The Shoestring Initiative

Advancing socioeconomic diversity in Canadian universities

Community Resources


We are always looking for more resources to help our community members. If you know of great free or low-cost resources for food, clothing, personal care products, or anything, please let us know.

Hot Meals
Food Banks
Clothing / Housewares
Health Care
Personal Care Items / Services
Legal Services
Educational Resources
Other Resources

HOT MEALS

Community Cabbage: Community Cabbage is a student-led group that provides free weekly hot meals at UVic

Emmanuel Church: Emmanuel Church provides free dinners for post-secondary students every Tuesday at 6PM

Free Meals In Victoria: There are a number of free meal options around Victoria. It may take some planning to “catch ’em all”, however. We have uploaded this great schedule provided by The Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness.

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FOOD BANKS

UVSS Food Bank & Free Store: Located in the SUB, next to the Martlet offices, the UVSS Food Bank & Free Store offers free non-perishable items for students in need.

Food Banks In Victoria: There are a number of food banks around Victoria. Check out this comprehensive list provided by The Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness.

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CLOTHING / HOUSEWARES

Quadra Village Community Centre: The Quadra Village Community Centre hosts a free clothing exchange on select days.

Mustard Seed: The Mustard Seed has a low to no-cost clothing boutique.

Value Village: A perennial favourite among thrifters, Value Village offers clothes, furniture, and pretty much anything else you might need for low cost. Check them out at 1810 Store St.

WIN Store: WIN offers low cost clothing and furniture. WIN’s sale proceeds go to support women in need.  Find them at 1803 Cook St. and 785 Pandora Ave.

Used Victoria: Used Victoria is an excellent place to find used housewares for low to no cost. Check regularly (especially at the end of the month) to find the best deals.

Craigslist: Craigslist is another great site for funding used goods for less. Check near the end of the month to find the best deals.

More to come…

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HEALTH CARE

UVic Wellness Space: The Wellness Space is a safer space featuring independent, drop-in, self-care activities to promote individual wellness and mindfulness, including art projects and diverse drop-in sessions lead by art professionals and community members. The Wellness Space is open every Friday in the Peer Support Centre (SUB B035) from 11:30 am – 3:00 pm. Contact the Peer Support Centre for more information.

University Health Services: Health services are available for all UVic students. Health Services can assist with gaining access to mental health services or other specialized services.

Cool Aid Community Health Clinic: Cool Aid offers medical and dental services for individuals in need.

Our Place, St. John Ambulance: Our Place (St. John Ambulance) provides free first aid services to individuals in need.

Our Place, Community Acupuncture:  Our Place offers free acupuncture services to those individuals in need.

The Epidemiology and Disease Control Centre – Communicable Disease Testing and Immunization: Free, friendly, and confidential testing, treatment and counselling  for all individuals. No health card required.

More to come…

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PERSONAL CARE ITEMS / SERVICES

Period Posse: The Period Posse offers free menstrual products for women in need.

Our Place:  Our Place offers free haircuts and toiletries (when available) for individuals in need.

Mustard Seed: Mustard Seed offers free haircuts and toiletries (when available) for individuals in need.

More to come…

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LEGAL SERVICES

Legal Services Society: Legal Services Society offers free face-to-face legal advocacy for low income individuals in a variety of legal areas (including tenancy issues).

Together Against Poverty Society: TAPS offers free face-to-face legal advocacy for low-income individuals, as well as public legal counsel sessions and free tax services.

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EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

UVic Library: Current students, faculty and staff can borrow laptops for two hours at a time from the Main Loan Desk or the Music and Media desk. Cameras and other electronic equipment is available for longer periods. UVic librarians are also a great resource if you need help searching for information or just need a little guidance about where to get started on a project/paper.

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OTHER RESOURCES

For more helpful resources, including, laundry, showers, storage, emergency housing, etc., check out some of these community resources.

Street Survival Guide: A fantastic resource listing showers, shelters, food banks, internet/phone services, and everything else you might need in a pinch.

Cool Aid Society Resource Guide: A great guide to the various resources available to individuals who are homeless or in need around Victoria.

More to come…
Hot Meals
Food Banks
Clothing / Housewares
Health Care
Personal Care Items / Services
Legal Services
Educational Resources
Other Resources

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