It makes our day when we can connect people in our community with volunteer help – not to mention connecting volunteers with satisfying opportunities to help people!
To find out more about the following volunteer opportunities and services, please call 250-656-5537 (ext. 118); firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are just some of the volunteer services we can connect you with:
A wide variety of volunteer positions help Beacon Community Services’ 7 thrift shops raise funds for programs that help people in our community. Shops are in Brentwood Bay, Sidney and Victoria. Volunteer positions are dedicated to serving customers, sorting and pricing items, running cash registers, setting up displays, and doing the many other tasks needed to keep a busy retail environment in tip top shape.
Volunteers regularly visit seniors who are on their own and feeling isolated. Regular visits are generally 1 or 2 hours per week, and provide an opportunity to do hobbies, play board games or cards, go on short walks, or participate in other mutually enjoyable activities. Occasionally, a visit may include driving on an outing.
Volunteers drive Peninsula patients to medical appointments, improving access to medical treatment and helping reduce patients’ stress. At least one week’s notice is required for a drive, although we do our best to find drivers for emergency cases when possible. Volunteers also coordinate the drives (please see Drive Desk Intake and Scheduler).
Friendly, caring volunteers brighten up Beacon’s Assisted Living and Licensed Care Homes by sharing their musical talents, helping residents with crafts or other activities, playing games, assisting with pet therapy, and a variety of other activities.
Volunteers who like to walk and talk are matched up to provide companionship to somebody who would otherwise be on his/her own.
Knowledgeable volunteers help seniors learn to use their laptop, tablet, or other computer devices. Twice a week, drop-in sessions are held at Sidney’s SHOAL Centre so seniors can bring their devices, and their questions, to the volunteer. If you’d like help learning about computers in a friendly, encouraging, welcoming environment, take a look at the Drop-in Schedule.
Volunteer schedulers pair up volunteer drivers and Peninsula patients who need to get to medical appointments. Good coordination skills and a pleasant phone personality are greatly desired. If you’re a patient and want to book a medical drive, please remember that at least a week’s notice is needed (though we’ll do our best to accommodate emergency cases, if possible).
Volunteer handy people lend their skills and talents to complete small home repairs for those who can’t afford professional services. Clients cover the cost of supplies but the labour is free.
Friendly volunteers are trained through the Canada Revenue Agency’s volunteer tax program so they can help prepare simple tax returns for those with a limited income. They often help people access rebates and other tax benefits which might otherwise get overlooked.
Friendly, organized volunteers staff the SHOAL Centre reception desk and serve as an information hub to answer public queries over the phone and in person. An abundance of written material is available at SHOAL; this supplements volunteers’ personal knowledge base, so community members can get accurate information on a variety of topics and community resources.
Volunteers are trained in restorative justice principles and practices so they can facilitate formal meetings between victims and offenders who could be charged with minor Criminal Code offences. The meetings aim to repair harm caused to the victim and/or community, provide restitution to the person harmed, and restore relationships. The program operates under the guidelines of the Ministry of Public Safety and the Solicitor General.
If you’re a victim of crime and think you might be interested in this option, please talk with your contact at the police department or Crown Counsel’s office to see if they think it would be suitable for your case.
Sometimes, people just need to hear a friendly voice at the end of the line. Through the Reassurance Phone Call program, Beacon volunteers offer that on a daily or weekly basis, by request. This service provides members of our community with a friendly, regular contact and a valuable check on their safety.
Trained seniors provide non-judgmental listening, emotional support, and empathy to seniors who are coping with loss, lifestyle changes, or loneliness. Services are confidential and caring.
The SHOAL Centre is a lively, engaging place that greatly relies on friendly volunteers. Volunteers share their time and talents running the tuck shop, staffing the reception desk, providing entertainment and help to Assisted Living residents, supporting our annual craft fair and bake sale – and more! Give us a call to find out how we can put your helping hands to work at this special venue.
Calm, knowledgeable volunteers help members of our community research and navigate challenging situations. Assistance might include help filling out forms to access government or community services, suggesting ways to reduce financial debt, or linking people to other agencies or supports that are appropriate to their particular situation.
Caring, energetic volunteers assist clients with children through some of Beacon Community Services’ Child, Youth & Family programs. There’s a long list of programs to choose from! You might apply your skills and talents to helping families at Jeneece Place, supporting our Peninsula or Saltspring Island Best Babies programs or Peninsula Connections for Early Childhood committee, collecting and sorting books for our 1000 x 5 Children’s Book Program… and more!
This unique program matches students aged 14-18 with Peninsula people or business who need quick, affordable help with paid odd jobs such as gardening, babysitting, painting, pet care (and more). On a volunteer basis, the youth also help with community events and special functions. They’re also eligible to participate in workshops and earn certificates to support future learning and employment goals. For more information visit the Employment Services and Training Supports program page.