2015 Central Okanagan Foundation,
Volunteer Organization of the Year Recipient
Hands in Service
Hands in Service is an organization with a very fitting name. More than 360 pairs of hands volunteered last year to provide free, non-medical homecare to Kelowna area residents in need between the ages of 15 to 64.
In 2015, the Hand in Service volunteers delivered almost 900 food and Tiny Bundles hampers to people in need who faced transportation challenges and otherwise wouldn’t have been helped.
Their “Energetic Hands” and “Blitz” programs that help with basic housekeeping and food preparation made 425 visits last year, each averaging two hours in length, helping with chores that ranged from laundry and housecleaning to cooking and stocking up meals into their freezers.
The Living Salad project, which distributes planters of produce people can grow and harvest, saw an 86% increase from its first year, with 264 of the planters delivered.
In helping to educate the public on these needs, volunteers provided over 2500 hours of mentorship and training to students at UBC Okanagan, Okanagan College and various other organizations. All together, volunteers donated 7700 hours of time and 950 clients were served in 2015 by these Hands in Service