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Could you lend a hand to help the animals?

November 10, 2014 - 5:25 PM

Every year, the B.C. SPCA cares for almost 37,000 homeless, abused and abandoned animals across British Columbia. In Kamloops and the surrounding area they care for over 1,100 animals per year. The B.C. SPCA receives no funding from the federal or provincial government and relies on donations and fundraising events to support its operations.

“The people of our community are huge supporters of the animals,” says Michelle Virdee, Vice Chair of the Kamloops and District Branch Community Council. “We are so grateful to them for their support, and we're hoping that they will continue to support us by coming out as volunteers to help us with events and fundraising.”

The SPCA needs people in a number of capacities that don't involve working directly with the animals, and don't involve asking for money or donations.

“Most of our events and fundraising positions do not involve asking for money or donations. They involve planning events and making them happen, so we need people to coordinate volunteers, to do decor and design, to attend events, and to do the big picture planning of events and fundraisers. We have lots of other positions as well. People think that they have to work with the animals directly to volunteer for us, but that's not the case for many of our volunteer opportunities. They are perfect for people who love animals and want to help, but don't want to work directly in the shelter,” Virdee points out.

“We also need people to do writing projects like newsletter articles and letters, as well as to edit videos and photos of events and shelter animals,” Virdee continues. “We can always use artists to help us create graphic or other art that we can use in promotional or educational materials. And we definitely need creative minds, people who think outside the box to create and plan events.”

Some jobs require an interview or some time with the Fundraising Committee to gain experience. Others require potential volunteers to submit a portfolio of writing or art, to ensure that there is a good match between the job and the volunteer.

“We have a great group of volunteers currently, but we're always looking to add to our roster,” Virdee says. “I know some people feel unable to volunteer with the animals directly, and this is how those people can help the animals in another, equally valuable way.”

“And we are heading into a very exciting time at our branch,” Virdee continues. “Our goal is to begin planning for a new facility in the next five years. We have a great deal to do to make this goal reality, and we need enthusiastic and talented individuals to help. If you have a passion for animals and a dedication to making a difference, please contact me and we can discuss what's involved.”

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