Community Papers

Centre helps connect volunteers in South Okanagan

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, South Okanagan Medical Foundation and Royal Canadian Legion, to name a few.

“Volunteerism is the glue that holds our community together, and volunteers should expect to have a good experience when they volunteer,” said Sharon Evans, president of the South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Society.

“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”

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 Nov. 15.  The 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.

“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,” said Wendy Weisner, director of the Volunteer Centre.

“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, email  info@volunteercentre.info or visit the website at www.volunteercentre.info.

 

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