Our Impact Why We Exist
Our Mission: To advance the value of volunteerism in Greater Victoria by providing leadership and training in volunteer and non-profit management.
For almost 40 years, Volunteer Victoria has been considered the "heart and hub" of Greater Victoria. We help to enrich the quality of life in our community through volunteer involvement.
As the primary volunteer centre for the Greater Victoria Region, we recruit/refer more than 16,000 volunteers from all walks of life each year. We also provide dedicated volunteer programs for youth, employers and those with mental health and addictions challenges.
Our Story What We Do
Victoria has a proud history of volunteering. Various volunteer resource centres were run by concerned citizens until 1974 when the Greater Victoria Volunteer Society (Volunteer Victoria) was formed to operate the Victoria Volunteer Bureau. The Volunteer Bureau became very successful by expanding services to meet the community's evolving needs.
Today, Volunteer Victoria supports more than 300 local non-profit members ; - up from just 50 in 1974.
Throughout our history, the goals of volunteer recruitment, capacity building, volunteer promotion and providing leadership to the non-profit sector have remained the same.
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Our Programs How We Do It
As a local sector leader and voice for the sector, we are a vital link connecting a broad base of stakeholders with a common purpose – to make a difference while strengthening our community.
Volunteer Victoria is a critical resource for the Greater Victoria non-profit sector, and the only volunteer centre serving the residents of the Greater Victoria region (including Sooke, Sidney and the Gulf Islands). We connect non-profit agencies seeking support for vital services with volunteers who want to build community while making a lasting impact. This is done through a wide range of innovative programs in four key areas:
1) Volunteer Recruitment and Referral: Connecting People with Opportunities to ServeWe connect people of all ages and from all walks of life with volunteer opportunities ;in their community.
- targeted programs for special populations (youth, employers and those with mental health and/or addiction challenges);
- weekly recruitment and referral services through media outlets, and online; as well as
- face-to face presentations, and outreach services.
2) Building Capacity for Non-Profit OrganizationsWe strengthen community, build and share knowledge, and help find solutions. One example of this is our Accessible IT for Non-Profits initiative made possible through generous funding from the Victoria Foundation. This pilot project specifically addresses the IT needs of small non-profits with very limited resources. It enables smaller agencies to access the services of a computer technician to obtain a total of five to six hours of technical support over the course of the year. Services include such things as: printer installation, workstation repair, software upgrade, connectivity issues etc.
We also host no cost and low cost training, professional development, andlearning opportunities for staff and volunteers in the non-profit sector. We provide one-to-one consultations, and support for organizations that work with volunteers.
3) Providing Leadership In partnership and collaboration with local community organizations, government, schools and other community leaders, Volunteer Victoria identifies needs, drives new initiatives and mobilizes volunteer response. One such initiative is ourCommunity Investment Network. This is a member-driven forum for business and community leaders whose organizations have created, or wish to create, a community investment program.
What You Can Do
Your financial support makes a difference! By investing in Volunteer Victoria you will help us to sustain strong volunteer programs and ensure local agencies have the volunteers and support they need to deliver vital programs and services.
To find out more, please contact Lisa Mort-Putland, Executive Director.