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Community Connections - Issue No. 64 | April 6th, 2018






In this Issue:

  • About Us
  • Tax Clinic
  • National Volunteer Week
  • Educational Sessions for Seniors
  • Interesting Volunteer Opportunities
  • Community Events

About Us

Sooke Region Volunteer Center 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 to volunteer. Please contact us and become a volunteer! Please 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 our phone number is: 250-642-6364 Ext 235

Tax Clinic

We are very busy helping our residents to do their taxes. Our clinic is open till April 23rd, so please do not wait, give us a call as soon as possible so we can help you! You can meet with one of our tax experts in person or drop your tax forms and we will give you a call when it is ready to pick up. It is simple, convenient and free of charge for those who qualify!

Our tax clinic is open on Mondays and Fridays between 9.00-12.00 at Sooke Region Volunteer Center and on Wednesdays – between1.00-4.00 at Hope Center

We are doing that with the partnership of Saint Vincent de Paul. This clinic offers FREE Community Volunteer Income Tax Program for low income individuals, youth, seniors and people with disabilities. Low Income eligibility: -total family income should be less than:

$30,000 for a single person

$40,000 for 2 persons

$42,500 for 3 persons

$45,000 for 4 persons

$47,500 for 5 persons

Six or more people: add $2,500 for each additional person (ex: $50,000 for 6 person household)

We need to have your name, phone number, e-mail and marital status, to make an appointment.  Please give us a call at 250-642-6364 ext. 235 on Tuesday or Thursday between 12.30-4.30 PM

Returns that are NOT eligible include:

People who are self-employed or have employment expenses,

have business or rental income or expenses, have capital gain or losses, file for bankruptcy,

or are completing a tax return for a deceased person 

National Volunteer Week 2018

April 15-21, 2018

National Volunteer Week (NVW) is a time to celebrate and thank Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers.

This year's theme is: “Celebrate the Value of Volunteering – building confidence, competence, connections and community”.
Volunteering is often seen as a selfless act; a person gives their time, skills, experience, and passion to help others, without expecting anything in return. And while volunteering is a form of service, many volunteers will tell you that “you get more than you give”. From opportunities to develop new skills, to finding deep and meaningful personal connections, the magic of volunteering is that it creates social and economic value for all.


Educational Sessions for Seniors

New Horizon Grant for Educational Sessions for Seniors came to the end, but there are still some sessions available. Movement Exercises for Seniors at Yoga and Wellness Center at 202 6750 WestCoast Road were so popular that we decided to continue. 

You can join anytime! Those sessions are on Mondays between 1.30PM-2.30PM. All are drops in and by donation only. All those sessions are easy, chair exercises. For more information please give them a call at 250-642-9642 or visit their website http://sookeyoga.com/

Interesting Volunteer Opportunities in April

Sooke Region Earth Day Celebration

Looking for Volunteer Coordinator for this project. For more info please contact Marlene Barry at 250-884-9955

Sooke Seniors Bus

They are looking for Volunteer Driver. For more info please contact Kay Ford at 250-642-4662

​Sooke Region Volunteer Center is looking for Volunteers for the office

We are currently looking for some volunteers who will be interested in supporting us in the office. If you like clerical work, want to handle inquires and provide information, are eager to maintain our database or schedule appointments we would love to hear from you. It would be great if you have some office experience, but we do not mind training you. Work hours are flexible. It will be just one day a week. It is a very friendly office environment. If you are interested in helping us please give us a call at 250-642-6364 ext. 235 or send us an email at coordinator@sookeregionvolunteers.org

Sooke Region Volunteer Center is looking for a volunteer who would like to become a Tutor

Help someone who is new in Sooke to practice English. We have French speaking person who would love improve his communication skills. Please give us a call for more details.

Sooke Loan Cupboard

Sooke Loan Cupboard requires one or two reliable individuals that can assist Monday mornings between approx 10:45 - 11:45 with cleaning equipment loaned through their program. Even if you can commit once or twice a month would be great.

For more information please contact: Sally Bennett at 778 350-9345

Victoria Literacy Connection

Victoria Literacy Connection for Sooke Region is looking for tutuors and learners. This is a free tutoring for youth, children and adults.

If you are interested, please contact Victoria Literacy Connection at 250-385-0014.

Sooke Region Museum

Our Museum is looking for volunteers to help during school tours . Two or four hour shifts are available. You will be guiding school age children. For more information please contact the museum at 250-642-6351

Sooke Fall Fair

Sooke Fall Fair is looking for a secretary. This person would take minutes at monthly meetings and send them out and also send out agendas and thank you notes. It is a great opportunity to get some admin experience. Please contact Ellen Leweres for more details. Her phone number is: 250-812-2830

Sooke Yoga & Wellness Center
Do you want to join some yoga classes for free? Yes, it is possible if you decide to dedicate your time and volunteer there. Please contact Alanda for more details. Her phone number is 250-642-9642.

Meals on Wheels

Help feed people in need by getting involved with Meals on Wheels.

Meals on Wheels is a program in Sooke that provides people in need with nutritious, affordable meals. A small group of locals get together every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the Sooke Community Hall and prepare fresh meals to be sent out

Right now, Meals on Wheels is struggling to find enough volunteer drivers to help deliver the food. Their phone number is 250-6647222

Ayre Manor

There are a lot of volunteer opportunities at Ayre Manor.

1) Essentials Shop Volunteer

2. Volunteer doing 1-on-1 activities with residents

3. Gardener

5. Ayre Manor Volunteer Coordination 

6. And much, much more. Please contact us for more information.

More volunteer opportunities.......

Do you want to know what else you can do to help our community? Check our website for updated volunteer opportunities. There is a lot of options for almost everyone! Too many to mention them all.

Community Events

If you would like more information about community events please go to our calendar.https://www.sookeregionvolunteers.org/calendar-events

The community resources website www.sookeregionresources.com is funded in part by the
District of Sooke.



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