Volunteer Nanaimo is a collective of compassionate, generous, thoughtful people who have joined together to offer help, support and mentorship to our Community through Volunteering.
We play a key role in the development of volunteerism in the Nanaimo region. With over 800 non-profit and community based organizations we connect thousands of individuals with important volunteer opportunities in their community.
In addition we offer the following programs and services:
Community Volunteer Income Tax Program – preparing taxes for low income clients in Nanaimo and the surrounding areas, generally by appointment throughout the year excepting December – we also help with applications for GIS, SAFER, CPP or anything else that comes along that seniors need help in/along the “forms scenerios”.
Watchdog Computer Services– our computer tech program – our volunteers receive, repair, refurbish and reload donated computers, laptops, phones, tablets, some printers and these are sent out into the community (by donation if possible to help with costs of any purchased parts).
Seniors on LIne – assisting seniors learn to use technology.
YouthNetwork/Youth 2020 Can – two youth programs being run through VN – YouthNetwork 11 – 17 yr olds, YouthCan 15-29 yr olds.
Angel Network – year round assistance for community through our Angel Crafters (knitters, sewers, quilters, toymakers, etc), Christmas Angels (matching community members to those in need), It’s the Little Things (currently in the process of getting set up – which assists not only seniors, but clients who are challenged and in need of some minor assistance on a one-off basis).
Computer On Site – we have a designated computer for anyone to book and use to download forms, complete applications, research.
Autism Library – we host the Autism Library for the Autism Society of Central Vancouver Island.
Hand in Hand Intergenerational Storytelling program – just kicked off our New Horizons grant funded program.
Richard Allen – President
Gail Bunnage – Vice President
Chris Boldt – Treasurer
Richard Allen – Secretary
Melanie Morton – Director
Shari Sorensen – Director
Cindy Higdon – Director
Cathy Holmes – Director
Jin Park – Director
Gloria Schmitke – Director
Kathleen Hillborn – Director
Executive Director – Rita Innamorati