Short-term Volunteering in Kelowna Can Bring Lasting Rewards

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"Volunteers are vital to the success of our events," says Jennifer Batey, events coordinator for the Downtown Christmas Light-Up, set for Nov. 28, 2009 at multiple venues in Kelowna's Cultural District. "Without our volunteers, we would not be able to put on this community-oriented event, which includes wagon rides through the Cultural District, a free skate at Memorial Arena and, of course, the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree at Kerry Park." is a website that connects volunteers with events in their community. It's free for both volunteers and event organizers, and registration is fast and easy. was created by 2010 Legacies Now, with support from the Province of British Columbia. helps organizations that plan community events, like festivals, fundraisers and sport competitions. These organizations may not have an existing network of volunteers from which to draw, and potential volunteers may need a quick and simple way to find short-term opportunities that match their interests.

The Downtown Kelowna Association is seeking volunteers for roles ranging from craft station assistants to set-up and tear-down crew members. "We're looking for volunteers who share our holiday spirit and our commitment to making this event a success," says Batey. You can find this event and more on is unique because you can search for events based on your community, skills and interests. You can also choose to receive automatic email updates when new events are added that match your profile.

By volunteering for one day or one weekend, you can contribute to the health of your community. You can also have fun, meet new people and gain new skills. The rewards are endless, and will stay with you long after the event is over.

Visit today to find more volunteer opportunities in your community and throughout B.C. is an online registration tool to connect volunteers with event organizations throughout BC. is supported by the Province of British Columbia, CTV, Volunteer BC and Volunteer Canada. Visit for more information.