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Surge in need for volunteers from North Okanagan agencies

From boat captains to historic actors, there’s a real need in the region
Long time Hospice volunteers Linda and Barry were recently celebrated for all they do at North Okanagan Hospice Society. (NOHS photo)

A recent rise in volunteer opportunities has prompted NexusBC Community Resource Centre to encourage everyone with a little extra time to please come forward.

NexusBC manages the online platform which has seen 24 new opportunities posted this spring.

One example is Archway Society for Domestic Peace is looking for a lawn mower.

“We are looking for help with one small lawn area that needs to be mowed weekly; it would take approximately 10 minutes. Mower provided on site,” the non-profit said.

Okanagan Quality Life Society needs captains.

“Looking for volunteers to help us pilot a pontoon boat a couple hours a week during the summer on Okanagan Lake.”

Do you have a passion for supporting your community especially in times of emergencies? The Canadian Red Cross is looking for volunteers to join their Safety and Wellbeing Team; people who help during a disaster. Training provided.

The Halina Centre needs café cashiers, kitchen assistants and more.

O’Keefe Ranch needs volunteers to dress up as residents of the Okanagan Valley circa 1890-1910 during the visitor season.

Volunteers are the heart of many groups, including the North Okanagan Hospice Society (NOHS), which has nearly 80 dedicated individuals.

NOHS volunteers help in all areas of the 12-bed end-of-life home, also undergoing intensive training and orientation.

There are administration, event, gardener, greeter and community volunteers, just to name a few of the diverse positions.

One of the important community outreach programs involving NOHS volunteers is called NAV-Care.

Nav-CARE’s specially trained volunteers help improve the lives of people living with serious illness by creating connections to community services and resources and providing compassionate and consistent emotional support.

“Volunteers are such an important part of the team at Hospice and in the community, without their caring and heart our organization wouldn’t be able to provide such a quality level of service to those in need,” said NOHS executive director Lisa Matthews.

All these opportunities and more can be found online and applying is simple. Just register as a volunteer and apply for the positions you’re interested in.

If you need help accessing the site, phone 250-545-0585 or drop by NexusBC Community Resource Centre at 102-3201 30th St.

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Vernon has always been my home, and I've been working at The Morning Star since 2004.
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