Volunteer database provides regional connection

A new searchable database now makes it easier for volunteers to get connected across the region.


A new searchable database now makes it easier for volunteers to get connected across the region.  The Volunteer Centre currently has more than 50 volunteer opportunities listed.  The database can be accessed via the Volunteer Centre’s website at www.volunteercentre.info, and by clicking on “Volunteer Opportunities.”

Opportunities exist in Osoyoos, such as volunteering with the English as a Second Language Settlement Assistance Program, in Oliver, volunteering with the Desert Sun Counselling and Resource Centre and Community Centre, and in Penticton volunteering with the Hospice Society, Meals on Wheels, Medical Foundation, and Royal Canadian Legion, to name a few.

To help prepare non profits and charities for the hundreds of volunteers they need, the Volunteer Centre held a “Best Practices for Engaging Volunteers” Learning Event on November 15. The learning event, attended by representatives from 20 different non profits in the region, provided support for developing excellence in volunteer programs. The event covered topics from planning, policies and recruitment, through to evaluating a volunteer program’s effectiveness.

“Volunteerism is the glue that holds our community together, and volunteers should expect to have a good experience when they volunteer. Non profits with welcoming environments, and who provide additional support for volunteers, are more successful in finding and keeping this valuable resource. Volunteers can expect to receive a clear understanding of what they are being asked to do, and they can expect to be appreciated and thanked” said Sharon Evans, President of the South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Society.

Wendy Weisner, Director of the Volunteer Centre says “There isn’t a more exciting time to volunteer in our community, the need for volunteers is greater than ever and volunteers have the skills to meet the challenge.  Today’s volunteers are diverse with a range of experience and interests. They are needed on the front lines, in leadership positions in developing programs and initiatives.”

The Volunteer Centre welcomes all those interested to register at www.volunteercentre.info and click on “I Want to Volunteer”. If you would like more information on volunteering in our community please contact the South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre at 250-476-5661, toll free 1-888-576-5661 or visit our website at www.volunteercentre.info. Please feel free to email us at info@volunteercentre.info





Just Posted

‘His kids were No. 1’: Wife remembers man shot dead in Kamloops

Wife of Kamloops shooting victim describes him as loving, hardworking family man

Summerland to host fourth annual Grand Sommelier Express

Wine event will be held on Kettle Valley Steam Railway’s historic train

Okanagan OneWorld Festival brings cultures together

The annual SOICS event returns Feb. 23 to the Lakeside Resort

Penticton woman captures footage of bobcat feasting on bird in backyard

‘Kim Ken Oszinski’ posted photos and videos of the bobcat from just a few feet away

Okanagan Shuswap weather: Glimpses of sun expected on another wintry day

The sun will be peeking out from behind the clouds for the next few days

5 Events to check out at local ski hills

Check out this new column from Okanagan events guru Christina Ferreira

New report calls for regulated heroin sales to curb B.C.’s overdose problem

B.C. Centre on Substance Use points to organized crime and money-laundering as contributing factors

Millennial men least likely to have a family doctor: Statistics Canada

Report found more women have primary care physicians, compared with men

Okanagan man fined $600 for twenty-third illegal driving conviction

Judge says another offense could result in jail time

Snowplow accident leads to power surge, small claims decision

Tribunal rules Shuswap resident not entitled to additional compensation

70% of Canadians agree with mandatory vaccines for children: poll

The debate for pro and anti vaccinations has heated up after a measles outbreak in Vancouver

VIDEO: Woman, off-duty cop in serious condition after stabbing outside B.C. elementary school

The officer was interceding in an alleged assault when he and the woman were stabbed

Most Read