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October 2015

Issue No. 32| October 5, 2015
 

In this Issue:

  • Welcome to our newest members
  • Skill Building Opportunities for Local Volunteers
  • Grand Cook Off II - Collaborative Fundraiser
  • SRVC attending at Volunteer Victoria's 'Volunteer Recruitment Fair'
  • Applications Accepted for Community to Community Forums
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  • Funding Announcements - from Volunteer Victoria
  • National Volunteer Week 2016 - April 10th - 16th
  • Job Opportunities

 

Welcome to our newest Members:

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Skill Building Opportunities for Local Volunteers

Whether you are already a volunteer, considering volunteering, or even just plain curious, check out the local training being offered under the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre’s “Recruit, Retain and Retrain” project. 

Free ‘Lunch and Learn’ opportunities means this training fits everyone’s budget.  Discounts are offered to Volunteer Centre members, with further discounts when 2 or more volunteers from a non-profit organization register for the same workshop.  Travel subsidies are available for residents from Beecher Bay to Port Renfrew who are travelling 20 Km or more.  If there is enough interest we will bring training to the regional communities.

    READ MORE   

Check out our website for full details:

Sept. 15th (2hrs) - Board Governance 101 - Cancelled

September 22nd (1 hr) - Lunch & Learn: Changing Dynamics of Volunteering - Complete

September 23rd (2 hrs) - Types of Grants - Cancelled

September 29th (2 hrs) - Board Accountability

October 6th (1 hr) - Lunch & Learn: Team Building with Wii - NEW

October 7th (2 hrs) - Planning and Budgeting

October 13th (2 hrs) - Board Spheres & Responsibilities

October 20th (1 hr) - Lunch & Learn: Volunteer Management Overview

October 21st (2 hrs) - Finding Grants

October 27th (2 hrs) - Generative Boards: What is it we really do?

November 3rd (1 hrs) - Lunch & Learn: Getting your word out through Newsletters

November 4th (2 hrs) - Social Media for Non-Profits

November 7th (4 hrs) - Messaging & Engaging Recruits

November 10th (2 hrs) - Effective Meetings

November 17th (1 hr) - Self Advocacy  NEW

November 20th (2 hrs) - Intro to Delegating Effectively

December 1st (1 hr)  - Lunch & Learn: Silent Communcation  NEW

December 15th (1 hr) - Lunch & Learn: Wii Play NEW

January 15th (4 hr) - From Surviving to Thriving NEW

 

How to Apply for a Rotary Club of Sooke Grant

The Rotary Club of Sooke is always on the look-out for community projects in need of support.  If you wish to request funding, the next deadline for application is coming up — October 15. After that, the next deadlines are January 15 and May 15.

All of our Club’s fundraising efforts work towards pooling resources to help with these kinds of worthy endeavours in our community. We are grateful for the continuing support of local individuals and businesses, in helping us to help Sooke!

Contact: Bruce MacMillan, Co-Chair, Community Service Committee, Rotary Club of Sooke
bruce@sookehomes.com - 250-642-6987

Click here to view a list of recent projects supported and a link to the application form.

 

Grand Cook Off II - Collaborative Fundraiser

 

 

SRVC @ Volunteer Victoria's 'Volunteer Recruitment Fair'

Sooke Region Volunteer Centre hosted a booth at the annual Volunteer Recruitment Fair organized by Volunteer Victoria and the University of Victoria on Thursday, October 1st, 2015. 

"We have to aims when attending this event." says Marlene Barry, Volunteer Centre Coordinator, "The first is to showcase volunteer opportunities in the area we define as the Sooke region, from Beecher Bay to Port Renfrew.  The second is to learn from the success this event so we can make the 5th Annual Sooke Region Volunteer & Non-Profit Fair a bigger and even more successful event.

The annual Sooke Region Volunteer and Non-Profit Fair is held in conjunction with National Volunteer Week 2016 - April 10th - 16th.  The fifth annual event will be held Saturday, April 9th, 2016. 
Please put it on your calendar now.  We acknowledge that we got started with organizing a bit late last year and have learned lessons from that.  We are gearing up now. 

The event is free for SRVC member organizations and also free for the public to attend.  Fee free to share your ideas, challenges and successes with us.  Member input is essential for us to effectively work on your behalf.

Contact Marlene at sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com or drop by the office to talk with one of our team members.

 

 

 



 

 

 

 


 

 
 
 
 
 

National Volunteer Week 2016 - April 10th - 16th
5th Annual Sooke Region Volunteer and Non-Profit Fair
will be held Saturday, April 9th, 2016. 
Please put it on your calendar now so we can make this the biggest and best event ever.

 

Job Opportunities

The Community Connections Newsletter is an information source for all things volunteer and non-profit.  We obtain most of our information on jobs in the non-profit sector from information received from Volunteer Victoria.  These jobs could be anywhere in the lower island.  For Sooke jobs, though not necessarily in the non-profit sector, we recommend SookePocketNews as the widest source of local job information we have seen compiled.
 
 
 
 
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Planning and Budgeting

Non profit organizations are often asked to account for our funding to a wide range of stakeholders - most of whom have different reporting needs and deadlines. Learn more about how professional grant writers plan and build their budgets to make reporting and accounting less stressful and more efficient and effective.

When: October 7th 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Where: Sooke Child, Youth & Family Centre, 6672 Wadams Way, Sooke

Issue No. 33| October 18, 2015
 

In this Issue:

  • SRVC meeting Wed. Oct. 21st
  • Recipe for Volunteer Magic
  • Skill Building Opportunities for Local Volunteers
  • Fundraising Opportunity
  • Please Vote Daily to Support Sooke Family Resource Society's Bid
  • How to Apply for a Rotary Club of Sooke Grant
  • Grand Cook Off II - Collaborative Fundraiser
  • Update on Volunteer Victoria's 'Volunteer Recruitment Fair'
  • EMCSS Annual General Meeting
  • How to Find Superstar Volunteers For Your Next Event
  • National Volunteer Week 2016 - April 10th - 16th
  • Job Opportunities

 

Come Tell Us What You Need - SRVC mtg. Wed. Oct. 21st 5:30 - 7:30

Would you like to see more organizations work together, share resources and ideas?  We are here to help coordinate and support exactly that.  Our next meeting is this Wednesday, October 21st from 5:30 - 7:30 at the Sooke Family Centre, 6672 Wadams Way.  Come tell us your ideas and what you need to really for your next project.  Registration not necessary, just walk in the door and join us.  Whether you represent an organization or not, you will be made welcome.

 

Recipe for Volunteer Magic

By Holly (Vancouver Improve Theatre) & Marlene (Sooke Region Volunteer Centre)

 

 

  • 2 or more heaping handfuls of like-minded people
  • 1 sharing disposition for each person in the mix
  • 1 dose great organization
  • 1 dozen inspirational presenters
  • 1 dash stated intentions
  • 1 large pinch serendipity
  • 1 dose apiece of good timing and luck
  • (optional:  Draw prizes for extra seasoning)

Start with one very large room and stir in the remaining ingredients.  What the magic start to happen! 

(Caution: Results may vary.  Watch for delayed and unexpected reactions to occur any time in the next 12 months, anywhere across British Columbia. Results.  Results may compound as well.)

We were inspired to write this recipe based on some magic that happened in the last minutes of the 2015 Volunteer Futures conference.  We met in the ‘Digital Storytelling’ workshop.  Before it started we chatted and found we had 100 Mile House in common.  What transpired is that Marlene was heading up there right after the conference, as soon as the prizes were drawn.  Holly was going to dash out the moment the workshop was over to catch a bus and train to Mission.  Holly wouldn’t be able to stay for the prize draws.  As she was going that way, Marlene offered Holly a ride, which enabled her to stay for the draw as well as saving Holly time and money.  Marlene gained by not being alone for the whole trip. 

When the prizes were announced Holly said “I would like the Langara Certificate.”  Marlene couldn’t use that one but said “I would like the Volunteer Conference Certificate.”  The long and short of it is that Holly won both gift certificates and gave the conference one to Marlene for enabling her to be there for the draw, and for the ride. 

These two ladies, who had never met until the last 15 minutes of the event, drove off away from the sunset together, happy, inspired and richer in many ways.

 

Skill Building Opportunities for Local Volunteers

Whether you are already a volunteer, considering volunteering, or even just plain curious, check out the local training being offered under the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre’s “Recruit, Retain and Retrain” project. 

Free ‘Lunch and Learn’ opportunities means this training fits everyone’s budget.  Discounts are offered to Volunteer Centre members, with further discounts when 2 or more volunteers from a non-profit organization register for the same workshop.  Travel subsidies are available for residents from Beecher Bay to Port Renfrew who are travelling 20 Km or more.  If there is enough interest we will bring training to the regional communities.

Despite conducting a survey and gathering other input on topics of interest, only the free Lunch & Learn workshops, and the custom Board Governance 101 for one organization, have run.  Please talk to us.  Tell us what we are missing.

    READ MORE   

Check out our website for full details:

October 6th (1 hr) - Lunch & Learn: Team Building with Wii - Success!

October 13th (2 hrs) - Board Spheres & Responsibilities - Cancelled

October 20th (1 hr) - Lunch & Learn: Volunteer Management Overview

October 21st (2 hrs) - Finding Grants - Cancelled

October 27th (2 hrs) - Generative Boards: What is it we really do?

October 7th (2 hrs) - Planning and Budgeting for Non-Profits - New Date

November 3rd (1 hrs) - Lunch & Learn: Getting your word out through Newsletters

November 4th (2 hrs) - Social Media for Non-Profits

November 7th (4 hrs) - Messaging & Engaging Recruits

November 10th (2 hrs) - Effective Meetings

November 17th (1 hr) -  Lunch & Learn: Self Advocacy  NEW

November 24th (2 hrs) - Intro to Delegating Effectively

December 1st (1 hr)  - Lunch & Learn: Silent Communcation  NEW

December 8th (2 hr) - Changes to the BC Societies Act - Will affect all Societies.

December 15th (1 hr) - Lunch & Learn: Wii Play-  NEW

January 5th (1 hr) - Lunch & Learn: More Team Building with WiiU - New

January 16th (4 hr) - From Surviving to Thriving - NEW

January 19th (1 hr) - TBD

February 23rd (2 hrs) - Strategic Planning with Dr. Rhordon Wikkramatilekem - NEW

 

Fundraising Opportunity for Local Non Profit Organizations

The Sooke Community Choir is preparing for their Christmas Concerts and are looking for groups to run concessions at their events.  SRVC has done this, and will likely do one of these dates.  We found that even with buying most of the goodies we made approximately $175 for one evening in which 3 of our volunteers got to enjoy the concert for free. If you make all purchases by donation, as we did, two people could handle this once it is set up.  All of the concerts will be upstairs in the community hall.  If you are looking for a fundraising opportunity here are the dates:

  • Sunday, December 6th 2:00 p.m. (concert start time - add 1 hour for set up)
  • Friday, December 11th - 8:00 p.m. (concert start time - add 1 hour for set up)
  • Saturday, December 12th - 2:00 p.m. (concert start time - add 1 hour for set up)
  • Sunday, December 13th - 2:00 p.m. (concert start time - add 1 hour for set up)

For more information and to sign-up for one or more dates please contact Hildegard Burkart 250-642-5525 or hburkart@shaw.ca

Please Vote Daily to Support Sooke Family Resource Society's Bid

Dear Friends of Sooke Family Resource Society

In September, with the support of a number of wonderful volunteers, SFRS created a video to promote a new social enterprise in Sooke.  The enterprise is a community thrift shop that promotes environmental and community sustainability, while raising funds for the SFRS—the main non-profit that provides services to local families, children and youth.

The video has been selected as one of 15 semi-finalists in an annual provincial competition sponsored by BC Hydro. As a semi-finalist, our video has a 3-in-1 chance of winning a $10,000 prize (five cash prizes will be awarded). This kind of money would go a long way in helping the society underwrite start-up costs for our new store, assist families and promote sustainable living.

You are receiving this email because you have supported SFRS in the past, or you are actively engaged with SFRS in providing services.  I invite you to click on the link below, which should open the BC Hydro video contest page. Please enjoy the video (just 3 minutes), and select the “Vote” button on the same video page. Everyone is permitted to vote once a day, so keep the link handy to vote daily between Oct 15 and November 30.

Here’s the link: https://champions.bchydro.com/entries/view/sfrs

Thank you for supporting the Sooke Family Resource Society in this way. Please forward this email and spread the word through your social media contacts to other folks who might wish to see the video and support SFRS.  

Here’s wishing for a WIN-WIN!

With sincere appreciation,

Nicky Logins, Executive Director,

Sooke Family Resource Society

 

How to Apply for a Rotary Club of Sooke Grant

The Rotary Club of Sooke is always on the look-out for community projects in need of support.  If you wish to request funding, the next deadline for application is coming up — October 15. After that, the next deadlines are January 15 and May 15.

All of our Club’s fundraising efforts work towards pooling resources to help with these kinds of worthy endeavours in our community. We are grateful for the continuing support of local individuals and businesses, in helping us to help Sooke!

Contact: Bruce MacMillan, Co-Chair, Community Service Committee, Rotary Club of Sooke
bruce@sookehomes.com - 250-642-6987

Click here to view a list of recent projects supported and a link to the application form.

 

Grand Cook Off II - Collaborative Fundraiser

We found out at 9:00 on the evening before the event that we would be engaging with 18 young and enthusiastic international University of Victoria students.  This is more than we had organized to keep busy, so some juggling and creativity had to come into play.  We did it and everyone had fun!

Our local volunteers got things set up and started from 10:00 to 12:00 and then the work really began once the students arrived.  Together we produced the following and more:

  • Jams, jellies & dessert sauces (strawberry, blackberry, mango, blueberry & black elderberry)
  • Bean soup in quart (8-10 servings) and pints (4-5 servings)
  • Lentil and Rice soup in quarts
  • Small batch cookies in a jar (pints 8-10 cookies) with M&Ms, Smarties, Skittles, or Chocolate Chips
  • Quart cookies in a jar (makes 2 dozen) oatmeal, chocolate chip and oatmeal, raisin, walnuts, chocolate chip)

These make great gifts and are already decorated and labeled.  Most of the quarts are in antique jars.

Many thanks to Johanne, Quinlan, Gail Y., Gail P., Gill K., Sheila N., Marilyn M., Anne C., or local volunteers who were instrumental in making this work party shine.  A warm thank you goes out to Pam, an amazing 90 year old, dynamic lady who donated most of the jars we used, including dozens of antique canning jars with glass lids!  What a find and what a savings!

We now have the task of selling all the product.  In our spare time, we are still tagging and pricing so stay tuned.  Net proceeds will be shared proportionately between Royal Canadian Legion Br. #54 and SRVC.

 

Update on Volunteer Victoria's 'Volunteer Recruitment Fair'

On October 1st, 2015.Sooke Region Volunteer Centre attended the annual Volunteer Recruitment Fair organized by Volunteer Victoria and the University of Victoria.  One of the aims was to learn from their successes in preparation for the 5th annual Sooke Region Volunteer and Non-Profit Fair set for Saturday, April 9th, 2016.

So, what did we learn?  We already knew that the networking opportunities were amazing when you get a group of like-minded people together in one room.  Attending this event reinforced this fact.  "One might be excused from thinking there would be no reason to bring a Sooke representative in with a bunch of Victoria wide community organizers, but you would be missing some very important connections." says Marlene Barry, Volunteer Centre Coordinator, "Yes, there were times when I was a little lonely and people were walking by our booth without stopping as we were located 'just too far away'.  Those who stopped were generally curious and we were able to help direct them to rewarding opportunities closer to home.  It was the learning and networking connections that will really have an impact for residents of the Beecher Bay to Port Renfrew region."

Some of the highlights of our day include:

  • Made better connections with Canadian Blood Services and Scouts Canada representatives for our area
  • Having a P.A. system is helpful at the event
  • Volunteer Victoria organizers shared their marketing plan
  • It does help to be in a more heavily populated centre for sure. Smaller is doable though.
  • People came from all walks of life.  It was not just university students by any means.  We talked with 12 people under age 30, 13 people aged 30-55 and 20 people aged 55+
  • Have carry bags for people to hold the literature people pick up
  • Some sort of a draw or free give away does help to slow people down so they will talk to you.  Others will come anyway if your message appeals to them.
  • Enhanced connections with UVic administrators looking for community projects to engage students.  They will bring them out to Sooke, and beyond, if we identify a need that relates to their studies.

The annual Sooke Region Volunteer Fair is held in conjunction with National Volunteer Week 2016 - April 10th - 16th.  The fifth annual event is currently scheduled for Saturday, April 9th, 2016.  We are considering moving it back to a week day and evening at EMCS in order to engage with students more.  We acknowledge that we got started with organizing a bit late last year and have learned lessons from that.  We are gearing up now. 

The event is free for SRVC member organizations and also free for the public to attend.  We encourage you to share your ideas, challenges and successes with us.  Member input is essential for us to effectively work on your behalf.  Membership is $25.00/year for individuals, families, businesses and organizations.

Contact us at sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com or drop by the office to talk with one of our team members.

 

 

EMCSS Annual General Meeting

The EMCS Society Annual General Meeting is set for Thurs. Oct 22 at 5:30 p.m. Are you interested in getting involved, either as a member of the society or as one of our team of board members? Please give our office a call at 250.642.6371 to learn more.

 


How to Find Superstar Volunteers For Your Next Event

Recruiting quality volunteers plays a major role in the success of your events. Finding volunteers who are dedicated to your organization and the mission of your event can be a challenge, but using the following tips will lead you towards recruiting and retaining excellent event volunteers.

Everyone longs to find the volunteers that best fit their event. The people who actually “get it” and will work hard to help your event succeed are out there, but where exactly should you look for that elusive “perfect” volunteer?

    READ MORE   

 

National Volunteer Week 2016 - April 10th - 16th
5th Annual Sooke Region Volunteer and Non-Profit Fair
will be held Saturday, April 9th, 2016. 
Please put it on your calendar now so we can make this the biggest and best event ever.

 

Job Opportunities

The Community Connections Newsletter is an information source for all things volunteer and non-profit.  We obtain most of our information on jobs in the non-profit sector from information received from Volunteer Victoria.  These jobs could be anywhere in the lower island.  For Sooke jobs, though not necessarily in the non-profit sector, we recommend SookePocketNews as the widest source of local job information we have seen compiled.
 

 
 
 
 
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Cabaret Sooke  - A Halloween Costume/Dance /Show

with a live band, DJ Phillip du Preez and iLith.

DESCRIPTION: Mild to Wild. A wicked mix of circus, pole, dance, and vocal arts. Everything from dark circus to puppets.

Best Costume (s) wins $100.00

DOORS OPEN at 8:00PM and LAST CALL is 1:00PM

Tickets are $20.00 and are available at The Stick in the Mud, Shoppers Drug Mart, The Kemp Lake Store, and Shirley Delicious Cafe! 

This event is a co-production with Sooke Harbour Players and Cabaret Boite Noire Productions.

Self Advocacy is a process for being able to effectively have a voice.

For more information contact Astrid 250-634-3020 or selfadvocacysooke@gmail.com

Lunch & Learn opportunities are free.  Bring your own lunch.  Coffee, tea and cookies will be provided by donation.

When:  1st & 3rd Tuesdays from September 22nd, 2015 - February 16th, 2016

            12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Where:  Sooke Child, Youth & Family Centre, 6672 Wadams Way

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.

Come meet some of the over 200 non-profit organizations making communities from Beecher Bay to Port Renfrew the safe and wonderful place we call home..  Check out the opportunities to share the gift of yourself, your skills, your creativity and your enthusiasm.  They are almost endless in scope.  Come and find what fits for you, your passions, skills and time availability. 

April 10th - 17th, 2016 - how are you celebrating and honouring your volunteers during National Volunteer Week?  We would like to hear your stories.

sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com

Issue No. 34| October 26, 2015
 

In this Issue:

  • What's Happening For The Holidays?  Anyone Need Volunteers?
  • Need (Free) Help With Your Website and On-Line Presence?
  • More Skill Building Opportunities for Local Volunteers
  • Fundraiser in Action: Grand Cook-Off Sales
  • Civic Info BC Searchable Grants Database
  • Please Vote Daily to Support Sooke Family Resource Society's Bid
  • How to Apply for a Rotary Club of Sooke Grant
  • Multiculturalism has announced the 2015/16 Multicultural Grants Program
  • Prince's Youth Service Awards
  • How to Find Superstar Volunteers For Your Next Event
  • Healthy Built Environment - Resources Now Available
  • Membership growth as stagnant as a pond?
  • National Volunteer Week 2016 - April 10th - 16th
  • Job Opportunities
  • Submissions

What's Happening For The Holidays?  Anyone Need Volunteers?

We've had people call looking for volunteer opportunities over the holidays.  Most want to do something for people in need.  The only activity we are aware of is the Christmas Bureau and we pass along their contact information. 

Email sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com or call if you are looking for volunteers for the holidays.

 

Need (Free) Help With Your Website and On-Line Presence?

The Edward Milne Community School Society has hired a Communications Intern to aid the community with the development, implementation, and evaluation of various communications projects.

Key Project Responsibilities:

  • The role of the Communications Intern can include, but is not limited to:
  • Web page updating, maintenance, and development
  • Helping community members develop their own web pages
  • Developing and maintaining an EMCS Alumni database
  • Assisting local organizations in developing social media strategies
  • Promoting awareness of electronic commerce to local small businesses
  • Training and assisting the general public and target groups on basic computer and internet use
  • Delivering internet-related workshops geared to specific topics of interest

Bio: My name is B. J. Voth and I am working as a Communications Intern for the Edward Milne Community School Society. I moved to Sooke a little under two years ago and am enjoying this part of the world immensely. I have a degree in philosophy from Trinity Western University but am looking to transition into a career in computer science. My position as Communications Intern is a great first step in that direction; so far I have been exposed to: website design, development, and maintenance, social media policy and strategy development, and database information acquisition and management. If you or your business/organization could use an ambitious, motivated intern for any of your communications requirements, please contact me via email: bjvothdev@gmail.com.

 

More Skill Building Opportunities for Local Volunteers

More Skill Building Opportunities for Local Volunteers

Whether you are already a volunteer, considering volunteering, or even just plain curious, check out the local training being offered under the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre’s “Recruit, Retain and Retrain” project.

Free ‘Lunch and Learn’ opportunities means this training fits everyone’s budget.  Discounts are offered to Volunteer Centre members, with further discounts when 2 or more volunteers from a non-profit organization register for the same workshop.  Travel subsidies are available for residents from Beecher Bay to Port Renfrew who are travelling 20 Km or more.  If there is enough interest we will bring training to the regional communities.

The project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program. 

Despite conducting a survey and gathering other input on topics of interest, only the free Lunch & Learn workshops, the custom Board Governance 101, and the Social Media for Non-Profits have run.  Please talk to us.  Tell us what you want and need.  

    READ MORE   

Check out our website for full details:

December 15th (1 hr) - Lunch & Learn: Wii Play NEW

November 14th (4 hrs) - Messaging & Engaging Recruits

November 17th (1 hr) -  Lunch & Learn: Self Advocacy  NEW

November 24th (2 hrs) - Intro to Delegating Effectively

December 1st (1 hr)  - Lunch & Learn: Silent Communcation  NEW

December 8th (2 hr) - Changes to the BC Societies Act - Will affect all Societies.

December 15th (1 hr) - Lunch & Learn: Wii Play -  NEW

January 5th (1 hr) - Lunch & Learn: More Team Building with WiiU - New

January 16th (4 hr) - From Surviving to Thriving - NEW

January 19th (1 hr) - TBD

February 23rd (2 hrs) - Strategic Planning with Dr. Rhordon Wikkramatilekem - NEW

 

Fundraiser in Action: Grand-Cook Off Sales

Our jams and fruit sauces have passed testing and are ready to sell. Net proceeds will be shared proportionately between Royal Canadian Legion Br. #54 and SRVC.

  • Jams, jellies & dessert sauces (strawberry, blackberry, mango, blueberry & black elderberry) - $5.00 each
  • Bean soup in quart (8-10 servings) and pints (4-5 servings) - $10.00 each
  • Lentil and Rice soup in quarts - $10.00 each
  • Small batch cookies in a jar (pints 8-10 cookies) with M&Ms, Smarties, Skittles, or Chocolate Chips - $5.00 each
  • Quart cookies in a jar (makes 2 dozen) oatmeal-chocolate chip, oatmeal-raisin-walnuts-chocolate chip and oatmeal-carob-raisin) - $10.00 each

Most of the recipes in quart jars are in antique jars with the glass lids.  Get them while they last.  These make great gifts and are already decorated and labeled. 

Drop by the office 6672 Wadams Way on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons, give us a call at 250-642-6364 Ext. 235 or email sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com to place your order for these great gift opportunities.

 

Civic Info BC Searchable Grants Database

Civic Info BC has a searchable grants database, well two by the look of it.  Our research brought us to two addresses, one with about 70 funding organizations at https://www.civicinfo.bc.ca/grants and a much more extensive database at http://www.civicinfo.bc.ca/rbcs/grant1.asp  We located these through our membeship in the GrantStation Database that we took a one year membership in to see how useful it might be to ourselves and other organizations.
 

 

Please Vote Daily to Support Sooke Family Resource Society's Bid

In September, with the support of a number of wonderful volunteers, SFRS created a video to promote a new social enterprise in Sooke.  The enterprise is a community thrift shop that promotes environmental and community sustainability, while raising funds for the SFRS—the main non-profit that provides services to local families, children and youth.

The video has been selected as one of 15 semi-finalists in an annual provincial competition sponsored by BC Hydro. As a semi-finalist, our video has a 3-in-1 chance of winning a $10,000 prize (five cash prizes will be awarded). This kind of money would go a long way in helping the society underwrite start-up costs for our new store, assist families and promote sustainable living.

I invite you to click on the link below, which should open the BC Hydro video contest page. Please enjoy the video (just 3 minutes), and select the “Vote” button on the same video page. Everyone is permitted to vote once a day, so keep the link handy to vote daily between Oct 15 and November 30.

Here’s the link: https://champions.bchydro.com/entries/view/sfrs

Thank you for supporting the Sooke Family Resource Society in this way. Please forward this email and spread the word through your social media contacts to other folks who might wish to see the video and support SFRS.  

With sincere appreciation,

Nicky Logins, Executive Director,

Sooke Family Resource Society

 

How to Apply for a Rotary Club of Sooke Grant

The Rotary Club of Sooke is always on the look-out for community projects in need of support.  If you wish to request funding, the next deadline for application is coming up — October 15. After that, the next deadlines are January 15 and May 15.

All of our Club’s fundraising efforts work towards pooling resources to help with these kinds of worthy endeavours in our community. We are grateful for the continuing support of local individuals and businesses, in helping us to help Sooke!

Contact: Bruce MacMillan, Co-Chair, Community Service Committee, Rotary Club of Sooke
bruce@sookehomes.com - 250-642-6987

Click here to view a list of recent projects supported and a link to the application form.

 

Multiculturalism has announced the 2015/16 Multicultural Grants Program

This program will provide grants up to $5,000 to non-profit societies and community based groups to promote multiculturalism and combat racism. Applications open October 26, 2015 and close on December 13, 2015. 
For further details regarding the program click here.

Community Gaming Grant Resources
Deadline is November 30 for organizations that fall under Human and Social Services. Community Gaming Grants provide funding to eligible organizations for direct delivery of approved ongoing programs to their communities. 
Need support preparing your application - contact Lori Heart, Volunteer BC volunteerbc
@gmail.com, your local  Community Charitable Gaming Association and/or visit the BC Association of Charitable Gaming website for resources/tools to assist you to develop your grant application.

This information was received from Volunteer BC due to the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre's membership with them.
 

Prince's Youth Service Awards

The Prince of Wales has joined forces with WE Day organizers and Prince's Charities Canada to launch a new awards program that will recognize young Canadian volunteers who are making a difference in their communities. 
The Prince's Youth Service Awards, which will recognize "the most outstanding" Canadian volunteers between the ages of five and 18. 
Young Canadians can apply for the award online, where they'll be asked to describe their volunteer activities and submit a portfolio of their work and reference letters.

 

How to Find Superstar Volunteers For Your Next Event

Recruiting quality volunteers plays a major role in the success of your events. Finding volunteers who are dedicated to your organization and the mission of your event can be a challenge, but using the following tips will lead you towards recruiting and retaining excellent event volunteers.

Everyone longs to find the volunteers that best fit their event. The people who actually “get it” and will work hard to help your event succeed are out there, but where exactly should you look for that elusive “perfect” volunteer?

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Healthy Built Environment - Resources Now Available

PlanH collaborated with members of the Healthy Built Environment (HBE) Alliance on an introductory webinar describing the foundations for linking health and the built environment. The foundational information included what it means to have a healthy built environment and how it impacts health issues in B.C. Learn more through the webinar recording and HBE Linkages Toolkit found here.

 

Membership growth as stagnant as a pond?

Wild Apricot is a web-based database for volunteer and membership management.  They provide a lot of free, on-line training and webinars.  We have found the ones we participated in particularly interesting and helpful.   Here's one we thought would be interesting to some of you.

If you’re a new organization, or an organization of a few hundred members experiencing slow growth, this case study is perfect for you! Do you think this growth is possible for your organization? It totally is! This is exactly what Connecting for Kids, an organization based out of Westlake, Ohio, has done. Founded in the fall of 2011, they ended their first year with 300 members. Since then, they’ve grown to over 1,000.   Click here to view the case study.

 

 

National Volunteer Week 2016 - April 10th - 16th
5th Annual Sooke Region Volunteer and Non-Profit Fair
will be held Saturday, April 9th, 2016. 
Please put it on your calendar now so we can make this the biggest and best event ever.

 

Job Opportunities

The Community Connections Newsletter is an information source for all things volunteer and non-profit.  We obtain most of our information on jobs in the non-profit sector from information received from Volunteer Victoria.  These jobs could be anywhere in the lower island.  For Sooke jobs, though not necessarily in the non-profit sector, we recommend SookePocketNews as the widest source of local job information we have seen compiled.
 

Submissions

This is free (to you) marketing and promotion.  We encourage you include it in your regular marketing plans.
Press release, special requests for assistance, AGM information, or whatever you need to get the word out about.  It must be related to something happening within the Sooke region (Beecher Bay to Port Renfrew).  Your logo and or a quality photo will help create eye appeal.  We post it here in our Community Connections Newsletter and then share to our Facebook page 'Sooke Region Volunteers'. 
www.sookeregionresources.com is designed for organizations to create and manage their own listings for timeliness and accuracy.  New listings do not show up immediately as they must go through a security check.  Organizations may have more than one user account and password.
Feature Banner on home-page:  We require a write-up in text format and a quality .jpg photograph (at least 1100 x 300 pixels).  Landscape format generally works the best.  These we create upon request and are usually for special events and can run for up to a month before the event.
We are here to help.  For collaborative endeavours we can create listings and promote as our contribution.  We also provide support to smaller organizations without technical capacity.
 
The community resources website www.sookeregionresources.com is funded in part by the

 

 
 
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NOVEMBER 22: SOOKE, BC
Edward Milne Community Theatre, 6218 Sooke Road
Doors 7:00pm | Show 7:30pm
Tickets $32 via www.eventbrite.ca or at Shoppers Drug Mart, EMCS, and The Stick Coffee Shop
Presented by Mel Dobres, Steve Anderson & Edward Milne Community School Society
Benefitting the Sooke Food Bank

Barney Bentall & The Cariboo Express - The 2015 Tour and A New Name

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