The vision of Volunteer Cowichan is that the diverse communities living in the Cowichan Valley will connect and cooperate to create valuable social capital for future generations.
Volunteer Cowichan raises awareness of the power of service and encourages people to volunteer. Volunteer Cowichan assists initiatives, projects and organizations to meet community needs and interests.
- to provide a means for the encouragement of voluntary citizenship participation in health, welfare, recreation, education, cultural and civic programs.
- to provide a central unit for recruitments, registration, training and placement of volunteers in such programs.
- to encourage community services to use volunteers and to maintain high standards in their use of volunteers.
- to assist in the creation of projects to meet community needs and interests which can utilize volunteers.
- in conjunction with its volunteer activities the Society will also provide a Community Information Service.
- to relieve conditions associated with aging by providing housekeeping, shopping assistance, yard maintenance, downsizing assistance and transportation to non-medical appointments to individuals affected by these conditions.
- to promote public participation with volunteer and community organizations with an aim to foster good citizenship and encourage healthy communities.
Our Definition of Volunteering
Volunteering is a fundamental building block of civil society. It brings to life the noblest aspirations of humankind – the pursuit of peace, freedom, opportunity, safety, and justice for all people.
In this era of globalization and continuous change, the world is becoming smaller, more interdependent, and more complex. Volunteering – either through individual or group action – is a way in which:
• Human values of community, caring, and serving can be sustained and strengthened;
• Individuals can exercise their rights and responsibilities as members of communities, while learning and growing throughout their lives, realizing their full human potential;
• And, connections can be made across differences that push us apart so that we can live together in healthy, sustainable communities, working together to provide innovative solutions to our shared challenges and to shape our collective destinies.
Adapted from IAVE, Universal Declaration of Volunteering, 2001,
Volunteer Cowichan understands, supports, and promotes these values
The board and staff of Volunteer Cowichan value community.
A community is a body of people with a fellowship of interests.
The board and staff of Volunteer Cowichan are reflective of the diversity of the Cowichan Region, incorporating the Cowichan, Chemainus and Koksilah Valleys. The Cowichan Region is a diverse place. Its richness is created by the smaller communities within, communities that we belong to because of birth, beliefs, or shared values.
Volunteer Cowichan values the sustainability of the Cowichan Valley as a whole, and the communities that lend to its sustainability.
Volunteer Cowichan values the adaptability required to maintain strength of community, for which the application of local knowledge is invaluable.
Volunteer Cowichan values the voice of individuals and groups; we acknowledge this value through our efforts to help encourage and facilitate the fulfilment of the needs and interests expressed by the community.
Volunteer Cowichan values the maintenance of a space that is reliable, safe, supportive, and non-partisan. This space is equally available to individuals, groups, other organizations and other communities to learn, be creative and share. It is a space that acts as a host to those who are inspired or hope to create sustainability within community: ‘ours and others’.
Volunteer Cowichan values volunteerism as a form of civic engagement and community building.