“Volunteering is the most fundamental act of citizenship and philanthropy in our society. It is offering time, energy and skills of one’s own free will. It is an extension of being a good neighbour, transforming a collection of houses into a community, as people become involved in the improvement of their surroundings and choose to help others. By caring and contributing to change, volunteers decrease suffering and disparity, while they gain skills, self-esteem, and change their lives. People work to improve the lives of their neighbours and, in return, enhance their own.”
(Making a Case for Volunteer Centres, Volunteer Ontario, 1996.)
Volunteers come from all walks of life, cultural groups and economic backgrounds. Participating in the service of others can provide you with the opportunity to learn new skills, make new friends, explore a new career, contribute to your community and support a cause you believe in.
Volunteering at BeConnected is flexible and can be tailored to fit any schedule or lifestyle. You could volunteer once at a big BeConnected event, or regularly, supporting an individual to access their recreation centre, or to assist with our monthly self advocacy group. Please contact Meghan Stelp with inquiries related to volunteering.
BeConnected offers practicum placements to students in various programs including Camosun’s Community Support and Education Assistant , Child & Youth Care, and Social Work programs as well as UVic’s School of Public Health and Social Policy and other related human service fields.
Please contact Kristen Kay with inquiries related to practicum.