Victoria Cool Aid Society

The 13th annual Cool Aid Coat Drive, on through Jan. 15, 2021, seeks donations of warm clothing items for passing along to people in need. (Courtesy Victoria Cool Aid Society)

Cool Aid coat drive keeps Victoria’s vulnerable residents warmer

Donate your unused coats, jackets, gloves, mittens and sweaters by Jan. 15

 

A new food pantry outside the Fairfield Gonzales Community Association building offers non-perishable food items for anyone in need. It operates on a “leave what you can, take what you need” basis. (Courtesy of Caitlin Boudreau)

Creator of Fairfield community pantry hopes to help destigmatize food insecurity

Victoria food pantry is modeled after Little Free Libraries

 

Victoria Cool Aid Society and Sandy Merriman House are asking the public to purchase gift cards for those in need this holiday season. COVID-19 has left the organization with a shortage in seasonal donatons. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

Victoria emergency women’s shelter faces shortage of holiday donations

Sandy Merriman House, Cool Aid Society ask public to help out

 

The Victoria Cool Aid Society community centre on Pandora Avenue has been leased by Our Place Society to provide night shelter for homeless people. (Victoria Cool Aid Society Facebook)

Our Place teams up to add emergency night shelter space

Collaborative effort with Victoria Cool Aid Society adds 20 beds

The Victoria Cool Aid Society community centre on Pandora Avenue has been leased by Our Place Society to provide night shelter for homeless people. (Victoria Cool Aid Society Facebook)
King’s Auto is giving away a silver 2004 Chevrolet Malibu to someone in need for free. Nominate someone you think deserves a free car by Sept. 30. (Courtesy of King’s Auto)

King’s Auto hosts free car giveaway for someone in need

Giveaway is a partnership with Cool Aid Society and Black Press Media

King’s Auto is giving away a silver 2004 Chevrolet Malibu to someone in need for free. Nominate someone you think deserves a free car by Sept. 30. (Courtesy of King’s Auto)
The Victoria Cool Aid Society has changed its premier fundraiser the Homecoming gala to a virtual event due to the pandemic. (Victoria Cool Aid Society/Facebook)

Cool Aid’s Homecoming gala moves online, donations matched up to $50,0000

Goal is to raise $100,000 for people who were vulnerable even before the pandemic

The Victoria Cool Aid Society has changed its premier fundraiser the Homecoming gala to a virtual event due to the pandemic. (Victoria Cool Aid Society/Facebook)
The new Crosstown development was approved by Victoria City Council on June 11. (Provided by Cool Aid Society)

PHOTOS: Victoria green lights Cool Aid’s new affordable housing at former Tally Ho

The Crosstown development will be located on the former Tally Ho property at 3020 Douglas Street

The new Crosstown development was approved by Victoria City Council on June 11. (Provided by Cool Aid Society)
A generous outpouring of donations has been put forward to Victoria’s Cool Aid Society. (Black Press Media file photo).

Victoria’s Cool Aid Society receives generous outpouring of donations

More than $11,000 in gift cards and $150,000 in cash have come in recently

A generous outpouring of donations has been put forward to Victoria’s Cool Aid Society. (Black Press Media file photo).
Cindy Matkin is happy to have the coat drive giveaway annually to get herself a couple new jackets. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Hundreds of jackets claimed at Cool Aid Society’s 12th Annual Coat Giveaway

Donations from the community were given to hundreds of people in need

Cindy Matkin is happy to have the coat drive giveaway annually to get herself a couple new jackets. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Rabbi Harry Brechner (left) Michael Bloomfield, founder of the Sock Project, and BC Finance Minister Carole James hold up some of the socks donated to 25 distribution centres in Greater Victoria. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Victoria resident helps collect 100,000 pairs of socks for the homeless

Michael Bloomfield has worked on the Socks Project for 12 years

Rabbi Harry Brechner (left) Michael Bloomfield, founder of the Sock Project, and BC Finance Minister Carole James hold up some of the socks donated to 25 distribution centres in Greater Victoria. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Jupiter George and Agnes Ratcliff will each receive one of the gifts donated to Cool Aid this year. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Victoria Cool Aid Society faces holiday gift shortage for its patrons

Cool Aid has less than half of the required gifts for people staying in its shelters

Jupiter George and Agnes Ratcliff will each receive one of the gifts donated to Cool Aid this year. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Shawn Kuin is still unpacking after moving into his new apartment at the Mount Edward Court, but he’s happy to have his freedom. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Victoria’s Cool Aid Society opens 15 more affordable units for seniors

Seventy-Eight supportive housing units already at Mount Edward Court

Shawn Kuin is still unpacking after moving into his new apartment at the Mount Edward Court, but he’s happy to have his freedom. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Dr. Fraser Black, palliative care physician with PORT working in downtown Victoria (File contributed/UVic)

Mobile palliative care team launches for downtown Victoria’s homeless population

UVic, Cool Aid, Victoria Hospice and Island Health team up for end-of-life care services

Dr. Fraser Black, palliative care physician with PORT working in downtown Victoria (File contributed/UVic)
The Victoria Cool Aid Society has had its busiest year yet. (Victoria Cool Aid Society/Facebook)

Victoria Cool Aid Society see busiest year yet

12,000 people were served by Cool Aid throughout the Capital Region between 2018-2019

The Victoria Cool Aid Society has had its busiest year yet. (Victoria Cool Aid Society/Facebook)
A new, two-phase development at 3020 Douglas St. and 584 Burnside Rd. E will accommodate 157 affordable rental units (File contributed/City of Victoria)

City of Victoria approves affordable housing project at former Tally-Ho Motel site

A development by Cool Aid will see 157 rental units, a daycare and more

A new, two-phase development at 3020 Douglas St. and 584 Burnside Rd. E will accommodate 157 affordable rental units (File contributed/City of Victoria)
James Taylor has been working with Carey Newman to perfect his carving abilities. Taylor has been an artist for 40 years, but struggled with alcholosim. Since coming to Newman’s carving site, Taylor has found more focus in his life. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Linking culture and recovery: Greater Victoria totem project matches people with master carver

The Victoria Cool Aid Society and master carver Carey Newman help artists harness their skills

James Taylor has been working with Carey Newman to perfect his carving abilities. Taylor has been an artist for 40 years, but struggled with alcholosim. Since coming to Newman’s carving site, Taylor has found more focus in his life. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
The Victoria Cool Aid Society has opened additional beds now that the Emergency Weather Protocol is activated. (Victoria Cool Aid Society/Facebook)
The Victoria Cool Aid Society has opened additional beds now that the Emergency Weather Protocol is activated. (Victoria Cool Aid Society/Facebook)
The Cool Aid Society’s Winter Coat Drive ends Jan. 14, 2019. (Photo courtesy Victoria Cool Aid Society)

Donate your gently used coat to those in need

Cool Aid’s Eleventh annual coat drive needs your gently-used donations

The Cool Aid Society’s Winter Coat Drive ends Jan. 14, 2019. (Photo courtesy Victoria Cool Aid Society)
Victoria Cool Aid Society seeks personalized Christmas gifts

Victoria Cool Aid Society seeks personalized Christmas gifts

Three shelters are participating in the Homeless Partners Christmas Wish List program

Victoria Cool Aid Society seeks personalized Christmas gifts
The Cool Aid Society’s Cedar Grove complex is due for a major renovation, but was sent back to the drawing board by the City of Victoria. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Cool Aid’s Cedar Grove plans sent back by Victoria City Council

The complex will offer a mix of 82 affordable and supportive housing units

The Cool Aid Society’s Cedar Grove complex is due for a major renovation, but was sent back to the drawing board by the City of Victoria. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)