While we have seen the devastating toll on the most vulnerable in our own community due to COVID-19, we have also seen innovation, new partnerships, and generosity. Despite the challenges, our community came together and showed their local love.
There are many things that remain constant on Southern Vancouver Island: how we care for one another, our strong sense of community pride, and our love for everything local. We are deeply grateful for the support we have received from our generous and caring donors, from local businesses, from labour, from government.
Here are the local community organizations that we are supporting this year due to donors’ dollars. We are proud to invest in these local non-profits that assist us in delivering on our areas of action: helping families in need; helping isolated seniors; creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive community; and supporting individuals with mental health challenges and/or addictions.
*The following directory is best viewed on a desktop computer. To find individual agencies, please scroll using the gray arrows in the section titled “Funded Community Partners.”
Inter-Cultural Association (ICA)
Tools for Equity – ICA Equity Training Program and Community Partnership Network
Victoria is a diverse city with 18% of residents being immigrants to Canada. Almost 5% of the population are Indigenous. A recent report on racism conducted by the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) revealed that 71% of Indigenous, Black, Asian or other Persons of Colour report that they have personally experienced racism in the last five years. Tools for Equity has been designed to support businesses and organizations address issues of systemic racism through training and organizational coaching.
Community Partnership Network (CPN)
The Community Partnership Network (CPN) is a network of more than 300 member agencies, businesses and institutions committed to building diverse, welcoming, and inclusive communities in Greater Victoria. ICA coordinates the CPN and works with members to develop their organizational capacity to welcome diversity, enhance inclusivity and address systemic racism and discrimination. CPN members work to develop their capacity by exchanging knowledge, sharing resources and information aimed at promoting and supporting their organizations and communities to engage with our increasingly diverse region more effectively.
Beacon Community Services
More than Meals Program
Seniors over the age of 65 make up close to 18% of the population of Victoria. Many seniors in the CRD experience extreme loneliness and isolation, malnutrition or food insecurity, mobility issues and limited income that greatly impacts their physical, mental and emotional well-being. More than Meals is a coordinated approach to address food insecurity and social isolation through weekly meal delivery to over 500 seniors in the CRD.
The original partners involved in the initiative were Beacon Community Services, James Bay New Horizons Society, Oak Bay Volunteer Services and Silver Threads Service for Seniors.
Family Caregivers of BC
Focusing on Family Caregivers: Reducing the Impact of the Pandemic on Mental Health and Well-Being
Focusing on people in the CRD who are caring for a family member or friend because of chronic disease, mental health challenges and frailty due to aging.
FUNDED COMMUNITY PARTNERS
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Victoria Capital Region
Community Mentoring Program – Matching children with screened adult mentors in order to increase resiliency in the youth through the fostering of healthy adult relationships.
Bridges for Women Society
Bridging Mentorship Program – Providing women survivors of trauma with opportunities to develop personal networks and essential skills to forward their personal and career goals.
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Victoria
Healthy Schools Healthy People – A collaborative initiative working to identify key social issues and challenges facing Westshore families and find meaningful and effective ways to increase community health and well-being.
Burnside Gorge Community Association
Family Self Sufficiency Program (FSS) – An innovative, asset building and financial literacy skill development program for families with low incomes.
Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria
Greater Victoria Rent Bank – Bridging low-income or at-risk households through a short-term financial crisis, not just with financial assistance but with advocacy and service navigation supports to help them stay housed.
Family Services of Greater Victoria
Little Phoenix Daycare – A trauma-informed daycare with staff equipped to identify behaviours and emotional triggers that may indicate past or current/ongoing trauma for verbal and pre-verbal children.
Agriculture Land Protection Program – Ensuring that small farms in the Saanich Peninsula are able to access supports required to continue producing local food while protecting and preserving farmlands and agricultural features of our region for future generations.
LDABC The Learning Curve
Child & Family Support Program – Providing an array of services to educate, support and advocate for children with learning disabilities and their families
Parent Support Services Society of BC
Supporting Vulnerable Families to Raise Resilient Kids – Helping families develop healthy parenting strategies through cost effective, safe, community based peer-support Circles for parents and caregivers.
Rent Smart Education and Support Society
RentSmart Public Courses – Increasing housing stability and preventing homelessness through education, certification and support.
Saanich Neighbourhood Place
Tips and Tools for Dads (Virtual Parenting Program) – Supporting fathers and male-identifying parents build the skills that help them be more effective in their role as parents to their children
Soap for Hope Canada
Essential Hygiene and Linen to Families in Need – Providing financially insecure families in the CRD with Hygiene Kits containing basics such as soap, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion, toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, deodorant, nail clippers, feminine products, sheets, blankets, pillows, towels, robes and slippers.
Sooke Family Resource Society
Pre-Postnatal Education/Outreach with Family Support Outreach – A low to no cost prenatal and postnatal education, support and outreach program for pregnant women and their families in Sooke and the surrounding areas.
Sooke Transition House Society
PEACE Program – A counselling program supporting children, youth, and families impacted by crisis and family violence.
The Cridge Centre for the Family
Respitality Program – A respite program for parents who have special needs children that partners with local hotels and businesses to meet the need for caregiver respite.
The Cridge Centre for the Family
Young Parent Outreach Program – Focusing on providing support to young parents age 16 to 24. The program offers tools to create stable, safe, and healthy lives for themselves and their children.
The Galiano Club
The Galiano Club Community Food Program–It Takes a Village – Food Security for Families – A holistic, multi-faceted community-based program working to increase food security and a sense of belonging and connection on Galiano Island.
Together Against Poverty Societye
Homelessness Income and Tenancy Support – The HITS program provides direct housing and income support to vulnerable families facing eviction or living in unsafe housing.
Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society (VIRCS)
Enable Program for Newcomer Children and Youth – Providing social, academic and emotional support to newcomer children, youth and their families.
Victoria Rainbow Kitchen
In-House Hot Meals & Food Sharing Program – Preparing and serving a nutritious, tasty, hot lunch to over 140 people in need each day, five days a week each year at the Esquimalt United Church.