Get Involved

Want to get involved? There are lots of ways you can help give a new life to an LGBT refugee. You can be a sponsor, provide professional support to ROAR, offer services to new refugees, provide financial support, emotional support, etc. The list goes on.




A key way to help an LGBT refugee be accepted into Canada is to sponsor them. Private sponsorship is one of the ways we can help protect refugees from around the world. Find out more here.


There are a number of different private sponsorship options. Most require commitment to supporting the refugee emotionally, practically and financially for one year.


ROAR helps bring people interested in private sponsorship together and will help guide the group through the process of sponsoring an LGBT refugee. For more on ROAR sponsor roles, read our guidelines.




ROAR needs people who can provide professional services. We work with health care providers, educators, marketers and communicators, social workers, lawyers and more. If you are a professional or provide services that could help a refugee restart their life, we want to hear from you.


Financial Support:


Helping LGBT refugees resettle in Canada costs money. We depend on financial support from community members and organizations to continue to help find safe homes for LGBT refugees.

Your donation will help support a refugee to settle in Nanaimo. Private sponsorship of refugees is based on a commitment to pay costs for the first year of the refugee’s stay in Canada. Financial support will increase the number of refugees that can be resettled from very dangerous situations around the world. 


Every penny counts. Donations are gratefully received through the Brechin United Church Refugee Fund and are processed through the safe, secure website.


If you want to be involved, but cannot dedicate time or money, there are other ways you can support. If you want to help, even if you’re not sure how, please let us know through our contact page.

Support ROAR with a Smile Card


Here is an easy way to help us in our work with refugees. Buy groceries, support ROAR!

What is the Thrifty Foods Smile Card Program?

Do you ever shop at Thrifty Foods? ROAR is registered with the Thrifty Foods Smile Card fundraising program. Every time you shop at Thrifty's, 5% of your card load will be donated to ROAR. It's simple, and there is no cost to you!

What is the money raised for?

As ROAR grows to serve more people, we must raise funds to continue to bring LGBTQ refugees to Canada and support them in their first year in our country. We also depend on fundraising in order to get our message out: through our website and newsletter, through public awareness activities such as inviting in speakers, and through community outreach at Pride and other events.

Here’s how it works:

1. Contact us to obtain your Thrifty Foods Smile Card.

2. Take the card with you to Thrifty Foods when you go grocery shopping. Before your groceries are rung through, ask the cashier to load any amount you wish onto the card. You can do this with cash, debit, or credit card.

3. Then pay for your groceries with the Smile Card.

Thrifty Foods will donate 5% of the amount loaded on your Smile Card to ROAR. There is no cost to you. When the card is running low, load it again and continue to support ROAR every time you shop at Thrifty Foods!

This will take you to the Brechin United Church donation page at 

* Click in the drop-down box under ‘Apply your donation to a fund set up by this charity’

* Select ‘Refugee Fund – ROAR’

(The site also allows for monthly donations)

Mailing address:

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5306 Lost Lake Road 
Nanaimo BC V9T 5E8

We acknowledge that for thousands of years the Snuneymuxw people have walked gently on the unceded territories where we now live, work and play. We seek a relationship with the first peoples here based in honour and respect, and we thank them for their hospitality. 

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