With the holiday season comes many reminders to be grateful, and to give back. Here, we highlight five ways to support causes and communities in and around Vancouver Island.
Backpack Buddies - Every Friday after school, this organization packs backpacks full of food and sends them home with children at risk of going hungry. During the week, school snack programs help with this issue, but over the weekend, the need for meal support persists for many families. These backpacks help ensure that kids come to school Monday morning fed and ready to learn.
KidSport - Since 1993, KidSport has enabled 825,000 children to participate in seasonal sports. Donate to support this national not-for-profit, which provides financial assistance for registration fees and equipment to kids aged 18 and under.
Our Place Society - Our Place offers a range of supportive services to Greater Victoria’s most vulnerable citizens—from temporary housing, a drop-in cafe with baked goods and coffee, a drop-in medical facility and up-skilling programs for those seeking employment. The Agency’s Victoria office recently sponsored a breakfast service on October 29 and is currently hosting a winter clothing drive to donate to the shelter. Visit the Our Place Society to find out about more volunteer opportunities.
The Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association - Volunteer with the Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association in Duncan—about an hour north of Victoria—and help them host a range of therapeutic riding and equine-based wellness programs for individuals with special needs. Volunteers can serve as horse groomers, side-walking, assisting with fundraising events and helping with administrative work.
Haven Society - Founded in 1978, Haven Society in Nanaimo promotes the integrity and safety of women, children, youth and families and supports the development of a respectful community. Volunteers can serve a number of roles—from front desk attendants to counselors and fundraising leaders.