North Okanagan Vernon Gleaners

Food Aid

Who can volunteer?
People of all ages, backgrounds and abilities can be helpful by volunteering.  Currently our youngest helper is 10 years old, and the oldest are in their 80s.
 
What jobs or tasks need to be done?
The processing cycle needs people to wash, clean, cut, trim, and chop vegetables, as well as loading the dryers. Packaging the dehydrated soup mix also requires volunteers and there are always a variety of other jobs at the plant.  No matter the individual’s abilities or even handicaps, there is always a place that will be part of the team and to help.
 
Is there any training needed?
Operational since 2009, NOV Gleaners is well-practiced at what they do, and will joyfully instruct and teach exactly what is needed.
 
Who do I contact to volunteer?
Interested in volunteering? Please contact the processing plant at 250-558-5872 or email [email protected]
 
How often do volunteers work?
The operations are active from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon, Monday through Friday, year-round. Volunteers chose the day(s) that work best for them.
 
Where do volunteers come from?
NOV Gleaners is comprised of volunteers from throughout the local region, but additional people come from other parts of BC, Alberta and beyond. Many travel to the plant and stay in the adjacent Gleaners RV Park while helping out with the processing.
 
Why should people volunteer?
Many of  the NOV Gleaners volunteers are looking for ways to be helpful and to give back to those in need.  Some people are motivated by hearing the stories of those across the globe who are touched by this powerful food ministry.  Everyone enjoys sharing the experience with old and new friends. Whatever the reason, the NOV Gleaners team is always thankful for the help.


Medical Aid

Who can volunteer in the medical equipment ministry?
Volunteers of all ages and walks of life are gratefully utilized in a number of roles.
 
What types of jobs or tasks need to be done?
From light duties such as sorting and folding to lifting and packaging, there are a wide variety of tasks and jobs to do in this ministry.
 
Where do the volunteers work with the equipment and where is it stored?
The North Okanagan Gleaners plant/warehouse is where all the donated equipment comes to be stored, sorted and packaged.
 
Why do people volunteer with the medical equipment ministry?
The volunteers want to help others who are in need.  In some cases, the volunteers have a medical service background, and others simply want to contribute yet do not feel called into the other ministries… Food Aid or Furniture & Appliances.



Furniture & Appliances

Who can volunteer with the furniture and appliances ministry?
Our team has a wide array of volunteers, and each brings special skills.  We have a place for you whether it is in the store selling furniture, operating the till, cleaning items, or part of our fix-and-repair team.  We also always have a need of people that can assist in lifting furniture.  If none of these items is right for you, there is a plethora of opportunities at our plant as well.
 
Why do people volunteer with the furniture and appliances ministry?
This is a very rewarding environment where communication with others is always occurring, and this is an opportunity to give back.  Check out this link https://www.openbible.info/topics/serving_the_poor
 
How can people get involved in this ministry?
To volunteer, contact the store manager at (250) 549-1123, simply ask for a volunteer application form at the front desk, or email to [email protected]
 
When are volunteers needed?
We have shifts Monday to Friday      
                                                               9:30 am to 1:30 pm
                                                            11:00 am to 3:30 pm
                                                               1:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Also Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm
 
See you there!