The purpose of this year's LOVE TOOTH Virtual Art and Music Festival is to raise funds and awareness for :
If you are planning to watch the festival and are able to give, please consider giving a donation to one of the listed charities. Thank you.
The Mental Health Society of Greater Victoria’s aim is to foster a community that speaks openly about mental health, as it is something we all have, and need to care for. As a starting point for people new to the system, MHS creates connections while serving as a central hub for people to start from. Through free education, training, and resource navigation, Victoria will become better equipped to care for each other’s mental health through the various services they provide. For more information visit: www.mhsvictoria.org
SOLID Outreach Society continues to provide health education programs including daily support groups such as an indigenous women’s group, a hep-c education group, and creative writing and music therapy groups. They also operate morning and evening syringe recovery and harm reduction teams, and provide support getting ID, accessing social assistance, and accessing health services, such as accompanying individuals to hospital and doctor visits.
SOLID introduced a ‘Cannabis Substitution Program’ in 2018 aimed at giving individuals an alternative to potentially deadly opiate, meth and crack use (due to potentially lethal amounts of fentanyl). This program helps individuals change their daily drug use habits by providing a daily substitution amount of cannabis. This also gives us another contact point for linking individuals to more health, support and treatment services. For more information visit: www.solidvictoria.org
The Victoria Native Friendship Centre is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Indigenous people in the Greater Victoria area. The Victoria Native Friendship Centre - or VNFC - began as a meeting place in the city—providing limited referral services to community members. It was in the mid-1950’s that groups in several large cities simultaneously began to push for a specialized agency to meet the needs of Indigenous people "migrating” to urban areas, for services that would assist in the transition process from rural to urban living. Large cities were attracting young people through the educational, employment and social advantages they offered. Although they moved away from reserves with ideals and high hopes, often the reality of city life struck Indigenous people hard.There were no guidelines to help Indigenous people through the maze of ministries and institutions. There was discrimination to contend with as well as loneliness, isolation and demoralization. The Friendship Centre offered a sense of community, support, training and network in a safe environment that helped Indigenous people to maneuver better in large cities. The VNFC now occupies more than 38,000 square feet of a former elementary school under a 99 year lease with the School District of British Columbia. The Centre has become a vital resource for urban Indigenous individuals and families, and is strategically positioned to play a major role in the development and implementation of urban Indigenous governance on southern Vancouver Island. For more information visit : www.vnfc.ca
Since 2012, Music Heals has raised awareness and funds to increase access to music therapy for vulnerable Canadians. Music Heals supports a wide range of music therapy services in communities in BC and across Canada. They increase access to music therapy for patients in children’s hospitals, seniors centres, palliative care, AIDS & HIV programs, at-risk youth, rehabilitation, and bereavement support. To date Music Heals has funded over 32,000 music therapy sessions for Canadians in need.
They are a group of music enthusiasts and music lovers who have come together to help raise awareness of the healing powers of music. Music Heals Charitable Foundation supports a wide range of music therapy services to communities in BC and across Canada. They increase access to music therapy for patients in children’s hospitals, senior’s centres, palliative care, AIDS & HIV programs, at-risk youth, habilitation, and bereavement support. They partner with each program they fund to tell real stories of impact and sustain music therapy programming. For more information visit : www.musicheals.ca
The Cridge Centre for the Family is commited to rendering aid and service to children, adults and families by providing childcare to children in the community through supervised, structured programs to help their personal development, and to advance education by operating programs and activities.
They assist women and children who have experienced family violence and abuse move from crisis and instability to self-sufficiency, personal safety and stability by providing them with support programs such as transitional housing, counselling, support groups, and access to other community services. Relieving poverty by providing low and moderate income families and those who are poor or needy with affordable housing and with programs to support them with life necessities;
They promote health and wellbeing by providing respite services and resources to families of children with disabilities, promote health and wellbeing by providing survivors of brain injury with housing and other support services to enable them to achieve their highest possible level of independent living;
Relieving conditions attributable to being aged by providing specially adapted residential accommodation, incidental facilities, and support to seniors.
They Provide youth in need who are young parents or at risk of homelessness with supports, mentoring and resources including counselling and advocacy to ensure their basic needs are met and to enable them to pursue education, employment and safe affordable housing;
For more information visit : www.cridge.org
The Jane Paul Indigenous Women’s Resource Centre opened its doors in December 2015, under the name Mi’kmaw Women’s Resource Centre in Sydney, Nova Scotia. The JPC is a not for profit organization providing a variety of supports and services to Indigenous women who found themselves living in Sydney, off reserve and away from community resources, many of whom found themselves in high-risk situations experiencing violence, homelessness, poverty, addiction, mental health struggles, involvement with different agencies, disruption of family life, and/or experiencing involvement with the criminal justice system. For more information visit : http://www.nsnwa.ca/jane-paul-centre/
The focus of JDRF - or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation - was and remains finding cures for type 1 diabetes; JDRF has helped fund research that has led to innovation and evolution of treatments that improve the quality of life for people living with Type 1 Diabetes.
Their vision is a world without Type 1 Diabetes. Their mission includes improving lives today and tomorrow by accelerating life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat Type 1 Diabetes and its complications. JDRF works every day to change the reality of this disease for millions of people—and to prevent anyone else from ever knowing it—by funding research, advocating for government support of research and new therapies, ensuring new therapies come to market and connecting and engaging the T1D community. For more information visit : www.jdrf.ca
Thank you for your kindness and generosity.