Places You Can Volunteer in Victoria, BC During COVID-19 (If You Can!)

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During COVID-19, some of us may be feeling restless and helpless and looking for a way we can give back to our community. We've talked before about helping others in need, and one way to make others — and ourselves! — feel great is to volunteer. Unfortunately, some organizations have had to close or reduce their hours. However, there are still a variety of places you can volunteer within Victoria, BC. We've got some excellent resources for whatever may interest you.

 

1. Work With Seniors

There are plenty of seniors who are wary about leaving their house or who are simply unable to. And unfortunately, some services who once were able to help them no longer have enough resources. You can deliver groceries and meals to those in need, do a (socially distanced) porch or phone visit for companionship, or offer cleaning services to seniors in need. And if you feel comfortable, maybe you could help them get to appointments as they may be afraid to use public transit during this time.

Contact local seniors organizations in your area, such as Seniors Serving Seniors, or register with the Safe Seniors, Strong Communities program through BC 211 to be matched with a senior who could use some assistance.

 

2. Work With Children

Many parents are struggling to find childcare these days — especially for kids who have some social or learning limitations. If you have experience working with children, there may be some local organizations with socially distanced outdoor camps running this summer that you can work with. 

You could also help a child with their reading virtually through Victoria Literacy Connection. Or simply be a companion to a young person who needs someone to talk with through an organization like Big Brothers Big Sisters Victoria

3. Work With Animals

Unfortunately, there have been people who had to move during this time and weren't able to take their animal(s) with them. Many animal organizations throughout Victoria rescue, care for, and adopt out pets. Although there may be some restrictions right now, see if you can help by playing with, helping feed, or grooming the animals. And maybe consider fostering a few of these animals to free up some needed space in the shelters. Some incredible animal organizations in Victoria include The Farm RescueGreater Victoria Animal CrusadersBroken Promises RescueVictoria Humane Society, and Cat's Cradle.

And these charities are always looking for ways to fundraise — which leads us to our next opportunity to help…

 

4. Endorse Online Events

There are many significant charity events every year that involve walking, running, or biking through Victoria's beautiful streets and parks. But sadly, most of this year's events have been cancelled, leaving organizers scrambling to come up with other ways to raise much-needed funds. Many events have now gone online — utilizing local talent and different ways to fundraise online. If you have a cause that you'd love to support, contact them to ask if you can help raise awareness online. If possible, head to Volunteer BC or Volunteer Canada to find a match with someone who needs your help. This way, you may be able to help out with virtual vents not just in Victoria but anywhere.

 

5. Help Out at Charity Events

Now that some things have started opening up, some in-person events are beginning to happen around town. Some organizations offer yoga, stand-up comedy, or other events in the park for a small fee that goes to a local charity. Chances are these organizations could use your help in setting up these events by marking out social distance circles and helping people feel safe. Here's a list of some upcoming charity events in Victoria for ideas. Contact your favourite organizations or charities to see if they have any events planned or try Volunteer Victoria to see if they know of any.

 

At the Garman Group, we love to help our community. We're so pleased that there are so many great organizations in Victoria where we can give back and help the people who live in our city.