February 25, 2014 - 3:42 PM
Okanagan young professionals filled the Laurel Packing House on February 21 to take part in the 2nd annual timeDRIVE Social presented by MNP, bidding their time to non-profit organizations rather than cash in a unique silent auction, as part of the Global Citizen Kelowna week and the kick off to Global Music Fest.
Hosted by Okanagan Young Professionals (OYP) Collective and Gennext Kelowna (young professionals volunteers of United Way) in partnership with Global Citizen Kelowna, timeDRIVE is the only event of its kind in the Okanagan, encouraging young professionals to get involved in their community. There is a talented local population eager to contribute their time and skill while many non-profit organizations in need lack visibility. TimeDRIVE's goal is to fill that gap in a fun way that allowed young professionals to connect with these opportunities and each other.
The event saw 90 enthusiastic individuals bid their time and skill for the over 65 positions available at 16 global and local non-profit organizations. The highest bidders for each position were then entered into a prize draw including sporting goods, electronics, local art and more. Successful bidders have up to one year to complete their commitment.
"As an organization that heavily relies on volunteers, the TimeDRIVE event was an amazing success connecting us with Kelowna's young professional community. We were able to connect with more people in two hours than in the last two months. We will for sure be back next year. " – Jason Ranchoux, Regional Manager, Okanagan Junior Achievement of British Columbia
In total 2,090 volunteer hours were raised, the equivalent of over $62,700 in professional services within the two-hour event. The numbers add up to one incredible evening and a guaranteed return of the event next year.
Save the date: The next Gennext Kelowna social is March 11 and is a part of Startup Week Okanagan.
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