Volunteer opportunities for the holiday season

Plenty of opportunities to give back to the community over the break

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army Kettle Campaign is a holiday institution, and they are in need of volunteers. The kettles receive donations from Nov. 16 to Dec. 24. According to The Salvation Army’s website, money from the kettles goes towards supporting programs that benefit local children, families and seniors as well as funding the Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts. The website also said that hours for kettle attendants are very flexible. According to Salvation Army employee Christine Kirby, anyone can volunteer, but they must provide two references, such as friends or previous employers. Those wishing to volunteer can get more information by calling 250-819-0017 or by sending an email to salvationarmykamloops@gmail.com.

Snow Angels

The Snow Angels program is an initiative by the City of Kamloops and Oncore Seniors Society that provides snow clearing services for local seniors. Snow Angels matches volunteers with seniors or residents with mobility issues in their neighbourhood. Snow Angels organizer Keith Bonnan said that there are currently approximately 120 seniors still waiting for volunteers in their neighbourhood to help them. He also said that 100 seniors are already being helped. When asked if the program was able to find enough volunteers in past years Bonnan said that “there is always a bit of a need.” The Snow Angels organizers can be reached at 250-828-0600 or info@oncoreseniorssociety.com.

Operation Red Nose

Operation Red Nose is a designated driver service which operates by donation on weekends during the holiday season. Operation Red Nose 2015 is already operating, with upcoming dates on Dec. 11, 12, 18, 19, 26 and 31. Volunteers are needed for driving and navigating positions, said Operation Red Nose organizer Katie Klassen. Drivers must be 21 or older and have a valid class 5 driver’s licence. Navigators, who also handle paperwork and collect donations must be 19 or older. All volunteers must submit to a criminal record check, which Klassen said can be done for free at the RCMP station on Battle Street. Donations received by Operation Red Nose go to Pacific Sport Interior BC to support amateur athletes. This year’s Operation Red Nose marks the 19th consecutive year that the program has run in Kamloops. Operation Red Nose can be reached at 250-320-0650.

Kamloops Food Bank

The local Food Bank is gearing up for their busiest time of the year and are looking for volunteers. The volunteer page of the Food Bank’s website advertises “a fun environment” and “the opportunity to give back.” The website also said that scheduling is flexible and lunch is provided for volunteers. More information can be found by contacting the Food Bank at 250-376-2252 or volunteer@kamloopsfoodbank.org.