The South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre
Our Impact Why We Exist
The SOS Volunteer Centre provides a one stop for 85,000 residents to find volunteer opportunities in their community. The SOS Volunteer Centre benefits the community by providing them with information on the health benefits of volunteering, areas where volunteers are needed, and education on the rights and responsibilities of volunteers. 7000 residents contacted the SOS Volunteer Centre via our website (including searchable database), e-mails, and phone calls. Volunteers can register to receive e-mail updates on volunteer positions open and they can meet with staff to go over their interests and pick up hard copies of information. More than 800 volunteers have registered to receive updates.
Our Story What We Do
- We provide workshops and edcuational material for volunteers
- We have a self assessment tool for those who are new to volunteering.
- We help community leaders and non-profits find volunteers.
- We educate non-profits and organizations on best practices for engaging volunteers
We promote volunteerism, encourage people to volunteer and raise public awarness about the contributions of volunteers and the value of volunteering. Research shows that volunteering builds a healthy community both economically and socially.
Our Programs How We Do It
We work with 800 registered volunteers and over 100 non-profits. We help the citizens of the South Okanagan Similkameen find volunteer opportunites, and work with non profits to encourage best practices for engaging volunteers.
New residents, immigrants, youth, seniors, baby boomers, disabled persons and employees are examples of volunteers that find volunteer opportunities though the SOS Volunteer Centre’s posters and media announcements directing them to our website and offices. The SOS Volunteer Centre prepares publications for direct public consumption such as Student and Youth Guide to Volunteering, Skills for Jobs/Skills for Life Passport, The Benefits of Volunteering on the Volunteer’s Health, Guide to Volunteering (General Pubic), and Self- Assessment Tools.
Staff in the SOS Volunteer Centre meet with volunteers to review their self-assessment report and to help direct them to volunteer opportunities that would best suit them. Potential volunteers call the Volunteer Centre to speak with staff to help them find Volunteer Opportunities for themselves, for their children or for disabled persons. The public also goes directly to the SOS Volunteer Centre website and searches through the dozens of volunteer opportunities as a self-directed process to get engaged in their community.
Volunteers also receive a information on new volunteer opportunities when they arise through newsletters.