The holiday season is a time to celebrate and share the joy with everyone, whether it’s your friends and family members, or even complete strangers.

It’s also the perfect time to give back to the less fortunate who may be struggling this time of the year.

So we’ve listed five dedicated charities and non-profit organizations in Victoria that you can donate your time and money to this holiday season:

Mustard Seed Street Church & Food Bank

This organization is dedicated to providing food and essential items to the less fortunate in Victoria, and runs various services, including a food bank, family centres, hospitality programs, and recovery programs.

They are always looking for people to come and help out, whether in the form of item donations or as volunteers. If you’re looking to spread some much needed festive spirit, this organization is the perfect place for you.

  • Where: 625 Queens Avenue
  • Contact: or 250-953-1575

Victoria Women’s Transition House

This particular organization mainly serves as a shelter offering support, education, and other services to women in Victoria who have experienced domestic abuse.  Donations of new/unused women’s items or toys as Christmas gifts for children living with the women in the shelter are appreciated.

  • Where: #100-3060 Cedar Hill Road
  • Contact: or 250-592-9279

Our Place Society

This community organization located in downtown Victoria provides a support system for vulnerable people through free meals, shelter, and other services. Our Place Society is always looking for people to come help in various ways.

Besides donating clothes and other necessary items (shoes, backpacks, toiletries, etc.), and volunteering, there are several options to give back, such as becoming a monthly donor, donating a needed vehicle, or sponsoring a warm breakfast. Come join this organization and brighten up someone’s day!

  • Where: 919 Pandora Avenue
  • Contact: or 250-388-7112

The Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island

This organization is dedicated to working with various donors, organizations and local communities that provide health care and other necessary services for severely ill and hospitalized children and their families on Vancouver Island.

The foundation  welcomes anyone who wants to help out, whether it’s by volunteering their time, donating, or planning events to fundraise. If you’re looking to bring smiles to children’s faces, embrace your inner Santa and check this organization out!

  • Where: 345 Wales Road
  • Contact: or 250-940-4950

Lifetime Network Victoria

This non-profit organization provides various services supporting people who live with disabilities in Victoria. Their ultimate mission is to promote lifelong friendships and opportunities for people living with disabilities. This time of the year is perfect to come and donate in whatever way you want, whether it’s dropping off lightly used clothes at their designated clothing bins around town, providing items on their ‘wish list’ (as seen on the website) as a nice Christmas present, or volunteering your time as a new buddy!

  • Where: 4090 Shelbourne Road
  • Contact: 250-477-4112

Did we miss any? Let us know about more charities and organizations in the comments below!