Below are the organizations that we at BVU consider our community connections (in no particular order). These are organizations that align with our values and mission here at Broad View United.
Our Place Society
Our Place is an inner-city community centre serving Greater Victoria’s most vulnerable: working poor, impoverished elderly, mentally and physically challenged, addicted and the homeless. Individuals and businesses provide the majority of financial support for our programs and services. Our Place serves over 1,600 meals per day, and provides hot showers, free clothing, counseling and outreach services, plus 45 transitional housing units. Most importantly, we provide a sense of hope and belonging to our neighbours in need.
We provide opportunities for campers of all ages, abilities and identities to experience God’s love in a close relationship with other people and the natural environment. Our Vision is to transform the lives of young people and their families through fun educational programming and comfortable facilities in nature. To develop confidence, maturity, inclusion and social and environmental awareness in every camper.
Mission and Service - The United Church of Canada
Is the foundation of how we offer healing and hope in a hurting world. Mission & Service supports education programs; women’s empowerment; food, housing support, and advocacy to alleviate poverty; assistance for theological students, lay leaders, and camping; congregational support; healing the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people; youth programming like Rendez-vous, and much more!
Through KAIROS, 10 churches and religious organizations work together in faithful action for ecological justice and human rights. We are Indigenous, settlers and newcomers in Canada working with people of faith or conscience all over the world for ecological justice and human rights. Formed in 2001 by bringing together over 10 previous inter-church coalitions, our justice commitments reach back over 40 years. We have a Steering Committee made up of Indigenous representatives and representatives of our ten churches and religious organizations, a staff of 35 in offices in Toronto and Ottawa and in home offices in regions across Canada, three program Circles and group of regional representatives and educators that help guide our work, a network of activists in Canada, and partners in Canada and around the world. We are a charitable joint venture administered by the United Church of Canada.
Sandy Merriman House
Sandy Merriman provides emergency shelter for 25 women who are homeless. We use an inclusive definition of “woman” & “female” and welcome trans women, gender fluid and non-binary people. Guests receive safe shelter, meals, laundry & showers, support, referrals and advocacy, plus essentials including menstrual supplies, harm reduction and clothing.
South Island Centre
Strengthening mental and emotional health in our community through professional, affordable counselling and training since 1975.
Together Against Poverty Society (TAPS)
TAPS is one of the largest providers of free, face-to-face legal advocacy for people with income assistance, disability benefits, employment standards, and tenancy issues. We help over 7,000 people in Victoria each year. TAPS also provides legal education and training through seminars, and produces a newsletter, TAPROOT, with updated legal information that is widely distributed throughout Greater Victoria.
Prostitutes Employment and Education Rehabilitation Society (PEERS)
Peers Victoria is an innovative, multi-service grassroots agency that was established by, with, and for sex workers in 1995. Through direct service delivery and community partnerships, Peers provides an array of outreach and drop-in harm reduction and support services alongside education and employment training for current and former sex workers.
Esquimalt Neighbourhood House
Esquimalt Neighbourhood House Society is a registered charity serving the community since 1974. We are located at 511 Constance Avenue in Esquimalt, BC. A range of services are offered on and off-site. Services include early years and family resource programs with a focus on children’s learning and development, pre and post-natal services, mental health and supportive counselling, youth and family support, as well as help for seniors to remain living independently in their home. In addition, the Society plays an active role in the community by participating in various community events and committees such as Esquimalt’s Early Years Coalition, Buccaneer Days and Children’s Annual Storytelling Festival.
Aboriginal Neighbours is an ecumenical organization initiated by the Anglican Diocese of British Columbia. As its name implies, the organization was formed out of its members’ concerns for the First Peoples and the future of aboriginal children. Present partners in Aboriginal Neighbours include the Anglican Church of Canada, British Columbia diocese; the United Church of Canada, Victoria Presbytery; and Vancouver Island Monthly Meeting of the Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers). Membership is drawn from Vancouver Island and includes Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, many of whom have considerable background working in these areas in British Columbia and elsewhere.
Victoria Native Friendship Centre
Dedicated to improving the quality of life for Aboriginal people in the Greater Victoria area, the Victoria Native Friendship Centre (VNFC) began as a meeting place in the city—providing limited referral services to community members
Victoria International Development Education Association
VIDEA was one of Canada’s original global education centres in order to promote greater intercultural understanding and awareness of global issues.VIDEA was established as a charitable non-profit organization in 1977 to inspire thought, discussion, and action on global issues. Based in Victoria, with chapters in Kelowna and Nelson and programmes that reach across BC, VIDEA’s mission is to engage youth and communities in critical development issues, build links with overseas partners, and provide solidarity and support to assist overseas communities. VIDEA is committed to ending global poverty and creating a more just and equitable world.
AIDS Vancouver Island (AVI)
We serve the needs of people infected and affected by HIV and hepatitis C. We take evidence-based action to prevent infection, provide support, and reduce stigma. We dream of a world free of HIV and hepatitis C. Until that time, those most at risk in our community continue to be marginalized - not only by their disease, but also by stigma and discrimination, poverty, and despair. As we fight these diseases, we join with those we serve to provide services based on consideration and respect and to provide visibility and a voice in the community.
Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs (RAVEN)
RAVEN’s vision is a country that embraces the ancestral laws of Indigenous Peoples and their equitable access to the justice system within a thriving natural habitat. The environmental challenges that face many Indigenous Peoples in Canada are really challenges for the entire world. Fundamentally, we believe these are issues of human rights and climate change – guided by some of the most brilliant legal advisors in the country, we work to enshrine environmental justice for all. The law is clearly on the side of Indigenous Peoples: their victories protect us all.
Ancient Forest Alliance
The Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) is a registered non-profit organization working to protect BC’s endangered old-growth forests and to ensure a sustainable, value-added, second-growth forest industry.
Shelbourne Community Kitchen
The Shelbourne Community Kitchen, also referred to as ‘the Kitchen’, is a collaborative effort of three Shelbourne Valley churches—St. Luke’s Anglican, St. Aidan’s United, and Lutheran Church of the Cross—and two Community Associations, Mount Tolmie Community Association and Camosun Community Association. Our focus is to provide healthy food to those who need it in a supportive community setting.
Gorge View Society
The Gorge View Society's mandate is to provide affordable housing for seniors who can live independently. For over 67 years it has continued to build and expand and will continue to do so.The Gorge View Society is committed to a hands-on approach to management , and accomplishes this with a small paid staff, supported by dedicated volunteers. With current government policies and more health providers supporting seniors in their homes residents are now staying in their suites well into their 80s and 90s. The Society has concentrated on upgrading and modernizing its suites. We will continue to seek funding as we expand.
Greater Victoria Acting Together Society (GVAT)
United through common goals, we exercise great power to address the challenges Greater Victoria faces today. We offer a variety of training: from 10 hour intensives to shorter, tailored workshops to free mentorship to inspire those who may not believe they have the power to create change. Be supported to build teams internally who can help facilitate sessions in which members can come together to share their concerns and visions for change.
Rainbow Health Co-operative
A community owned organization located in Victoria, BC, with the mandate to provide healthcare, livelihood and related services to underserved communities; Membership is open to all, but the focus of this organization is the gender non-conforming and transgender (trans) community. “We are trans-centric and queer inclusive. Our primary service is to promote existing groups and establish new ones to assist transsexuals and their families”.