Welcome to our Wish List Page!
We often get asked 'how can I help?" when it comes to the work that we do. Not everyone is able to give the time and resources to volunteer but they still want to feel like they are helping in some way. So this page is for you! Below are a list of things we need for staff, volunteers and clients. Any contributions are greatly appreciated no matter how small. This page will change as our needs change so check back often! If you are interested in picking up any of the items listed below, please notify us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call the main office line (1-800-939-7682) and staff will make arrangements for drop off or pick ups. On behalf of all of us at VSLG, we thank you for your unwavering support and generosity.
Tim Horton's Gift Cards ($5.00 or $10.00 denominations ideal) - Sometimes our volunteers are going to work on about 3 hours sleep. That's because they have gotten up in the middle of the night to help someone in need. We often like to send thank you's to them in the form of a Timmie's card since they can be used in the middle of the night for food and coffee / tea / water or whatever else is needed. This is an ongoing need and we'll take as many of these as possible.
Grocery store gift cards ($25.00 denominations ideal) - We have some resources we can use but we have many that just don't fit the need for a variety of reasons. This is particularly helpful for domestic violence victims (male and female), seniors who are defrauded of money and left struggling to get through the month, families that are left with nothing after a fire, and / or family members who have traveled to be with a loved one during a tragic event and are in need of food and lodging on a short-term basis. This is an on-going need and we will take as many donations of these as possible.
Gas cards for places like Petrocan or Esso ($25.00 denominations ideal) - Due the vast rural nature of our region and the fact that there is no public transportation outside of Brockville and yet most of the services are in Brockville, we often have clients who are trying to get connected to the resources they need but are unable to get there. Gas cards are used for things like transportation to counseling appointments after a traumatic event or doctor's appointments or similar things. This is an on-going need and we will take as many donations of these as possible.
Used cell phones - Again, rural environments are challenging when it comes to connecting with services and resources. You have to make a phone call, leave a message and someone will call you back and so on. Many folks need cell phones when they are trying to leave an abusive situation (domestic violence, elder abuse) and need to make appointments to get things moving forward. If you're upgrading your phone and don't have a use for yours, please consider passing it along. They are also excellent safety devices as they can be used for 911 wherever there is a service. This is an on-going need and we will take as many donations of these as possible.
Keurig Coffee Machine + coffee pods - Our Prescott office has no access to coffee or tea! Can you imagine? This will help staff who are working that day, volunteers who are helping out and clients when they come for an appointment. Only 1 machine is needed so please contact us directly if you wish to grab one for us so that we can take this off the list.
Small printer for our high school office - We are the only victim services site in the province to have an office in a high school dedicated to supporting teens. I get we're not supposed to be calling ourselves preventative (because we're only funded for intervention activities) but if our presence helps teens get resources (such as counseling) or provides the awareness and education to help prevent human trafficking then it is time well spent. We did start out with a printer in there so that the staff can print off resource sheets and kits of information but unfortunately, it stopped working a while ago and we have not had the means to replace it. We only need one of these so if you are interested in providing us with one, please let us know asap so that we can take this off our list!
Small printer for our Prescott office - We do actually have a printer in our Prescott office but it is so old now, it has stopped working with our newer laptops. This has created a lot of problems because we go through a lot of printed documents. We provide kits of information to anyone that asks and this often means printed material helping to explain things like domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking, elder abuse and trauma. We only need one of these so if you are interested in providing us with one, please let us know asap so that we can take this off our list!
Mobile GPS Enabled Tracker - our MTS program (one device plus activation is $200.00) - Our MTS program is a high risk program geared to assist individuals who are at elevated risk of harm from another person. They are most often used in dangerous domestic violence situations but may also be used in extreme cases of stalking and harassment, sexual violence and / or elder abuse. We currently have 8 trackers and prefer to have 10. Our current 8 have been out non-stop and we have had to take some away from someone to give to another person whose risk is higher (not done lightly, we use evidence based rating scales to help make that determination). Charity receipt available upon request.
Monthly tracking fee ($20 / month per device) - One of the challenges with our Mobile Tracking Program is that we are not allowed to use program funding to pay for it. There is a monthly fee for monitoring for these devices and that means we need to be constantly fundraising to pay for them or we can no longer have them out in use. This is an ongoing expense so we will take as many offers to assist with payment as possible. Charity receipt available upon request
New Laptop for staff (ACER laptop preferred) - One of the challenges with our funding is that we do not get cost of living increases and we do not get funds or increases to pay for the tools we need as they wear out. One of our laptops is on the end of it's life span and needs to be replaced. The average cost for the ones we typically use is around $500 before taxes. Compu-silv knows exactly which ones they are if you are interested in picking one up. We only need one so if this is something you wish to pick up for us, please let us know asap so that we can take this off our list. Charity receipt available upon request.