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On February 1st, 2017, Mayor Colin Basran issued a challenge for Kelowna residents to collectively give 150,000 volunteer hours in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday.
As of November 1st, 2017, Kelowna volunteers have logged 135,059 hours on Volinspire.com.
The Canada 150 for 150 Volunteer Challenge is a nationwide initiative led by Volunteer Ottawa in partnership with Volunteer Centres across the country.
In the official challenge, Kelowna is in second place, just behind Ottawa. “Fortunately for us, Volinspire is a local company and they have made it possible for local non-profits to log volunteer hours for those individuals not online. This will give us a better picture of the impact of volunteerism in our community,” says Stephanie Moore Project Coordinator for KCR (Kelowna Community Resources) and the 150 Volunteer Challenge.
The challenge continues right through until the end of the year and there will be plenty of opportunities to volunteer in the next couple of months.
“It is really important to continue to inspire a culture of volunteerism in our community. We all have the same number of hours in each day. We all have something that we can contribute to make our community a great place to live, work and play,” says Moore.
If you are looking for volunteer opportunities or want to log your volunteer hours for 2017, visit Volinspire.com or call KCR at 250.763.8008.