EOC Update: How To Donate and Volunteer in South Okanagan Sunday, August 20, 2023, 2:00 pm

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During a crisis people feel a strong need to donate and volunteer. Emergency Reception Centres in the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) do not have the capacity to accept or distribute donations or direct volunteers. Please do not bring donations to Reception Centres or come on site to volunteer. Emergency Support Services volunteers undertake specific training and are active in small and large emergencies. To learn more about training and volunteer opportunities with Emergency Support Services please visit the Emergency Support Services webpage.

Donation and Volunteer Information in South Okanagan / Similkameen

For people who want to donate or volunteer there are amazing groups in the south Okanagan actively working to support people impacted by wildfires. Use links to visit websites below. 

Animal Lifeline Emergency Response Team 

Animal rescue and welfare group active in emergencies. Please call or e-mail to find out specific needs. Call 250-809-7152 or e-mail info@alertcanada.org.

South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre 

Finds opportunities to volunteer in their community in south Okanagan. Please call to find out specific needs.  Can accept monetary and physical donations of materials. Call 1-888-516-5661.

Local Foodbank 

Please call to find out what is needed. Online monetary donations appreciated.  

Princeton Food Bank                                   250-295-7752

Cawston / Keremeos Food Bank               250-492-4788

Osoyoos Food Bank                                     250-495-6581

Oliver Food Bank                                          250-498-4555

Penticton Food Bank                                   250-492-4788

Summerland Food Bank                             778-516-0015

Salvation Army 

Please call first to see what is needed for Penticton area. Call 250-492-4788.

Community Foundation of South Okanagan 

Online monetary donations for support in South Okanagan. Call 250-493-9311 for more information.

Issued by EOC Director