Participating organizations

The following organizations have partnered with Project Serve to offer opportunities during Project Serve Day. Please read through the entire list, as you will be asked to select your top 3 organizations when registering.

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Beacon Community Services (10 positions)

Beacon Community Services provides care and support to thousands of clients on southern Vancouver Island and the outer Gulf Islands, through a wide range of programs and services including health, children and family, training and employment, adult recreation, housing, and volunteer services. Our seven thrift shops provide us with the funds needed to offer these programs and services but they also provide many benefits to the community including training opportunities and work experience for individuals with challenges such as mental health and addiction. 

Volunteer responsibilities

    • Volunteers will be doing a spring cleanup of the gardens at Laurel House, where the Out of the Rain program and drop in programs for individuals struggling with mental health are hosted. The gardens are full of herbs such as dill and rosemary so bring a container so you can take some home once the job is done!
Wheelchair accessible with gender inclusive washrooms on site. 

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Victoria (12 positions)

For over 40 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Victoria (BBBS) has been matching children with screened and trained mentors who enhance each child’s sense of belonging, self-worth, resiliency and capacity to make healthy, well-informed choices. With multiple programs that respond to identified social issues and challenges within our community (ranging from Sooke to Salt Spring Island), our mentors will support over 650 young people this year.  

Volunteer responsibilities

    • Spruce up the interview, meeting and reception rooms at BBBS, making sure the spaces are friendly, well-maintained and looking their best. This involves some light cleaning and sorting.
    • Prepare program supplies for incoming children and mentors, labelling files and preparing envelopes. 
    • Volunteers will also receive a training session on community safety and child protection. 
Wheelchair accessible with gender inclusive washrrom on site.

Broadmead Care Society - Nigel House (20 positions)

Broadmead Care is a non-profit organization that provides housing, social and health services for vulnerable adult populations in Greater Victoria. They serve seniors, veterans and people with disabilities who require assistance to live their lives as fully and meaningfully as possible.  

As a volunteer at Broadmead Care, you'll participate in the Nigel Program, a residential program for adults with disabilities who are between 19 and 55 years old. Most of the residents in the Nigel Program have disabilities that are primarily physical and result from trauma, neurological degenerative diseases or birth anomalies. Each resident has unique combinations of complex health conditions that compromise their ability to work and live independently.

Volunteer responsibilities

    • Play games, have fun and share your smiles! As a volunteer, your job is to interact with and brighten the day for residents in the Nigel Program.
    • You may go out into the community with residents to walk the Galloping Goose Trail or go shopping at Uptown.
    • Volunteers will be asked to adhere to a confidentiality agreement.   
Wheelchair accessible with gender inclusive washroom on site.

Burnside Gorge Community Association (30 positions)

Make a difference in your community by joining staff from the Burnside Gorge Community Association and other community volunteers and help to restore and rejuvenate the local waterfront.  Many schools, businesses, dive teams and community members come together for this event and collect garbage and debris from local shorelines and waters. Volunteers of all ages are welcome to join us in our mission.

Volunteer responsibilities

    • Pick up garbage along the Galloping Goose Trail and along the shoreline of the Gorge Waterway.
    • Assist the dive team hauling found garbage and debris back up on to the trestle to be taken to the bin.
    • Assist with hosing off the boots borrowed by volunteers.
    • Assist with volunteer check in, equipment sign out and event take down.

Wheelchair accessible with gender inclusive washroom on site. 

Capital Regional District (CRD) Parks (30 positions)

The Mill Hill Regional Park Restoration Project is an ongoing project that began in 2002 and is the flagship restoration project for CRD Regional Parks. The 71 hectare park contains about 20 hectares of endangered Garry oak meadows and has one of the highest concentrations of rare plants in the province. Both volunteers and staff have been involved in the removal of invasive species in the park and it is vital to the project that we continue with these efforts.

Volunteer responsibilities

    • Volunteers will assist in the removal of invasive species, mainly Scotch Broom, from the endangered Garry oak ecosystem within Mill Hill Regional Park.
    • Volunteers will be given the opportunity to learn more about the CRD and CRD Regional Parks, Garry oak ecosystems, and invasive species management.
    • Volunteers will work in a beautiful setting and in a part of the park that few visitors ever access.
This project is not wheelchair accessible.

Cystic Fibrosis Canada (5 positions)

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. There is currently no cure. Cystic Fibrosis Canada is an internationally-recognized leader in CF research, innovation, and clinical care. Since 1960, CF Canada has invested $244 million, resulting in Canada having one of the world’s highest survival rates for people with cystic fibrosis.

Shinerama is Canada’s largest and most popular post-secondary fundraiser in support of CF Canada. Since Shinerama began it has raised over $27 million for Cystic Fibrosis Canada – proving that by working together, students really can make a difference in their communities across our country. Students from the University of Victoria participating in Shinerama have raised almost $220,000 for life-sustaining CF research and care funded by Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

Volunteer responsibilities

    • September 14 will be designated as Shine Day and Project Serve volunteers will raise awareness of Shinerama and CF. 
    • Volunteers will be distributing stickers, pamphlets and goodies at the Walmart Victoria Supercentre at Uptown. 

Wheelchair accessible with gender inclusive washrooms very near to site. 

Gordon Head Recreation Centre (10 positions)

Gordon Head Recreation Centre runs a licensed preschool - Exploring Our World. Each day, the children have time to play in our licensed outdoor play area. Over the years, we have worked hard to create a 'natural' play area - logs for walking on, stumps for jumping/balance, wooden mud kitchen and greenery to add to the aesthetics. We want this play area to be a place that the children take pride in while contributing to their holistic development. It will allow them to explore the natural world, explore with their senses, focus on stimuli and meet active lifestyle targets.

Volunteer responsibilities

    • Volunteers will help renew the natural play area by cleaning, weeding, and installing new elements such as logs and new planter boxes.
This project is not wheelchair accessible. Gender inclusive washroom is available on site.

Greater Victoria Green Team (30 positions)

The Greater Victoria Green Team, part of the national charity Green Teams of Canada, works to restore and conserve the natural environment by engaging volunteers in educational, hands-on activities. The GVGT works with various organizations across the Capital Regional District to conduct habitat restoration activities. Volunteers are taught about ecological restoration, native and invasive plant identification skills and local history.

Volunteer responsibilities

    • Volunteers will work in the beautiful forest at UVic - Mystic Vale - to remove invasive plants, including blackberry and pulling ivy, from the understory of the forest to protect and restore native biodiversity.
    • Instruction, gloves, tools and snacks will be provided.
This project is not wheelchair accessible. Gender inclusive washroom is available near to site.

Habitat Acquisition Trust (25 positions)

Habitat Acquisition Trust (HAT) is a regional land trust that conserves nature on south Vancouver Island. HAT envisions a future where the full array of natural habitats on south Vancouver Island and southern Gulf Islands are healthy and conserved.

Volunteer responsibilities

    • Volunteers will participate in an ecosystem restoration project to remove invasive plants from the Havenwood Park Area in Langford
    • Volunteers will learn about local native plants, ecosystems, plant health and habitat assessment, as well as re-establishing appropriate native species.
    • Volunteers should feel comfortable working in the outdoors and be aware that hazards such as encounters with wildlife and steep terrain may be present.
The project is not wheelchair accessible.

Island Sexual Health (12 positions)

Island Sexual Health Society (ISHS) is a non-profit organization that provides sexual and reproductive health education and clinical care to folks in Greater Victoria and the surrounding area. ISHS serves folks of all ages, genders, abilities and sexual orientations and strives to be a safe and inclusive environment.

As a volunteer at ISHS, you will participate in the redecoration of our board room/community meeting space. We host events throughout the year in this room including (but not limited to) our volunteer orientations, internal meetings, and community events such as our recent Queer Open house. This space is also usable by other community members who are interested in hosting sex-positive, inclusive community events and/or workshops.

Volunteer responsibilities

    • Help with decorating tasks such as painting, re-arranging the space, decorating and finding fun ways to help brighten up the room!
    • Finding ways to ensure our new decorations reflect our openness and inclusivity
    • Volunteers are asked to come with an open-mind and the desire to have a great time working together as a team.
Wheelchair accessible with a gender inclusive washroom on site.

Power to Be (10 positions)

Power To Be is a non-profit organization that empowers people living with a barrier or disability to explore their limitless abilities through inclusive adventures rooted in nature. We believe that everyone belongs in nature and we provide adaptive outdoor recreational activities to connect our participants to nature and adventure. 

Power To Be is currently working with the Nature Trails Society. The Nature Trails Society is a non-profit organization helping to secure and maintain an effective, safe trail system that promotes integrated community recreation, and accommodates all potential users in the region. The Nature Trails Society is creating a comprehensive trail network out at Power To Be’s Prospect Lake wilderness site. Power To Be’s Prospect Lake site creates a sense of place for participants and their families to explore what’s possible while building deeper connections with nature and community.

As a volunteer through the project serve day you will work with Nature Trails Society to help build new trail opportunities for future program use. 

Volunteer responsibilities

    • Work with the Nature Trails Society to help build new trail opportunities for future program use. 
    • Work can range from light duties such as raking and pruning back bushes and/or heavier tasks such as moving large rocks, shoveling and carrying buckets of dirt
    • Enjoy being outside with other volunteers and staff
Wheelchair accessible with gender inclusive washroom on site.

Saanich Parks (20 positions)

Saanich Parks’ Pulling Together volunteer program supports volunteer efforts to remove invasive plants and restore ecosystems. Pulling Together supports community groups working on public lands (primarily right-of-ways and park natural areas) by providing start-up training, ongoing ecological advice, restoration plan guidance, staff and equipment for selected work parties, plant debris removal and annual training and recognition events. 

Volunteer responsibilities

    • Spend the day restoring the beautiful ecosystem of Bow Park! Help remove invasive species such as English Ivy and Himalayan Blackberry. Volunteers are integral to restoration efforts in Saanich, and students who love working outdoors and are interested in plant management will enjoy this placement.
    • Instruction, gloves, tools and snacks will be provided.

This project is not wheelchair accessible.

Saanich Parks and Recreation- Moon Festival Lantern Celebration (14 positions)

As a volunteer with Moon Festival Lantern Celebration, one of Saanich’s most popular community events, you are part of the team that brings this free, family-friendly magical event to life! Moon Festival welcomes people of all ages and cultures to share in an uplifting creative cultural celebration. It features traditional Asian dance and musical performances by community groups, community lantern making, sampling of mooncakes and teas, beautiful outdoor lantern displays and an illuminated twilight community lantern procession and finale through the park.

A popular part of the outdoor activities of Moon Festival is the creation of large-scale labyrinth of lanterns that children and families can walk through during the evening. As a volunteer with the Labyrinth team, you will work with staff to prepare and create the labyrinth! The Labyrinth team also sets up the illuminated performance circle for the grand finale lion dance performance.

Volunteer responsibilities

    • Working as a team, help move materials to the labyrinth site
    • Unpack, test and replenish needed materials to adorn the site
    • Organize, lay out and set up the labyrinth and performance circle
    • Help pack up boxes and supplies on site to prepare for the event
    • Other related event preparation activities as required

This project is not wheelchair accessible. Gender inclusvie washroom available on site. 

Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea (25 positions)

The Salish Sea is an 110,000 sq. km inland sea and coastal watershed of B.C. and Washington State named for its original habitants, the Coast Salish Indigenous peoples, and now home to 8 million people. Known for its keystone animals – the endangered southern resident orca, Pacific salmon and grizzly bear - it is also home to 37 species of marine mammals; 172 bird species; 247 fish species; 3,000 macro-invertebrates; and 500 marine plants. This is truly a place worth caring about and conserving.

Volunteers will participate with the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, a not-for profit aquarium and learning centre, in a beach clean-up along a stretch of shore in Sidney, walking distance from the Centre for the Salish Sea. The clean-up is part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup- a country-wide effort by Ocean Wise and World Wildlife Fund (WWF). So far in 2019, volunteers have carried out 1,672 cleanups and collected 90,858 kg of litter on 3,064 km of Canadian shoreline!

Volunteer responsibilities

    • Will work in pairs or small groups to pick up, record and bag trash along the beach;
    • Will be supplied with gloves and necessary equipment for trash collection;
    • Should bring a refillable water bottle and layered clothing and footwear appropriate for spending several hours outside and on a rocky beach.

This project is not wheelchair accessible. Gender inclusive washroom near to site. 

Soap for Hope (20 positions)

Soap for Hope, a program of Disaster Aid Canada, collects used hygiene amenities and linens from local hotels. These products, which would have ended up in the landfill, are reprocessed to create hygiene kits for our community, including shelters, transitional homes, food banks, schools, senior facilities and Indigenous communities.

Our Caring Community Partner Program provides collection bins to hotels, and once the bins are full, they are collected and reprocessed at our warehouse in Victoria. We are diverting hundreds of thousands of hotel amenities from entering local landfills, provide valuable hygiene donations to over 130 community facilities on Vancouver Island and we send thousands of bars of soap internationally. Our Caring Community Partner Program has over 50 participating hotels in BC and we are constantly growing.

Volunteer responsibilities

    • Volunteers will make a difference by processing local products to give back to local people.
    • You may be sorting soap and shampoo bottles, consolidating used bottles into like product (we do not mix products), emptying and filling bottles, washing bottles or scraping soap bars.
    • We have stations for each process so during your volunteer time you are welcome to try as many tasks as you would like. Come join us for some good clean fun!
Wheelchair accessible with gender inclusive washroom on site.

Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary (12 positions)

Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary is a wild oasis in the heart of the urban landscape and includes two distinct ecosystems: the beautiful marshland of Swan Lake and the rocky, oak-forested highlands of Christmas Hill. Both are home to an incredible array of native plants and wild animals. The sanctuary is a living classroom where education, understanding and appreciation of nature is fostered through direct experiences.

Managed by a non-profit society, this urban refuge provides an exceptional opportunity to bring people and nature together. Maintaining the natural integrity of Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary can be a challenge because of the invasive species that continually “invade” the sanctuary. Volunteers are the backbone of the work being done to keep the invasive species under control.

Volunteer responsibilities

    • Volunteers will carry fencing materials up Christmas Hill (500-600 metres). Using tools and equipment provided by the Sanctuary, they will assemble fencing to protect at risk native habitats and plants.  
    • Volunteers will learn about the flora and fauna that are part of this shrinking Garry Oak environment and gain an understanding of Sanctuary strategies for the ongoing protection and restoration. 
This project is not wheelchair accessible. Gender inclusive washroom is available on site.

Threshold Housing (15 positions)

Threshold Housing Society is committed to creating a safe and stable home environment for our community’s at-risk youth by providing programming, transitional housing, positive role models and constructive supports that help youth navigate the challenges of school, work, and relationships. Threshold aims to steer youth away from adult homelessness by providing them with the supports necessary to be healthy, contributing members of our society.

Volunteer responsibilities

    • Volunteers will work closely with Threshold Housing staff and youth to give the garden of one of Threshold’s homes some love. Volunteers will transform the garden beds, plant herbs/plants in mason jars and create an art piece on one of the fences.
    • This project is perfect for someone who loves to be creative, has a passion for gardening, and enjoys working outdoors.

Victoria Lesbian Senior Care Society (15 positions)

The purpose of the Victoria Lesbian Seniors Care Society is to support the health and social needs of lesbians as we age by ensuring safe, accessible, welcoming spaces for social interaction to build a sense of community through public education and social action.

We are looking for Queer women and non-binary folks to provide individual and small group instruction in the use of various forms of social media such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, texting, etc. on various devices. We hope to assist our members to improve their social media skills with the goal of improving communication and connection within our community.

Volunteer responsibilities

    • Instruct small groups of up to five women on a particular social media platform
    • Answer questions about use of devices brought by members
    • Socialize with the members, share stories
Wheelchair accessible. No gender inclusive washroom available on site.

Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association (20 positions)

The Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association (VTRA) provides more than 140 children and adults with disabilities the chance to participate in horseback riding and stable management lessons. Therapeutic riding has the potential to assist individuals socially, psychologically and physically. With volunteer support, VTRA is able to maintain their facility at a significantly lower cost than would otherwise be possible. This frees up funds to support other aspects of their programs and horse care.

Volunteer responsibilities

    • Volunteers will paint wheelchair and mounting ramps, undertake arena maintenance tasks, rake paddocks, and participate in other farm organization and clean-up duties that are crucial towards continued operation of the VTRA's programs.

This project is not wheelchair accessible. Gender inclusive washrooms are available on site.