Victoria Cool Aid Society

HeroWork hosts its big reveal of Victoria Cool Aid Society’s new and improved downtown community centre on Saturday (Nov. 12), which has been under construction since early August. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

Cool Aid Society’s downtown Victoria community centre gets a new look

HeroWork reveals progress on latest ‘radical renovation’

 

Trevor Botkin, HeroWork general manager, gives a tour of the site. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

Heroes helping heroes: Victoria’s Cool Aid Society gets revamped

Renovations to bring new life to downtown community centre

 

Victoria Cool Aid Society’s mobile health clinic will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 28 in Centennial Square. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria Cool Aid Society to provide free testing on World Hepatitis Day

Free drop-in hepatitis C testing, education available at Centennial Square Thursday

 

The Victoria Cool Aid Society’s Homecoming Matching Challenge donation deadline has been extended until June 10 to help fund some specific programs. (Victoria Cool Aid Society/Facebook)

Victoria Cool Aid Society’s Homecoming challenge to help fill funding gaps

Food security, employment training/placement and seniors programs need cash influx

The Victoria Cool Aid Society’s Homecoming Matching Challenge donation deadline has been extended until June 10 to help fund some specific programs. (Victoria Cool Aid Society/Facebook)
A donated Easter meal of roasted ham, vegetables, scalloped potatoes and more, is served at the Victoria Cool Aid Society. Cool Aid Society’s Homecoming Matching Challenge aims to reach $170,000 to help fund its programs. (Black Press Media file photo)

Cool Aid Society extends fundraising campaign to help fill gaps in the community

Now until June 10, donations will be matched with the goal of raising $170,000

A donated Easter meal of roasted ham, vegetables, scalloped potatoes and more, is served at the Victoria Cool Aid Society. Cool Aid Society’s Homecoming Matching Challenge aims to reach $170,000 to help fund its programs. (Black Press Media file photo)
The importance of Cool Aid Society’s dental care centre in downtown Victoria is well known within the dental industry, but less so among the general public. (Black Press Media file photo)

Cool Aid reaches out to community to help fund a year of dental work in Victoria

Local philanthropist will match donations up to $25,000 to society’s low-barrier dental clinic

The importance of Cool Aid Society’s dental care centre in downtown Victoria is well known within the dental industry, but less so among the general public. (Black Press Media file photo)
Only about half a dozen staff members each of Our Place Society and Victoria Cool Aid Society do not yet have a COVID-19 vaccine, following a mandate by both organizations that staff receive it. (Black Press Media file photo)

Staff vaccination mandate has high success rate for Victoria’s Our Place, Cool Aid

COVID-19 vaccine requirement similar to that for provincial healthcare workers

Only about half a dozen staff members each of Our Place Society and Victoria Cool Aid Society do not yet have a COVID-19 vaccine, following a mandate by both organizations that staff receive it. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Victoria Cool Aid Society is fundraising to deliver 10,000 pairs of socks to south Island residents in need. (Victoria Cool Aid Society/Facebook)

Sock fundraiser promises some comfort for Greater Victoria residents in need

Cool Aid Society aiming for 10,000 pairs of socks by Nov. 30

The Victoria Cool Aid Society is fundraising to deliver 10,000 pairs of socks to south Island residents in need. (Victoria Cool Aid Society/Facebook)
Part of Cool Aid’s key design includes a daycare, a cafe, a pedestrian greenway through the space, family housing which includes nine three-bedroom and four two-bedroom apartments and community gathering spaces. (Provided by Cool Aid Society)

Construction commences on new mixed-use supportive housing development in Victoria

The Cool Aid Society’s Crosstown development will include 154 homes, 36-seat childcare facility

Part of Cool Aid’s key design includes a daycare, a cafe, a pedestrian greenway through the space, family housing which includes nine three-bedroom and four two-bedroom apartments and community gathering spaces. (Provided by Cool Aid Society)
Cool Aids’s new mobile clinic van has been on the roads for about three weeks. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Mobile health clinic extends services to Victoria’s vulnerable population

Mobile clinic allowing Cool Aid to engage individuals who have not accessed care for years

Cool Aids’s new mobile clinic van has been on the roads for about three weeks. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
(Victoria Cool Aid Society/Facebook)

Victoria food drive aims to feed those also struggling with housing

Quadra Village furniture store hosting drive-thru event Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

(Victoria Cool Aid Society/Facebook)
Wendy Stone, coat drive co-ordinator for the Victoria Cool Aid Society, accepts a blanket from Gordy Dodd of Dodd’s Furniture. The Finlayson Street store donated 30 new blankets to the society for distribution and is a drop-off point for public donations of warm unused outerwear through Feb. 28. (Courtesy Dodd’s Furniture)

Victoria Cool Aid Society works to keep people warm and sheltered during cold snap

Shelter accepts donated tarps, tents and sleeping bags, opens up 15 temporary shelter mats

Wendy Stone, coat drive co-ordinator for the Victoria Cool Aid Society, accepts a blanket from Gordy Dodd of Dodd’s Furniture. The Finlayson Street store donated 30 new blankets to the society for distribution and is a drop-off point for public donations of warm unused outerwear through Feb. 28. (Courtesy Dodd’s Furniture)
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

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)
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

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)
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

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)
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).