Our volunteers are integral to the operation of Victoria Women’s Transition House Society and are active in programs and services, administration and governance.
Volunteer opportunities include:
- In-House Volunteers
- Crisis Line Volunteers
- Special Service Volunteers
- Members of the Board
- Soup Sisters Hosting Volunteers
- Office/Data Base Volunteers
- Events & Booth Volunteers
In-House Volunteer Program
In-House Volunteers support the Shelter, residents and staff. Although In-House Volunteers do not provide counselling for residents and do not always interact directly with the residents, the tasks the volunteers perform support the Shelter in many ways. Volunteers can choose the tasks they would like to help with. Some tasks include housework, cooking, childcare, or sorting donations.
In-House Volunteers at Transition House work one three-hour shift each week. It is preferable that this shift be at a regular time each week, however, we do our best to accommodate everyone’s schedule. We ask that each volunteer commit to at least 100 hours, which takes approximately one year to fulfill.
Crisis Line Volunteer Program
Each year our Crisis Lines receive over 2,000 client related calls. Crisis Line Volunteers are relied upon by the Shelter counselling staff to share in the answering of crisis and client related phone calls. These volunteers respond to calls from women requesting emergency shelter, women needing support and information, as well as people concerned about family and friends living in abusive relationships. These phone calls last anywhere from 10 minutes to one hour.
Crisis Line Volunteers are required to work one four hour shift each week, mostly weekdays and evenings. Each volunteer is asked to take a regular weekly shift. We ask that each volunteer commit to at least 150 hours, which takes approximately one year to fulfill.
Special Service Volunteers
Individuals with a specific interest or skill set to offer are always welcome to work with our volunteer coordinator to develop a unique and meaningful role to contribute to our organization.
Members of the Board
Our Board of Directors is comprised of up to 14 women. Each year the Board conducts a recruitment, interview and selection process to engage candidates for the Board. Board Members are elected at each Annual General Meeting in September and serve two-year terms.
Soup Sisters* Hosting Volunteers
We are looking for friendly, social volunteers with good public speaking skills to host Soup Sisters soup-making participants at London Chef catering in downtown Victoria. You will talk to the group about VWTH and the impact donations have on the women and children we serve. You are at ease in social situations with good listening skills, an ability to make social conversation and to mix and mingle effortlessly with guests. We prefer volunteers who are comfortable speaking one-on-one as well as in a larger group setting.
Office/Data Base Volunteers
This is a detail-oriented, data-focused task for a cautious, methodical volunteer interested in updating our digital files and records. Your task is to ensure completeness of all information and make corrections or updates under supervision. You are highly accurate and are comfortable sitting working solo at a computer station for periods of time. Discretion is essential.
You are a friendly, knowledgeable individual who enjoys talking passionately to the public about the Victoria Women’s Transition House – our programs and services. We need volunteers to periodically host VWTH info tables/booths at local events and conferences, to distribute information on VWTH and to listen to public inquiries and respond appropriately. You are comfortable speaking one-on-one and in small groups and are able to stand for periods of time.