Avalon Women’s Centre (Vancouver)

The Avalon Women’s Centre (Vancouver) has been a staple in the community for nearly three decades. The Centre offers women a safe, comfortable space to attend support groups and find meaningful connections to help with their recovery journey.

The Centre has a resource library, computer with internet access, clothing closet, volunteer opportunities, a steady supply of tea and coffee, and a listening ear and helping hand.

BC Blind Sports and Recreation Association

BC Blind Sports is dedicated to facilitating participation and encouraging skill achievement in all aspects of physical activity for British Columbians who are blind, visually impaired, deaf-blind, or who are blind/visually impaired and have additional disabilities.

Everyone should have the ability to experience the enjoyment of achieving a healthy active lifestyle through participation in physical activity, physical education, recreation, outdoor pursuits and sport at their chosen level.

Every holiday season, you can see the volunteers of this not-for-profit organization working tirelessly at the Holiday Gift Wrap Service booth in the West Galleria from the first week of December to Christmas Eve. Each year their efforts help raise over $20,000. Be sure to visit them over the holidays and have your gifts wrapped while you shop!

BC SPCA

The mission of the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm, and wild animals in BC.

They are the only animal welfare organization in B.C. with the authority to enforce animal cruelty laws under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. They are the largest animal welfare organization in North America and the largest animal sheltering society in the world, with 44 locations across B.C.

LOWER MAINLAND CHRISTMAS BUREAU

Christmas should be a happy time for everyone, especially for children. For over eighty years our number one goal has been to ensure that every child in our community has a smile on their face on Christmas Day.

The Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau (LMCB) was originally established in 1930 as the Christmas Exchange. Today it serves as a centralized, year round toy warehouse for toys and gifts to be gathered, sorted, stored and shipped to Christmas Bureaus and Community agencies, across the entire metro Vancouver area. We ship up to 100,000 items every year.

We also serve as the local Christmas Bureau for Vancouver. The LMCB distributes toys, clothes and food vouchers to over a 1000 low income families in Vancouver during the holiday season.

As a registered non-profit organization, the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau relies on volunteers and  a number of fundraising events throughout the year to support our goals.