JCI Penticton is looking for volunteers to help them clean-up the River Channel on Oct. 23. (Mike Biden photo)

JCI Penticton is looking for volunteers to help them clean-up the River Channel on Oct. 23. (Mike Biden photo)

Volunteers needed for Penticton River Channel Clean-Up

JCI Penticton is bringing back its annual volunteer clean-up

JCI Penticton is looking for volunteers to join them in their yearly Channel Clean-Up on Oct. 23.

This will be the second year the clean-up is sponsored by Kettle Valley Memorial after 2020, where over 60 volunteers came out to support the event.

“At Kettle Valley Memorial, we believe in compassion, empathy and integrity in everything we do in business and in the community. Supporting the Jaycees again in a channel clean-up is no exception,” said owner Kevin Smith. “Our staff are excited to partake again and encourage the community to join us with a garbage bag and some fresh air on Oct. 23.”

Each year the river channel has thousands of people who spend their summer days floating and swimming from one lake to the other. Not all of them take what they bring with them when they’re finished.

JCI Penticton has a long history in revitalization work on the channel, with previous clean-ups over the years, and providing funding to build stairs along the channel to allow community access.

Returning for 2022, JCI Penticton is looking forward to connecting and re-connecting with local residents, businesses and the community to help make this event a success.

READ MORE: Volunteers needed for Oct. 18 community cleanup of River Channel

JCI is currently looking for residents and community members to sign up during three one-hour time slots on Oct. 23 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The litter clean-up will be along designated areas of the channel starting from Loco Landing to the end of the channel at Skaha.

There will be multiple segments that groups of volunteers will be divided up to cover.

Volunteers can sign up ahead of time online at signup.com/go/WLGQkHb. Registration for volunteers who have signed up will then take place throughout the morning at the Loco Landing parking lot from 9:30 a.m. until noon.

JCI and Kettle Valley Memorial will welcome all volunteers to the event and provide necessary equipment and supplies for the clean-up, including gloves, garbage bags and a select number of pickers.

Lunch at 1 p.m. will be provided for all volunteers and participants as a ‘thank you’ at the end of the channel at the Skaha parking lot. Grizzly Water will be providing water coolers for participants to fill up their reusable water bottles at the start of the event.

Additional support has been provided by Royal LePage, The Penticton & Wne Country Chamber of Commerce, Jacoh Signs, Minuteman Press, Boston Pizza, Loco Landing and Coyote Cruises, City of Penticton, and Skytouch Flooring.

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