Volunteering with Haven Society

Volunteering with Haven Society is an opportunity to make a worthwhile contribution to your community and support the vital work that we do. In 2019 alone, we benefited from the time, enthusiasm and skill of over 60 volunteers who contributed almost 3,000 hours of their time.

Please note that during the Covid-19 outbreak volunteer activities  have been reduced, but many opportunities are still available.  

Frequently asked questions

What roles can volunteers take on at Haven Society?

Haven Society offers a range of volunteering opportunities for women and men in areas such as:

  • Administration: This is a Front Desk role that requires a weekly 4 hour shift. It involves answering phones and welcoming clients and visitors to Haven.
  • Board Member: Haven Board members oversee the governance, finance and strategic direction of Haven. Additional interviews and paperwork must be completed prior to becoming a Board member.
  • Community Victim Services (CVS): CVS roles may include talking to clients on the phone and updating client files. Direct client support and research projects may also be part of the work.
  • PEACE Program: Working with the PEACE team, volunteer roles include preparing for group sessions, organizing art and crafts supplies and welcoming the children to Haven.
  • Health and Wellness: Qualified practitioners of therapies such as yoga, reiki, reflexology etc may be interested in offering these skills to Haven clients.
  • Parksville-Qualicum Haven House: Volunteers can get involved with fundraising and awareness raising events for our new Safe House in Parksville. There are also opportunities to assist with groups.
  • Resource Development: Haven is involved with about 25 community events a year and all require volunteers. Some are for raising awareness and others are for raising funds. All of them are fun! The RD team also welcomes volunteers who can help with general administrative work.
  • Responder Program: A volunteer in the Responder Program provides resources and supports the emotional needs of a sexual assault or domestic violence survivor during a Forensic Nurse's Exmaination at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.
  • Haven Transition House: Volunteering at the house may include general housekeeping duties, driving and pick-ups, yard work, cooking or administrative tasks. You may also like to organize a movie night/self-care night for residents.
  • Women’s Counselling: Roles within Women’s Counseling may include preparing for group workshops and confirming appointments over the phone.
  • Other: If you would like to volunteer your time and skills in an area not mentioned, please let us know when you contact us.

How much time commitment is required from volunteers?

Volunteers can donate their time on a weekly, monthly or annual basis depending on their availability.

What is the process of becoming a Haven volunteer?

These are the steps in becoming involved in our volunteer recruitment process. We ask all volunteer applicants to:

  1. Fill out a Volunteer Information Form (below) which is submitted to the Volunteer Coordinator
  2. Attend a Haven 101 Volunteer Information Session
  3. Submit a Volunteer Application Package which includes:
    • Volunteer Application Form
    • Current Criminal Record Check
    • 2 Personal References
    • Resume
  4. Once we have received your completed Application package, you will meet with the Volunteer Coordinator for a one-on-one interview.
  5. Once accepted as a Haven volunteer, individuals will be invited to attend the next Haven 201 Volunteer Training Program. This 3 week program will take you BEYOND the basics and will work to inform, engage and empower you to walk alongside the work of Haven Society.
Once you have successfully completed all these stages, you are ready to get involved with Haven Society!
































If you are interested in volunteering with Haven Society, please submit the form below. Our Volunteer Orientation Sessions are held at our Community Services Building. Once the Volunteer Coordinator has reviewed your Information Form, you will be contacted with registration details for our next session.

Due to COVID-19, Haven Society's volunteer program has been temporarily suspended. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the form below and our Volunteer Coordinator will keep you up to date about program information. 


For more information about volunteering with Haven Society, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (250)756-2452 or email volunteer@havensociety.com


Crisis Line: 250-756-0616

Toll-free: 1-888-756-0616

Community Services Building

Phone: 250-756-2452

Fax: 250-756-2414


2270 Labieux Rd.

Nanaimo, BC

Mailing Address:

Box 37086, 38-3200 Island Hwy

Nanaimo, BC V9T 6N4

Registered Charitable Number:

119261105 RR0001

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Haven Society would like to acknowledge that we operate on the traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation.