Posted by Dave Colquhoun on Sep 04, 2020
During these challenging times, there are still many opportunities within Rotary and other service organizations for people to safely volunteer for activities which are vital to our community and satisfy our need for socialization and interaction with others.
 
Elise Ruiters, Canadian Red Cross Volunteer Experience and Engagement Coordinator joined our Zoom meeting this week to talk about the need for volunteers to help with the operation of two local programs.
 
The Health Equipment Loan Program (HELP) is designed to help individuals and families cope with injuries or illnesses by loaning essential medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, canes, bath chairs, toilet lifts, bed pans etc.   Volunteers work with an experienced person to take requests and assign equipment based on a need’s assessment.
 
The local health equipment loan depot is located behind the Winfield Memorial Hall.
 
The Emergency Management Program is activated as required, by the Red Cross, to help individuals and families who are impacted by natural disasters and emergencies (e.g., fires, floods, earthquakes etc.)  Volunteers are needed to respond to local emergencies and may also have an opportunity, if they want, to volunteer for assignments outside of BC and Canada.
 
Elise noted that no related experience is needed for either of these volunteer positions as training is provided by experienced Red Cross staff.  Good people skills and a willingness to serve are the only requirements.  Volunteers are normally asked to make a minimum 2-year commitment to whichever program they choose and to work a minimum of 20 hours each year.
 
For further information about these volunteer opportunities, contact Elise.Ruiters@redcross.ca
 
Other Volunteer Opportunities
  • Pelmawash trail cleanup. Rich Gibbons has organized a fun Pelmawash Cleanup mixed with some good old fashion socializing over coffee. The plan is to meet at the Oceola Tim Hortons at 9:00 am Saturday Sept 12 for coffee then an hour or so cleaning up designated portions of the trail.
  •  As you know, our Club supports WALC (Walk Around Lake Country) each year with $10,000 in Gaming money. WALC have completed the trail system this summer on the Pretty-Newene path and would like to know if Rotary will help them do a final clean and weed pull. Again, this can be a fun project. Please email Judy Guido and she will organize the date and time.
  • Preparatory work is beginning very soon to install a new mini library at the Oyama Hall mini library. Please contact Sandy Wightman if you would like to help.
  • September 12 is Lake Country Rotary Blood Drive Day.  Tell your friends.  You must register to donate blood at blood.ca or call 1-888-2donate.  The clinic is at 103- 1865 Dilworth Drive.