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YOUR asks 5 questions to 3 organizations in this 1 great community with the goal of giving our readers a snapshot into some of the smaller and lesser-known not-for-profits, societies and organizations within the Greater Victoria community.

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SUMMER 2018

Bridges for Women Society

1. When was your not for profit founded, what is your mission statement?

Bridges for Women Society, a non-profit charity was funded in 1988, by five founding mothers who saw a gap in services for women impacted by violence. This year marks our 30th year in operation inspiring thousands of women to reclaim their lives and build economic security in the Greater Victoria area and across the province of British Columbia.

2. Briefly describe your program or organization?

Bridges is a place where women make transformational life changes. We believe that helping women to achieve success in employment and education is one of the best ways to break the cycle of violence and trauma, as well as isolation and poverty. Bridges for Women Society offers free trauma-informed, supportive employment programs for women, available in Victoria, Sooke, Westshore/Langford, and online, reaching Campbell River, Sicamous, Revelstoke, Salmon Arm and the Gulf Islands. Participants discover their skills and strengths, and take steps toward school or work with these supportive programs. Bridges’ programs and services range from trauma counselling, personal growth and employability workshops, employment services, and work placements to academic upgrading, career assessments and mentoring. We have also created specialized programs for Métis and First Nations women, senior women, and training for women’s agencies working with immigrant women. We also strongly believe in partnerships; we have partnerships with Camosun College – we are a satellite campus for women to take academic upgrading classes here at Bridges. We also partner with many local First Nations, and offer the Bridges program in First Nations communities.

3. What are your organization’s long and short term needs?

As a not-for-profit charity, we are always looking for opportunities to expand our financial and volunteer capacity. While we are funded through the Employment Program of British Columbia, this fee-for-service model does not always cover the actual costs of serving women who have experienced trauma. Therefore, we depend on leaders in our community to help us raise funds through events, annual donations and monthly giving. We are currently looking to expand our monthly giving base.

Our agency keeps growing each year as we serve more women of all backgrounds and life situations. Our immediate funding needs are for space, office space and counselling rooms, in order to maintain low waitlists for services. We also invite volunteers to joins us in leading events, becoming mentors to program graduates, and to serve on our Board of Directors.

Our long term dream is to address this ongoing need for space while increasing accessibility to programs for women. We hope to eventually own land and buildings where we will offer housing for women with barriers, have designated Bridges classrooms and offices, share space with like-minded nonprofits serving women, and run a social enterprise where program graduates can immediately gain work experience. We hope that one day we may achieve this goal and expand across the whole province!

4. Describe your contribution to the community and what outcome the organization has within the community.

We are committed to helping women empower themselves and change their lives. Since 1988, we have served thousands of women in Victoria and throughout the province. Bridges is the place where women break the cycle of violence, through healing and employment. Women move beyond the barriers caused by violence and abuse, and build a financially independent and sustainable life for herself and her family. We also publish many resources to assist in healing and understanding barriers to employment related to trauma. Throughout the years, we meet children of Bridges’ graduates who talk about their mothers’ life changes because of Bridges. Our graduates live and work all over our community – some are employed and some have started successful businesses! We love encountering Bridges grads in our community and witnessing their success, whatever it may be.

5. What is the best way to get involved and where can I get more information about your organization?

We encourage community members to visit our website www.bridgesforwomen.ca , follow us on Facebook, and become involved. There are many ways to get involved: 1) spread the word about our services to women who may be interested, 2) attend our events or become an events volunteer, 3) train as a Bridges mentor, 4) volunteer on our Board of Directors, or 5) become a donor. We love it when people host events that help raise awareness and funds for our valuable work – we appreciate all forms of support!

LifeCycles

1. When was your not for profit founded, what is your mission statement?

1994. LifeCycles connects people to the food they eat and the land it comes from. We support the region in accessing, sharing and eating food in ways that foster diversity and enhance the urban environment.

2. Briefly describe your program or organization?

LifeCycles provides opportunities for people to connect together around food. Through hands-on experience with a local food system, we come to see ourselves and our relationships differently. LifeCycles work brings health to the way we eat, and the way we relate to the land and each other.

3. What are your organization’s long and short term needs?

Short term we need volunteers to support our Fruit Tree Project, which harvests tens of thousands of pounds of fruit from hundreds of local backyards. Long term, we are interested in finding land where we can build a community food centre with capacity to grow, cook, eat and share together.

4. Describe your contribution to the community and what outcome the organization has within the community.

Many of our “abled” and “differently-abled” participants say that REACH! is the highlight of their lives – and it shows in our shows!  Through our rehearsals and our performances at significant community events, REACH! is touching hearts and changing how people view disability.  Every person has something special to contribute, and we can all learn from each other. REACH! is living, moving proof of this.  How important is that?

5. What is the best way to get involved and where can I get more information about your organization?

As a volunteer! Each year we have over 500 people participate in bringing our work to life. Register at www.lifecyclesproject.ca or give us a call at 250-383-5800.

Oak Bay Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation

When was your not for profit founded, what is your mission statement?

The Oak Bay Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation (OBFFCF) became a registered charity with CRA in July 2012. It is a group of 21 committed and community minded firefighters serving the Oak Bay community through their professional and volunteer work.

Briefly describe your program or organization?

OBFFCF works within the community to raise funds for various causes and initiatives through events, annual donations and community support. The proceeds from these events are used in the community to support various initiatives.

What are your organization’s long and short term needs?

OBFFCF hosts two major fundraising events each year; Sausage Fest, a family friendly afternoon/evening in late June at Willows park featuring sausages, adult and children’s beverages, live music, entertainment and a play area for the children, and Christmas Tree chipping the first weekend of January. Community support for the tree chipping has been great over the last 15 years and with Sausage Fest having just celebrated its 3rd successful year the support and funds raised have grown annually. What we would love to see from the community is its continued support and help to share the story of what we love to do.

Describe your contribution to the community and what outcome the organization has within the community.

Since becoming a registered charity OBFFCF has supported many different organizations. Some of those are; BC Professional Firefighters Burn Fund, Muscular Dystrophy, Prostate Cancer Foundation of BC, Santa’s Anonymous, Victoria Hospitals Foundation, Oak Bay Volunteer Service, Oak Bay High’s new bus, both Monterey Middle School and Willows elementary play grounds, and Oak Bay public bike repair stations.

What is the best way to get involved and where can I get more information about your organization?

Follow us on twitter (@oakbayfire) and facebook (@oakbayfirefighters) to keep up to date with events and initiatives that OBFFCF hosts, and come support us at our events. If you would like to volunteer at an event or make a donation you can do so through our website (http://oakbayfirefighters.com), send us a note (oakbayfirefighterscharitable@gmail.com), or give us a call (250) 592 3447.

SPRING 2018

TP the Town

1. When was your not for profit founded, what is your mission statement?

TP the Town was originally founded in Kingston Ontario in 2014 by Shaun Cerisano and Morgan Pierce. When Shaun moved to Victoria BC in 2015, he brought TP the Town with him along with the help of the Prodigy Group. The mission locally in Victoria is to help give people in need dignity by donating toilet paper to The Mustard Seed Food Bank.

2. Briefly describe your program or organization?

Back in 2014, Shaun and Morgan learned that one of the most desired commodities in a food bank is toilet paper. As families who are on social assistance reach the last few dollars of the month, they are often times forced to choose between food and toilet paper while at the grocery store. As you can imagine, food always wins. These families can go days or weeks without toilet paper. So TP the Town was created to work with local grocery stores who will put toilet paper on sale for the day and allow TP the Town volunteers to encourage their customers to buy toilet and donate it to the cause. The event has blossomed to acquire corporate donations from Kruger products to add to the total we are able to give the Mustard Seed.

3. What are your organization’s long and short term needs?

In 2017, TP the Town had 5 participating grocery stores. In 2018, thanks to the work of our new event lead Andrew Wilson from Wilson’s Transportation, we are confirmed to be in at least 9 stores so far. So short term, we will need volunteer support to ensure each store has adequate volunteer coverage. Long term, we want to spread the event across all of Vancouver Island so we can help as many Islanders as possible. This will require more corporate donations, volunteers and leaders up-island to help launch TP the Town in their community.

4. Describe your contribution to the community and what outcome the organization has within the community.

2017 was our biggest year yet, thanks to a major corporate donation by Kruger Products, TP the Town was able to donate over 115,000 rolls of toilet paper to the Mustard Seed Foodbank. This equates to over $75,000 worth of product, and is forecasted to last Mustard Seed, and the other local foodbanks the Mustard Seed supports, up to one calendar year. That means for one year families in need in Victoria don’t have to make the choice of food vs toilet paper. For one whole year families can have dignity and not have to worry about the embarrassment that not being able to afford toilet paper brings. For one whole year we stocked foodbanks all across Victoria with toilet paper. The outcomes are less stress on mental health, and more dignity for the people of our great city.

5. What is the best way to get involved and where can I get more information about your organization?

The best way to get involved is to sign up to be a volunteer for our next TP the Town event day which is October 13, 2018. You can sign up or get more information by contacting TP the Town Co-Founder Shaun Cerisano at shaun@forzapromotions.ca or TP the Town event lead Andrew Wilson at Andrew.wilson@prodigygroup.ca.

You can also work with your company or business to challenge one of your competitors to see who can raise the most toilet paper. You can learn more information by going by visiting Facebook.com/TPtheTownVictoria or by typing TP the Town Victoria in YouTube to watch our informational video.

Reach!

1. When was your not for profit founded, what is your mission statement?

REACH! Performing Company is the hallmark program of West Coast Reach Association (WCRA). Founded in Victoria in January 2017, WCRA celebrates inclusion and diversity of ages, cultures and abilities through the performing Arts.

2. Briefly describe your program or organization?

REACH! Performing Company currently includes 30 members, ages 15 to 70. Half of the members have a significant disability. The others are members of the community with huge hearts. A number have significant training and experience in performance, including graduates of the Canadian College of Performing Arts and the UVic School of Music.

3. What are your organization’s long and short term needs?

In just one year REACH! has grown to be a unique and vibrant organization and program, truly inspiring its participants and countless audience members. We are currently looking for a corporate sponsor that would love to support and benefit from our special energy and significant profile in the community.  We are still accepting new members, especially additional singers as soloists and mentors. We could also use volunteer help in organizing “PerformAble!”, a significant community event and show including many different performers and groups in December (to commemorate the UN International Day of Persons With Disabilities).

4. Describe your contribution to the community and what outcome the organization has within the community.

Many of our “abled” and “differently-abled” participants say that REACH! is the highlight of their lives – and it shows in our shows!  Through our rehearsals and our performances at significant community events, REACH! is touching hearts and changing how people view disability.  Every person has something special to contribute, and we can all learn from each other. REACH! is living, moving proof of this.  How important is that?

5. What is the best way to get involved and where can I get more information about your organization?

View our website: www.westcoastreach.org/ or call our Director, Anne-Marie Brimacombe, at 250-882-4339. Send us an email message: westcoastreach@gmail.com. Enjoy our performances (i.e. Oak Bay Tea Party, Sidney Days, PerformAble…) (see our website for upcoming dates). Check out one of our rehearsals (please call Anne-Marie)

Saanich Volunteer Services

1. When was your not for profit founded, what is your mission statement?

In 2017, Saanich Volunteer Services Society celebrated 25 years providing one-to-one direct volunteer services to Saanich residents over the age of 19 years. Our services are delivered by a team of dedicated and passionate volunteers. It is the strength of the partnership between the organization’s staff and volunteers that truly fulfills our mission: promoting independent living and enhancing the quality of life for Saanich residents by providing coordinated volunteer

2. Briefly describe your program or organization?

Saanich Volunteer Services matches people who need help with people eager to provide it. Driving to appointments, visiting for companionship, helping with light yard work, doing minor home repairs and preparing income tax returns are just a few of the ways we contribute to a healthy Saanich. Our volunteers offer support to adults who need a hand to continue to live independently, and our staff provide clients with access to a wealth of information about community services and programs that meet the client’s unique needs. We are known as “community neighbours helping neighbours.”

3. What are your organization’s long and short term needs?

Our short and long term needs fall under two categories; volunteers and donations.

Volunteers: Saanich Volunteer Services is always looking for talented, dedicated people to join our volunteer team. We offer a variety of engaging opportunities and recently formed Volunteer Advisory Council. We provide extensive volunteer orientation and ongoing training to ensure our volunteers are supported and able to provide the highest quality of direct services for our clients.

Donations: Saanich Volunteer Services relies on the generous financial support of donors to provide the much needed services to the residents of Saanich. Saanich residents have been very generous and appreciative of the services we provide to the community, and we are extremely grateful for the donations we receive from community, clients and volunteers, and the bequests from past clients and volunteers.

Our staff numbers are small. We have four part time employees who are dedicated to ensuring volunteers are confidently trained, clients are assessed for their needs and the two groups are connected. By working with volunteers to deliver our services and employing only four, dedicated, part-time staff, we are able to operate very efficiently. Nevertheless, we rely on donations for our services and operating costs, so donations are always welcome. We are a registered charity and do provide Tax Receipts. Saanich Volunteer Services has a pressing need for on-going funding, so we can continue to serve our community and grow our services to match the increasing need.

4. Describe your contribution to the community and what outcome the organization has within the community.

Saanich Volunteer Services contributes directly to the health and well being of Saanich residents. Saanich Municipality reviewed senior’s needs and found that accessing services and effective transportation options were very real challenges for them. Without the free, direct volunteer services we offer, more Saanich seniors would be isolated and lonely or placed in a position of choosing to drive when they shouldn’t be driving.

Saanich Volunteer Services believes in the importance of community and participates in locally hosted events such as the Saanich Strawberry Festival and the Cadboro Bay Festival, where we have an opportunity to connect with community partners, potential clients and volunteers.

We value our partnerships with the Municipality of Saanich and non-profit and community organizations. To better meet the growing needs of our residents, we are always looking for opportunities to collaborate and voice the impact of our services.

5. What is the best way to get involved and where can I get more information about your organization?

We welcome people to join our volunteer team at any time. Currently, we have an urgent need for volunteer receptionists and volunteer drivers.

To learn more about volunteering, becoming a client or making a donation, check out our website, www.saanichvolunteers.org or visit us at our office located in the McRae Heritage House at 1445 Ocean View Road.

HOLIDAY 2017

 United Way BC 211

1. When was your not-for-profit founded, what’s your mission statement?

United Way Greater Victoria is part of a global and national movement that acts locally. Our mission is to improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action. As the region’s largest annual funder of local social service programs, our role as a community leader, influencer and builder is critical to our mission. For the past 80 years, we have raised over $160 Million to invest in thousands of community programs and services aimed at helping improve the lives of adults, children, youth and families in the Capital Regional District (CRD).

2. Briefly describe your program or organization?

In September 2017, United Way Greater Victoria launched the full suite of bc211 services to all residents on Vancouver Island. 2-1-1 is a confidential, multi-lingual, telephone, texting and online referral service providing information free of charge. Certified counsellors link services such as mental health supports, shelter and housing, legal aid, child care, addictions treatment, newcomer or senior services. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year in over 160 languages. 211 also helps agency workers, police, firefighters, teachers and others instantly find resources for their clients and provides information for caregivers seeking help for their loved ones.

3. What are your organization’s long and short term needs?

United Way Greater Victoria’s short-term goal for bc211 is to promote this transformational technology through outreach to a variety of media and networks from social service providers to front line workers such as police and fire as well as the general public. Everyone can help spread the word about this valuable phone, text and online referral service.

Maintaining access to a detailed online directory with local listings at bc211.ca and a 24/7 telephone helpline to connect Vancouver Island residents to a range of social, community and government services is our long-term goal.

4. Describe your contribution to the community and what outcome the organization has within the community

Just as critical to our mission is United Way’s ability to invest the funds that we raise into the areas that will have the greatest impact and will serve our citizens and the community best. We are an impact funder focused on delivering programs and services in three priority areas: All That Kids Can Be, From Poverty to Possibility and Strong Communities.

We work in collaboration with the non-profit sector and with our research partners, to ensure that we focus our funding in a manner that builds a strong and stable network of services. In our experience, it is rare for vulnerable individuals or families in need to access just one service or program.

In 2016, United Way invested $4.2 million across the CRD. These funds supported 109 local programs which helped 93,000 adults, 15,000 children and youth, and 3,000 families access a broad network of services. That’s a total of 111,000 lives changed thanks to the generosity of over 10,000 donors.

5. What is the best way to get involved and where can I get more information about your organization?

United Way believes that at the heart of a healthy community are people who care – not just for themselves – but for those around them. We bring hope and possibility and change local lives. To donate, please contact United Way Greater Victoria at (250) 385-6708 or visit uwgv.ca. Cheques can be mailed to: Suite 201-633 Courtney Street, Victoria, BC V8W 1B9.

Kaleidoscope Theatre

1. When was your not-for-profit founded, what is your mission statement?

Kaleidoscope Theatre for Young People was founded in 1974, in the early days of Theatre for Young Audiences in British Columbia. Over the last 43 years we have created or produced over 100 new works for the children and families of Vancouver Island, and taught thousands of children the joys of the performing arts through our studio programs.

Kaleidoscope’s mission is to create original, innovative, and relevant 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. We work to provide professional theatre and theatre programs to all children, from all walks of life.

2. Briefly describe your program or organization?

Kaleidoscope has two branches – our professional performing company, and our Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Studio (KPAS). The company puts on three main stage shows a year, as well as producing our Family Theatre Festival in the summer and working with other performing arts festivals across the CRD. KPAS features classes for children, run by professional actors and singers, to teach children acting, musical theatre, and comedy – both full-term classes in the fall and spring, and a variety of one-week or two-week camps in the spring and summer.

Through our productions and classes, Kaleidoscope imagines a world in which every child has access to live, professional theatre, and exciting classroom experiences to help them bring out their own potential and capabilities. We strive to ensure that no child in our community is denied access to the arts because of location or income, and that our productions resonate with the diverse population of Vancouver Island. Above all, we want to make sure that every child has the opportunity to experience what the arts can be, and to take the lessons that theatre has to teach into their own hearts.

3. What are your organization’s long and short term needs?

Kaleidoscope programs are designed for young people and so as they mature they begin moving on in the world. Due to this aging out of our programs we are always most in need of awareness – having people who have seen our shows, or witnessed the change that we’ve been able to bring to children – talking about us, promoting us, and being cheerleaders on our behalf. Volunteers to help with our shows are also welcome – we love to work with our community members.

In the long term, we’re working to keep Kaleidoscope stable. We welcome donations to help us remain financially sound, and for people to keep us in mind so that when our students grow up and have their own children, Kaleidoscope will be there for them, too.

4. Describe your contributions to the community and what outcome the organization has within the community?

Kaleidoscope has been providing a place for children to learn or experience the performing arts for forty-three years. We’ve provided children a place to blossom, to learn confidence and skills to interact with their communities, and given access to professional theatre for low-income communities. In many cases, we’ve been told that our shows are the first professional theatre that many children have seen, and they are always excited to see more.

Most of all, we mark our success by the parents who tell us about the progress that their children have made, finding places where they can be themselves and learn confidence and skills that take them through life. Some of our professional actors are former students at our schools, and we’re always talking with people who share their stories of Kaleidoscope with us.

5. What is the best way to get involved and where can I get more information about your organization?

The best way to get involved with Kaleidoscope is to come out and see us perform! We’re always happy to talk to patrons at our main stage shows, our summer festival, or our special events, and to share other ways that you can get involved through volunteering and fundraising. Our next show is Peter Pan, playing at the McPherson Playhouse in Victoria on December 28-30. If you just want to learn more about Kaleidoscope, find out about our classes or performances, or just chat with us, you can visit our website at http://kaleidoscope.bc.ca, or call us at (250) 383-8124.

Umbrella Society

1. When was your not-for-profit rounded, what is your mission statement?

Umbrella Society was founded in 2000. Our mission statement is Umbrella provides support to individuals, and their loved ones, struggling with substance use issues.

2. Briefly describe your program or organization?

Umbrella has a variety of programs to support those who are struggling with substance use issues, and their family members. We have several outreach programs designed to meet people where they are at in their addiction, and in our community. Umbrella has two recovery houses, one for men and one for women, that provide safe, healthy housing for individuals in recovery, and we provide training and education for those interested in learning more about addiction, substance misuse and trauma informed practice.

3. What are your organization’s long and short term needs?

Umbrella is expanding our outreach and housing services to meet the needs of the community as we try to reach individuals who may not know about local supports, organizations and options. We need more people to educate themselves and others about addiction, so that we can remove barriers, like stigma, so anyone who needs help, can access it without judgement or shame.

4. Describe your contributions to the community and what outcome the organization has within the community?

Each year, Umbrella helps approximately 700 individuals seeking help for themselves, and over 100 family members who are needing support around their loved one’s use. In addition, we continue to support clients once they are connected with our team members. Our housing program helps approximately 30 residents per year transition successfully into the community and our education program provides accurate and helpful information to community members each year.

Umbrella has programs to support people wherever they are at in their addiction. Find out more on our webpage at www.umbrellasociety.ca.

5. What is the best way to get involved and where can I get more information about your organization?

The best way to get involved with Umbrella is to sign up for one of our learning series, which you can do by calling or texting the office at 250-380-0595. If you are a current volunteer you can register for the Community Volunteer Training Program, a partnership program with Coolaid Society; you can check out our newsfeed on our webpage, or follow us on Facebook to learn of other exciting opportunities within Umbrella.

SUMMER 2017

Angel Flight of BC

1. When was your not-for-profit founded, what’s your mission statement?

Angel Flight of British Columbia launched in April 2002. Our mission is to “To provide free aerial transport for people travelling to and from Cancer Treatment Centres for treatment and consultations. We also carry children with other non comunicable medical conditions.” Our area operations covers Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast and parts of the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.

2. Briefly describe your program or organization?

When an individual is required to travel for cancer treatment they can access our website, www.angelflight.ca, and download the required paperwork to apply for a flight. They must be fully ambulatory and be able to climb into and out of a small, single engined aircraft. A flight will then be arranged and in Vancouver and Victoria we liaise with Volunteer Driver organizations to provide transport from the airport to and from the Cancer Centre. There are no charges to the client and an escort or companion can accompany the client.

3. What are your organization’s long and short term needs for bc211?

We rely on donations for our operating costs, so donations are always welcome and being a registered charity we do give Tax Receipts. Our office is my home so there are very limited overheads and we have no paid staff. We cover our pilots fuel costs only plus supply charts, headsets, lifejackets etc. to ensure a safe operation. We also look for methods of getting our message out so YOUR magazine is an excellent vehicle for this, thank you.

4. Describe your contribution to the community and what outcome the organization has within the community

Since launching in 2002 we have carried 1,679 clients, a not insignificant contribution to the community. For the time the client spends with us they are not a “cancer patient”, they are someone enjoying a flight, seeing the Island from the air for the first time, going home for a weekend during long treatment regimes and cutting the journey time from say Victoria to Port Hardy from seven plus hours to two hours in an aircraft after treatment.

5. What is the best way to get involved and where can I get more information about your organization?

Being an non profit we are always looking for long term sponsorship. We currently have 26 volunteer pilots, who either own or rent aircraft, but we are always interested in talking to potential new pilots. We don’t use nurses or medical staff so don’t have a requiremnent in that field. For more information visit our website at www.angelflight.ca.

Oak Bay Volunteer Services

1. When was your not for profit founded, what is your mission statement?

Oak Bay Volunteer Services (OBVS) is celebrating its 40th year providing one-to-one direct services to the residents of Oak Bay. Serving the young to the young at heart, we provide a variety of free services to help maintain our client’s connection to community and assist with a variety of everyday activities to help maintain an individual’s independence. All services are delivered by our team of dedicated and passionate volunteers.

2. Briefly describe your program or organization?

OBVS assists anyone in need within the boundaries of Oak Bay, and works to support the emotional, social, financial and general well-being of residents. Our services incorporate elements of companionship, home maintenance, income tax assistance, and transportation assistance. From driving to gardening, our trusted volunteers provide services while offering a listening ear and a friendly smile.

All of our activities rely on the generosity of our gifted volunteers. We recruit, train, place and support our volunteers in providing the highest quality direct services to our clients. Our volunteers are teenagers, seniors and everything in between. Their commitment is unwavering and for some volunteers, their commitment has lasted decades!

3. What are your organization’s long and short term needs?

Like all nonprofit organizations, OBVS relies on the generous financial support of our donors to provide the much needed services to the residents of Oak Bay. We have been blessed with donations from volunteers, clients, as well as bequests from past volunteers and clients. The people of Oak Bay have been generous and appreciative of the service we provide to the community.

We have a small staff of three who have devoted themselves to ensuring our volunteers are confidently trained, clients are assessed for their needs and the two are connected with the hopes of creating long lasting bonds. As our senior population continues to grow in Oak Bay, and the influx of young families to the region has begun, we are in need of on-going funding for our operations so we can continue to serve and grow our programming. For the short and long term, donations will continue to be an important revenue source for our organization.

Beyond continued financial contributions, OBVS is always looking for talented, dedicated individuals to join our volunteer team. We offer a variety of engaging opportunities with a fit for all skills and interests. Hours are flexible and work around an individual’s availability. The gifts of time and effort make a lasting impact on our client’s lives and create an enriching experience for all of our volunteers.

4. Describe your contribution to the community and what outcome the organization has within the community.

OBVS’s services contribute to the health and wellness of Oak Bay residents, and in turn, contribute to the sustainability of the Oak Bay community. Over our 40 years, we have provided free direct services to over 20,000 residents and we continue to grow our service delivery and impact each year.

We believe in the importance of community and participate in locally hosted events where we have a chance to connect with potential clients and volunteers, including the Oak Bay Summer Night Market and the Oak Bay Tea Party. We also value the importance of partnerships with the Municipality of Oak Bay and other non-profit and community organizations, and we look to opportunities to collaborate and grow the impact of our organizations for the greater good of the community.

5. What is the best way to get involved and where can I get more information about your organization?

We welcome individuals to join our team of passionate volunteers at any time. We are in urgent need of office helpline volunteers and driving volunteers, but intake for all volunteer opportunities is on-going. To learn more about volunteering, becoming a client or making a donation, check out our website www.oakbayvolunteers.bc.ca or visit us at our office located at Oak Bay Municipal Hall.

Our Place

1. When was your not-for-profit rounded, what is your mission statement?

Our Place actually began 50 years ago when the Upper Room opened as a coffee house with the intention of providing space for anyone needing shelter from the rain. In 1986, the Open Door was founded as the living room for those struggling with poverty. Deciding they could be stronger together, the two societies – the kitchen and the living room – joined together in 2005 to form Our Place. And two years later, the purpose-built Our Place facility was opened at 919 Pandora Avenue. Our Mission Statement is: Our Place offers Greater Victoria’s most vulnerable citizens a place to call their own, where we live, share and grow together.

2. Briefly describe your program or organization?

Our Place is a unique inner-city community centre serving Greater Victoria’s most vulnerable: working poor, impoverished elderly, mentally and physically challenged, addicted and the homeless. Individuals and businesses provide the majority of financial support for its programs and services. Our Place provides over 1,600 meals per day, hot showers, education, job skills, free clothing, counseling and outreach services, plus 45 transitional housing units. Most importantly, it provides a sense of hope and belonging to our neighbours in need.

3. What are your organization’s long and short term needs?

By providing over 745,000 meals and over 14,000 hot showers last year, Our Place is always in need of financial donations to keep serving three meals per day, seven days per week. With winter coming, we plan to extend our hours until 9pm. every day in order to bridge that gap between when Our Place closes and the night shelters open. We are also always in need of clothing, especially socks and underwear (we hand out over 100 pairs of socks daily during the winter months), and we’re always short on men’s clothing such as jeans, T-shirts, rain gear, shoes and boots, plus blankets, sleeping bags and tents.

4. Describe your contributions to the community and what outcome the organization has within the community?

Our Place offers hope, belonging and dignity to those who see so little of it during their daily lives. We meet people where they are at, but we also offer the hope of a brighter future. With free meals, clothing, hygiene, shelter, housing, counselling, outreach, overdose prevention, and so much more, we make the community a safer place for everyone, while offering a sanctuary to the displaced and vulnerable.

5. What is the best way to get involved and where can I get more information about your organization?

People can find everything about Our Place, along with stories of our family members — at Our Place, we refer to everyone as family — videos, contact information, lists and schedules of our programs, etc., on our website at http:// ourplacesociety.com

SPRING 2017

For The Love of Africa

1. When was your not-for-profit founded, what’s your mission statement?

Our not-for-profit was founded in December of 2004. A group of 15 of us went to Dodoma,Tanzania in September of 2004 to work on the Kizota School. When we returned in October we had a photo exchange at a persons home. I asked the group who wanted to carry on doing work in Africa and 13 of us wanted to carry on. I worked for law firms at the time, although I’d never formed a society. I photocopied many papers and formed our society which was registered in December of 2004. Our mission statement is: To respond with care and understanding to the needs of the people of Africa, by establishing partnerships, and engaging in hands-on personal involvement.

2. Briefly describe your program or organization?

We are l00% volunteer women and men. For the Love of Africa Society does work in Africa but performs many events in our community. We’d love to have more members join our society. All a person has to do if they are interested is look at our website, come to a meeting at Cordova Bay School the first Wednesday of each month (except for July and August). Our meetings are at 7:15 each month Our website www.fortheloveofafrica.ca shows all details. We need volunteers for events particularly the 11th Annual Water Garden Tour. We have a pre-tour on June 24th where volunteers and homeowners get to follow each other around and visit each garden. A lunch is sponsored for this tour. The tour takes place on July 8th and volunteers are a minimum of two to a garden, sometimes three or four, depending on how large the garden is.

3. What are your organization’s long and short term needs for bc211?

Ongoing we need people and funding. Although costs in Africa are less than in Victoria, we are volunteer driven and rely on donations and events for fundraising. A person will see on our website www. fortheloveofafrica.ca that we’ve built 4 schools, a medical dispensary and Reproductive and Child Health Unit (the Nkhungu Community Medical Dispensary) The reproductive health unit alone has had 36.000 patient visits. We’ve also completed the Galilays Centre. Many of these children are orphaned because of HIV/AIDS. We also completed recently the first building of the Dodoma Technical Institute, (a mutli-building campus) which is a non-profit organization established to assist residents in Dodoma solve their socioeconomic problems. This new initiative will provide Tanzanian youth with market driven technical skills and training that will enable them to secure steady, well-paying employment and become productive members of their community. All of the above was provided with volunteers (who pay their own expenses on trips to Africa – accommodation, food etc.) We always are looking for new members.

4. Describe your contribution to the community and what outcome the organization has within the community

Our society contributes to the community by the events we hold, many are listed on our website www. fortheloveofafrica.ca but many past events aren’t listed. We’ll be holding our 11th Annual WATER GARDEN TOUR on July 8th and AN EVENING WITH GERSHWIN, event at 7:30 on June 3rd. Although we do all our work in Africa our events are community based. We promote our Water Garden Tour at the Gorge Canada Day event on July 1st. We have promoted other events at many places in Victoria, and have held many events in Victoria. Many in our community donate and contribute to our society which at most events have a display table set-up and we encourage new people to joint our society

5. What is the best way to get involved and where can I get more information about your organization?

By going to our website and sending an email to the society. www.fortheloveofafrica.ca We are always looking for new members, and you can come to a few meetings and join if you like what we do. There is a team going to Africa most years and as mentioned above, members pay their own expenses for accommodations, food etc. but it is reasonable, much less than you would pay if you were to arrange a trip yourself. Often they go on a safari afterwards (which they pay for). Each person on a team have meetings five or six months in advance of a trip, and decide amongst themselves what they want to do. Although two weeks or more is spent on working and visiting our past projects most members of For the Love of Africa Society enjoy being able to help out the youth and folks in Tanzania, Africa, and are fulfilled and amazed at the experience. Call (250) 891-0762 if you don’t have a computer and someone from our society will be pleased to speak with you. We are holding our “EVENING WITH GERSHWIN” event at 7:30 pm. on June 3rd. see our website www.fortheloveofafrica.ca for details or our watergarden tour on July 8th see our website www.watergardentour.ca for details. As I mentioned above, the pre-tour for volunteers and homeowners is June 24th. Volunteer and you’ll have an opportunity to view the gardens prior to working at a home on July 8th.

Victoria Humane Society

1. When was your not-for-profit founded, what is your mission statement ?

Victoria Humane Society is a registered charity founded in 2013. To date, we have rescued and re-homed over 2500 animals in the Greater Victoria region and in remote parts of BC.

Our mission is to provide leadership to improve the lives of animals by alleviating their suffering or neglect. We do this by rescuing, sheltering, healing, adopting and advocating for animals in need, while inspiring community action and compassion on their behalf.

2.  Briefly describe your organization?

Victoria Humane Society is involved with animal welfare at many levels in the Victoria region and across the province. From heroic acts of rescue, to conducting spay and neuter clinics in remote communities, to ongoing fundraising events, we step up for animals in every possible way. Through a unique network of over 300 volunteers and 100 foster homes, the animals we rescue are placed with qualified and compassionate individuals before they transition to permanent homes. This provides adopting families with a very clear picture of each animal’s unique personality and suitability for their home.

3. What are your organizations long and short term goals

Our biggest need, and our number one goal, is to establish a shelter of our own so we can continue to grow and help more animals.

As we don’t currently have a shelter or facility, we rely solely on an amazing network of foster homes to care for our animals as they await their forever homes

This is amazing, and we love the fosters we have, but we are finding it harder to keep up with the demand of people wanting to surrender their animals to us.

We also do large intakes,  (sometimes 35 -50 dogs or cats at one time) so having a facility would allow us to have a place to bring these animals, so we can assess them, behaviourally and physically, prior to putting them into foster homes

It is also key to our growth to have a central location where people can come to visit the animals and be able to have “one on one” sessions with our volunteer adoption counsellors.

Other important goals are to work continuously to relieve suffering in remote communities that have no access to education and health care for their animals (We are currently working with three First Nations Communities providing education and spay/neuter and Wellness Checks for their animals)

4. Describe your contributions to the Community and what outcomes the organization has within the community?

We have provided spay and neuters and medical help to low income individuals with their animals needs. We work in many communities providing education on the caring and welfare needs of cats and dogs in the community. We help people who are no longer able to care for their animals and we can help counsel them into letting us help them help their pets.

We do a lot of events involving kids and animals to help further their education on these animal’s needs!

5. What is the best way to get involved and where can I get more information about your organization

We have an amazing Facebook Following (over 20,000 and growing) and a wonderful website at www.victoriahumanesociety.com where people can follow what we are doing and how they can help.

And anyone who wants to foster animals, adopt animals or volunteer with us can go to our website and apply!

Wear-2-Start

1. When was your not-for-profit founded, what is your mission statement?

If you’ve never held an office job before or have been out of the workforce for a while, updating and upgrading your wardrobe can break the bank. The founder of Wear 2 Start, Kathleen McMullin, was faced with exactly this dilemma years ago when she found herself newly separated with three children and needing to go back to work. She had to borrow from friends to ensure her first impression at the office was a good one. She knew she was not alone, and she vowed to help other women in her situation.

Fast forward 15 plus years later and Wear 2 Start Society continues to fulfill our mission by helping local women look and feel their best in preparation for job interviews or first days on a new job. Wear 2 Start Society (W2S) runs a boutique in downtown Victoria staffed entirely by volunteers. Clients are referred by local employment centres, and walk away from the boutique with 2-3 new outfits, complete with shoes and accessories and a big boost to their confidence.

2. Briefly describe your program or organization

The Wear 2 Start experience begins with the referral from our partner agencies of a job ready client.

We arrange a private one-on-one appointment directly with the client and when she arrives, two or three volunteers greet her and have a chat to learn more about her preferences and type of work.

Then the magic begins. The client is brought items to try on including undergarments, mix and match clothes, accessories, shoes, purses, a coat if desired and a custom wardrobe is created. She is an active participant in this process, and there is often lots of laughter and excitement as the transformation happens. Her items are then gently wrapped in tissue to be placed in a pretty bag and the client also receives a special blue bag full of much needed toiletries. Local hair salons generously donate haircuts to complete the look.

3. What are your organization’s long and short term needs?

Long-term we hope to continue to attract the community support necessary to enable us to support local women in need to look and feel their best in order to find and be successful in work they enjoy. Now and in the near future we are looking for more volunteers to help us in the Boutique and with stock processing and encourage those interested to apply to our postings with Volunteer Victoria.

4. Describe your contributions to the community and what outcome the organization has within the community

Wear 2 Start relies on the generousity of our community to dress local women for more success in their career. This service and support at just the right time yields better results so more women can earn a living and proudly support themselves, help their families and in turn give back to their community. We have received client hugs, thank you letters and emails, shout outs on social media, even offers to help others by donating or volunteering. The circle of support includes our partner referral agencies, our generous donors, local retailers, hair dressers and dry cleaners who donate their services and many kind groups and individuals who have donated funds, clothes and their time to help local women improve their lives.

5. What is the best way to get involved and where can I get more information about your organization?

Our website wear2start.com has great information under the heading How to Help and you will be able to view actual transformations, stories and feedback. We welcome  financial, service, volunteer assistance and clothing donations and the details can be found on our website or just contact us at info@wear2start.com .

WINTER 2017

Ballet Victoria

1. When was your not-for-profit founded, what is your mission statement?

Ballet Victoria was incorporated on December 27, 2002 and was registered as a charitable organization on in February 18, 2003. In September 2014, Ballet Victoria opened its own dance school, the Ballet Victoria Conservatory.

The company’s mission statement is to promote the emerging dance talent of Vancouver Island; educate the public on the value of dance in the community; and provide a full season of professional performances. Ballet Victoria is the leading professional classical ballet company in the province with accessible multi-cultural family friendly performances.

2. Briefly describe your program or organization?

Ballet Victoria is a first-class professional ballet company, and has emerged as a significant force and key cultural asset that contributes to the artistic and economic health of the capital region and the province. It is a launching pad for innovative dance creations by local and international artists including collaborations with other local arts organization such as the Victoria Symphony. Each season, over 25,000 audience members throughout British Columbia, Alberta and the USA attend our original classical and contemporary ballet performances. Our four productions insure the support of eight professional dancers and four apprentices with a forty-two weeks contract which is unique in British Columbia and one of only ten in Canada. Beyond our thirty plus mainstage performances, we offer dozens of special community and public school performances, as well as numerous master classes and workshops.

3. What are your organization’s long and short term needs?

Short term, Ballet Victoria currently rents two passenger vans to transport its dancers and equipment while touring to public schools and theatres in the capital region and beyond. The limited government support and the increasing cost of rental is threatening the sustainability of touring and access to more isolated communities on the island and the Province. Ballet Victoria is looking to purchase a Sprinter 2500 twelve passengers van in to order to keep public school performances and touring sustainable. Furthermore, the van would be used to enable access to seniors who live in isolation in the capital Region to our free “Tea for Tutu” events. Ballet Victoria is looking to raise $70,000 for this specific vehicle. We have already set aside $10,000 for this investment and are looking to raise the rest through private and public support.

Long term, Ballet Victoria is looking to create its own foundation to support its operation and insure the longevity of the company and the school.

4. Describe your contributions to the community and what outcome the organization has within the community?

Beyond supporting local professional artists and providing a vibrant artistic voice in the capital region, we increase community participation with free dance events such as “Tea for Tutu” which offers over 1,200 seniors as well as people with disabilities or limited financial means, performances in an accessible location.  To broaden theatre access to the public, we offer competitively priced admissions and provide various charitable organizations with a number of free tickets. The company also support numerous local organizations’ fundraising efforts by donating tickets to its performances.

Ballet Victoria reaches over 6,000 students each season through its school performances and exposes young people to various forms of dance, demonstrating the physical and artistic abilities ballet dancers achieve. Ballet is a great contributor to physical, cultural and artistic literacy for youth and helps build discipline, confidence and self-esteem.

In 2014, the Ballet Victoria Conservatory was started to offer affordable lessons to community dancers of all ages taught by the professional artists of the company.

5. What is the best way to get involved and where can I get more information about your organization?

The best way to get involved with Ballet Victoria is to simply attend a performance. For anyone who has not seen the company perform I encourage you to take that step, it will have an undeniable impact on your life. Of course, volunteering is a wonderful way to get acquainted with us. We also offer adult ballet classes, a great way to stay in shape. Ballet Victoria is always looking for innovative ideas to help us provide better service to the community. Most of our information can be found on our website. Patrons can also directly visit us at our studio and enjoy watching some company rehearsal anytime during the season.

The Lifeguard Outreach Society

1. When was your not-for-profit founded, what is your mission statement ?

The Lifeguard Outreach Society was founded in 2015. Our mission is to teach swimming survival lessons in isolated communities and teach lifesaving and drowning prevention skills across Canada.

2.  Briefly describe your organization?

The Lifeguard Outreach Society (LGOS) is excited to partner with the district of Sannich and the Royal Lifesaving Society of BC & Yukon put on Swim to Survive Day on May 28thAt the Sannich Commonwealth Place.  1000 participants will learn how to survive an unexpected fall into water, swim 50 meters, tread water for 60 seconds, how to rescue someone who is drowning without becoming a victim too, and some basic first aid.  Swim to Survive day is free for participants.

3. What are your organizations long and short term goals

Our long term goal is to build up the Lifeguard Outreach Society’s volunteer base of lifeguards across BC and Canada.  Volunteering with LGOS is an amazing experience that takes young lifeguards across the province and country where they volunteer in communities teaching in beautiful lakes, rivers, oceans, and pools vastly different than the local pool they are employed at.  Lifeguard Outreach trips give young people new perspective on the important role lifeguards play in the Canadian public health system.

Our short term goals are to connect with new isolated communities to run our outreach trips in and connect with larger city pools to run Swim to Survive Day events for 500 to 1000 participants.  We are planning to reach 100 rural communities and 7 major BC cities this 2017 summer.

4. Describe your contributions to the Community and what outcomes the organization has within the community?

The Lifeguard Outreach Society has taught 1200 children in BC survival swimming in over 25 communities. In 2016 we ran Swim to Survive Day Vancouver where 50 volunteers taught 600 participants lifesaving skills and swimming survival skills.  On May 28th we will be volunteering at the Sannich Commonwealth Place Pool to teach the same program for 1000 participants.

5. What is the best way to get involved and where can I get more information about your organization

We are looking for volunteers for Swim to Survive Day on May 28th who are lifeguard and swimming instructors as well as for non-aquatic volunteers to help run the event.  For information on how to apply or how to learn more about the Lifeguard Outreach Society please visit our website lgos.ca

Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association

1. When was your not-for-profit founded, what is your mission statement?

Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association (VTRA)’s mission is to enrich the lives of children adn adults with disabilities through the provision of therapeutic horseback riding programs and other equine related activities. We starte in 1989 as a small volunteer run organization with no permanenet location, borrowed horses and a dream of providing therapy and recreation to individuals with special needs. Today the VTRA has a long term lease on its own fcility, 12 specialsed therapy horses, 8 part-time staff and a reputation for providing a high quality and valuable service to the Greater victoria Community.

2. Briefly describe your program or organization

The VTRA provides 3 unique therapeutic horseback riding programs for individuals with physical, cognitive and social challenges. The Adaptive Program helps meet the physical and occupational therapy goals of each students and provides safe and effective recreation, increasing their overall well-being and fostering a community connection. The Early Intervention Program aids in the physical and cognitive development of at-risk children between the ages of 3 and 5 years old. The Lifs Skills program builds on theAdpative Riding program, incorporating stable management practices to develop personal responsibility, behavioral regulation and time management skills.

3. What are your organization’s long and short term needs?

VTRA is committed to providing an affordable therapeutic option for individuals with disabilities. The cost of maintaining our program, including the twelve therapy horses, is substantial. Staff and volunteers work tirelessly to raise money for the program, through a variety of fundraisers, events, and grant applications. In order to recover some of the costs of our program, we do charge a fee for service to the riders. This currently amounts for less than 25% of the actual cost of a lesson, and we are committed to not increasing this fee, as it is already a challenge for many families. As a result, we depend on the generous donations of individuals, and the support of foundations and corporate supporters.

4. Describe your contributions to the community and what outcome the organization has within the community

Each year we provide over 160 individuals with therapy and recreation, both on and off the horse. We provide program options that promote community engagement and the development of individuals living with disabilities, reducing the feelings of isolation that can be a side effect of living with a diagnosis. Participants, families, caregivers, voluneters and staff each play a role in fostering our inclusive atmosphere, which encourages participatns to be engaged and confident members of society.

5. What is the best way to get involved and where can I get more information about your organization?

Our organization depends on the donation of time, energy, and compassion of over 200 active volunteers. Most of our volunteers participate directly in our program with the riders as side-walkers, horse handlers, grooms, assistant instructors, and barn help. We provide many training opportunities for all individuals interested in and willing to learn new skills, including working around horses. Our volunteers are also active as members of our Board of Directors and in committees, helping as clubhouse hosts, office volunteers and in our small social enterprise project, our tack store. For more information about volunteer opportunities and how to donate, visit our web page www.vtra.ca, or call 778-426-0506.

HOLIDAY 2016

Canadian College of Performing Arts

1. When was your not-for-profit founded, what is your mission statement?

The Canadian College of Performing Arts opened its doors in 1998.

Mission Statement:

To offer quality training in a broad spectrum of skills which will prepare the students for careers in the performance arts locally, nationally or internationally. To provide a stimulating, positive and constructive environment where students are encouraged to develop high standards of work ethics and conduct which will serve them in any field of endeavor in the future.

2. Briefly describe your program or organization?

The Canadian College of Performing Arts is a national performing arts training institution that strives for excellence. Located in Victoria, the college develops working artists and cultural leaders. Students receive training in the key performance disciplines of acting, voice, dance and stage combat and career management in a broad spectrum of skills to prepare them for local, national or international careers.

3. What are your organization’s long and short term needs?

Short term, our two priorities are: to raise national awareness about the amazing work being done by our faculty and students at the college. We work tirelessly to find and train the best emerging artists this country has to offer. The college is owned by a registered charity, the Canadian Heritage Arts Society.

The society fundraises to offset tuition costs for all Canadian students attending the college. Our second priority is to welcome donors and community partners who share our vision of supporting youth with passion and talent regardless of their finances. Donations allow us to continue this mission.

Long term, we continue to work towards a new, state of the art facility that will benefit our students, faculty and our community.

4. Describe your contributions to the community and what outcome the organization has within the community?

It is within the Society’s mandate to offer diverse and socially relevant quality productions with and for youth, seniors, community organizations and the general public. Our Outreach Program affords a rewarding experience for individuals who ordinarily would not be able to participate in arts & culture so that they too can discover the thrill and value of live performances. Examples include performances honouring Canadian soldiers at Remembrance Day ceremonies and community Christmas caroling engagements. We also support other non-profits by providing tickets for fundraising proposes.

5. What is the best way to get involved and where can I get more information about your organization?

The college is always looking for donors, supporters, patrons, volunteers and champions. For more information please go to www.ccpacanada. com email communications@ccpacanada.com or call Steven or Colleen at 250-595-9970

1UP

1. When was your not-for-profit founded, what is your mission statement ?

T1Up Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre creates a community of support for one-parent families. We were founded in 1978.

2.  Briefly describe your organization?

In our cozy, home-like setting, 1Up offers practical support, opportunities for growth, and a sense of hope to single parent families. Our practical support program includes free clothing, bread, toys, books, and school supplies as well as special programs like Christmas hampers. Single parent members can also access up to 10 free counselling sessions. We have parenting and life skills classes as well as support groups for both moms and dads. We also offer MOMentum: Moms and Mentors, which pairs a single mom with a volunteer mentor from the community to offer support and friendship for 1 year. Single parents can also access resource referrals and volunteer opportunities.

3. What are your organizations long and short term goals

As we gear up for Christmas, donations of grocery gift cards and store gift cards, as well as new toys and gifts (particularly for older children/teens and parents) are always appreciated. Year-round we accept in-kind donations of both new and used clothing, books, toys, baby items, and small household goods. Financial gifts to 1Up can be made at www.1-up.ca or by calling 250.385.1114, and allow us the flexibility to meet the changing needs of our nearly 2,000 single parent member families.

4. Describe your contributions to the Community and what outcomes the organization has within the community?

1Up offers effective services that accommodate individual differences and are responsive to the rapidly changing needs of one-parent families. We believe in the strength and integrity of one-parent families and our programs and resources have helped solo parents raise happy, healthy kids for nearly 40 years. 1Up provides a welcoming atmosphere where friendships develop and community thrives.

5. What is the best way to get involved and where can I get more information about your organization

Volunteers are an essential part of 1Up’s work. You can learn about volunteer opportunities – whether it’s sorting donations, working as a frontline Peer Helper at the desk, or mentoring in Moms and Mentors – by contacting Raina Pierce at raina@1-up.ca. You can make a donation at www.1-up.ca, by visiting us at 602 Gorge Road E., or by calling 250.385.1114.

FLED – Find Lost & Escaped Dogs Vancouver Island

1. When was your not-for-profit founded, what is your mission statement?

FLED – Find Lost & Escaped Dogs Vancouver Island is a registered charity established January 2013 in response to the number of pets that can go missing in the Vancouver Island area every week.

  1. To reunite lost and found pets with their families.
  2. To compliment current services working On Animal Welfare in any way possible.
  3. To support legislation that enhances the protection and welfare of all animals.
  4. To source care for any pet found whilst trying to find the family.
  5. To raise awareness on responsibilities that go with having a pet as part of your family
  6. To prevent the death of any healthy pet.
  7. To promote good animal health through information.

2. Briefly describe your program or organization

To contribute to reuniting lost dogs with their families through the use of Social Networks, internet and other technology available and to contribute in any way possible to search and rescue and animal welfare on Vancouver Island while complementing and working with other services available.

3. What are your organization’s long and short term needs?

Fled is 100% run on donations. We are always in need of equipment to help us in the search and rescue of dogs and cats

• Inferred Cameras (Trail Cams)

• Flashlights / Batteries

• High Reflective Vests

We use donations for maintaining equipment, and to assist in helping families with animals who are needing immediate emergency medical care through our Beemer Memorial Fund. We will provide posters.

4. Describe your contributions to the community and what outcome the organization has within the community

Fled has helped to reunite many lost animals back to their families. Fled is a pet search and rescue organization who assists owners of missing dogs and cats. We assist by physically sending out volunteers to help in searching for their missing family member. We have a base office that is the first step to assisting owners. By getting their missing dog or cat up on social media, and alerts to all authorities. Alerts for missing dogs go out to all volunteers in the areas where the dog is missing and shows up on their phones immediately to alert them. In most cases, alerts go out after the dog has been missing for 8 – 10 hours. Senior dogs and Puppies are a priority and volunteers are alerted immediately. Fled has assisted in many emergencies of injured animals and very sick animals by providing funding through our Beemer Memorial Emergency Medical Program. Helping families to get emergency medical care for their pets can be the difference between that pet going home or that pet having to be euthanized because of the high cost of emergency care

5. What is the best way to get involved and where can I get more information about your organization?

Check out our website at www.fledsearh.com or email fledsearch@gmail.com Check out our Facebook page for dogs at https://www.facebook.com/FLED.Vancouver.Island Check out our Facebook page for cats at https://www.facebook.com/FLEC.Vancouver.Island/

LATE SUMMER 2016

The Dahlia Society

1. When was your not-for-profit founded, what is your mission statement?

The Dahlia Society was founded in 2013 by Christopher Mavrikos, who dedicates his philanthropic work to his mom Lynn, who passed away after a long battle with breast cancer in 1997 at only 38 years-old. Lynn’s favourite flowers were dahlias and Christopher dedicates the creation of The Dahlia Society to his mom with the aim of carrying on her passions for helping those in need and creating a thriving, healthy community.

The Dahlia Society provides support to local community programs, organizations and families in need. We strive to make our community a better place to live by helping those who need it most, when they need it the most.

2. Briefly describe your program or organization?

The Society holds several signature events each year, including Canstruction Victoria and Think Pink!, supporting The Mustard Seed and local breast cancer initiatives respectively. Every dollar raised through the Society’s innovative fundraising efforts will stay local.

Canstruction® Victoria is a unique charity that hosts competitions, exhibitions and events showcasing colossal structures made entirely out of full cans of food. After the structures are built, the creations go on display to the public as a giant art exhibition. At the end of the event, all food is donated to local hunger relief organizations. Canstruction events are held annually in over 150 countries around the world including North America, Australia, South America, Europe and Asia.

3. What are your organization’s long and short term needs?

The Dahlia Society is proud to be 100% volunteer driven and as a result we always need a helping hand to execute our various signature events. Our dedicated board of directors is continually inspired by the local communities generous support. If we can continue to connect with local businesses and like minded individuals who want to support people in need in our community then we can continue to make where we live a better place!

4. Describe your contributions to the community and what outcome the organization has within the community?

Canstruction Victoria year 3 saw over 37,300 cans donated equaling to 38,792 pounds of food. With cash donations of $2900+ our total value donated to The Mustard Seed Street Church was $99,928!!

This year’s result brings our 3-year total of value donated in support of The Mustard Seed to $263,475!!

5. What is the best way to get involved and where can I get more information about your organization?

We are always looking for volunteers! To volunteer with The Dahlia Society please email volunteer@thedahliasociety.com For more information, please visit our website at www.thedahliasociety.com

Oak Bay Sea Rescue Society

1. When was your not-for-profit founded, what is your mission statement ?

We’ve been Saving Lives at Sea, based out of Oak Bay Marina since 1977. Our mission is to maintain 24x7x365 marine search and rescue readiness, and promote boating safety programs to mariners and the general public.

2.  Briefly describe your organization?

We are 100% volunteer women and men. Oak Bay Sea Rescue is our Society name, and is what we’re known as our community. But operationally (on the water) we’re known as “RCMSAR – Station Oak Bay” and we’re part of a network of 40 RCMSAR (Royal Canadian Marine Search & Rescue) Stations along BC’s coasts, islands, and interior lakes. Our highly skilled crews are trained first-responders in first aid as well as all aspects of search and rescue. We must have a crew on the water within 30 minutes of receiving an emergency call from the JRCC (Joint Rescue Coordination Centre). We also run a successful Junior SAR program for youth ages 13-18.

3. What are your organizations long and short term goals

Ongoing, our primary needs are resources – people and funding. To be on a Crew, or our Board or a Committee, new members must be able to make a minimum 2-year commitment due to the significant on-boarding (pun intended!) training. And we rely on fundraising efforts for our specialized equipment and major capital purchases. Our current short-term need is to replace our “Bravo” vessel – our secondary vessel which has reached it’s end-of-life capacity for our requirements. Our current “Alpha” vessel will subsequently become our secondary vessel. Our Fundraising Kickoff for our Annual Fundraiser was in June, generously hosted by the Oak Bay Marine Group, and we have raised $90,000 of the $400,000 total cost. Boat-building begins in 2017, for completion in 2018.

4. Describe your contributions to the Community and what outcomes the organization has within the community?

Our volunteers are actively involved in over a dozen local community events annually. Primarily our role is to provide a safety boat and crew for On-Water events for other non-profit organizations such as the Oak Bay Tea Party, Swiftsure Yacht Race, and a variety of paddling and kayaking events around the lower island. Our presence at special events – whether on-water, or on-land in our info tent, has resulted in greater awareness of boating safety, preparedness and skills – not just to new mariners – but to the curious general public and seasoned mariners as well. We remind people that we’re surrounded by the ocean which demands respect for it’s tides, currents and relentless unpredictability. In recent years, requests for, and the need for, our presence at community events has gone up about 25%, and accounts for a significant portion of our volunteers time. Our members are proud to be considered so highly by community leaders from Oak Bay to Cordova Bay as a much-needed public service.

5. What is the best way to get involved and where can I get more information about your organization

Volunteering in a public safety non-profit is quite different to other non-profit organizations. We have opportunities for various interests and skills, and one way to get involved is to contact us and have a conversation about what that might be for you. Also, plenty of information is available on our website: obsr.ca. If you’d like to chat with a real person, pop an email to: info@obsr.ca which will get forwarded to the appropriate contact for the request. Someone will call back typically within 2-3 days.

DriveLine

1. When was your not-for-profit founded, what is your mission statement?

Our Society was founded in September 2015, and commenced offering its services on Monday 5th October 2015

Mission Statement: To provide free, safe and compassionate transport to patients receiving any form of cancer assessment, treatment or surgery or remedial procedures, who live or are staying within the thirteen municipalities of Southern Vancouver Island.

2. Briefly describe your program?

Our drivers provide free transportation to cancer patients undergoing cancer treatments, living or residing in Southern Vancouver Island

3. What are your organization’s long and short term needs?

Our short term needs are mainly manpower – we always need drivers who are able to offer some time during the working week to transport clients. We also need Dispatchers to man the office telephones during the week, although at the moment these vacancies would be sickness and holiday relief. Short term, finance is always a concern and we are now focusing on corporations and the like for grants and larger donations. Long term financial goals are annual sponsor’s and legacy income. I regret that our service is not a short term service – until such time as cancer is conquered medically, the kind of service we offer will continue to be needed.

4. Describe your contributions to the community and what outcome the organization has within the community?

Most of us were originally with the Canadian Cancer Society Volunteer Driver Program, which was scrapped in October 2015. One of the reasons given was lack of need by members of the public. In the ten months that Cancer DriveLine has been operating, we have carried in excess of three hundred and fifty individual cancer patients, either to the cancer clinic, to hospital or to varying cancer specialists within the city of Victoria. Of late, we have been so inundated with requests that we have, regrettably, been forced to turn down some rides simply because we have run out of drivers for that particular day. Most of our clients are elderly, live alone and are in generally poor health and unable to make use of public transit – and in some cases, are financially unable to afford to get to treatment. I like to think that we have provided what we set out to do, safe, reliable and compassionate rides for those most in need who are suffering some form of cancer.

5. What is the best way to get involved and where can I get more information about your organization?

We are always looking for volunteers – drivers with reliable transport, available between 8.00am and 5.00pm weekdays. We are looking for generous donors who feel the work we do is worthwhile in helping to keep it as an ongoing concern. Full details are available on our web site  – Cancer DriveLine.ca or by contacting our office on  778 265 0906