February 9, 2016 10:05 pm

Want to help in times of disaster? Call the Kelowna Salvation Army


KELOWNA – The Salvation army is known for helping people in need. Now the agency in Kelowna needs some help of its own.

It’s putting out a call for volunteers, hoping to increase the number of people in its Emergency Disaster Services Team.

“We’re looking for about 50 volunteers,” says Salvation Army Communications Coordinator Pam Grimm. “Our primary role is a support role. We are not putting out fires but we do feed, hydrate

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and encourage our fire teams. Anyone who has a heart and hands can help serve our community during these times.”

EDS volunteers help prepare, cook and serve meals, drive trucks, hand out water, make phone calls to find resources and offer emotional support to disaster victims.

“To come alongside people in desperate situations is part of what we do,” says Community Ministries Outreach Coordinator Sonia Withers. “Seeing the hope that comes across their face, that’s just indescribable.”

A volunteer information session will be held February 23rd at 6:30 p.m. at The Salvation Army Community Life Centre at 200 Rutland Road South.

To register, call 250-765-3450.

“When people see the news about those impacted by the fires it is a normal reaction to feel badly for those families and then wonder what they can do to help. By joining our EDS team, you literally can help,” says Grimm.

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