Over 1,500 people are registered volunteers in Prince George, helping direct support to evacuees.
After the evacuation order in Williams Lake this weekend, the City increased the number of volunteers being deployed. “Our volunteers and staff put out over 700 calls looking to fill gaps in the volunteer schedule,” says Michael Kellett, the Senior Communications Officer for the City of Prince George. “They were so successful at doing that. Based on that effort we now have filled the schedule that’s night and day; 24 hours, for the next week.”
The City and Volunteer Prince George was deploying about 50 volunteers every 4 hours (300 per day). Yesterday, they added 25 more per day.
Volunteers are working in the areas of greatest need. “We have a lot of volunteers and a lot of time and effort going into the reception which is CNC,” says Kellett. “So maybe next week that will be different, maybe there will be another area of greatest need. Something like how to connect our guests with services here in Prince George, and that will be where we are asking the volunteers to focus their efforts.”
The Volunteer Centre (in room 205 of the Conference and Civic Centre) is open 7 days a week, from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Those interested in helping out can also visit the City’s website.
“We have always been big believers in the people of Prince George, but this has blown away any expectations, ” says Kellett. “It’s like they have been waiting for a challenge like this their whole lives and they are really meeting it with all the gusto that you would expect from Prince George.”