“Never make fun of someone who speaks broken English.
It means they know another language."
H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Experience Vernon & District Immigrant & Community Services Society
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Our organization always appreciates the generosity and involvement of people like you, with every contribution going towards making Vernon & District Immigrant & Community Services Society an even better Non-Profit Organization than it already is. We want to provide you with the correct and appropriate information pertaining to your mode of support, so don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions.
Volunteer Your Time
This is one of the simplest ways to help out our cause. We believe the best way for our initiatives to be successful is for the community to actively get involved. This is an easy and efficient way of contributing to the great work we do at Vernon & District Immigrant & Community Services Society. Get in touch with any questions about how you can Volunteer Your Time today.
Make a Donation
Want to join our efforts but not sure where to start? Make a Donation and take advantage of this incredible opportunity to lend your support. It’s a great way to contribute to our cause, and every little bit counts towards paving the path for a better tomorrow. Get in touch with us today for more details about how you can help.
Become a Mentor
Volunteer mentoring is essential to the success of many of our program activities. Volunteering with VDICSS is a way to share your talents, gain workplace experience and contribute to your community.
We are looking for mentors to guide newcomers as they make adjustments to life in Canada. We encourage social interactions between newcomers and established members of the community so mentors can showcase the amenities and attractions our great community offers.
If you are interested in volunteering, please complete our online application form.
Become a Tutor
Many of our clients are looking for additional supports and opportunities to learn and practice their English skills.
Whether it is a client from one of our LINC classes needing extra one-on-one guidance or tutoring students through fun, interactive games in our Homework Club, we have a variety of opportunities for volunteer mentors.
Volunteers tutors are placed based on experience and interests with clients. Previous experience teaching is appreciated but what we’re really looking for are people who have excellent English language skills, are patient and understand of someone learning a new language.
Make a Donation
Donations will be used to help guide and support individuals and families as they make adjustments to life in Canada. While each individual or family is different, and it may be hard to determine where they need the most assistance, we have developed three donation programs.
If you donate to our Care Fund, your money will go to things like when the Smyth* family needs assistance with daycare costs, so Mom can return to work. It’ll go to the landlord after Emily’s mother misses work to stay home with her all week. It’ll go towards the purchase of bike, so Ralph can get to and from work. Or it’ll go towards a post-secondary scholarship for Maria so she can study Business Administration. *Not real family names.
If you donate to the VDICSS Community Connections Fund, your money will go to things like purchasing craft supplies for Chat Pack for our youth program or equipment rental for family night so that newcomers are able to participate in activities that will help them adjust socially into their new community. It’ll go to buying books and small toys for children who are meeting Santa for the first time. It’ll go to buying coffee, tea and snacks for Conversation Clubs to connect newcomers with Canadians and volunteers. It will go to celebrating days of significance such as: International Women’s Day (March), World Refugee Day (June), International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (March).
The Fine Print
All money donated to VDICSS will go to funds earmarked specifically for gaps in serving the basic and settlement needs of newly arrived immigrants, newcomers, and refugees OR will go to community connections activities, whichever you prefer. All monies will be carefully monitored and used only when no mainstream alternatives are available.
Cash donations $25 and above may receive a charitable receipt, if requested.
If you wish to make a monetary donation to our organization you can do so by visiting our main office at #100, 3003 30 Street Vernon, BC. You may also mail your donation to (please don’t send cash in the mail). We are set up to receive cash, cheque or e-transer at this time.
Vernon & District Immigrant and Community Services
#100, 3003 30 Street
Vernon, BC V1T 9J5
At the time of donation please specify which option you have chosen to support. If you don’t have a preference, your donation will go into the fund where the most need currently exists.