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Services & Programs

SVSS has provided one-to-one, direct volunteer services to Saanich residents for over 30 years. If you would like to access any of these services, please contact us by calling (250) 595-8008

COVID-19 Protocol:
SVSS is following all mandated protocols and doing our best to keep our community safe. As such, our services will continue to be adjusted to fit safety requirements

Volunteer Services

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Appointment Drives

Volunteers provide drives to medical and other appointments in the Greater Victoria area. We can accommodate walkers. Clients who use wheel chairs must be able to transfer independently.

COVID-19: Our volunteer drivers take every precaution to ensure your safety

Services
Medical Drives
Income Tax Filing
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SVSS does income tax returns year-round for eligible clients having a simple tax return.

 

To ensure the health and safety of both clients and volunteers, SVSS  continues to provide virtual income tax clinics by phone or video conference if clients choose this option.  We also have in person tax clinics starting after February 20 in 2024. Please call our office to learn more.

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Friendship Calls

Our volunteers provide telephone calls to chat with clients about past and current events, family, hobbies, or other subjects of mutual interest.

Friendship Calls
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Grocery Shopping & Delivery is Suspended

Due to a need for more volunteers, this program is suspended for new clients. When we have more volunteers available we will update this description. If you would like to volunteer as a shopping assistance person, please contact Caroline, our coordinator of volunteers, we would love to hear from you.

Food Services
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Prepared Meal Delivery

Volunteer drivers deliver prepared meals to eligible clients weekly.

COVID-19: Our volunteer drivers take every precaution to ensure your safety

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Food Bank Hamper & Delivery

Volunteer drivers pick up food hampers from local food banks and deliver to clients weekly.

COVID-19: Our volunteer drivers take every precaution to ensure your safety

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Minor Home Repair

Replacing out-of-reach light bulbs, putting up or taking down curtain rods, fixing a leaky tap or stuck door/drawer, are just an example of some of the jobs our Saanich Volunteers do to help clients. We accept minor, small repairs and refer clients if a professional is required.

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Garden & Yard Work

Pulling weeds, doing minor pruning, or tidying up the yard are all ways Saanich Volunteers help their neighbours. Clients provide the gardening tools when possible.

COVID-19 Update: Our volunteers are currently only able to provide support for exterior and contactless services

Community Programs

Programs
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Grocery Shopping Bus

Grocery bus outings offer an opportunity to go shopping with a dedicated bus and bus driver to pick up and drop off clients directly at home, together with volunteer assistance on the bus and at the shopping centre.

 

An added bonus is the group social, complete with refreshments, before heading home and receiving help bringing in your groceries.

Better At Home

In partnership with United Way Victoria, SVSS helps clients access support through Better At Home, a program that provides adults over 65 years with non-medical needs such as light housekeeping and other volunteer services.

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On The Go Again

On The Go Again is restarting and returns with an array of current topics around financial interests. It will be a program offering guest presenters or entertainers, healthy refreshments and time for socializing with friends old and new. Stay tuned for a program calendar.

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Macular Degeneration Support Group

 

The Macular Degeneration Support Group meets monthly and offers visually impaired clients an opportunity to enjoy guest presentations, refreshments and socializing.

 

All Covid 19 protocols are followed for this group and please contact us if you are interested in attending.

Community Information & Referral

SVSS staff can provide information or refer people to other community services, including how to apply for the Better At Home light housekeeping program and handyDART services.

Other Events

Saanich Volunteer Services believes in the importance of community and participates in local events where we can connect with community partners, and people who may need our services or wish to join our team.

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