Open house marks volunteer bureau move

The Volunteer Bureau is now under the North Okanagan Employment Enhancement Society’s umbrella of services

The Volunteer Bureau is now under the North Okanagan Employment Enhancement Society’s umbrella of services.

An open house will be held Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. at 102-3201–30th Street to celebrate the transfer from the Social Planning Council.

Service providers and the public are invited to view the Volunteer Bureau space, meet the staff and volunteers, and find out more about the program.

The Volunteer Bureau has been in operation since 2003 and has assisted more than 230 agencies to post volunteer positions and connected more than 2,200 volunteers to non-profits in need of support.

For the last eight years, the program was hosted by the Social Planning Council through a series of gaming grants with additional support provided by the United Way.  This year, the Social Planning Council assisted NOEES in applying for a gaming grant for the continued operation of the Volunteer Bureau and in October 2012, the application was accepted.

The Volunteer Bureau assists many non-profit agencies that serve the community. It has been said that volunteers are the backbone of a community offering their time, talents, skills and energy to organizations that serve educational, special needs, health, environmental, societal, recreational, animal care, employment, emergency and immigration services, to name a few.

The open house will highlight many more of the opportunities that exist for people who are willing to assist in meeting the needs of the diverse and growing community.