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.
Stockings of Hope Fundraiser 2022
Who Will The Fundraiser Help?
For over 25 years, the Board, Staff and Volunteers of YES have delivered services to vulnerable youth and families across Victoria. This holiday season we are hoping to give youth and families a sense of hope in their futures by raising donations to support our Housing Support Fund which was launched in 2022 as a response to the increasing economic challenges facing vulnerable youth and families. We know that Christmas can be a particularly challenging time for vulnerable youth and families, and we want to make sure that keeping their housing is not something they have to worry about this holiday season. This fund will support youth and families across our services, including the Kiwanis Emergency Youth Shelter, Alliance Club Drop-In and Youth and Family Support Services (among others).
We have already seen this fund make differences in youth and families lives and know that the need for this fund will only increase in 2023.
How Will The Fundraiser Work?
In order to ensure that 100% of the money raised goes towards the Housing Support Fund, we are taking a very simplified approach to this fundraiser. We are hoping to raise $10,000.00 by January 30th, 2023 through online donations, social media posts and word of mouth.
There will be two ways to donate:
- Donations can be made through our Canada Helps page at: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/the-victoria-youth-empowerment-society/ (Simply add the # stockingsofhope in the information box, and we will know that you want your donation to go the Housing Support Fund)
- Donations can also be made directly by cheque to the Victoria Youth Empowerment Society. Individuals can also call the Agency and give credit card information over the phone to our Office Manager.
All donations will receive a tax receipt. (If you have any questions about donating, please reach out to our office manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 250-383-3514.)
Some Information about the Housing Support Fund:
The Victoria Youth Empowerment Society (YES) supports vulnerable youth (ages 12-24) and families to get a variety of needs met. Across all our services, we have seen an increased economic need that is leading to more youth and families unsure how they will eat and have housing. For this reason, YES created the Housing Support Fund in 2022 to offer support to vulnerable youth and families who were experiencing crisis directly linked to their housing situation.
This fund allows YES to support individuals with:
- Emergency Rental Funding (up to three months)
- Bus Passes
- Moving Expenses
- Furniture/home goods
Our goal with this fund is to offset costs for vulnerable youth and families during times of crisis when unforeseen costs can mean the difference between being housed and being homeless. The best part of this fund is that we are not just giving financial support to clients but instead are providing them with counselling and basic need services so that they can keep working towards their goals. We see this fund as an important tool that allows us to help vulnerable youth and families in crisis but we know that on-going support and services are needed for individuals to achieve success.
We know this fund is needed as last year alone:
- 3000 meals/snacks were served in our Alliance Club drop in to vulnerable youth.
- YES programs helped over 150 youth to secure or maintain their housing.
- YES provided basic needs (food, clothing, laundry, showers, and shelter) for over 600 youth.
Cost of living is a huge issue right now, and we have seen the impact it is having on the youth and families we serve, so thank you for taking the time to consider supporting the youth and families of Victoria by donating to this fundraiser.
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 is currently recruiting for its Board of Directors
Applying for Volunteer Position: If you would like to apply for the volunteer position, resumes and cover letters can be sent to our office manager Cammie Salter at email@example.com.
Position Type – Board Member
Current Need: The Victoria Youth Empowerment Society (YES) is currently recruiting three or four skilled individuals to join our volunteer Board of Directors to advise, govern, oversee policy and direction, and assist with the leadership and general promotion of YES so as to support the organization’s mission and needs. YES is looking for people who have some of the following interests/skills: Youth and families, program planning, community recruitment, public relations, legal and/or accounting/finances.
Please click on the link below for more information.
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: 250-383-3514
Mon-Thurs 10:00am-6:00pm Fri: 10:00am-2:00pm
contact our Alliance Club: 250-361-3923