culture. ArtSea provides valuable programs and community events including, the Sidney Fine Art Show, the Spring and Fall ArtSea Studio Tour, the Salish Sea Lantern Festival, and many artist-run shows at the ArtSea Gallery. To learn more visit: artsea.ca  

(The) Arthritis Society 2nd Floor- 2680 Richmond Road Victoria, BC V8R 4S9. Ph: (250) 519-4002. A national health charity, fueled by donors and volunteers, with a vision to live in a world where people are free from the devastating effects that arthritis has on lives. Mission is to invest in cutting-edge research, proactive advocacy and innovative solutions that will deliver better health outcomes and an improved quality of life for people affected by arthritis.

artsREACH PO Box 48091 Uptown PO Victoria, BC V8Z 7H5. Tel: (778) 678-6282 Fax: 1-866-610-8798 Provide free theatre and visual arts workshops to public elementary and middle schools, to educate, support and inspire individuals to effect positive change within the community.

Atomique Productions 1280 Douglas St., Victoria BC.  Ph: (778) 433-4743. Produces world class events and music in Victoria BC. Promotes a fun and inclusive working environment that nurtures the music scene in Victoria.

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Ballet Victoria PO Box 8877 Victoria, BC V8W 3Z1 Ph: (250) 380-6063, is a professional ballet company that stages four productions each season at the RMTS, as well as on tour. Ballet Victoria promotes the emerging dance talent of Vancouver Island and educates the public on the value of dance in the community. Its repertoire includes classical, contemporary, children’s, and original works. Please check our Community Outreach link for Special Programs.

BC Association of Clinical Counsellors 204-780 Tolmie Avenue Victoria, BC V8X 3W4 Ph: (250) 595-4448 To regulate and promote the professional practice of Registered Clinical Counsellors in British Columbia.

BC Aviation Museum 1910 Norseman Road Sidney, BC V8L 5V5 Ph: (250) 655-3300 Organization is dedicated to the preservation of aircraft and aviation artifacts and seeks to create and maintain a dynamic museum for the education and enjoyment of the community.

BC Cancer Agency – Victoria 2410 Lee Avenue Victoria, BC V8R 6V5 Ph: (250) 519-5669 Outpatient treatment facility for adult cancer patients.

BC Children’s Hospital Foundation 360B Harbour Rd Victoria, BC V9A 3S1 Ph:(250) 380-1527 Helping kids shine by raising funds and local awareness for BC Children’s Hospital. We present donor and patient family focused events and organize annual fundraising events including Victoria Festival of Trees in the late fall and Radiothon for Kids in the spring. 

BC Schizophrenia Society (Victoria Branch) 941 Kings Road Victoria, BC V8T 1W7 Ph: (250) 384-4225 Provide understanding and support for those whose lives have been touched by a mental illness/issue.

BC SPCA Wild ARC 1020 Malloch Road Victoria, BC V9C 4G9 Ph: (250) 478-9453 is the Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre operated by the BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. As the only wildlife rehabilitation centre on southern Vancouver Island, Wild ARC treats over 3,000 wild animals annually from all over the region. Volunteer roles include: Animal Care, Fundraising & Outreach, Maintenance, Wildlife transport. 

Beacon Community Services 10030 Resthaven Drive Sidney, BC V8L 3G4 Ph: (250) 656-5537 Helping people – Improving lives. Providing care and support to thousands of clients on southern Vancouver Island and the outer Gulf Islands, through a wide range of programs and services – including health, children and family, training and employment, recreation, housing, and volunteer services.

Better Business Bureau 220 – 1175 Cook Street Victoria, BC V8V 4A1 Ph: (250) 386-6348 Maintain ethical business standards. Services are used by both business and customers.

Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Victoria 230 Bay Street Victoria, BC V9A 3K5 Ph: (250) 475-1117 To provide children (aged 7 to 17) with volunteer mentors (aged 15+) who serve as role models and teach by example the importance of giving and giving back, staying in school, and having respect for family, peers and community.  Mentoring can take place in the school or in the community.

Boys and Girls Club Services of Victoria 301-1195 Esquimalt Rd Victoria BC V9A 3N6 Ph: (250) 384-9133 Offers a variety of social, educational, and recreational programs and services for children and youth from age 5-19. Also provide school-based youth and family counselling, youth outreach and self-help support groups for parents of teens.

Bridges for Women Society 1809 Douglas Street Victoria, BC  V8T 4K5 Ph: (250) 385-7410 Provides women with a history of abuse and trauma support in finding employment, leading to financial independence and self-sufficiency through group workshops and/or 1:1 sessions.

Broadmead Care Society 4579 Chatterton Way Victoria, BC V8X 4Y7 (250) 658-3205. A non-profit organization that provides housing, social and health services for vulnerable adult populations in Greater Victoria. We serve seniors, veterans and people with disabilities who require assistance to live their lives as fully and meaningfully as possible.

Burnside Gorge Community Assoc. 471 Cecelia Road Victoria, BC V8T 4T4 Ph: (250) 388-5251.  The 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.

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Canadian Blood Services 3449 Saanich Road Victoria, BC V8X 1W6  Ph: 1-888-332-5663 Agency is the guardian and steward of Canada’s blood supply and has the responsibility for recruitment, screening and retention of blood donors.

Canadian Cancer Society 101 – 1537 Hillside Ave Victoria, BC V8T 2C1 Ph: (250) 592-2244 A national volunteer based organization working for the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer.

Canadian Red Cross Society 909 Fairfield Road Victoria, BC V8V 3A3 Ph: (250) 382-2043. Our mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world. Our local programs include providing health equipment loans to community members, emergency response during disasters both locally and across the province, first aid, and water safety.

Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan, founded in 1998, works in partnership with Afghan women to improve women’s human rights by creating educational programs for all ages and both sexes of Afghan society. Our programs have improved training for Afghan teachers, helped girls to go to school, created an online library of open-source teaching materials in Afghan languages and delivered literacy training for adults. In Canada we work to educate Canadians about the ongoing situation in Afghanistan. The Victoria Chapter supports our national organization by raising money for the programs, making presentations and having speakers. The Victoria Chapter is a small but engaged group of women, interested in the state of the world and sharing good times together. We welcome new members/volunteers to help with our 3-4 events each year.

Cancer DriveLine Society 550 – 2950 Douglas Street,
Victoria, BC. Ph: (778) 265-0906. The society provides transport to patients who are going through tests and screening for cancer, undergoing treatment or surgery and for post cancer procedures. 

Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable
1183 Fort Street, Victoria BC. E-mail: engagement@crfair.ca 
We envision a region where local, sustainable and healthy food is celebrated, abundant and central to the cultures, health and well-being of residents. We mobilize and connect efforts to develop healthy, equitable and sustainable food systems in the Capital Region

CFUV 101.9 FM PO Box 3035, University of Victoria, BC V8W 3P3 Ph: (250) 721-8702 Victoria’s campus community radio station.

Children’s  Health  Foundation of Vancouver Island  2390 Arbutus Road Victoria BC V8N 1V7 Ph: 250-519-6977 Email: info@childrenshealthvi.org Thanks to the support of the community, Children’s Health Foundation raises funds to improve the lives of Island children living with disabilities and health challenges. This year, the Foundation has invested more than $2.25 million in programs, including Jeneece Place and the West Shore and Sooke Child, Youth, and Family Centres.

CHOICES Adoption & Counselling 100 – 850 Blanshard Street Victoria, BC V8W 2H2 Ph: (250) 479-9811 Purpose is to find families for children locally and globally, as well as to offer professional and adoption services to expectant parents, adoptive parents and children.

CNIB 102-1675 Douglas Street Victoria, BC V8W 2G5 Ph: (250) 595-1100 is a registered charity, passionately providing community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life.

Communica: Dialogue & Resolution Services Society 102-2220 Sooke Street Sooke, BC V9B 0G9Ph: (250) 383-4412 Mediation and reconciliation.

Community Social Planning Council  203 – 4475 Viewmont Ave Victoria, BC V8Z 6L8 Ph: (250) 383-6166 Brings individuals and groups together to tackle issues affecting the community. These meetings bring a better understanding of the issues and identify the most effective course of action. The discussions also raise awareness and educate through statistics and community surveys.

Community Living Victoria 3861 Cedar Hill X Road Victoria, BC V8P 2M7 Ph: (250) 477-7231 A range of services for children, youth & adults with intellectual disabilities, along with their families. 
www.Communitylivingvictoria.ca  

Community Options for Children and Families 1595 Bay St., Victoria V8R 2B5 Ph: (250) 380-6363 Provides quality support services and information to people in the community who have developmental disabilities.

Compost Education Centre 1216 North Park Victoria, BC V8T 1C9 Ph: (250) 386-9676 Educating the public about composting.

Cook Street Village Activity Centre Suite 1-380 Cook St Victoria, BC V8V 3X7 Ph: (250) 384-6542 Cook Street Village Activity Centre (Formerly Fairfield Activity Centre) a non-profit organization offering social, educational and recreational activities for persons of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds 18+ years of age.

Craigdarroch Castle 1050 Joan Crescent Victoria, BC V8S 3L5 Ph: (250) 592-5323 Craigdarroch Castle Historical Society, which has a mandate to preserve the building and its artifacts, welcoming visitors and sharing with them the history of the Castle including the life and times of the Dunsmuir family and the use of the house as a military hospital, music conservatory, college and museum.

CRD Regional Parks 490 Atkins Avenue Victoria, BC V9B 2Z8 Ph: (250) 478-3344 Protect a network of regional parks and trails and provide opportunities for outdoor experiences that foster respect for the natural environment.

Creatively United for the Planet Society 474 Nelson Street Victoria, BC V9A 6P4 Ph: (250) 383-0206 Our Vision: To celebrate and showcase social innovation, unite community and achieve a more just and sustainable world by inspiring individual, community and local well-being. Free community information and event sharing hub.

Cridge Centre for the Family 1307 Hillside Ave Victoria, BC V8T 0A2 Ph: (250) 384-8058 Daycare and summer programs for children, including children with disabilities. Support for families.

Cridge Transition House for Women Victoria, BC Ph: (250) 479-3963 Transition House provides shelter and counseling to women who are victims of abuse, and to their children.

Cystic Fibrosis Canada P.O Box 244, Chemainus, BC. V0R 1K0, Ph: (604) 317-3566. Works to raise funds to support CF research for a cure, to provide supplementary funding to support the Vancouver Island CF medical clinic, and to provide support and advocacy to families affected by CF.

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District 69 Society of Organized Services Community Services Centres: 245 West Hirst Ave Parksville, Ph: (250) 248-2093. 744 Primrose St. Qualicum Beach, Ph: (250) 752-2040. Mailing Address: PO Box 898 Parksville, BC V9P 2G9. Since 1968, SOS has responded to the needs of individuals and families in District 69. Provides programs and services that are accessible and non-judgmental and works with the community to meet residents’ needs and promote healthy living.

Doctors of the World Mobile Health Clinic various locations ph: 250-882-4151 mobile health clinic offering primary healthcare services to people where they are. Doctors of the World is dedicated to empowering excluded and vulnerable people to access healthcare.

Saanich Parks – Pulling Together Volunteer Program 1040 McKenzie Avenue Victoria, BC V8P 2L4 Ph: (250) 475-5539 Purpose is to restore and maintain identified sites of Garry Oaks to healthy functioning ecosystems. The Restoration Project is designed to introduce and educate residents of the area about the value of Garry Oak ecosystems and ecological restoration.

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Early Music Society of the Islands (EMSI)  Email: infoATEarlyMusicSocietyoftheIslands.ca Ph: (250) 882-5058 To present concerts featuring internationally renowned soloists and ensembles as well as accomplished local musicians featuring period instruments, accurate scores, and historical performance practices.

Epilepsy and Parkinson’s Centre 202 – 1640 Oak Bay Ave. (at the corner of Morrison Street) Victoria, B.C. V8R 1B2 Ph: (250) 475-6677 Services and support for people with Epilepsy or Parkinson’s Disease and their families.

Esquimalt Neighbourhood House Society 511 Constance Avenue Victoria, BC V9A 6N5 Ph: (250) 385-2635 Support for families, seniors and adults living in the Esquimalt, View Royal and Vic West communities.

Esquimalt Parks & Recreation 527 Fraser Street Victoria, BC V9A 6H6 Ph: (250) 412-8500 Provides municipal parks and recreation services to the community of Esquimalt

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Fairfield Community Association 1330 Fairfield Road Victoria, BC V8S 5J1 Ph: (250) 382-4604 Fairfield Gonzales Community Association strives to create a connected, collaborative, inclusive, and sustainable community. We offer a wide range of programs including childcare, recreation, events, and volunteer opportunities in the Fairfield Gonzales area.

Family Caregivers’ of B.C.Society 526 Michigan Street Victoria, BC V8V 1S2 Ph: (250) 384-0408 Purpose of the socity is to inform, support and represent family caregivers in the Capital Regional District. Activities include workshops, support to family caregivers through monthly meetings, bi-monthly newsletter, a resource centre, referral information and advocacy.

The First Open Heart Society of BC 1580 Pembroke Street, Victoria, BC V8R 1Y2 Ph: (250) 595-2123 To support heart/cardiovascular patients and their families.

For the Love of Africa Society 813 Claremont Ave Victoria, BC V8Y 1J9 Ph: (250) 891-0162 To reach out with love and compassion to people in need in Africa through hands-on personal involvement.

Friends of Music Society  2328 Trent Street Victoria, BC V8R 4Z3  (250) 952-5114  Provides musical opportunities for people recovering from mental illness or addictions. All music-lovers are welcome to participate in our varied selection of music programs. 

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Garry Oak Meadow Preservation Society (GOMPS) Email: grow.oaksATgmail.com Dedicated to the preservation, protection and restoration of Garry oak stands and their natural habitats.  Activities include a tree nursery raising Garry oaks of local genetic origin, education, advocacy where possible, habitat restoration, and holding conservation covenants. Check FacebookInstagram and Twitter for more information.

Glengarry Hospital, Island Health (VIHA) 1780 Fairfield Road Victoria, BC V8S 1G7 Phone: (250) 370-5645, Email: SIRSvolunteerATviha.ca A residential care home for seniors.

Glenshiel Housing Society 606 Douglas Street Victoria, BC V8V 4G9 Ph: (250) 383-4164 To provide affordable, supportive housing for seniors 55+.

GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Box 675, 185-911 Yates Street Victoria, BC V8V 4Y9 Ph:(250) 658-4520 Purpose is to host a first class international running event and help to raise funds for local charities.

Gorge Road Hospital, Island Health (VIHA) 63 Gorge Road East Victoria, BC V9A 1L2 Phone: (250) 370-5645, Email: SIRSvolunteerATviha.ca  A residential care home for seniors.

Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness Society 211, 611 Discovery St Victoria BC V8T 5G4 Ph: (250) 370-1512 Purpose: To engage community organizations, governments and non-governmental agencies to work in partnership with each other and the broader community to lead and drive the commitment to end homelessness in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. 

Greater Victoria Down Syndrome Society PO Box 35082 Victoria, BC V8T 5G2 Ph: (250) 479-7450 Purpose is to improve the lives of people who have Down Syndrome and those of their families. To promote inclusion, community living, and better understanding of Down Syndrome. Provides educational opportunities to the membership and community related to Down Syndrome.

(The) Greater Victoria Festival Society  306-620 View Street, Victoria, BC V8W 1J6 (our current address is Volunteer Victoria) Ph: (250) 382-3111 Exists to annually facilitate the Island Farms Victoria Day Parade, Island Farms Santa’s Light Parade, Wicked Victoria, St Patrick’s Day and The Irish Whiskey Hooley– for the enjoyment of all residents & visitors in Greater Victoria. Its mandate can be summarized by saying that the GVFS work very diligently – through its event delivery – to engage locals & tourists in fun & laughter while assisting local charities throughout the Greater Victoria area.

Greater Victoria Green Team #306-620 View Street, Victoria. 778-677-9078. The largest environmental volunteer group in the region! We come together to help nature through hands-on, educational activities that include (but are not limited to): removing invasive plants, planting native trees and shrubs, cleaning up shorelines, building trails, helping on educational farms, and much more! 

Greater Victoria Housing Society 1 – 772 Bay Street Victoria, BC V8T 5E4 Ph: (250) 384-3434 Dedicated to providing affordable rental housing in Greater Victoria.

Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival 21-21 Dallas Road, Victoria, BC, V8V 4Z9 Ph: (250) 386-9223 Organization arranges, promotes and carries out adjudicated festivals for students in music and the performing arts, as well as other activities that further the development of artistic skills, appreciation of the arts and the pursuit of excellent in the arts.

Greater Victoria Police Victim Services Ph: (250) 995-7351 Works with police to provide emotional and practical support services to victims of crime or trauma: provides liaison with police and other agencies in the criminal justice system; referral to community supports; assistance with case information; Victim Impact Statements, Victim Assistance applications and the court system.

Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame 100-4636 Elk Lake Drive, Victoria BC V8Z 5M1 Ph: (250) 213-2669  To recognize and celebrate the outstanding performances and contributions of athletes, teams, builders and officials from Greater Victoria who have brought distinction to themselves, their sport, community and country.

(The) Greater Victoria Women’s Shelter Society (GVWSS) Ph: (250)-995-0058 Email: infoATgvwss.org As a registered charitable organization, they provide supportive housing for women & their children.  Their current central program is Margaret Laurence House which provides second stage housing & support for women & their children leaving abusive relationships.

Growing Chefs! Chefs for Children’s Urban Agriculture 500-610 Main St. Vancouver, BC, V6A 2V3 Phone: (778) 885-1308 admin@growingchefs.ca  We are a charity that runs a Classroom Gardening and Cooking Program in Vancouver & Victoria elementary schools to get kids excited about growing, cooking, and eating good, healthy food. Connecting young children to their food through hands-on learning, connecting them to nature, and teaching them how their food choices impact their personal health and the health of the environment.

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Habitat Acquisition Trust PO Box 8552 Victoria, BC V8W 3S2 Ph: (250) 995-2428 Promotes the preservation of the environment through the conservatio of habitats on Southern Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands. Activities include habitat protection and outreach to land owners and the public.

Habitat for Humanity – Victoria 849 Orono Avenue Victoria, BC V9B 2T9 Ph: (250) 480-7688 Habitat Victoria brings communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence  through affordable homeownership. Interested in volunteering? Please email volunteerAThabitatvictoria.com 

Haliburton Community Organic Farm Society 741 Haliburton Road Victoria, BC V8Y 1H7 Ph: (250) 478-1694 Email: naomiellisATtelus.net To oversee the development and management of the Haliburton Community Organic Farm and to promote organic farming in the region.

Health Promotion (Community Development), VIHA  3995 Quadra Street Victoria, BC V8X 1J8 Ph: (250) 744-5152 Promote health in community and individuals. Health units are in various locations throughout the region, including Victoria, Saanich, Esquimalt, Saanich Peninsula, Sooke, Western Communities and Salt Spring Island.

Heart and Stroke Foundation 106 – 1001 Cloverdale Ave Victoria, BC V8X 4C9 Ph: (250) 410-8093  The support of our volunteers and donors makes it possible for the Heart and Stroke Foundation to achieve our mission of preventing disease, saving lives and promoting recovery.

Help Fill A Dream Foundation Unit D, 4085 Quadra Street Victoria, BC V8X 1K5  Ph: (250) 382-3135  Helps fill the dreams of children under the age of 19 years who have a life-threatening illness.

Horticulture Centre of the Pacific 505 Quayle Road Victoria, BC V9E 2J7 Ph: (250) 479-6162.  Home to the Pacific Horticulture College, presents a year-round garden experience that all can enjoy. The Garden’s began to grow in 1979 and are proud to be a “gardeners garden”, connecting people with plants.

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Independent Living Housing Society of Greater Victoria (ILHS) 101-367 Burnside Rd. East, Victoria, B.C. V9A 1A7, 250-383-2425 is a non-profit society that has been offering inclusive housing options in the community for over forty years. ILHS supports adults with diverse abilities to live independently in a variety of accessible settings throughout greater Victoria, promoting the belief that “good living starts with home. Please view our website for more information www.ilhs.ca 

Indigenous Perspectives Society (IPS) 664 Granderson Road Victoria, BC V9B 2R8 Ph: (250) 391.0007 Formerly the Caring for First Nations Children Society, IPS is a not-for-profit organization that strengthens the voice of Indigenous communities through education and professional development.  Our training programs help foster a deeper understanding of Indigenous perspectives and cultural differences, and we help build successful partnerships and relationships with Indigenous communities, stakeholders and government partners.

InnovativeCommunities.Org Foundation C/O The Dock.  Suite 300 -722 Cormorant St. Victoria BC V8W 1P8 (788) 902-4501.  info@innovativecommunities.org   In order to support and strengthen the people in the communities we serve, we relieve poverty and advance education by connecting Communities with Resources through processes, technologies, grassroots involvement, team building and Community-driven Initiatives. We are: 100% volunteer – 100% donations to the Community Initiative – 100% transparent; we build relationships first, then task if required; we take risks to innovate; we do not let ideology affect our relationships; we share with the World our Research, Projects, and Initiatives whether successful or not; and please remember – above all, we are Friends working together.

Intercultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) 930 Balmoral Road Victoria, BC V8T 1A8 Ph: (250) 388-4728 Immigrant Welcome Centre provides services to newcomer immigrants and refugees – settlement, orientation, employment, and volunteer matching services; youth, seniors and women’s programming, homework club, childcare: anti-racism and inter-cultural relations, immigrant arts, the Community Partnership Network, and Private Sponsorship of Refugees.

International Metaphysical Academy 1516 Louise Place Victoria, BC V8P 2T9 Ph: (250) 472-0909 Promotes education on current spiritual issues by hosting monthly public events and promoting scientific knowledge on global issues.

Internet for Humanity PO Box 52020 Beacon Ave RPO Sidney, BC V8L 5V9 A BC-based non-government organization that works to bring internet access to some of the world’s most isolated and disadvantaged communities. Its goal is to connect the populations of these remote regions with low-cost, compressed internet systems to support local economic development, healthcare, education and efficient farming practices. 

Intrepid Theatre Company Society 2 -1609 Blanshard Street Victoria, BC V8W 2J5 Ph: (250) 383-2663. Produces live theatre events in Greater Victoria such as The OUTstages Festival, Uno Fest, and The Victoria Fringe Festival. Intrepid is dedicated to enhance the awareness and appreciation of contemporary theatre, by encouraging, developing, and producing new and or experimental work for public performance, and the promotion of new artists and their work through theatre festival production.

Island Community Mental Health 125 Skinner Street Victoria, BC V9A 6X4 Ph: (250) 389-1211 Social, recreational and vocational rehabilitation programs for psychiatric patients and individuals experiencing emotional problems.

Island Deaf and Hard of Hearing 201-754 Broughton Street Victoria, BC V8W 1E1 Ph: (250) 592-8144 The only non-profit on Vancouver Island delivering programs and services for Deaf, Deaf-Blind, late-deafened, individuals with hearing loss, families and the broader community.

Island Sexual Health Society  101-3960 Quadra Street Street Victoria, BC V8X 4A3 Ph: (250) 592-3479 Offers pro-choice and comprehensive sexual health clinics and education programs for people of all genders, orientations, identities, abilities, and ages.

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James Bay Community Project 547 Michigan Street Victoria, BC V8V 1S5 Ph: (250) 388-7844. Operates and facilitates programs and services that support families,  youth, seniors and other community members living in James Bay and beyond. JBCP has a family resource centre, thrift store, community library, youth and family outreach, programs and counselling, outreach to seniors and adults with disabilities, volunteer services and a variety of community programs.

James Bay Community School Society 140 Oswego Street Victoria, BC V8V 2B1 Ph: (250) 389-1470 Community School Centre – community involvement in decision making. Operates: community cafe, recreational and educational programs, group day care, K-grade 5 school programs, and pre-school programs.

James Bay New Horizons Society234 Menzies Street Victoria, BC V8V 2G7 Ph: (250) 386-3035. Provides programs, activities and services enabling seniors in the James Bay area to lead more meaningful, active, healthy and complete lives. Please feel free to drop into our Centre for a visit. We will gladly show you around and provide information on our events and activities. Volunteers are the heart of our Centre and we would welcome your support.

James Bay Market Society c/o 547 Michigan Street Victoria, BC V8V 1S5 Ph: (250) 381-5323 Purpose is to promote community through local commerce and entertainment.   The James Bay Community Market is an open air, rain or shine market operating on the corner of Menzies and Superior in James Bay every Saturday, May 4th to September 28th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Every week local residents and international travellers shop at the market for fresh farm products and unique artisan creations. The market also has live local music all day along with a fun children’s craft area and a picnic area to relax while you grab a bite to eat from one of our many hot food vendors.

James Bay Newspaper Society 20 – 435 Simcoe Street Victoria, BC V8V 4T4 Ph: (250) 380-6090 Purpose is to produce a community newspaper which: 1) promotes pride 2)involves residents in the community 3) increases community awareness of
the impact of decisions that directly affect James Bay 4) initiates change for the good in the community 5) highlights community issues.

John Howard Society of Victoria 2675 Bridge Street Victoria, BC V8T 4Y4 Ph: (250) 386-3428 Provides a multitude of services including support for those within the justice system, those transitioning out of the justice system as well as community members looking for employment support. We run transitional housing, prison programs, employment services and youth mentoring.

Junior Achievement of British Columbia (JABC) Ph: (250) 818-2539 DO YOU BELIEVE IN THE BOUNDLESS POTENTIAL OF YOUNG PEOPLE? At Junior Achievement, our purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Junior Achievement maintains an active vision, front and center, on how they can have a positive impact on the lives of more students. JABC is always looking for volunteers to work with their Achievers across B.C. in grades 4-12. Time commitments vary from half-day to multiple one-hour visits over several weeks between September to June. Volunteer opportunities are available around the province, in cities and small communities. Visit www.jabc.ca  for more information.

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Kaleidoscope Theatre 3130 Jutland Road Victoria, BC V9E 2C5 Ph: (250) 383-8124 To create relevant, original, & innovative theatre experiences that stimulate and inspire young people to think critically about the world around them and to engage in constructive and creative self expression.

KidSport Greater Victoria Our mailing address is 185-911 Yates St Victoria, BC V8V 4Y9 Ph: (250) 380-1518 Email: admin@kidsportvictoria.ca
KidSport exists to ensure that local children in financial need have opportunity to participate in and benefit from a season of sport of their choice. As one of the largest KidSport chapters in the country, KidSport Victoria relies on a team of excellent volunteers to support special events, and to help with administrative functions in order to reach up to 1500 local kids in need every year.

Kiwanis Pavilion 3034 Cedar Hill Road Victoria, BC V8T 3J3 Ph: (250) 598-2022. A non-profit 122-bed complex care facility that specializes in the care of people with dementia. Owned and operated by the Oak Bay Kiwanis Health Care Society.

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Land Trust Alliance of British Columbia LTABC 201-569 Johnson Street Street, BC V8W 1M2 Ph: (250) 590-1921 LTABC provides conservation programs and services to its 35 member land trusts across BC as well as land owners, governments, volunteers and others in the environmental protection sector.

Langham Court Theatre (home of the Victoria Theatre Guild & Dramatic School) 805 Langham Court Victoria, BC V8V 4J3 Ph: (250) 384-2142 Join the volunteers that have made Langham Court Theatre the longest running community theatre in Western Canada. Volunteers are involved in our six main stage shows (SEPT – JUNE), in our costume loft, front of house, shop, events and theatre administration.

Leadership Victoria 306 – 620 View Street Victoria, BC V8W 1J6 Ph: (250) 386-2269 Leadership Victoria provides emerging decision makers with opportunities to develop and practice leadership skills. The 9 month program emphasizes practical experience and exposes participants to current regional issues as a context for skill building.

Learning Disabilities Association 1562 Fort Street Victoria, BC V8S 5J2 Ph: (250) 370-9513 Information and support to children, teens and parents regarding learning disabilities. Educational program and library.

Learning Through Loss 1027 Pandora Ave Victoria, BC V8V 3P6 Ph: (250) 413-3114 Provides grief education and loss support groups to youth ages 12-18 years, and offers community training to other youth-serving professionals and organizations.

Lifetime Networks 102-4090 Shelbourne Street, BC V8N 4P6 Ph: (250) 477-4112 Reduces isolation and loneliness for persons with disabilities, and mental health issues by surrounding them with personal networks of support. Also provide fine arts, post secondary opportunities, and employment support for persons with disabilities.

Living Edge Community  Mailing: PO Box 46020 Quadra Victoria, BC V8T 5G7 Ph: (250) 383-8915. To provide food for the body and hope for the heart to persons in need through a weekly Sunday hot nutritious dinner, a twice-weekly distribution of donated food, and spiritual Christian support for those who seek it.

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M’akola ILBC Housing Society 2009 Fernwood Road Victoria, BC V8T 2Y8 Ph: (250) 474-1524 Provide culturally appropriate, respectful and affordable housing to elders, seniors and persons with disabilities requiring assistance with activities of daily living.

March of Dimes Canada – 721 Kings Road, Victoria, BC. We provide resources, programs and services for people with disabilities. : vpilot@marchofdimes.ca or call/text: 250-686-8653

Maritime Museum of BC  634 Humboldt Street, Victoria BC V8W 1A4 (250) 385-4222 info@mmbc.bc.ca. Dedicated to promoting and preserving BC’s maritime experience and heritage and to engage people with this ongoing story. The Museum cares for more than 35,000 unique artifacts, in excess of 40,000 historical photographs and an internationally recognized chart collection. The Museum operates out of a small location, rotating it’s exhibits two – three times per year on a variety of subjects. The Museum also delivers popular educational outreach programs geared to children and seniors featuring topics such as immigration, pirates and privateers, women at sea, and the fur trade. Weekly craft workshops, children’s programming, and monthly speaker series are all part of our engaging museum environment.

Mary Manning Centre 210 – 1175 Cook Street Victoria, BC V8V 4A1 Ph: (250) 385-6111 Helps children and their families heal from child abuse. The Centre helps children, youth nineteen and under, and their families. Services include individual and family counselling, family education and support, and a victim assistance program.

Men’s Trauma Centre 847 Fisgard Street Victoria, BC V8W 1R9 Ph: (250) 381-6367 Provide theraputic services and legal support to male survivors. Services include individual and group therapy, support groups, educational outreach, victim services program and residential historical abuse program.

Military Family Resource Centre CFB Esquimalt P. O. Box 17000, Station Forces Victoria, BC V9A 7N2 Ph: (250) 363-2640Esquimalt Military Family Resource Centre is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to meeting the needs of military families.

MISSA (Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts)  650 Pearson College Drive Victoria, BC V9C 4H7 (250) 391-2415 MISSA has been operating a summer art school on an ocean front campus in Metchosin since 1984. Every year more than 40 workshops are offered over two weeks in 2, 5, 7 or 9 day classes taught by local, national and international instructors to artists and serious adult art students from around the country. Accommodation and bursary packages are available.

Monterey Recreation Centre 1442 Monterey Avenue Victoria, BC V8S 4W1 Ph: (250) 370-7300 To offer a myriad of clubs, courses, adventures, events and volunteering opportunities for adults 50+ on weekdays and for adults 19+ evenings and weekends.

Mosqoy 414 – 620 View St Victoria, BC V8W 1J6 infoATmosqoy.org A grassroots charitable organization and social enterprise, founded in Victoria in 2006, that works with highland Quechua communities of the Peruvian Andes to mitigate adverse effects of unsustainable tourism and development. Provides economic and educational opportunities that nurture their threatened indigenous culture, including a fair-trade textile program, youth scholarship program, and international knowledge exchange program.

Mount St. Mary Hospital 861 Fairfield Road Victoria, BC V8V 5A9 (250) 480-3118. A charitable organization that provides a home that supports the independence, dignity and quality of life of 200 of our community’s vulnerable and elderly people who require complex care services.  Courage is found here.

Mount Tolmie Hospital, Island Health (VIHA) 3690 Richmond Road Victoria, BC V8P 4R6 Phone: 250 370 5645, Email: SIRSvolunteerATviha.ca A residential care home for seniors.

MOVE Adapted Fitness & Rehabilitation Society of BC #302-531 Yates Street Victoria, BC V8W 1K7 Ph: (250) 744-8284 To provide specialized therapy & exercise to children, youth and adults that are physically challenged due to spinal cord injury, non-progressive brain injury, stroke & heart attack.

MS Society of Canada, Coastal Regional Chapter 306-3301 Douglas St Victoria, BC V8Z 3L2 Ph: (250) 388-6496 Information and resource centre for individuals who are living with MS, their family members and caregivers, and health professionals. The MS Society provides services to people with multiple sclerosis and their families and funds research to find the cause and cure for this disease.

Mustard Seed Street Church 625 Queen Street Victoria, BC V8T 1L9 Ph: (250) 953-1575  To meet the needs of those in need through provision of a variety of services including food bank, advocacy, drop-in centre, crisis counselling, clothing bank.

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NEED2 Suicide Prevention, Education & Support; 300-818 Douglas Street, Victoria BC, V8W 2Z7. Phone: 250 386 6328. Provides suicide awareness and prevention through programs such as Youthspace.ca that provides on-line crisis and emotional support for youth.

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Oak Bay Emergency Program (OBEP), 1703 Monterey Avenue, Victoria, BC V8R 5V6; Ph: (250) 592-9121; obep@oakbay.ca OBEP volunteers help their neighbours prepare to recover from a local emergency such as fire, flooding, weather related emergencies or large scale disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis. There is something for everyone who wants to become involved in building a disaster resilient community through community education, Emergency Support Services and Amateur Radio.

Oak Bay Lodge 2251 Cadboro Bay Road Victoria, BC V8R 5H3 Ph: (250) 370-6642 Residential and Adult Day Care facility for seniors. Residential care to persons requiring 24-hour care and supervision. Adult day care to elderly persons not requiring 24-hour care and supervision and able to remain in their own home.

Oak Bay Volunteer Services 101-2167 Oak Bay Avenue Victoria, BC V8R 1G2 Ph: (250) 595-1034 One-to-one volunteer help for Oak Bay residents of all ages, including drives, visits, walks, daily check-up phone calls, reading, writing, minor repairs, income tax returns, etc.

Oaklands Community Assoc & Centre 1 – 2827 Belmont Ave Victoria, BC V8R 4B2 Ph: (250) 370-9101 Promotes and provides quality programs and projects that facilitate community interaction and contribute to the health and physical improvement of the Oaklands neighbourhood.

Oasis Society for the Spiritual Health of Victoria  106-505 Trutch Street Victoria, BC V8V 4C3  Ph: (250) 361-9228 work with homeless people to create a shared and inclusive spiritual community for the mutual well-being of all.

Open Space Arts Society 2nd Floor – 510 Fort Street Victoria, BC V8W 1E6 Ph: (250) 383-8833 Presents contemporary arts in all disciplines and encourages research, insight and understanding of the arts.

Our Place 919 Pandora Avenue Victoria, BC V8V 3P4 Ph: (250) 388-7112 A drop-in centre that seeks to enrich the social, spiritual, emotional and physical lives of all in the community. A new building combining the services of the Upper Room and Open Door will provide accommodation, meals, laundry, washrooms and other facilities. Services also include advocacy, outreach, support and recreation programs.

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Pacific Animal Therapy Society (PATS) #550 – 2950 Douglas St., Victoria BC, V8T 4N4, Phone: (250) 590 9082. email: info@patspets.ca
PATS pets enhance the mental, physical and social well-being of care facility residents, school and university students, literacy programs participants, medical facility clients and others throughout Greater Victoria. Pet therapy transforms lives.

Pacific Centre Family Services  #200-324 Goldstream Avenue Victoria, BC V9B 2W3 Ph: (250) 478-8357 To enhance and promote the quality and dignity of life of individuals, families and groups within the community.

Parkinson Wellness Project

Many people with a new Parkinson’s disease diagnosis suffer from depression, isolation and self-consciousness from the new sensations and physical changes they are experiencing. Having a community to turn to for support makes a big difference. When it’s a community that also empowers people through rigorous exercise and movement, the difference can be life-changing.

Parkinson Wellness Project offers a place for people living with Parkinson’s disease to exercise, to share and to be supported. PWP’s fitness classes have been specifically designed to provide multiple levels of intensity, specificity and complexity. Parkinson’s-specific rigorous exercise has been shown to slow the progression of the disease.

Together, we can ensure that everyone with Parkinson’s disease has access to a supportive community and a better life. PWP is determined to reduce barriers to wellness by keeping its programming free.

PISE (Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence Society) 4371 Interurban Road Victoria, BC V9E 2C5 Ph: (250) 220-2510 Founded in 2008, PISE is a charitable non-profit organization that provides programs and services for South Vancouver Island while managing the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence facility, the first summer sport institute in Canada. The organization helps build a healthy, active community while focusing on inclusion, physical literacy, active living and supporting the development of performance sport. PISE’s driving purpose is to transform lives through healthy activity and sport by providing physical activity and health education programming and services for children, youth and adults. Visit pise.ca to learn more.

Pacific Training Centre for the Blind 817a Fort Street Victoria, BC V8W 1H6 Ph: (778) 817-0482.  Started in 2011, the Pacific Training Centre for the Blind (PTCB) is a grassroots, charitable organization, based in Victoria, BC. The centre offers training in blindness skills such as Braille, cane travel, adaptive technology, life skills and a positive approach to blindness. All of our instructors are blind, and the centre uses a positive, experiential style of teaching that empowers blind people to problem-solve and take charge of their own lives.

Pacifica Housing Advisory Assoc. 827 Fisgard Street Victoria, BC V8W 1R9 Ph: (250) 385-2131 To provide innovative, affordable housing opportunities and support to people in need of such services.

Pandora Arts Collective 10 – 1921 Fernwood Road Victoria BC V8T 2Y6 Ph: (250) 920-7227 Facilitates and supports health through the social and educational benefits of a welcoming creative arts space. Run two main programs, the Open Studio and Little Fernwood Gallery.

Parent Support Services Society of BC (PSS) Phone: (250)384-8042  Email: annette.deboerATparentsupportbc.ca Purpose is to create a world where children and families are nurtured, valued and safe. PSS operates Support Circles across BC for all people in a parenting role (parenting children and youth) including grandparents raising their grandchildren and kinship care providers.

Phoenix Human Services Association 2nd Floor – 1824 Store Street Victoria, BC  V8T 4R4 Ph: (250) 383-4821 Purpose is to build on the strengths and resourcefulness of individuals and assist them to create new opportunities to enhance their quality of living.

Priory Hospital, Island Health (VIHA) 567 Goldstream Avenue Victoria, BC V9B 2W4 Phone: (250) 370-5645, Email: SIRSvolunteerATviha.ca The Priory has 3 buildings on site: Hiscock and Heritage Woods provide residential care for seniors. West Shore Adult Day Program provides adult day services to seniors still residing in their own home.

The Prostate Centre 100 – 1121 Yates Street Victoria, BC V8V 3N1 Ph: (250) 388-0214 Provide informational support to those already diagnosed with prostate cancer and to others interested in maintaining prostate health.

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Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health, VIHA 2400 Arbutus Road Victoria, BC V8N 1V7 Ph: (250) 519-6792  The Centre cooperates closely with other service agencies to ensure a broad spectrum of health services for children (In Patient, Out Patient and family support services).

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Ready to Rent 101-2860 Quadra Street Victoria, BC V8T 4E7 Ph: (250) 388-7171 To help people learn to attain and maintain housing through education using a coaching mentoring model.

Recreation Integration Victoria 4135 Lambrick Way Victoria, BC V8N 5R3 Ph: (250) 477-6314 To enable people with disabilities to become involved in municipal parks and recreation activities. Extensive summer program for children.

Mental Health and Substance Use, Residential Services, Island Health (VIHA) Provides a range of residential services to individuals with enduring mental illness and/or substance use issues. Residential sites vary from 24 hour care with professional support staff, to supportive apartments with light staffing levels for more independent living.

Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs Society (RAVEN) #509-620 View Street Victoria, BC V8W 1J6 Ph: (250) 383-2331 Provides financial resources to assist Indigenous Peoples within Canada in lawfully forcing industrial development to be reconciled with their traditional ways of life, and in a manner that addresses global warming of other ecologically sustainable challenges.

(The) Robert Bateman Centre 470 Belleville Street Victoria, BC V8W 1W9 Ph: (250) 940-3630 We connect people with the magic of nature through art.

Rocky Point Bird Observatory  170-1581 H Hillside Avenue Victoria, BC V8T 2C1 Email: rpbo@rpbo.org  Seeks to influence conservation and ecological management of migratory birds in Western North America through monitoring, scientific research and public education.

Royal B.C. Museum – Visitor Services 675 Belleville Street Victoria, BC V8W 9W2 Ph: (250) 387-7902 Collect, preserve and interpret human and natural history of province.  Through research and learning, we strive to broaden understanding about our province and inspire curiosity and wonder. We are passionate about sharing British Columbia’s story with the millions of visitors who walk through our doors and explore our website each year.

Royal Jubilee Hospital Site, VIHA West Wing 147, Old Town 1952 Bay Street Victoria, BC V8R 1J8 Ph: (250) 370-8407 Hospital providing acute care for adults. RJH is an acute care hospital which also offers rehabilitation services and specialized programs in cardiac, kidney and burn care, and psychiatry. It is a referral centre for hospitals all over Vancouver Island.

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Saanich Emergency Program 760 Vernon Ave Victoria, BC V8X 2W6 Ph: (250) 475-7140 Provides for continuity in government and the preservation of life and property through a coordinated response by elected officials, municipal departments, volunteer services and such outside agencies as may be able to assist during a major emergency or disaster.

Saanich Historical Artifact Society (Heritage Acres) 7321 Lochside Drive Saanichton, BC V8M  1W4 Ph: (250)652–5522. Heritage Acre’s purpose is to provide a site where the peninsula’s farming history can be enjoyed in an informative and relaxed atmosphere.

Saanich Neighbourhood Place c/o Pearkes Recreation Centre 3100 Tillicum Road Victoria, BC V9A 6T2 Ph: (250) 360-1148 Works to support the well-being of families and individuals in the community. Programs include parent education, parent and tot drop-ins, clothing exchange, best babies, and food security programs.

Saanich Parks and Recreation Services 780 Vernon Ave Victoria, BC V8X 2W7 Ph: (250) 475-5502 Purpose is to provide accessible programs and services to the residents of Saanich and Greater Victoria.

Saanich Peninsula Hospital Site, VIHA 2166 Mount Newton X-Road Saanichton, BC V0S 1M0 Ph: (250) 652-7519 Acute and extended care hospital.

Saanich Police Department, Block Watch 760 Vernon Ave Victoria, BC V8X 2W6 Ph: (250) 475-4321 Facilitate community participation in crime prevention program, specifically Block Watch.

Saanich Pulling Together Program 1040 Mackenzie Ave Victoria, BC V9E 2L4 Ph: (250) 475-5502 Welcomes volunteers of all ages abilities to participate in ecological restoration in Saanich Parks. Our volunteers help remove invasive species and plant back native species to support the recovery of local ecosystems and provide habitat for wildlife. Volunteering with us is very flexible.

Saanich Volunteer Services 1445 Ocean View Road Victoria, BC V8P 1J8 Ph: (250) 595-8008 A one on one direct volunteer service that promotes independent living and enhances quality of life for Saanich residents by providing coordinated volunteer services and connection to community resources. Provids supported transportation, companionship, light yard work and gardening, minor home repair, income tax preparation and community information and referrals.

S.A.L.T.S. Sail and Life Training Society 451 Herald Street Victoria, BC V8W 3N8 Ph: (250) 383-6811 “Training young people, by the sea, for life. Aim to develop the spiritual, relational and physical potential of young people ages 13-25 through sail training, shipboard life, and associated activities on two heritage tall ships, the Pacific Swift and Pacific Grace. Run spring/fall trips for school groups and 10 summer trips for individuals.

Salt Spring Island Community Services 268 Fulford-Ganges Road Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2K6 Ph: (250) 537-9971 Purpose is to support and strengthen individual families and communities of the Southern Gulf Islands.

Salvation Army – Addictions and Rehabilitation Centre (A.R.C.) 525 Johnson St Victoria, BC, V8W 1M2 Ph: (250) 384-3396 Assists men ages 19-75 dealing with drug and alcohol addiction and homelessness. Programs include emergency and second stage housing, a federal corrections halfway house (the largest in Victoria), and hot meals for anyone in need at the community kitchen.

Salvation Army – The Hope Van (TSA on wheels; run by A.R.C.) A mobile unit stocked with water, blankets and other emergency provisions, which travels throughout Greater Victoria to distribute hot drinks, blankets, and warm clothing to people living on the streets, and visits schools to provide on-site breakfasts to children who would not otherwise have breakfast before they start school in the mornings.

Salvation Army – National Recycling Operation/Thrift Stores 104-765 Vanalman Ave Victoria, BC V8Z 3B8 Ph: (250) 727-2293 Recycling operation which runs 7 Thrift Stores for those in need and individuals with limited resources. Accepts clothing, housewares, furniture (excluding used mattresses, infant equipment, carpets), electronics, toys, media/books, accessories, collectibles and computers.  

Salvation Army – Sunset Lodge 952 Arm St Victoria, BC V9A 4G7 Ph: (250) 385-3422 A 108-bed residential facility for the elderly which offers a friendly, supportive, non-institutional environment, to create a sense of home for its residents and caregivers.

Santas Anonymous  c/o C-FAX 825 Broughton Street Victoria, BC V8W 1E5 Ph: (250) 920-4633 Collecting toys and gifts for distribution at Christmas.

Saanich Recreation 770 Vernon Avenue Saanich, BC V8X 2W7 Ph: (250) 920-5422 We offer recreation, arts, heritage, culture, social programming and services to the local community through parks and trails, a golf course, four recreation centres, archives and an arts centre.

Scouts Canada 664 West Broadway Vancouver, BC V5Z 1G1 Ph: (250) 668-0983 Scouts have fun adventures discovering new things and experiences they wouldn’t discover elsewhere. Along the way they develop into capable, confident and well-rounded individuals, better prepared for success in the world. Scouts is the start of something great. It starts with Scouts.

Selkirk Place 385 Waterfront Crescent Victoria, BC V8T 5K7 Ph: (250) 880-0388 Provides individualized care and support for adults with complex and assisted living health needs, within a comfortable residential setting.

Sendial All Thrifty Foods locations in Greater Victoria Ph:  (250) 544-1234  A shopping and home delivery service for individuals unable to shop without assistance. Volunteers call and shop for registered Sendial customers weekly.

Seniors Serving Seniors 209 – 1027 Pandora Ave Victoria, BC V8V 3P6 Ph: (250) 413-3211. Offers a current information and referral service – represent interests and concerns of senior citizens – identify and assist in developing programs and establishing services.

Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea 9811 Seaport Place Sidney, BC V8L 4X3 Ph: (250) 665-7511. Connecting the public with the Salish Sea and its ecosystems through engagement, knowledge and awareness, the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea offers a fun, interactive and informative experience of science and culture to visitors of all ages. Our mission is to create experiences that engage people to learn about, explore and conserve the Salish Sea Bioregion – its wildlife, waters, land, culture, and people.

Shekinah Homes Society 3034 Donald Street Victoria, BC V9A 1Y2 Ph: (250) 595-1014 Provides person centred support for adults with developmental disabilities in a residential setting.

Shelbourne Community Kitchen Society 3541 Shelbourne Street Victoria, BC V8P 4G6 Ph: (250) 590-0980. The Shelbourne Community Kitchen’s mission is to create opportunities with people living on a low income to cook, grow, share and connect for improved health and well-being. We are a registered charity in Saanich, British Columbia, and offer a unique neighbourhood food centre model. We create opportunities for people to: prepare and share healthy meals in cooking programs together, access nutritious food through our Pantry program, work together to grow food and build gardening skills, and connect with other community resources. For more information visit us on the web: www.shelbournecommunitykitchen.ca

Silver Threads Service A charitable, not-for-profit society that enhances social connections and well-being for seniors.  We do this by providing programs and services that are accessible to all.   We operate two centres (Saanich and Victoria) and Outreach Program throughout Greater Victoria. Saanich Centre 286 Hampton Road.  Ph: (250) 382-3151 Victoria Centre 2340 Richmond Road Ph: (250) 388-4268.

Society of Friends of St. Ann’s Academy 853 Humboldt St, PO Box 9188 Victoria, BC V8W 9E6 Ph: (250) 953-8820 To celebrate, honor, and preserve the spiritual, social, and cultural heritage of St. Ann’s Academy – while collaborating in the public interest to develop it as a resource centre for the community.

Soap For Hope 426 William St Victoria, BC V9A3Y9. Process used amenities and create Hygiene Kits and family sized products to provide marginalized people in our community with the hygiene products they need. Please contact us for more information: soapforhope@disasteraid.ca 250-590-1462

Sooke Region Historical Society 2070 Phillips Road Sooke, BC V9Z 0Y3 Ph: (250) 642-6351 The Sooke Region Historical Society exists to establish, maintain & operate a museum in order to preserve & exhibit information, records & objects of educational, historical & cultural value.  A visitor centre is also operated by the Society.

Sooke Transition House Society PO Box 527 Sooke, BC V9Z 1H5 Ph: (250) 642-2544 Purpose is to provide accessible services to all women and children seeking support, information, referrals, and advoacy relating to issues of violence and abuse. To provide shelter in a safe respectful atmosphere for women and their children experiencing, leaving or healing from violence and abuse.

Southern Vancouver Island Nature Trails Society Advocating and building shared-use trail connections in the Greater Victoria area. Works with the many different land managers to authorize, connect and upgrade existing trails and make them accessible and safe for the public.

South Island Centre for Counselling and Training 3821A Cedar Hill X Road Victoria, BC V8P 2M6 Phone: (250) 472-2851, extension 101. Provides professional and affordable counselling for individuals, children, youth, couples, families and organizations using a sliding fee scale. Counselling sessions are by appointment only.

Special Olympics BC PO Box 31121 University Heights Victoria, BC V8N 6G3 Ph: (250) 475-1677 Provide year round sport and recreation programs for people who have mental disabilities.

Story Studio 2001A Douglas Street, Victoria, BC, V8T 4K9 info@storystudio.ca  is a charity that gets kids excited about writing. Our programs build confidence, encourage creativity and improve communication skills in youth. We offer variety of innovative creative writing workshops, as well as publications and events that celebrate and promote the work of young Canadian writers.

Stroke Recovery Association of BC – 721 Kings Road, Victoria, BC. We provide recovery programs for stroke survivors and their caregivers. : vpilot@marchofdimes.ca or call/text: 250-686-8653

St. Vincent de Paul 4349 W Saanich Road Victoria, BC V8Z 3E8 Ph: (250) 382-2767 Emergency assistance to anyone who is in need of food, clothing, furniture and referral, regardless of race, creed, religion etc. Store provides clothing, furniture, etc. at minimal cost.

Swan Lake/Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary  3873 Swan Lake Road Victoria, BC V8X 3W1 Ph: (250) 479-0211 Email: info@swanlake.bc.ca website: http://www.swanlake.bc.ca/ Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary is a leader in the stewardship of healthy, diverse ecosystems, and provides an urban sanctuary that brings people and nature together. The Sanctuary engages in ecosystem restoration and protection along with environmental education for all ages at this unique oasis in the heart of the city.

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The Prostate Centre 100 – 1121 Yates Street Victoria, BC V8V 3N1 Ph: (250) 388-0214 Provide informational support to those already diagnosed with prostate cancer and to others interested in maintaining prostate health.

Threshold Housing Society 900 Vancouver Street Victoria, BC V8V 3V7 Ph: (250) 383-8830 To provide long-term transitional housing for youth at-risk of homelessness.

Theatre SKAM Association 1030 North Park Street Victoria, BC V8T 1C6 Ph: (250) 386-7526. www.skam.ca Produces live theatre events including: 2 new works a year providing work for emerging and established artists in Victoria; the annual SKAMpede Festival occurring one weekend in July; the Pop-Up Theatre is a 10 seat theatre on the back of a pick up truck that ‘pops up’ at community events providing fast, fun shows at markets and parks in the CRD. SKAM School of Performing Arts offers classes, camps and workshops for kids and adults all year round, and promotes and educates emerging artists through initiatives like the SKAM Young Company.

TLC The Land Conservancy of B.C. PO Box 50054 RPO Fairfield Plaza, Victoria, BC V8S 5L8 Ph: (250) 479-8053 To protect plants, animals, natural communities and landscape features that represent diversity of life, by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. Also protects areas of scientific, historical, cultural and scenic value.

Together Against Poverty Society 828 Fort Street Victoria, BC V8W 1K2  Ph: (250) 361-3521 Assist people who live below the poverty level with advocacy, information, support and other poverty issues.

Tourism Victoria 4th Floor – 31 Bastion Square Victoria, BC V8W 1J1 Ph: (250) 414-6999 Promotes the region and welcomes visitors to Greater Victoria to share the year-round tourism experience, for the growth and enrichment of its members and the community.

(The) Town of View Royal 45 View Royal Avenue Victoria, BC V9B 1A6 Ph: (250) 479-6800 The Town of View Royal is determined to be one of the best places to call home: livable, green & sustainable.

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Umbrella Society for Addictions & Mental Health 901 Kings Road Victoria, BC V8T 1W5 Ph: (250) 380-0595 Promotes health around substance use issues and provides advocacy and support to those impacted by substance use. Services include advocacy and support on an individual level as well as with families and educational presentations on substance and mental health issues to service providers and community agencies.

UVic Alumni Association University of Victoria PO Box 1700 Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2 Ph: (250) 721-6012 Embracing the significant role of the alumni community in the mission of the University of Victoria, the UVic Alumni Association exists to help its members and students remain connected to the university and to each other – in all stages of their lives and wherever they reside – by providing dynamic services and programs.

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Vancouver Island Local History Society 2616 Pleasant Street Victoria, BC V9T 4V3 Ph: (250) 380-6506. The Vancouver Island Local History Society operates Point Ellice House Museum and Gardens. The society operates Point Ellice House as a site for local history to be exhibited, discussed, and researched. As one of the oldest homes in Victoria, Point Ellice House reflects the history of BC and serves as Victoria’s museum – a site for encountering stories about the communities around us.

Vancouver Island Persons Living with HIV/AIDS Society 101 – 1139 Yates Street Victoria, BC V8V 3N2 Ph: (250) 382-7927 Purpose is to provide information and a safe supportive environment for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Vancouver Island Strata Owners Association 306 – 620 View Street, Victoria BC V8W 1J6 Ph: (250) 920-0688. To promote and encourage strata ownership as a desirable way of life. To offer education and support through our Seminars, Workshops, Strata Support Team and Publications.

Victoria Area Parole 101 – 1230 Government Street Victoria, BC V8W 3M4 Ph: (250) 363-0105 To encourage and assist offenders to become law-abiding citizens.

Victoria Brain Injury Society D & E 830 Pembroke Street Victoria, BC V8T 1H9 Ph: (250) 598-9339 Purpose is to provide community support and rehabilitation services to persons with acquired brain injury and their families in the South Vancouver Island region.

Victoria Chinatown Care Society 555 Herald Street Victoria, BC V8W 1S5, Ph: 250-381-4322 The Victoria Chinatown Care Society (VCCS) is a complex care facility operated by the Victoria Chinatown Care Society and is an affiliate of Residential Care Services of Island Health. The mission of VCCS is to create culturally sensitive care community that supports the quality of life of our residents and of the seniors who attend our day program. Our volunteer programs offer a variety of opportunities for volunteers (e.g., activity assistants, ambassador, music/arts therapists, mahjong players and gardeners) in terms of providing meaningful and personalized volunteer experiences. Our center is very culturally enriched where staffs, residents, families and volunteers share, respect and enjoy their unique cultural backgrounds. That is, it is everyone’s home.

Victoria Choral Society (VCS) is an auditioned, mixed voice symphonic choir dedicated to presenting the finest choral music from baroque to contemporary. Please visit the VCS website for information about the choir. https://www.victoriachoralsociety.ca/  Contact: Lynne Young president@victoriachroalsociety.ca

Victoria Community Micro Lending Society (VCMLS)  216-852 Fort St, Victoria BC V8W 1H8
Phone: 250-216-2605 Email: info@communitymicrolending.ca   Community Micro Lending is a non-profit that provides local entrepreneurs with the training, coaching and financing they need to gain independence through accessible self-employment. Our small business and financial literacy programs provide participants with the tools and knowledge they need to launch or expand a small business. Our peer-to-peer microloans provide financial resources to entrepreneurs who cannot access financing anywhere else.

We are always looking for past or current business owners or people with relevant skills to join our community of volunteer mentors. We are also looking for volunteer business coaches willing to work with vulnerable populations as well as skilled guest speakers to contribute to our workshops. Finally, like any non-profit, we are always looking for volunteers to support our organization directly. Please contact us to see how you can get involved.

Victoria Cool-Aid Society 103 – 749 Pandora Ave Victoria, BC V8W 1N9 Ph: (250) 383-1977 Provides shelter and other social services for citizens of the Capital Regional District and for transient persons.

Victoria Disability Resource Centre 817A Fort Street Victoria, BC V8W 1H6 Ph: (250) 595-0044 Promote independent living, equality and inclusion for people with disabilities and awareness of disability issues in the community. Activities include information and referral service, peer support, independent living skills development, employment programs and distribution of disability parking permits.

Victoria Emergency Management Program 1234 Yates Street Victoria, BC V8V 3M8 Ph: (250) 920-3355  The organization plans for and responds to extra-ordinary emergency situations affecting the City of Victoria.

Victoria Festival of Authors Society produces an annual festival that celebrates great books, great writers and great readers. We connect book-makers with book lovers. A registered charity, our community based group is devoted to literature in its many forms. We embrace poets, fiction and creative non-fiction writers, and other storytellers who come from a broad spectrum of communities and from all levels of a writing career. www.victoriafestivalofauthors.ca 

Victoria Film Festival PO Box 8419 Victoria, BC V8W 3S1 Ph: (250) 389-0444  To expose our community to a wide range of ideas and lifestyle through the year-round presentation of film, video and new media. Through our events and presentations we aim to stimulate critical analysis and inspire individuals to recognize and utilize film as a creative tool.

Victoria General Hospital Site, VIHA 1 Hospital Way Victoria, BC V8Z 6R5 Ph: (250) 727-4134 Public hospital, including acute care. It is the pediatric and obstetric care centre for lower Vancouver Island.

Victoria Global Village Store 527 Pandora Victoria, BC V8W 1N5 Ph: (250) 380-1530.  Volunteer run Free Trade store that supports cooperative and self-help groups around the world in their efforts to make a living through alternative trade.

Victoria Hospice Society 3rd floor1952 Bay Street, Richmond Pavilion Royal Jubilee Hospital Victoria, BC V8R 1J8 Ph: (250) 370-8849  Care for the terminally ill patient and support for the family.

Victoria Hospitals Foundation Wilson Block, 1952 Bay Street Victoria, BC V8R 1J8  Ph: (250) 414-6688 Supports the most critical equipment needs for Royal Jubilee and Victoria General Hospitals. Supports nine critical healthcare programs ranging from cancer to heart care, pediatrics to seniors’ health.

Victoria International Airport  Red Coat Host Program 201-1640 Electra Blvd Sidney, BC V8L 5V4 Ph: (250) 953-7500. This program is assist travelers and enhance the friendliness of the Victoria International Airport.

Victoria Literacy Connection 306-620 View Street, Victoria BC. We help children, youth and adults in Greater Victoria improve their literacy skills, including reading, writing, math and basic computer use, by providing tutoring and a variety of other programs. We are always looking for volunteers for our programming, whether it be reading books with a child, tutoring or groups support, or being on a committee or working group to support our organization.

Victoria Marine Rescue Society PO Box 8795 Victoria, BC V8W 3S3 Ph: (250) 385-7728 Purpose is to provide Victoria area with 24 hour, year-round marine search and rescue.

Victoria Operatic Society 744 Fairview Rd. Unit 10 Victoria BC  V9A 5T9 Ph: (250)-381-1021. A volunteer driven organization established in 1945 for the purpose of producing exceptional musical theatre that engages the broader community.  Volunteer opportunities range from performing to set building, costuming, and various behind-the-scenes duties.

Victoria Police Department  850 Caledonia Avenue Victoria, BC V8T 5J8 Ph: (250) 995-7202 Supporting crime prevention initiatives and outreach events, our volunteers engage with community members and help to make our communities safer.

Victoria Rainbow Kitchen 500 Admirals Victoria, BC V9A 2N4 Ph: (250) 384-2069 A place for people from all walks of life and circumstances to come and share a meal together.

Victoria Symphony 610 – 620 View Street Victoria, BC V8W 1J6 Ph: (250) 385-9771 Purpose is to develop, attract and hold individuals as music lovers for life. Victoria Symphony currently produces over 50 concerts a year. Programming also includes educational concerts for children, working with local youth through the Symphony Youth Council and the Music in the Schools Program.

Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association PO Box 412 Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1R3  Ph: (778) 426-0506 Introduce disabled people to horse-back riding.

Victoria West Community Association 521 Craigflower Road Victoria, BC V9A 6Z5 Ph: (250) 590-8922 The centre provides physical, intellectual, social and cultural services and programs that contribute to individual and community health and development.

Victoria Women’s Transition House Society odettel@vwth.bc.ca
250.592.2927 ext. 229.  Provides emergency shelter, counselling and support services for women of all ages, with or without children, fleeing from intimate partner violence and abuse. The heart of our organization is our 18-bed Emergency Shelter, a secure, purpose-built house located in a friendly Victoria neighbourhood in a confidential location. The Shelter provides safe accommodation and support services for women and their children for up to 30 days. More than just a place to stay, the Shelter offers crisis counselling and safety planning for women and their children as well as access to community resources, daily meals, childcare and child activities, emergency clothing and basic daily living and hygiene supplies. In addition to shelter services, Transition House staffs a 24-hour Crisis & Information Line as well as a variety of counselling and support services for women, specialized programs for older women and for children who have witnessed domestic violence and abuse. The organization also has a third-stage, supportive, transitional housing for older women, and serves more than 2,000 women and 150 children each year from across Greater Victoria.

Victoria Sexual Assault Centre 201-3060 Cedarhill Rd Victoria, BC V8T 3J5 Ph: (250) 383-5545 Provide counseling services, a 24 hr Crisis Line, emergency response (SART), prevention education and specialized victim services.

Victoria Youth Clinic Society 533 Yates Street Victoria, BC V8W 1K7 Ph:(250) 383-3552 To provide primary health care services including mental health and addictions care, in a safe welcoming & accessible environment to all Greater Victoria youth.  Its program delivery model includes:  counselling, psychiatric assessment, primary health care, & outreach support.

Volunteer Victoria  306-620 View Street Victoria, BC V8W 1J6 Ph: (250) 386-2269 Volunteer Victoria is the primary recruitment and referral centre for the Greater Victoria Region. Our aim to advance the value of volunteerism in Greater Victoria by providing leadership and training in volunteer and non-profit management.

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Wear 2 Start Society 216 – 733 Johnson Street Victoria, BC V8W 3C7 Ph: (250) 472-9327 To outfit unemployed, economically disadvantaged women with clothing, shoes and accessories for interviews.

We Rage We Weep Alzheimer Foundation 707-828 Rupert Terrace Victoria, BC V8W 0A7  Ph: (250) 920-9573 To help those with Alzheimer disease or related dementia and their caregivers by encouraging independence, supporting aging in place and fighting loneliness and isolation through programs and services that make a difference in day to day quality of life thereby easing the burden of care giving – one family at a time.

West Coast Reach Association 250-882-4339. westcoastreach@gmail.com. Celebrating inclusion and diversity of ages, cultures and abilities through the performing arts. Exciting programs that welcome and inspire volunteers include: Diverse-City Singers – bringing together new and established Canadians through music of many cultures. (Held at First Metropolitan Church.) Our Place OutReach Singers – includes members of the street community and the greater community. (Held at the Our Place Street Shelter.) Integrated Reach Performing Company – an inclusive performing group including ‘abled’ and ‘differently-abled’ participants, from no performing experience to professional performers. (Held at Saanich Commonwealth Place.) We Are One – annual community celebration/show commemorating World Human Soldarity and the International Day of persons With Disabilities.

Wild ARC 1020 Malloch Rd, Victoria, BC V9C 4G9 PH: 250-478-9453 is the Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre operated by the BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. As the only wildlife rehabilitation centre on southern Vancouver Island, Wild ARC treats approximately 3,000 wild animals annually from all over the region. Volunteer roles include: Animal Care, Fundraising & Outreach, Maintenance, Wildlife transport, and many more.

WIN Community Cooperative 785 Pandora Avenue Victoria, BC V8W 1N9 Ph: (250) 480-4006 To support women and children in moving toward self-sufficiency. Priority is given to women coming out of Transition House. Programs include New Start, Gift Certificate Program, Community Gifts in Kind and Bursary Program.

WITS Programs Foundation Ph: (250) 386-7625. A school and literacy based program to reduce peer victimization (bullying) in elementary level schools.

Women’s Transition House (Victoria) Box 5986 – Stn. B Victoria, BC V8R 6S8 Ph: (250) 592-2927 Housing and counseling for victims of family violence (women & children only). Emergency shelter for 2 weeks.

Worklink Employment Society #202-3179 Jacklin Road Victoria, BC  V9B 3Y7 Ph: (250) 478-9525 Provides employment services to residents of the Western Communities. A new project is the Seniors’ Computer Access Centre, the goal of which is to teach seniors how to use the internet and computers. The project also aims at building community capacity through intergenerational contact between youth volunteers and clients.

World Fisheries Trust 16-831 Devonshire Rd. Victoria, B.C. V9A 4T5 Ph: (778) 430-7585.  Locally based charity dedicated to the equitable and sustainable use and conservation of aquatic biodiversity. Performs research on local aquatic habitats and at risk marine species. Prioritizes environmental education, community engagement and public awareness through Seaquaria Ocean Education. Provides education at the Gorge Waterway Education Centre.

 

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Young Stroke Survivors Branch – 721 Kings Road, Victoria, BC. We provide recovering programs and group information/resources for young stroke survivors and their caregivers. : vpilot@marchofdimes.ca or call/text: 250-686-8653

YW/YMCA 851 Brouhton Street Victoria, BC V8W 1E5 Ph: (250) 386-7511 A variety of programs normally run in Y’s – Athletics, some crafts, etc.