The work we do here at YES would not be possible without the incredible support that we receive.
Volunteers are involved in every facet of the Agency; from the enthusiastic individuals that make our fundraisers possible, to those that supply meals for the Alliance Club, and the volunteers that assist in individual programs. YES values the immense support, commitment, expertise, and above all, the thousands of hours of time these volunteers put forth helping vulnerable youth and their families.
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE:
While we are always accepting monetary donations to help fund our wide range of programming, you can also donate to YES in other ways. Several of our programs and events rely on in-kind donations for their continued success.
For example, every year YES provides over 65 individual youth with presents during the Christmas season. For many of these youth this is the only Christmas they get. Please note that if you wish to donate items for our annual gift giving please contact our office by the second Friday in December.
YES can provide tax receipts for the dollar value of donations for brand new gifts in kind.
While we do accept used items we are unable to provide tax receipts for them. Below are some examples of donations for gifts in kind that we accept year round.
- Warm Jackets
- Men and Women’s clothing
- Blankets/sleeping bags
- Hygiene products
- Bags and Backpacks
- Gifts Cards (call prior to purchase if wanting tax receipt – great for the Christmas Season!)
- Gift Baskets (great for the Christmas season!)
Why volunteer at YES?
Here are some of the reasons our volunteers have given us:
Gain valuable experience
Give something back to the community
Be a positive role model for youth
Learn new skills
Give help where it is needed
Have a unique opportunity to work with vunerable youth age 13-19
YES volunteers come from all walks of life and diverse parts of our community.
Many are either attending College or University studying Social Work, Child and Youth Care or related fields. Volunteering at YES provides opportunities to learn and gain valuable experience while working with caring and capable professionals and our youth clients.
There are many opportunities!
The APPLICATION Process
When a person first inquires about a volunteer position they are given a brief description of our services and of the screening process.
Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age to ensure a minimum of two years separation between clients and volunteers
Volunteers must fill out an application and have a criminal record check completed (bylaw)
Volunteers must participate in a formal interview.
Potential volunteer references are checked
Volunteers are provided with training and orientation and are then scheduled for their first shift with an experienced volunteer and at least one staff person.
If you are over 21 and want to make a difference in your community by becoming involved as a volunteer at YES please call: (250) 383-3514 Monday – Friday 9 – 5pm
SOUPER BOWLS OF HOPE
Souper Bowls is an annual event that brings the community of Greater Victoria together to help fund the much needed YES programs.
Each year the Souper Bowls of Hope attracts 100’s of supporters that are given the opportunity to select a hand crafted bowl, dine on soup prepared by master chefs, listen to local musicians and participate in both live and silent auctions.
Souper Bowls is supported by the talented members of the South Vancouver Island Potter’s Guild who make both ‘take home’ bowls and remarkable other clay creations.
In addition, high school students from 15 local high schools show their concern through the concept of youth helping youth by making imaginative bowls for your enjoyment.
The event is also sponsored by numerous members of the business community.
We would also like to extend our sincere gratitude to all the Victoria business owners, volunteers, and community members who make the annual Souper Bowls of Hope Fundraiser possible.
Without the countless hours and generous donations of these individuals we would be unable to continue to provide quality services to the Greater Victoria community.
Please visit www.souperbowls.com for more information.
One way people can become involved with the Victoria Youth Empowerment Society is by becoming a member.
Why become a member of the
Victoria Youth Empowerment Society?
Membership is one way to show your support for the services offered by YES.
Membership helps create a community whereby youth are provided with opportunities for healthy long term outcomes.
Membership increases public awareness of the Society.
The other benefits
of membership include:
An invitation to the Annual General Meeting.
The right to become or nominate a YES Board Director.
The right to vote at the Annual General Meeting.
Input into the direction of the organization.
Access to program reports.
Membership is $10.00 annually and is tax deductible. Your membership begins once payment has been received.
Cheques can be made payable to the Victoria Youth Empowerment Society or by Visa or MasterCard by phone at 250-383-3514 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
contact our main office
contact our Alliance Club