New Website for Volunteer Opportunities






We are excited to announce that we have a NEW database for volunteer opportunities in Vernon! Please visit vernon.bcvolunteer.ca for current, up-to-date opportunities with the organizations below and more.

Abbeyfield House Society

Abbeyfield Vernon is located within walking distance of downtown Vernon, the Schubert Center and Vernon Restholm. Situated on a large lot with beautiful trees and a small creek, up to ten single seniors call Abbeyfield home. Call (250) 542-3711

Age Action Society

Age Action Society is a charitable organization enabling aging adults to lead a full and active lifestyle. They offer engaging programs and group activities that provide conversation and companionship in a fun environment. Call (778) 212-5161.

Allan Brooks Nature Centre

Perched atop the grasslands just south of Vernon the Allan Brooks Nature Centre is your place to renew your natural curiosity and connect with the joys of nature. ABNC exists to provide a link between nature and people who appreciate nature’s intricate connection to life in the Okanagan – local residents and visitors of all ages and abilities… Call (250) 260-4227.

Alpine Centre Book Warehouse

The Book Warehouse, located in the Alpine Centre, is a charity bookstore that supports Special Olympics Vernon and other local charities. Call (250) 451-1646.

Armstrong Boys & Girls Club

The Armstrong Club offers child care and recreation programs to children 5-12 years of age. These programs are for members from Armstrong-Spallumcheen who want to come out to the Club and take part in a wide variety of activities that are planned around Recreation, Sports and Leisure, Creative Arts, Personal Growth and Life Skills. Call (250) 546-9900.

Armstrong Chamber of Commerce

The Armstrong Chamber of Commerce is a community minded organization comprised of businesses large and small, non-profit clubs and organizations, community members, entrepreneurs and home-based businesses. Call (250) 546-8155.

Armstrong Healthcare Auxiliary

The Armstrong/Spallumcheen Healthcare Auxiliary helped kick off the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation Building A Tower of Care launch with a BIG donation of $50,000 raised from The Bargain Bin thrift shop in Armstrong. Call (250) 546-8813.

Armstrong Medical Equipment Loan Cupboard

Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10am to noon at the Hassen Arena. Call (250) 546-9456.

Armstrong/Spallumcheen Trails Society

AS Trail Society is a non-profit organization run by volunteers working together for the development, coordination, linking, preservation and use of trails in the Armstrong Spallumcheen area.
The Trails Society depends highly on public support to make our trail network better each year.  Call Peter Rotzetter (250) 546-2886.

Art Gallery (Vernon Public)

As a registered not-for-profit charitable organization, the Vernon Public Art Gallery relies on the support of the community for its continued success. Call (250) 545-3173

Bishop Bird Sanctuary

Four-and-a-half acres of natural area with paths & benches to enjoy watching the many birds that make their home there. 12408 Coldstream Creek Road on beautiful Kalamalka Lake. Call (250) 542-5122.

Boys & Girls Club

The Vernon Club has a variety of child care and recreation programs available in Vernon, Coldstream and Lavington. Call (250) 762-3989 ext. 107.

Caetani Cultural Centre

The 120+ year old Caetani Cultural Centre is a 6,000 sq. ft. designated heritage house, situated on 1.5 acres of land on lower East Hill. The facility is operated by The Caetani Cultural Centre Society as a registered not for profit charitable organization. The house and grounds are owned by the City of Vernon, and operated by the Caetani Cultural Centre Society. The society hosts special events such as the lively Summer Music Series, Summer Arts Festival & Art Trail, heritage tours, and the not-to-be-missed “fun”raiser A Splash of Red, usually held the third Thursday in August. Call (250) 275-1525.

Canterbury Court

Canterbury Court offers the finest in independent assisted living care in Vernon. Our luxury seniors’ residence is perfect for you if you want to hand over those household tasks such as cooking and cleaning, and make more time for your hobbies. Call (250) 503-2054.

Chartwell Carrington Place

A pet-friendly retirement community, what truly makes us special is our caring and friendly staff team. Our mission is to help our residents have a great day, every day, by providing exceptional customer service and developing relationships built on trust and friendship. Call Darlene Croft at (250) 545-5704.

Cedar Bridge School

Cedar Bridge School is dedicated to providing preschool and elementary education that ignites a love of learning and supports children on their way to becoming confident, creative, and contributing community members. As a BC Independent School, Cedar Bridge School offers Waldorf curriculum from early childhood to grade 8. Call Jen de Bourcier at (250) 547-9212.

Canadian Mental Health Association

Volunteering with CMHA provides the opportunity to build skills, learn more about mental health and meet new people, while helping build a more caring community. Because of the benefits of volunteering, they especially encourage those personally affected by mental illness to volunteer. Call (250) 542-3114.

Coldstream Meadows

Coldstream Meadows is located on 23 acres of gorgeous property, bordering Kalamalka Provincial Park in the sought after Okanagan Valley. Enjoy the mild climate of winter, the colorful array of spring and fall and experience the glorious sunshine of summer that the Okanagan is best known for. Call (250) 542-5661.

Community Policing

Staffed by RCMP volunteers, under the direction of the Community Safety Coordinator – Public Programs, the Community Safety Office allows for community members to initiate non or low priority reports to the RCMP, refers clients to available resources, services and programs within the community, provides information regarding current crime reduction/prevention programs and initiatives which empower individuals and neighbourhoods to feel and be safe. Call (250) 550-7840.

Creekside Landing

Creekside Landing is unique in that it offers aging couples, seniors and friends — whose individual care needs differ greatly — to continue to live together in close proximity. The community is nestled alongside Vernon Creek in Vernon, BC, and offers beautiful views of the Okanagan Valley. Secure walkways meander throughout the property, and there are some lovely outdoor seating areas. Call (250) 549-9550.

Crisis Line

Serves all support, crisis and suicide calls from across the Interior Region through a network of local crisis lines. Call Paula Guidi at (250) 542-3114 ext. 232.

Dental Access Centre

For many low-income residents in Canada access to basic dental care is not a reality. There is no universal dental coverage for those without the means to pay for dental care.  The need for dental care for low-income people in the North Okanagan is great. E-mail Linda Lutz at linda@cdacentre.ca.

ELK's Lodge

The Vernon Elks Lodge was instituted in 1920 and has played an active role in the community since that time. The lodge is located at 3103 – 30th St, Vernon, BC. The Elks have a VISION, “to become the most progressive family focused organization in Canada, meeting community and member needs and expectations”. Please call (250) 549-1883.

Equisdom Therapeutic Horsemanship

The vision for EQuisdom is to create a Not-for-Profit Centre for Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies, (EAAT) according to the guidelines of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH International). Call Teresa Titterington at (778) 489-5285.

Family Resource Centre

At the core of Family Resource Centre is the idea that together, we can improve the wellbeing of our community. That’s why our volunteers play such an important and rewarding role: With your help, we can all improve clients’ lives. Call (250) 545-3390.

First Nations Friendship Centre

FNFCS has grown from humble beginnings into a recognized and credible organization in the effective delivery of a range of social services for urban Aboriginal people. We endeavor to assist whoever walks in the door needing help. The Centre is a place where people can meet for social, recreational, cultural and education activities. There are diverse programs that offer support and many opportunities for prevention, counselling, prenatal care, early childhood development, youth and elder programs, housing for young people (19 – 30 years), and employment and training programs. Call (250) 542-1247.

Gallery Vertigo

Gallery Vertigo is a community gallery. Their vision is to be a hub for the development of innovative art within the community of Vernon, the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, and Canada…in that order. Call (250) 503-2297.

Gateby Care Centre

Gateby, located in Vernon, embodies a resident-centered philosophy designed to support residents’ choices, help people function at their highest level, and provide the best quality of life possible. Call Genevieve Andrews at (250) 545-4456 ext. 35259.

Gleaners Society (North Okanagan)

The North Okanagan Valley Gleaners Society was created in the summer of 2007 by a group of individuals who had become acutely aware of the problem of world hunger and the fact that the Okanagan valley is rich in food supplies. Much of our local food production unfortunately goes to waste. The desire to make use of these gleanings to feed the hungry in other countries convicted them to do something. Call David McBain at (250) 549-1123.

Good Food Box

The Good Food Box is a volunteer non-profit, bulk produce buying initiative to help families include more fresh fruits and vegetables in their meals. Call Diane Fleming at (250) 545-7617

Good Samaritan Society

The Good Samaritan Society (GSS) and Good Samaritan Canada are leading faith-based, not-for-profit, registered charities in Western Canada that provide quality accommodations, health, and community care services and programs to aging individuals in need. With over 69 years of experience providing specialized health and community care services in innovative and caring environments, their operational effectiveness and overarching culture of service and care make them the provider of choice for individuals and their families seeking a supportive place to call home. E-mail volunteerservices@gss.ca.

Halina Seniors Centre

The Halina Centre addresses the social, educational, and recreational interests of those 50+, helping to enhance the quality of their lives. Call Jaclyn Davis at (250) 542-2614.

Heart and Stroke Foundation

For over 60 years, Heart & Stroke has been dedicated to fighting heart  disease and stroke. Our work has saved thousands of lives and improved the lives of millions of others. Call Deborah Rusch at (778) 372-8012.

Hearthstone Manor

Hearthstone Manor is a beautifully appointed privately owned 16 room - private pay long and short stay residential care facility. Hearthstone feels like home not an institution, residents are cared for as we would our own family.  Hearthstone is staffed by an Administrator, RN,  LPNs and RCAs, Chef, Housekeeper and an activities co-ordinator that ensures all residents are stimulated and involved n many fun activities each and every day. Call Renata Pospisilova at (250) 307-5722.

Heaton Place Retirement Community (Armstrong)

Our social and recreational programs offer residents a wide selection of activities that promote social interaction among themselves and within the greater community. Our programs serve to enhance the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of Heaton Place residents. Call 250) 546-3353.

Heritage Square

Heritage Square is located in Vernon, at the north end of the picturesque Okanagan Valley. It has stunning views, lots of private outdoor space, and is within walking distance of shops, restaurants, public transit and beautiful parks. The bright and cheerful two-storey residence, featuring complex care on the main floor and assisted living on the second floor, surrounds a large central courtyard with a gazebo, walking paths, and areas for horticultural gardening programs. Call Jeff Butters at (250) 545-2060 ext. 103.

Home to the End Society

Home to the End Society is a non-profit organization dedicate to the wellbeing of the aging adults.
They offer affordable home support services in the homes of our clients in addition to programs to help our seniors remain active in the community and stay in their homes as long as possible. Call (778) 212-4046.

North Okanagan Hospice Society

North Okanagan Hospice Society exists so there will be: Quality end-of-life care for all in the North Okanagan community at a cost that demonstrates good stewardship. Volunteers play a key role in their mission to provide the highest quality of end-of-life care for all in the North Okanagan. Please call Tanya Stilborn at 250-503-1800 Ext 110.

Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation

Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation funds more than 50 areas of care throughout VJH and Interior Health-managed facilities in the North Okanagan. Call Wes Fitzsimmons at (250) 558-1200.

The Okanagan Humane Society

An independently registered charity that is committed to helping control the pet population through education & by assisting low income families with the cost of spaying or neutering their pet. The Okanagan Humane Society is seeking volunteers throughout the Okanagan Valley who can assist with fostering moms and kittens, help to trap, recovery after spay/neuter, transport and re-home/return cats us sell raffle tickets.

Independent Living Vernon

Independent Living's mission is to create sustainable community links, to work for societal change, and to remove barriers so that people with disabilities have the opportunity to realize their full potential. Call (250) 545-9292.

Interior Health Authority

Home and community care facilities provide a range of health care and support services for eligible residents who have acute, chronic, palliative or rehabilitative health care needs. These services are designed to complement and supplement, but not replace the efforts of individuals to care for themselves with the assistance of family, friends and community. Call David Kelcey at (250) 260-0250.

John Rudy Health Resource Centre

John Rudy Health Resource Centre Association is an innovative new non-profit founded in Vernon, BC.  Their vision is to create a health resource centre that will enable all people to obtain, understand and utilize health information. Call (250) 938-8092.

Kelowna Gospel Mission

In 1977, a few students from Okanagan Bible School visited Kelowna City Park weekly, offering coffee and conversation to park visitors. As winter approached there was an apparent need to shield vulnerable community members from the cold. The students opened a drop-in centre that grew to be Kelowna’s Gospel Mission Society in 1978. By 1985, the Mission had a soup kitchen, a new emergency shelter, and the thrift store. With this foundation, they are able to advance in their mission to lead our community from homelessness into wholeness. Call (250) 763-3737 for further information on beoming involved.

Kids Help Phone

Kids Help Phone is Canada's only national 24-hour, bilingual and anonymous phone counselling, web counselling and referral service for children and youth. Call Mariam Riad at (778) 379-5437 ext. 8292.

Kindale Developmental Association

Kindale welcomes you as a volunteer. We offer a range of volunteer activities suited to your interests and abilities including:

Helping at Fundraising Events
Selling Raffle and 50/50 tickets
Assisting individuals on recreation or wilderness outings
Office work e.g. data entry, graphic design, mail outs
Parking at Motoplex Event Park
Thrift Store
For more information about volunteering with Kindale please contact Cindy Masters at (250) 546-3005

Literacy Program - Okanagan College

Literacy tutors needed for two program formats. Participants learn in small group classes in our respectful and supportive classrooms. Or work at their own pace toward their own goals with one-to-one tutoring. Call Chandra McCann at (250) 545-7291 ext. 2311.

Lumby & District Health Services Society

The Lumby & District Health Services Society works with Lumby Physicians and Interior Health to provide the best possible care for Lumby, Cherryville and area residents. The Society supports Lumby health care professionals by ensuring that they have the equipment to do their jobs and facilitates extra health programs that otherwise would not be available to the community. Call Barbara Dyck at (250) 547-9741.

Mackie Lake House

This gorgeous lake house highlights the type of homes built by those who settled in the area in the early 1900s. Mackie Lake House was built on five acres overlooking Kalamalka Lake in 1910 and is an exceptional example of the type of country mansion from this time period. The moment you step into the house, you are transported back to a simpler time when life moved at a slower pace. Call Christine Kashuba (250) 545-1019.

Mental Illness Family Support Centre

Located in Vernon, BC, the Mental Illness Family Support Centre (MIFSC) provides services to families of individuals who have a mental illness, addiction, or substance use issues. Call (250) 260-3233.

Military Tattoo - Okanagan

A musical extravaganza of pipers, drummers, musicians, military bands, marching troops, multicultural dancers and singers of all ages brought together in an action packed, non-stop choreographed two-hour event. Featuring over 500 performers from all over North America paying tribute to our military past and present. To volunteer, fill out the Volunteer Application Form on their website.

Museum & Archives - Greater Vernon

From its humble beginnings, the Vernon Museum now occupies over 12,000 square feet of space and attracts thousands of visitors each year. Call (250) 542-3142.

Museum & Art Gallery - Armstrong/Spallumcheen

What they do at the Armstrong Spallumcheen Museum and Art Gallery:

Research, document, store, preserve, and make accessible Armstrong Spallumcheen artifacts and records.
Respond to archival inquiries from around the world.
Educate visitors about the history of this region.
Provide educational services to our schools.
Support local artists by exhibiting their work.
Supply a venue for a drop-in painting group.
Sponsor art related workshops.
Offer a summer Painting-In-The-Park program for children 6-12 years of age.
Attract tourists and host tour groups interested in the art and history of Armstrong and Spallumcheen.
Provide access to very low cost used books at our annual book sale.

Call (250) 546-8318.

NexusBC Community Resource Centre

Do you have time to volunteer and would like to work with seniors?

The services we provide for seniors are dependent on the hard work of dedicated volunteers. We have volunteers who answer phones, assist with government applications, complete income tax returns for low income seniors, and update directories. You can make a real difference in our community by volunteering even an hour a week!  To become one of our amazing volunteers with NexusBC Seniors Services Program, please phone the Seniors Services Coordinator at 250.545.0585 ext 4 (Lee or Abby)

Be a Volunteer with the Better At Home Program!

The Better at Home program relies heavily on the participation of volunteers. Positions include driving seniors to appointments or for grocery shopping. Volunteers will receive reimbursement for fuel. If you have a green thumb or have a knack for fixing things, volunteers are also needed to do yard work and minor home repair. Volunteers are needed in Vernon, Coldstream, Lavington, Armstrong, Lumby and Cherryville. If you can help with this program, please phone 250.545.0585 ext 3 (Lisa or Donna)

North Okanagan Community Life Society

NOCLS’ sees the person rather than a disability. By striving for that goal, the individuals we support will be treated with dignity and respect. Call (250) 545-5153.

North Okanagan Neurological Association

NONA stands for the North Okanagan Neurological Association, but they are better known as the NONA Child Development Centre. Their role is to help families with their children’s development. Call Laurie Russell at (250) 549-1281 ext. 216.

Noric House

Noric House, located in Vernon, embodies a resident-centered philosophy designed to support residents’ choices, help people function at their highest level, and provide the best quality of life possible. Call Nicole LaCroix at (250) 545-9167 ext. 4226.

North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association

The North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association (NOTRA) is a non-profit registered charity that was incorporated in 1984 and provides recreational horseback riding therapy for children and adults with special needs in the North Okanagan / Shuswap. Call Dani Goldenthal at (250) 549-0105.

North Okanagan Youth and Family Services Society

NOYFSS provides counselling and support services to individuals and families in our community through a variety of community based and residential programs. NOYFSS is committed to removing barriers for individuals with (and not limited to) physical/mental/developmental exceptionalities, sensory issues (i.e. visual, auditory, etc.), poverty and language/cultural needs. Call Dean Francks at (250) 545-3572.

Okanagan Rail Trail

The Okanagan Rail Trail is a greenway initiative to connect communities in the Okanagan via an abandoned CN railway. This world-class cycling trail will be 50km in length with 24km of waterfront access over 3 lakes and will highlight traditional First Nations trails, fishing and gathering spots. To get involved, complete the form on their website here.

O'keefe Ranch

Situated at the head of Okanagan Lake in the stunning Okanagan Valley, this historic site is a mecca for tourists. Just a few kilometers from the City of Vernon and twenty minutes from Silver Star Mountain, the Ranch welcomes travelers from all over the world, and extends a particular welcome to its local residents. E-mail info@okeeferanch.com with a completed Volunteer Application Form.

Optimist Club - Vernon

Optimist Clubs all over North America are dedicated to “Bringing Out The Best in Kids”, and play an active role within their community to raise funds to support different children’s and teens projects, programs and activities and/or to provide assistance. Each Optimist club is operated by local members from within their geographical area, and have the flexibility to choose the projects they feel will benefit the youth the most. E-mail them at northokanaganoptimistclub@gmail.com to find out more!

Orchard Valley Retirement Residence

Orchard Valley Retirement Residence offers assisted living in a retirement home setting and care to seniors with physical and mental health limitations. They require volunteers to help in the kitchen, at the front desk and with fun games! Call Dan Grant at (250) 545-0455.

Patchwork Farms

Patchwork Farms, located beside Vernon's Okanagan College, grows fruits and vegetables and shares the harvest with others.  They depend on donations and volunteers to run the farm while they organize and run educational programming for non-profit partners about food production. If you are interested in health and well-being and learning about small scale, local, organic food production, send them a Facebook Message or use the contact form on their website www.foodaction.ca.

Paw Prints Animal Rescue

Pawprints Animal Rescue helps animals on a daily basis that need assistance because they have been abandoned, are lost, injured, or their increased population becomes dangerous to the health of the animals because they are not being spayed or neutered and may not survive due to starvation and/or poor health. Call (604) 989-7297.

Performing Arts Centre

The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre is the premier entertainment venue in the charming city of Vernon, British Columbia. Situated conveniently between Vancouver, British Columbia and Calgary Alberta, Vernon is the largest city in the North end of the picturesque Okanagan Valley. Call (250) 542-9355.

Pioneer Square

Pioneer Square is an assisted living facility in Armstrong, BC. Pioneer Square offers activities at their location for residents. These activities generally allow residents to maintain healthy lifestyles by encouraging movement and socializing with their peers. Call (250) 546-3396.

Polson Residential

Polson Residential Care, located in Vernon, embodies a resident-centered philosophy designed to support residents’ choices, help people function at their highest level, and provide the best quality of life possible. Call (250) 558-1200 ext. 3780.

Quality of Life Society

The Okanagan Quality Life Society (OQLS) is a non-profit organization that has, for the last 24 years, provided recreational, therapeutic outings on Lake Okanagan for seniors in long-term care facilities and for persons with disabilities in Vernon and surrounding area. Call Dale at (250) 503-7256.

Recreation Centre - Greater Vernon

The Recreation Centre is home to a wide variety of facilities, from the Aquatic Centre, Fitness Gym, Creekside Conference Centre, Dogwood Gym and the Halina Senior Citizens Centre. Call (250) 545-6035.

Roots and Blues

The Salmon Arm Folk Music Society is a non-profit charitable organization that presents the annual ROOTSandBLUES festival the third weekend of every August. Additionally, the Salmon Arm Folk Music Society presents other Outreach activities in the community and area. Call (250) 833-4096.

Royal Canadian Legion

Your Royal Canadian Legion is committed to making a difference in the lives of Veterans and their families, providing essential services in our communities, and remembering the men and women who sacrificed for our country. Contact (250) 545-3295.

Safeway Volunteer Grocery Shopping Program

Safeway Volunteer Grocery Shopping Program is looking for volunteers to take grocery orders over the phone and do the shopping for homebound seniors. If you are interested in helping, contact Laurie or Sean at 250-542-8167.

Salvation Army

House of Hope is a member of Food Banks British Columbia (FBBC) and an affiliated member of the Canadian Association of Food Banks. We are the only authorized Food Bank in Vernon.

We Provide:
food assistance
clothing assistance
personal support
counselling support

Also, through the House of Hope they offer many different programs to help develop our community members. Not only are they a Food Bank, they are so much more to our community here in Vernon.

Call Kristin Ford at (250) 307-7770.

Santas Anonymous

Santas Anonymous is available to help low income families in the North Okanagan who are struggling to buy Christmas gifts for their children aged zero to twelve.
Please call for further information at (250) 542-4448.

Science Centre - Okanagan

The Okanagan Science Centre is a non-profit, charitable organization whose mission is to "inspire scientific inquiry through dynamic and interactive learning experiences; to encourage all ages to appreciate the relevance and universality of science, and its application in our region." Call Irene at (250) 545-3644.

Scouts Canada - Vernon

For more than 100 years, Scouts Canada has brought a world of adventure, outdoor experience, friendship and fun to 17 million Canadian youth. Scouts have fun youth- led adventures discovering new things and experiences they wouldn’t discover elsewhere. Along the way they develop into capable, confident and well-rounded individuals, better prepared for success in the world. See the Volunteer Registration Guide and call 1 (888) 855-3336 if you require any additional guidance during the process.

Sustainable Environment Network Society (SENS)

Some Community Contributions:

* Public education so incineration is not in NORD’s Waste Reduction Plans.
* Panels or speakers most months, educating on a variety of sustainable environment topics.
* Establishing a fall leaf exchange event which is now a City program.
* Developing & coordinating an organic community garden program; also trained 12 unemployed youth about sustainable gardening, composting and environmental practices.
* Supporting formation of a local Environmental Advisory Committee.
* $20,000 generated to create pesticide alternatives, solar/alternative energy, and smart growth displays.
* Ran a “Changing Lanes” Project, with Federal funding and many local donations to provide transportation alternatives – Carpool.ca was sponsored until taken over by the City in 2009.
* Until June/06 piloted a ”One Tonne Challenge” Project to encourage behaviour change on global warming, to save money, improve physical well being, and make one’s life climate friendly!
* Lead supporter for “Wheels For Change”, a Nelson–Victoria cycling tour (July, 2007) that asked for action on climate change from municipal, provincial and federal officials.
* Active contributions to Xerindipity Gardens, Greater Vernon Cycling Advisory Cttee, Vernon’s Official Community Plan and NORD’s Regional Growth Strategy.
* Initiating annual Seed Swaps, educational EnviroFairs & local Transition Town Planning.
* Sponsored Bee S.A.F.E. movement started in Lumby / Cherryville area.

Future projects wish-list:
Quality of life improvements such as
pesticide bylaws
green taxes initiatives
building bylaws
reducing waste water using eco-sanitation principles
building local food economies based on an agriculture that is safe for us and bees
public transport review
alternate energies
greenways
environmental mapping
Swan Lake wetlands park
waste reduction job creation through education
one-stop recycling
and apartment recycling.

Call Heather Miller at (250) 549-3367.

Shuswap Seed Savers

A Canadian charitable organization that aims to search out, preserve, perpetuate, study, and encourage the cultivation of heirloom and endangered varieties. E-mail shuswapseedsavers@hotmail.com.

SPCA - Vernon

One of 44 BC SPCA locations across the province serving sick, neglected, abused and homeless animals. Whether you are looking to adopt a new furry friend into your family or would like to know more about how you can make difference for animals in our community, SPCA is here to help. The BC SPCA is a not-for-profit organization which relies primarily on community donations to help animals in need. Call (250) 549-7297.

Special Olympics - Vernon

Special Olympics is the world's largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing year-round training and competitions to more than 4.5 million athletes in 170 countries. Call (250) 306-8954.

Silver Star Adaptive Snow Sports

Silver Star Adaptive Snow Sports provides snow sport instruction to anyone who cannot be part of a regular ski lesson due to a mental or physical impairment of any type, or who needs a partner to assist during the ski day. Call (250) 260-3737.

Teen Junction

Teen Junction is a safe & supportive place for youth aged 13-19 to gain life skills and connect with community services. Call (250) 260-1000.

Triple A Track Club

Founded in 2004 the club is based in Vernon, part of the beautiful North Okanagan. They provide a safe, fun and friendly learning environment for young athletes to participate in. Competitive training is also offered if you are interested in competing in Track Meets during the season. Call Grant Barry (250) 306-0281.

United Way - North Okanagan

United Way works on a foundation of strong, collaborative partnerships and evidenced-based investing to address root causes. They not only raise and invest funds but engage individuals in issues locally and advocate for change in community conditions that improve all of our lives. Call (250) 549-1346.

Upper Room Mission

The Upper Room Mission has been feeding, clothing and supporting people in need in Vernon since 1980. They’re so much more than a kitchen; They’re a community that needs your support to help change lives and break the cycle of poverty. Call (250) 549-1231.

Venture Training

Vernon and District Association for Community Living (VDACL), otherwise known as Venture Training, is Greater Vernon's 'pioneer agency'; proudly supporting adults with developmental disabilities with social, educational and vocational skill building since 1955. Participants enjoy and assist in the planning of community, social and recreational activities. We provide a full range of activities including crafts, swimming, cooking, pool, darts, hikes and tours in the community. Call (250) 542-2374.

Vernon Community School

Vernon Community Academy seeks to provide learning opportunities that develop exceptional literacy and numeracy competencies in students, while concurrently developing:

    Social and Emotional Growth and Development
    Cooperative Learning
    Service Learning
    Home-School Partnerships
    Learning with Technology
    Formative Assessment
    Inquiry-based Approaches

    Inclusion and diversity is a cornerstone of this program. For grade 7-12 students who may be:
  • home schooled students who prefer a learning opportunity that is more communal and less isolated
  • learners with diverse and complex needs who presently not successful in classrooms that lean toward traditional practices and who live all over the school district.
Call (250) 545-1348 and ask about opportunities to volunteer with Vernon Community School.

Vernon District Riding Club

Located in beautiful Coldstream, BC; the VDRC is a club consisting of members from all ages and equestrian disciplines. The Club provides a place to share a common passion for all aspects of equestrian sport. Call Linda Edwards at (250) 542-9953.

Vernon Restholm Retirement

Vernon Restholm Association was incorporated as a Non-Profit Society in August of 1961. In April 1964, it opened in Vernon, BC as a “retirement home for senior living.” Restholm was built to provide housing for low-income seniors who had lost spouses or one of the spouses was too ill to look after the other. Restholm senior living home allows for companionship, common sharing of interests and provisions of everyday living needs without worry and regardless of income. Call (250) 542-7636.

Vernon RCMP Victim's Assistance

Victim services, provided in a timely manner, play an essential role in reducing the harmful effects of victimization and re-victimization. The goal of RCMP Based services is to lessen the impact of crime and trauma on victims and their families and to assist them in their recovery; enhance victim safety and help reduce the risk of further victimization; increase victims’ level of participation in the criminal justice system; and prepare victims acting as witnesses for court proceedings. Call (250) 542-3322.

Victorian Retirement Residence

The Victorian is a 19 unit, privately owned independent retirement community. A homelike atmosphere ensures residents get undivided attention and their personal needs and preferences are always taken into consideration. Call (250) 545-0470.

Vernon Rowing & Dragon Boat Club

VRDBC is dedicated to sharing the benefits of sport equally with our community, regardless of age and ability. Through rowing and paddling sports, they strive to encourage participation, personal challenge and the pursuit of excellence from grass roots to the Olympic and Paralympic podium. VRDBC broadens access to sport by offering programs and events that encourage broad participation. It is hoped that by encouraging participation, personal challenge and the pursuit of excellence, they will foster healthier and happier individuals, and a stronger community. Call (250) 938-7769.

Vernon Visitor Centre

The Official Tourism Vernon Visitor Centre. Whether you're a local or a visitor, here for a day, a weekend, or the best time of your life, you'll be amazed at what Vernon has to offer. They'll help plan your perfect Vernon BC experience! At their location they offer a gift shop, sanitation dump station, picnic area, and ample parking. They are pet-friendly so expect to see furry, feathered, and fabulous animal friends! Call (250) 542-1415.

Vernon Winter Carnival

The Vernon Winter Carnival Society has been in existence since 1960, with the first Winter Carnival in 1961. Vernon Winter Carnival is the largest Winter Festival in Western Canada!Print and fill out the application form and E-mail to info@vernonwintercarnival.com or mail to:

Vernon Winter Carnival Society
3401 35th Avenue
Vernon, BC V1T 2T5

Women's Transition House

The Transition House provides short term shelter and related services to women, youth and children who have experienced or are at risk of violence. As a safe shelter with support, women are enabled to make decisions about their future and gain increased awareness of the nature of abuse. Call Cindy Klassen at (236) 426-3329 ext. 402.