Volunteer Opportunities Fair Goes Online for 2020


The 23rd Annual Okanagan Volunteer Fair, presented by KCR Community Resources, will be hosted online for 2020.  Traditionally, the event has been held at the Parkinson Recreation Centre with more than 70 participating organizations and up to 1000 interested community volunteers.  In accordance with public health guidelines due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the decision was made to increase the online presence and activities for the event and not hold an in-person event.

We spoke with Organizer Stephanie Moore about how COVID-19 has impacted volunteer opportunities in our area: 

The virtual Okanagan Volunteer Fair features a dedicated Facebook page, Get Involved Central Okanagan, where organizations and interested volunteers can find the latest information about the event and volunteer opportunities.  Information, photos and videos from participating organizations will be featured on the page throughout the coming weeks.  In addition, volunteer managers and supervisors will share information about volunteer opportunities with their organizations through video interviews.

“The online event will provide the opportunity to showcase even more great local non-profit organizations as we are no longer limited by physical space,” says Stephanie Moore, Project Coordinator with KCR Community Resources.  Interested volunteers may also learn more about each organization as they have the time to watch the feature videos at their own pace and learn about all the different opportunities that are available.  “I am enjoying interviewing each organization and learning about the variety of volunteer roles, some of which have been quite surprising!” says Moore.

Volunteering may look a little different during the COVID-19 global pandemic.  However, non-profit organizations continue to need volunteer support to deliver essential programs and services to our community.  A lot can be gained when you give back to the community.  “The connections that I made through volunteering, when I first moved to Kelowna, have helped me in my career path over the last 23 years,” says Moore.  In addition to building your resume and networking, you can share your expertise and truly make a difference.  Volunteering has also proven to improve your health and well-being.

To find out more, go to: https://kcr.ca/community-services/okanagan-volunteer-opportunities-fair/