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If you’re interested in looking for volunteering opportunities within our organization, or in the Central Okanagan, here is the place to start! We have an extensive database of volunteer organizations and volunteering positions available for you to search.

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Event Assistants & Room Monitors (17 Mar 2017)
British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association, (BCRPA)
The BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) is seeking volunteers for our annual Symposium being held April 5-7, 2017 in Kelowna. We hope you will be interested in participating as a volunteer this year. 
 
Symposium is a flagship event that attracts hundreds of delegates in the recreation and parks sector. It provides an excellent opportunity for volunteers to engage with professionals in the field and learn more about the issues relevant to the sector such as leadership, sustainability, and partnership building. It is also a unique opportunity for BCRPA members to connect with one another and expand their network of colleagues. 
 
The BCRPA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to building and sustaining active, healthy lifestyles and communities in our province. The Association represents and supports over 5,000 professionals who collectively shape and lead the recreation, parks, cultural, and physical activity sector in BC. It depends upon member volunteers in every aspect of the Symposium, from planning to on-site organization; we are now recruiting volunteers for shifts on April 4-7. 
 
The role of Symposium volunteers is essential to the smooth running of the event, particularly in the area of logistical support.  
In recognition of your contribution, you will receive:  
- Nutrition breaks on the day of active participation as an on-site volunteer 
- Volunteer t-shirt 
- Opportunity to sit in on shift related education sessions  
- BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders will also be eligible for one Continuing Education Credit (CEC) per three hours of volunteer time at the event (to a maximum of four CECs for the entire conference)  
 
In exchange, you will be involved in tasks such as room monitoring, providing participants with general directions, and other logistical tasks as needed.  
 
Please consider committing a few hours by recording your availability on the online volunteer sign up form.  
We would be very grateful for any volunteer time you are able to provide and thank you in advance for supporting the efforts of the BCRPA in making the 2017 Symposium in Kelowna a success.
Crisis Line Volunteer (27 Feb 2017)
Kelowna Community Resources (KCR), Crisis Line
To listen and support callers in distress. Support includes a listening, compassionate ear, crisis intervention and referrals to resources when appropriate.  
 
Training takes place 3 times a year and consists of 6 hours of home study, approximately 18 classroom hours, and 4 shifts auditing with experienced volunteers. Next training will start May, 2017.
Clinic Support (16 Feb 2017)
Options for Sexual Health, Kelowna Clinic
The main role of the Clinic Support Volunteer (CSV) is to provide reception and administrative support in order to facilitate smooth clinic operations. In addition, the CSV may assist the clinician during client exams.
Youth Mentor (16 Feb 2017)
Courage for Youth, Creating a Safer Culture for Teens
Looking for strong male and female role models between the ages of 18-35 to help run a Courage for Youth program in elementary schools.  
 
"Voices" is a program that was originally created by young women who were aware of the challenges facing girls as they enter adolescence and who had a desire to help them navigate through these difficult years. Voices has been so successful over the last few years that last year a boys version of this program was also created! Both the girl and boy versions are almost fully run by volunteers and we are always looking for individuals who have a desire to mentor youth and who would be good role models for our students! 
 
Topics: 
- Relational aggression: how girls/boys bully each other (gossip, rumours, exclusion, humiliation, silent treatment, etc.) 
- Discovering who you are and what you believe in 
- Communication skills 
- Healthy relationship skills 
- Boundaries 
- Peer pressure 
- Self Respect and Empathy 
- Action/Reaction 
 
The Voices Program is a 6-week program, having a 1.5 hour session once per week. We currently have no volunteer opportunities but starting September, 2016 we will be back in schools and will be looking for some more help!  
 
If you would like to be added to our volunteer database, and notified via email of future volunteer opportunities please email with your contact details: moc.htuoyrofegaruocnull@seciov.
Sport Program Volunteers (16 Feb 2017)
Special Olympics BC, Kelowna Branch
Special Olympics BC is looking for program volunteers for our winter and summer sport programs! Come join our amazing community and make a difference in the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities. 
 
Special Olympics BC’s mission is to provide individuals with intellectual disabilities opportunities to enrich their lives and celebrate personal achievement through positive sport experiences. We do this by providing sport training programs year-round, alongside opportunities for our athletes to participate in competition. We also offer youth programs for ages 2-19 focused on building physical literacy and sport-specific skills.  
 
Our program volunteers play a vital role in delivering quality sport programs. Volunteers are responsible for assisting and supporting coaches at weekly sport practices. Prior sport-specific experience isn't necessary, just enthusiasm and a willingness to help our athletes have fun and achieve personal success! We provide on-boarding for all new volunteers and the time commitment is 1-1.5 hours/week for the duration of each 3-5 month program.  
 
Programs Looking for Volunteers: 
 
- Fall/Winter, Youth Basketball (ages 12-21) * FUNdamentals (ages 7-11) * 5 Pin Bowling * Snowshoeing * Swimming * Active Start (ages 2-6) * Floor Hockey * Club Fit (fitness program)  
 
- Summer, Track & Field * Softball Skills * Golf Skills 
 
If you are interested in applying or want more information about other volunteer opportunities with Special Olympics BC in your community, please contact Reanne Holden (Manager, Community Development) at 778-581-0511 or ac.cb.scipmylolaicepsnull@nedlohr
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Volunteer with Kelowna Community Resources

KCR has a variety of volunteer opportunities within our programs. Check out the program areas below that work with volunteers and call us today!

The Family Friend Program

This program matches trained volunteers with single parent families to provide support, companionship and connection to community resources.

Contact: Lisa Ford 250.763.8008 ext 136 or ac.rcknull@dneirfylimaf

The Crisis Line

The crisis line provides a confidential telephone service with trained volunteers available to provide support, a listening ear, assisting the caller to fully explore their feelings and concerns, explore options, alternatives and referrals to and information on available community resources.

Contact: Michelle Nelmes at 250.763.8008 ext 233 or ac.rcknull@enilsisirc

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