Charities We Support
Funds raised by West Island Community Shares are distributed to West Island community groups that offer vital services in 9 important sectors :
Accompagnement bénévoles de l'Ouest-de-l'île (ABO). Provides transportation and accompaniment to treatment for residents battling cancer or other critical illnesses who have no other means of transportation.
Telephone: (514) 694-3838
Web Site: www.abovas.com
Venturing Out Beyond Our Cancer (VOBOC) is dedicated to easing the cancer journey for adolescents and young adults undergoing cancer treatment by granting special requests.
WEb Site: www.voboc.org
West Island Cancer Wellness Centre offers a whole-person approach to cancer care focusing on the physical, emotional, social, spiritual and educational needs of those experiencing cancer.
Telephone: 514-695-WELL (9355)
Web SIte: www.wicwc.org
CHILDREN, YOUTH & FAMILY SERVICES
Action Jeunesse de l'Ouest-de-l'île (AJOI) - AJOI Street workers offer on-the-spot intervention services for teens in trouble. The workers encourage teenagers to discover and develop alternatives to the streets and provide them with the opportunity to speak about their needs.
Telephone (514) 675-4450
Web Site: www.ajoi.info
AMCAL Family Services provides a residence for teens in crisis and counseling services to their family members. The organization offers supervised visits program, school-based programs as well as community programs.
Web Site: www.amcal.ca
Big Sisters and Big Brothers of West Island - Over the past 30 years, Big Brothers and Big Sisters have provided responsible adult guidance to children through quality Mentoring and In-School programs. They recruit, train and match volunteers with children and support them professionally in their search for a full and happy life.
Telephone: (514) 538-6100
Web Site: www.bbbsofwi.org
Carrefour des 6-12 ans provides educational support to at-risk children from low-income families.
Cloverdale Multi-Ressources Family Centre encourages children and families from the Coverdale area and its surroundings who often live in difficult conditions to get involved with each other, to improve and maintain their well-being through various services such as animation, prevention, education and entertainment.
Web Site www.cloverdalemulti-ressources.org
Club des petits déjeuners (West Island) - Does its utmost to ensure that every child receives two elements required for learning: a nutritious breakfast and a nourishing environment. The funding from Community Shares will be used to open a club at Harfang-des-Neiges school in Pierrefonds.
De-Zone Offers a safe environment where youth between the ages of 12 and 17 can talk with youth workers, get homework help, take music and art classes and meet new people.
Telephone: (514) 630-9622, ext. 5208
Leave Out ViolencE LOVE offers youth the support and skills they need to reject negative behavior and to replace aggression with more constructive ways to be seen and heard. LOVE’s unique approach of youth reaching out to youth has impacted the lives of thousands of young people across the country and hundreds right here in the West Island.
Telephone: (514) 938-0006
Web Site: www.leaveoutviolence.com
Les Maisons des Jeunes de Pierrefonds and A-Ma-Baie provide activities, resources and a safe haven for at-risk youth.
Web Site: www.rmjq.org
LGBTQ Youth Centre Provides a welcoming environment where young people questioning their sexual identity can easily and safely go to meet, talk, ask questions, develop relationships, and understand themselves. Web Site: www.lgbtqyouthcentre.ca/
Pierrefonds Community Project provides services for children of low-income and immigrant families, and assists young mothers coping with raising children.
Concertation de l'Ouest-de-l'Île (CODI) supports collective action by encouraging information exchange, mobilizing interested parties and introducing actions that support community development in the West Island. CODI facilitates the involvement of all key stakeholders in addressing the community’s cross-regional issues.
Web Site: www.crcinfo.ca
Literacy Unlimited is dedicated to empowering adults through improved literacy. Literacy Unlimited recruits, trains, and supports volunteers from the community to deliver programs to help learners to reach their personal, educational and employment goals.
Web Site: www.literacyunlimited.ca
West Island Community Resource Centre is a bilingual referral service that offers valuable health and social services information.
Web Site: www.crcinfo.ca
ENVIRONMENT & CULTURE
Ecomuseum Zoo - Visitors will discover more than 115 species of live animals from Quebec in a natural settings. Teaches children and adults the importance of protecting the local environment and wildlife. Offers a large variety of activities on-site and off-site.
Telephone: (514) 457-9449
Web Site: www.zooenville.ca
West Island Youth Symphony Orchestra offers young musicians aged 8 to 25 in the West Island the opportunity to develop skills, discipline, a sense of teamwork and a deeper understanding of music.
Telephone: (514) 658-1630
Web Site: www.osjwi.qc.ca
Bread Basket Lac St-Louis operates a set of initiatives under the name of Project Delmar in the community of Delmar, Pointe-Claire. The priority initiatives are to address food security with programs that provide access to healthy, fresh foods, social development issues such as environmental concerns and social housing and to encourage and support a resident's committee.
On Rock Community Services offers a food bank, a school lunch service and a community diner to families in need.
Telephone: (514) 696-1905
Web Site: www.onrock.org
West Island Assistance Fund dispenses food and clothing to families in need and offers free summer camp experience for under-privileged children living in the West Island.
West Island Mission provides food assistance and a popular “Back to School Backpack” program for the less fortunate living in the West Island of Montreal.
Telephone: (514) 912-6813
Web Site: www.wimmoi.com
AWISH (Arthritis West Island Self Help Association) provides information, education, support and an exercise program to West Islanders affected by arthritis.
Web Site: www.awishmontreal.org
Portage (West Island Program) provides specialized drug addiction rehabilitation programs for young substance abusers. Portage also helps residents acquire the self-awareness and the competencies they need to overcome drug addiction and go on to lead healthy, productive, drug-free lives.
Web Site: www.portage.ca
Offers a substance abuse prevention program in schools and in the community for 12-30 year olds
West Island CALACS offers help to women who have been the victims of sexual assault, as well as programs for the prevention of sexual assault. CALACS is the only service in the West Island to offer these services to women 14 years and older.
Telephone: (514) 684-2198
Web Site: www.calacsdelouest.ca
ANEB Quebec (Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia) helps West Island residents whose lives have been affected by an eating disorder and their families.
Web Site: www.anebquebec.com
Centre Bienvenue provides support and psychosocial services in the community, and work reintegration programs to improve acceptance of mental illness and contribute actively to society.
Web Site: www.centrebienvenue.org
Family Resource Center - The Family Resource Center works to support youth (ages 5-25), their parents and professionals affected by mental health issues such as learning disabilities, social skills and behavioral struggles. Individualized and specialized services include: social & study skills programs, counseling, parent support groups, professional workshops and referrals. No client is turned away due to financial difficulties.
Telephone: (514) 685-5912
Web Site: www.familyresourcecenter.qc.ca
L'Équipe Entreprise provides work activities that assist West Islanders living with a mental illness.
Friends for Mental Health (West Island) provides crucial support, counseling and respite services to families coping with the mental illness of a loved one.
Omega Day Centre located in Dorval and open on weekdays and Saturdays is run by West Island Council for Psychiatric Needs Inc. It assists adults with mental health problems residing in the West Island. The Saturday program offers clients support and follow-up while encouraging improvement of their self-esteem and autonomy.
Association québécoise de la voile adaptée makes it possible for those suffering from severe physical or sensory handicaps to improve their quality of life and integration into the community by learning to sail autonomously.
AVATIL aims to identify and serve individuals who have need for residential assistance, community support, social development and vocational services. AVATIL has more recently implemented adolescent intervention programs to identify the teens at risk and provide early support. Parent groups and summer adolescent programs have also been undertaken.
Telephone: (514) 634-8944
Web Site: www.avatil.org
Light A Dream Provides young adults with special needs the opportunity to experience and learn in a productive business environment while providing the community with quality products and services. The program promotes their understanding of various business and economic principles, while enhancing their social, interpersonal, decision making and leadership skills.
Web SIte: www.lightadream.com
WIAIH (West Island Association for the Intellectually Handicapped) provides pre-school, recreational, residential and respite services to people with intellectual handicaps and autism and support to their families.
Web Site: www.wiaih.qc.ca
Volunteer West Island is the only volunteer recruitment centre in the West Island and has, since 1967, recruited more than 16,000 volunteers for over 100 organizations. In addition, Volunteer West Island offers both outreach and on-site programs and services aimed at breaking the isolation seniors often face and helping them remain in their own homes, enjoying as high a quality of life and autonomy as possible.
Web Site: www.cabvwi.org
West Island Citizen Advocacy matches West Island residents who need help with volunteer advocates who provide emotional, practical or social support.
Telephone: (514) 694-5850 / (514) 631-9151
Web Site: www.volunteerwica.com