Our mission is to advance the quality of volunteerism and community engagement by providing non-profit organizations on the Southern Gulf Islands with services and support. We can work together to build a strong and healthy community through volunteerism.

The development of the Volunteer Program is an exciting time and there will be lots of opportunities for skills development and personal growth. If you would like to volunteer please email:  sgivolunteercentre@gmail.com 

Register as an SGI CRC Volunteer Here!

Our goal for 2021 is to improve our capacity so that we can recruit and support volunteers of all ages and stages of life, serve the important causes on the Southern Gulf Islands, and provide direct training to staff and volunteers. 

Our short term goals include:

  •  Continue providing Volunteer Fairs, Volunteer Appreciation events, Non-profit Leaders Networking Meetings and training opportunities. 
  • Develop a Youth Volunteer Engagement program.
  • Set-up an SGI Non-profit Organization database
  • Set-up an online volunteer opportunities page
  • Improve training opportunities for organizations
  • Develop a Newcomers Group for each island (Pender only for now)
  • Shared grant database for organizational members of the Volunteer Centre

Current Programs

Island Kindness Project

The Island Kindness Project has been set up to help support members of our community who are self-isolating or in quarantine with occasional basic out-of-home errands and other activities; you are not alone.

Grocery shopping assistance continues to be offered by a roster of on-island volunteer drivers who shop and deliver groceries to registered low-income families, seniors, and people with disabilities. Subsidies for purchases of food cards are provided to those who can not afford food. 

A system of re-assurance calls and regular “friendly visits” by phone and occasional in person socials for Seniors and people with disabilities helps to check in with them during these winter months. Volunteers are now aiding seniors to learn about online banking. Tablets are used and calls are often referred through the helpline.

Volunteers deliver food, pick up groceries, call isolated people, or help with gardening, and lots of other jobs that will help to bring comfort to seniors in the community. Community kindness, no matter how small, can make a huge difference. 

A special THANK YOU to our local Pender Island True Value Store

who donated $2000 and Green Angels $1000 to offset some of the costs.

Freeze and Share Program

The ‘Freeze and Share’ program has professional Island cooks preparing a meal a week for vulnerable seniors and families. A menu is sent out each month and selected dishes can be reserved.

The meals are frozen and then distributed by the volunteers or picked-up. For those who can afford it, any donations are accepted. It is anticipated that holiday baking will also be included.

In addition, a special free cold lunch program for Mayne Island School will run daily for all children.

Opportunities for volunteers both senior and younger are available in any of our Food Security programs 

Click here to VOLUNTEER TO HELP     

Past Programming

Southern Gulf Islands Volunteer Centre Membership Benefits

The Volunteer Centre is still in the formation stage of development. Let us know which services interest you and if there are any other services you think would be of help your organization.

– Annual Volunteer Fair – October (presently on Pender only)

– Annual Volunteer Appreciation – April

– Access to future grant database

– Access to a future volunteer advertising web page

Retired Leaders & Professionals – Mentorship Program

Social Media advertising of volunteer positions

Volunteer Management Resource Material

Monthly Executive Directors Meetings (videoconference)

Discounts on workshops  

Discounted rates for CRC rentals and services (For example: video conferencing system,  board room use, bookkeeping, Zoom meetings, advertising assistance…)

SGI Volunteer Centre – sgivolunteercentre  (at)  gmail (dot) com

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Retired Leaders & Professionals – Mentorship Program

The Southern Gulf Islands are fortunate to attract many skilled and experienced retired professionals. The breadth of knowledge you bring to the island is a treasure-trove. We hope you decide to share your knowledge with us, becoming mentors to the next generation  of leaders and community builders.

Sign up, let us know about your skills and experience and we will introduce you to projects that could use your help. You decide on the project that interests you and the framework and amount of your involvement.

Organizations – Does your organization need a unique skill set? Are you looking for a mentor? Do you have a set term project that needs someone with exceptional experience? Let us know what you are looking for and we will try to match you up.

SGI Volunteer Centre – sgivolunteercentre  (at)  gmail (dot) com

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Pender Island Volunteer Fair
Friday October 25
1:45 – 4:30

Pender Island Community Hall
4418 Bedwell Harbour Road

Learn about the many opportunities to get involved, make a difference and have fun in the community.

Whether you are looking to learn new skills, share your knowledge, or take a break from the stresses of school or work there are volunteering options for everyone.

There is no fee for the public to to attend a Volunteer Fair and it is a great opportunity to learn about non profit organizations and charities across Pender Island.

15 minute presentations include:
– Volunteering Abroad: Benefits for Work and Life
– Mental Wellness through Volunteering
– Volunteering to boost your Resume
– Health Benefits of Volunteering


Southern Gulf Islands Volunteer Centre

The SGI Volunteer Centre supports organizations on the Southern Gulf Islands by providing Volunteer Fairs, Volunteer Appreciation Fairs, ED/ Coordinator Networking Meetings and training opportunities.

Our goal for 2020 is to improve our capacity so that we can recruit and support volunteers of all ages and stages of life, serve the important causes on the Southern Gulf Islands, and provide direct training to staff and volunteers. Our short term goals include:

  • Set-up an Community Organization database
  • Set-up an online volunteer opportunities page
  • Improve training opportunities for organizations
  • Newcomers Group for each island
  • Apply for and receive funding for ongoing development
  • Shared grant database for organizational members of the Volunteer Centre

The development of the Volunteer Centre is an exciting time and there will be lots of opportunities for skills development and personal growth. If you would like to volunteer with the Volunteer Centre please email:  sgivolunteercentre@gmail.com

Information for Community Organizations
Getting a criminal record check can be a difficulty on the islands; why not sign up for online Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector check’s? It’s simple, and very quick for volunteers, to sign up just go to this Government of BC website.

Information for people considering volunteering
15 Unexpected Benefits of Volunteering

For more information on Volunteer opportunities on the Southern Gulf Islands please email: sgivolunteercentre@gmail.com