The United Way of Northern BC organized a ‘Day of Caring’ at the St Vincent de Paul Society’s Drop-In Centre today.
5 Stantec Consulting employees spent the day serving lunch to those in need. The help is always appreciated, as the Society is seeking more volunteers.
President of the Board, Bernie Goold, says since July, the demand has gone up about 25%. “Another 50 or 60 people coming for lunch. In the evening, sandwiches is big increase. Between 75 and 100 each night access sandwiches and goodies.”
Now, about 325-350 people are being fed each day.
“The thing we hear the most is the cost of housing, the cost of heating and food,” says Goold. “Fresh fruit and vegetables has become a luxury for a lot of people. They just don’t have the money to buy them anymore.”
Those interested in volunteering can fill out an application at the Drop-In Centre or Thrift Store. “We need a criminal record check but they come back very fast,” says Goold. “Our coordinator at the Drop-In Centre, or manager at the Store will schedule around your time. We are flexible around your work environment.”