During a crisis people feel a strong need to donate and volunteer. However, Emergency Reception Centres in the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) do not have the capacity to accept or distribute donations or direct volunteers, said a press release issued on Sunday.
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.
However there are plenty of ways you can donate money or your time.
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 email@example.com.
• South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre
Please call to find out specific needs. Can accept monetary and physical donations of materials. Call 1-888-516-5661.
Please call to find out what is needed. Online monetary donations appreciated.
Princeton Food Bank 250-295-2123
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
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.
United Way BC Wildfire Recovery Fund
Donate to United for BC Wildfire Recovery fund and support the work they do during crisis events and into recovery.
Thanks to Interior Savings and Gulf & Fraser, your donations right now are matched up to $20,000.
Donate today at uwbc.ca/campaign/wildfires/