Saanich Neighbourhood Place was established in 1993 as a non-judgmental place for families and individuals to go for support. Recognizing the diverse nature and needs of the community, the organization strives to provide activities, services and programs able to support anyone who needs them. Programs include Ready to Rent B.C., which helps participants improve their chances of getting proper housing, and Best Babies, a prenatal nutrition program, among many others. Every year, Saanich Neighbourhood Place provides Christmas hampers to families in need. Currently, they seek a volunteer to co-ordinate donors and recipients, a task that involves organizing the donations, delivering the hampers, and other related tasks. The co-ordinator can start immediately with a few hours of work per week; the hours will increase up until the hampers are delivered. If you want to be a jolly volunteer Santa Claus this year, Saanich Neighbourhood Place wants to hear from you. Call 250-360-1148.

Want to Volunteer? These and many other opportunities are available at www.VolunteerVictoria.bc.ca or by calling 250-386-2269.

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Newsletter co-ordinator: Victoria Community Resource Society - Twin Oaks would like to start up a quarterly newsletter and seeks a volunteer able to help set up a template. Newsletter setup is a short-term role, but the volunteer may continue volunteering. Call 250-658-4931. Nutrition volunteers: Victoria Area Parole seeks nutrition/cooking volunteers able to teach basic skills to residents in a federal halfway house. Commitment is twice per month from 6-8 pm, including some prep time. Mentors and recreation volunteers also needed. Call 250-363-0105.

Youth Council: United Way of Greater Victoria needs youth volunteers to join the YouthNOW Advisory Council, which makes funding recommendations, plans annual learning events and more. Commitment is one year, with a two-hour meeting each month (except July-August) plus prep/planning time, about 30-40 hours per year. Call 250-220-7359.

Abkhazi Garden volunteers: The Land Conservancy seeks a variety of volunteers at beautiful Abkhazi Garden, including restaurant hostesses, garden stewards and gate greeters. Most roles involve a weekly three-hour shift and training is provided. Call 250-598-8096.

Programmer: The REES Program, under the direction of the Victoria Cool Aid Society, seeks a programmer to develop a tool to help track the number of clients coming through their doors and the services they use. Programmers with Java/PHP/MySQL experience are encouraged to apply. Call 250-595-8619.

Driver: Saanich Volunteer Services seeks a volunteer to drive clients to and from various appointments. Commitment is once or twice per week, or as often as you wish on weekdays between 9 am and 4 pm. Call 250-595-8008.

Animal Care: B.C. SPCA Wild ARC seeks volunteers who love wildlife. Those interested in animal care or helping animals from a distance by cooking and cleaning are encouraged to apply for February 2013 recruiting. Commitment is one four-hour shift/week for six months. Call 250-478-9453.

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