The South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre’s new logo. (Submitted)

The South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre’s new logo. (Submitted)

South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre ending membership fee

The centre hopes to encourage more organizations to reach out for volunteers

The South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre (SOSVC) is dropping its membership fee indefinitely to encourage more volunteer support.

The decision will extend the temporary suspension that was put in place in 2020 to ease the financial barrier to take advantage of the volunteer centre’s services.

Since the start of the pandemic, organizations that need volunteers have seen a drop in support. With restrictions easing, it’s hoped that communities and organizations in the South Okanagan can begin the journey to recovery.

The SOSVC wants to be an active participant in the recovery and feels that removing its fee will have a positive impact.

“We anticipate this will encourage growth in membership and lead to an increase in volunteer opportunities for our nearly 1,000 volunteers, many of whom will be seeking new opportunities as restrictions are lifted,” said SOSVC president Mike Potgieter. “Our goal is to be a one-stop-shop for volunteering in South Okanagan-Similkameen, with our primary focus on the well-being of our volunteers, while disseminating volunteer opportunities on behalf of members, allowing them to take care of their business.”

The goal of waiving the membership fee is to have as many non-profit organizations, festivals and businesses requiring volunteers sign up as members for the centre to take care of volunteer recruitment, which in turn allows them to place their focus back on their business.

The SOS Volunteer Centre encourages people to visit their new look website at www.volunteercentre.info to learn more about what we do, browse current volunteer opportunities, sign up as a volunteer or register their organization as a member.

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