Service Opportunities – October 10

Soap for Hope needs help in their warehouse, making kits and organizing donations.

The Soap for Hope program provides hygiene kits to local shelters, transitional homes, food banks and low income seniors in many communities on Vancouver Island. They do this by working with hotels to gather their gently used amenities. Volunteers then reprocess these usable products to create hygiene kits. Each kit contains a bar of soap, an individual sized bottle of shampoo, conditioner, body wash and body lotion. They are having a session on Thursday, October 24 from 6 pm to 8 pm. They can also work with you to find other times for you to volunteer.

If you are interested, please email [email protected] or call 250-590-1462.


The Bateman Foundation is in search of volunteers for the Gallery of Nature. They need help every day of the week, any time from 10 am to 5 pm. They have multiple volunteer positions available and are looking for enthusiastic volunteers.

If you are interested, please visit their website or email [email protected].


The Global Village Store is looking for people ages 16 and up to work in their retail store downtown. Volunteering at Victoria Global Village Store provides an opportunity for you to support people making fair trade items. Fair trade provides dignity, a fair living, maintaining traditional customs, and education. Make friends, enjoy the friendly environment and greet customers while supporting folks in the community and around the world. The atmosphere is relaxed and warm, filled with beautiful handmade crafts.

Volunteers help the Victoria Global Village Store by:
• creating a warm and welcoming environment for customers
• greeting customers and provide them with information about Fair Trade and the Global Village Store
• answering questions regarding the merchandise and the producers
• assisting customers in finding suitable products
• general tidying and cleaning (sweeping and dusting) in the store when required
• stocking shelves
• operating the cash register to process sales, make change and handle cash
• operating a debit machine to process sales
• pricing stock
• counting float
• conducting bank deposits
• opening and closing the store
• answering the phone.

Generally you work with one or two other volunteers at the downtown retail site. Shifts are:
Monday to Saturday, 9:45 am to 2:00 pm
Monday to Saturday, 1:45-5:15 pm
Sunday, 11:45 am to 4:15 pm

For more information, contact Suzann Albion at 250-388-5591 or email [email protected].


Volunteers are important partners in the Greater Victoria Public Library’s goal to build community and support literacy and lifelong learning for all.

GVPL aims to offer volunteers of all ages meaningful ways to engage with the library and support the community. They are taking applications for various programs, please visit their website to see more.


Every year volunteers at the Royal BC Museum contribute more than 46,000 hours of time! They are always looking for help leading school programs, assisting visitors in retail operations and coat check area, engaging and leading through their learning programs, acting as hosts and ambassadors, and supporting the museum and archives collections and research areas.

For more information, visit their website or contact Holli Hodgson at 250-387-7902 or [email protected].


The 11th annual Gingerbread Showcase, Habitat for Humanity Victoria’s annual fundraiser, is fast approaching and they need your help hosting the many visitors that come out to view and vote for their favourite creation. The Parkside Hotel will once again be hosting the event in their beautiful atrium.

Local professional and home chefs are building imaginative gingerbread creations, all in support of Habitat Victoria. The show runs daily from 9 am to 9 pm from Saturday, November 16 through Sunday, January 5. Shifts are only 3 hours long with up to two ambassadors per shift. Sign up for as many and you like – preferably with a friend!

You can sign up for shifts online or get more information by emailing [email protected].


The District of Saanich is hosting their annual Deck the Hall event on Saturday, December 7. They need volunteers for a variety of tasks including arts and crafts helper (14 or older), children’s concert assistant (16 or older) and Santa’s photo booth helper (16 or older). This is an evening event.

For more information, please visit their website, or contact Gaileen Flaman at [email protected] or at 250-475-5502.

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