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Community engagement news, updates, information and education from around the Sooke Region.

 

 

In this Issue:

  • About Us
  • Volunteer Centre Updates
  • Educational Sessions 
  • Interesting Volunteer Opportunities
  • Community Events

About Us

Sooke Region Volunteer Centre helps connect people with volunteer opportunities in the Sooke Region. We believe that volunteering is a pillar in everyone's life. Our mission is to inspire people to volunteer. Please contact us and become a volunteer!   Check our Facebook Page at Sooke Region Volunteers or our website. We have a list of organizations looking for volunteers. Drop by our office, we would love to know what you would like to do as a volunteer, what skills you have and what your background is.  We can refer you to a compatible organization in our region. It is easy and time-efficient. You can volunteer once, only during summertime or all year round. You decide how much time you can dedicate.  Please do not wait. Give us a call. Our office hours are: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 12.30-4.30PM and Wednesdays 9.00-12.00 and our phone number is: 250-642-6364 Ext 235

Volunteer Centre Updates

  • Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our office is closed to ALL VISITORS until further notice. We will continue to answer your emails and phone calls 250-642-6364 ext. 235 as often as possible. Most of our current programs are currently on hold. It includes our regular Better at Home NON-MEDICAL home services and Free Community Tax Program

  • Tax Program Updates:

  • You should file your income tax and benefit returns before June 1, 2020, to make sure that benefits are credits are not interrupted.

  • There are a few options you can consider to do it on time:

  • NETFILE: If you can access a computer, you can file online using CRA certified tax-filing software. There are a variety of software products to meet your needs, some of which are free

  •  FILE MY RETURN: File my Return is a free, secure, and easy to use telephone service for eligible people with low income or a fixed income whose situations remain unchanged from year to year.

  • Those who are eligible have received an invitation letter in the regular mail or in their T1 income tax and benefit package.  Number to call is 1-800-959-8281

 

  • Currently, we offer “Safe Seniors, Strong Communities” program that matches people who want to help seniors get the groceries and medications they need and stay socially connected through virtual visits with seniors in our local community. This program is funded by the government in partnership with bc211 and the Better at Home Program. Our local seniors get grocery shopping or check-in weekly to be sure they have support during this time of isolation. This program is more than just regular shopping. It is also an amazing opportunity to start a friendship. A dedicated volunteer is matched with a senior so they can learn more about each other and make a closer connection in this difficult time. We are still looking for seniors and volunteers to participate. If you would like to learn more about this program please give us a call at 250-642-6364 ext. 235 and we will call you back as soon as possible

Interesting Volunteer Opportunities and Community Events

Most of the current volunteer opportunities and community events are on hold. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this Issue:

  • About Us
  • Volunteer Centre Updates
  • Educational Sessions 
  • Interesting Volunteer Opportunities
  • Community Events

About Us

Sooke Region Volunteer Centre helps connect people with volunteer opportunities in the Sooke Region. We believe that volunteering is a pillar in everyone's life. Our mission is to inspire people to volunteer. Please contact us and become a volunteer!   Check our Facebook Page at Sooke Region Volunteers or our website. We have a list of organizations looking for volunteers. Drop by our office, we would love to know what you would like to do as a volunteer, what skills you have and what your background is.  We can refer you to a compatible organization in our region. It is easy and time-efficient. You can volunteer once, only during summer time or all year round. You decide how much time you can dedicate.  Please do not wait. Give us a call. Our office hours are: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 12.30-4.30PM and Wednesdays 9.00-12.00 and our phone number is: 250-642-6364 Ext 235

Volunteer Centre Updates

 

  • Due to COVID-19, we are not running our regular office hours and our  Free Tax Program is on hold until further notice. The Canadian Government has moved the deadline for tax returns to Jun 1 2020. When the situation is more stable we will open our office and Free Tax Program will be available again. If only you have any questions, please leave a message and we will call you back as soon as possible.

  • Sooke Region Volunteer Center is pleased to provide Sooke Region Better at Home Program. This program is designed to help our seniors with those simple day to day tasks, allowing them to continue to live independently and stay connected to our Community. Under this program, Seniors aged 65+, regardless of their household income, will have access to NON-MEDICAL home services, with affordable fees based on their yearly household income.

    WHICH SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE IN OUR COMMUNITY?

    Transportation, Light Housekeeping, Minor home repairs, Shopping, Yard work and Companion (some services might not be available yet)

    WHO IS AVAILABLE FOR SENIOR SERVICES?

    This program is open to ALL residents of Sooke Region (Sooke, East Sooke, Otter Point, Shirley and Jordan River) age 65+, regardless of income. Seniors will be asked to provide proof of age, residency and household income. Fees for service are based on yearly household income as shown on your annual Canada Revenue Agency Notice of Assessment.

    HOW DO I APPLY FOR SERVICES?                

    By contacting Sooke Region Volunteer Center. We will make an appointment to visit you at your home to discuss your needs and how we can best provide the right services to meet them.

    Our Sooke Region Volunteer Centre is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 12.30-4.30pm and on Wednesdays between 9.00-12.00 pm.

    Our address is:

    6672 Wadams Way in Sooke

    Tel. 250-642-6364 ext. 235

    We are waiting to hear from you!

    For more information please visit Better at Home website at www.betterathome.ca

Interesting Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in volunteering, but you are not sure what opportunities are available please check our website or give us a call. We will be happy to meet with you and based on your skills, interests and experience we will match you with the best volunteer opportunity in our community.

Community Events

We have an updated list of community events on our website. Our volunteers are keeping their ears and eyes open for any new event happening in our community so please check it often.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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