Red Cross office facing volunteer shortage

The Penticton office of the Canadian Red Cross, Health Equipment Loan Program is in jeopardy of having to reduce its hours of operation.

The Penticton office of the Canadian Red Cross, Health Equipment Loan Program is in jeopardy of having to reduce its hours of operation.

“People in the community can only access this service if there is a volunteer available to help them,” said Liza Soukoroff, with the Red Cross HELP program in the B.C. Southern Interior. “The Penticton office is in danger of reducing the number of days it can be open if they cannot find a few more volunteers.”

HELP is a volunteer-driven, community-based program that provides free, short-term loans of essential medical equipment that allows people to safely recover at home. Those who experience a sudden illness or accident are often left stunned by how quickly their lives have changed. A car accident, a sudden slip in the snow, or a heart attack can leave a person helpless in a home built for the able-bodied.

Four hours a week can make a world of difference to someone in your community. Contact the Penticton Canadian Red Cross office at 250-493-7533 and ask for Lynne or Dara for more information on how to become a volunteer. Full training and support is provided.