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Central Okanagan Foundation, 
Volunteer Organization of the Year Award 

Award Criteria

  • Awarded to a volunteer organization that has provided outstanding community services, with direct benefits to the city of Kelowna.
  • Services may be related to the environment, health and social services; arts and culture; recreation; education; or neighbourhood/community improvements.
  • Selections are based on the organizations achievements and contributions for the year 2016.
  • Past information may be included, but should primarily be regarding the current award year.

Nominate a deserving organization for Volunteer Organization of the Year. online nomination / pdf nomination

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 Hands 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 2,500 hours of mentorship and training to students at UBC Okanagan, Okanagan College and various other organizations. All together, volunteers donated 7,700 hours of time and 950 clients were served in 2015 by these Hands in Service.

Past Recipients of the Award

2015 - Hands in Service
2014 - United Way of the Central & South Okanagan Similkameen
2013 - Freedom's Door
2012 -
Karis Support Society
2011 - NOW Canada Society
2010 - Canadian Mental Health Association
2009 - Rotary Clubs of Kelowna 
2008 - Kelowna Salvation Army
2007 - Central Okanagan Hospice Association
2006 - Rotary Club of Kelowna
2005 - Central Okanagan Bursary & Scholarship Society
2004 - C.O.R.N.S./Meals on Wheels
2003 - Emergency Social Services
2002 - Sunshine Dream for Kids
2001 - Kelowna Community Resources Crisis Line
2000 - Kelowna General Hospital Volunteers
1999 - Kelowna Hostesses

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