Service Opportunities – September 13

Our very own Kevin Zhang is playing a fundraising concert, “Music For Life”, in support of the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. It is a SOLD OUT event and they need about five volunteers this Sunday (September 16) from 1 until 4 p.m. The concert is taking place at the University of Victoria – Phillip T. Young Recital Hall.

Volunteers will be helping with setting up the donation tables and silent auction, greeting audience members, helping with ticket collection, admission, and with donation forms. Please email [email protected] if you are able to help.


100 Women Victoria is looking for two girls, in Grade 8 and above, to volunteer at their meetings. They are held at the Belfry Theatre in Fernwood. More than 100 women come for one hour to hear about three local charities. One charity is selected that evening and they receive up to $27,000 dollars. It is an inspirational evening! Volunteers will hand out name tags, collect ballots, count ballots, and then collect name tags.

The dates and times are:
Monday, December 10, 2018 from 5:15 to 8:30 p.m.
Monday March 4, 2019 from 5:15 to 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 6, 2019 from 5:15 to 8:30 p.m.

Please email Marnie Hare at [email protected] if you are interested.


Heritage Acres Family Event hosted by VIME (Vancouver Island Model Engineer Society) is presenting a Family Friendly Halloween Event, “The Pumpkin Express”. Event dates are October 19, 20, and 21, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

This event relies completely on volunteers from start to finish. They are looking for mature students that are interested in helping with the preparation for this event (building scarecrows, decorating the forest areas the train runs through, etc.) as well as volunteering during the event with supervision of craft tables, train track crossings, pumpkin carvings, haunted story walks, a scavenger hunt in the grave yard, and face painting.

The first opportunity to volunteer is happening soon! There is a scarecrow-building work party Saturday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Historical Society/VIME grounds on Lochside Drive.

During the event weekend (October 19, 20 and 21) they are looking to schedule volunteers into time slots with different activities.

If you are interested please contact Diana at [email protected]. Please make the subject line “Pumpkin Express Volunteer”.


The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon is looking for volunteers for the Thanksgiving Weekend (October 5 – 7). About 10,000 people participate in this event – runners, children and volunteers. They look forward to your assistance in making it amazing! Please note this event is on the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend.

If you are interested you can sign up directly online. There are a variety of opportunities available.


The Cridge Village Seniors’ Centre is running another long-term project this year: Cyber Seniors! This is a program that matches youth with seniors to explore technology (Instagram, FaceTime, email, YouTube, iPads, surfing the web, etc). Watch this trailer about the program (it is really good!).

Here is what they learned from the last session: Beyond the value in mentoring for the students and gaining skills for the seniors over the past school year, students and seniors benefited from an hour of “technology guiding” and “relationship development”. Students assisted seniors with barriers to technology, helped navigate questions, interests and cyber security, explaining their natural knowledge of the wired world. In turn students gained experience developing a relationship with a person often seven or eight decades older than themselves and a new perspective on what someone in their 80s or 90s is interested in and can do, and the challenges they may face!

Orientation on Tuesday, October 2 from 3:45 to 5 p.m.
Volunteering on Tuesdays, 3:45–4:45 p.m. from Oct. 9 – Dec. 18 (11 Sessions)
Volunteering Tuesdays, 3:45–4:45 p.m. from Feb 5 – March 12 (6 Sessions)
Volunteering Tuesdays, 3:45–4:45 p.m. from April 2 – May 21 (8 Sessions)
Finale Party: Tuesday, May 28 from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m.

The Cridge Village Seniors’ Centre is located close to the school at 1307 Hillside Ave. Contact Alison if you are interested or need more information at [email protected].


Women in Need is a local organization that runs thrift stores that sell clothes and household goods. The proceeds go to programs that help women and families in Victoria. They need help at their stores, as well as at the warehouse and donation centre. They are flexible with shifts and hours, and want to work to find something that fits in with your schedule.

If you have any questions or need more information please contact Michelle at 250-480-4006 ext. 205 or you can apply online at womeninneed.ca/volunteer.


Pumpkin photo courtesy of grfx Playground | Flickr Creative Commons

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