How Can I Help?

Boys and Girls Clubs recognize the best potential in every child. In 11 locations across Central Vancouver Island and more than 650 locations nationwide, Boys and Girls Clubs offer a safe, supportive place for kids outside of school.

We help families meet all of the physical, social and emotional needs of their children, providing:

  • Healthy physical activities
  • Healthy meals and snacks
  • Academic support
  • Skills and character development
  • A chance to build positive relationships with peers and mentors

The need for funding is urgent as more children, youth and families are counting on us daily for support.

Why Donate

The children, youth and families in your community need your help.

Your support​ will allow us to reach the children, youth and families who need us most.

The hours after school are critical to a child’s healthy growth and development. Research indicates that providing young people with access to structured, enriching recreational and social programs outside of school greatly benefits their peer relationships, emotional health and academic performance. If that after school time is unsupervised, however, it can be a dangerous, unhealthy time.

  • 40% of all physical assaults involving children take place after school
  • 20% of victims of violent crime are less than 17-years-old
  • 25% of youth are victims of bullying
  • 90% of children and youth do not meet Canada’s Physical Activity Guidelines
  • 26% of children ages 6 to 11 are considered obese

Students who spend no time in extracurricular activities such as after school programs are:

  • 49% more likely to have used drugs
  • 37% more likely to become teen parents than those who spend one to four hours per week in after school programs.

The Impact of Your Support

Across the Central Vancouver Island Region, we serve over 1,000 children, youth and families in 12 service locations, with programs and activities that promote their healthy physical and emotional development. Your donation allows Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island to continue providing opportunities for young people to discover and achieve their dreams and overcome barriers. Every Club membership is affordable and open to all children, youth and their families, regardless of financial means.

Donate now to support young people across the country to be safe and develop the health, skills and confidence to succeed in life.

How to Donate

There are several easy ways to make a tax deductible, personal donation to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island.

Online Donation:

Make a convenient and secure online gift. Simply click here​ and choose your desired donation method: one-time or recurring.

In Honour / In Memory:

When donating online, you will be given the option to dedicate your donation. For cheque or cash donations, please include a letter regarding your dedication along with your donation.

​​By Mail or In Person

Donations can be made via cheque or cash at any one of our administration or program locations.

If you wish to designate your funds to a particular location or program, we welcome you to submit a brief letter along with your donation to do so.

Visit out Contact Page to find out where we are located

In-Kind Donations

Your generous donations of goods, services and supplies allow the program leaders and supervisors to deliver outstanding programs while maximizing their available resources. The spreadsheet below is a live document that our Program Supervisors all have direct access to. If you, or your business can help by providing any of the items listed, please contact our Nanaimo Administration office to let us know.  We’ll connect you with the program or club you’ll be supporting and make sure your donation gets put to great use!

Volunteering

Boys and Girls Clubs make a difference by giving young people a safe place to learn and grow. Last year, over 16,300 volunteers gave their time and skills to support our Clubs across Canada.

Volunteers can contribute in so many different ways at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island clubs and offices.  Preparing snacks, planning activities, going on field trips, or just plain old hanging out with kids are some examples of how volunteers have helped our Clubs. Administrative assistance like filing, scanning and general reception are also a tremendous help. There are even opportunities for skill specific volunteering within our Communications, Sales and Marketing, Human Resources, Finance and Operations teams.

Please Note: All volunteers who wish to volunteer in a Boys and Girls Club will be required to undergo screening, training and appropriate police checks to ensure their safety.

If you are interested in volunteering with our agency, please contact the administration office or the Program Supervisor at the Club nearest you to discover what volunteer opportunities are available!

Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver island is also proud to support volunteer activities, community service and team building goals of our corporate partners and supporters.  To learn more about our Corporate Volunteering Opportunities, please contact our Nanaimo Administration Office.


Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island recognize and appreciate the significant contributions of our funders, partners and supporters: