Volunteers are a Cornerstone of Kelowna’s Gospel Mission
The return on investment for a volunteer's efforts within the community is the smile that it leaves behind in the next person, and the joy it creates within ourselves. Volunteers are the cornerstone of Kelowna's Gospel Mission in helping run the many services that are offered to the community; including guest services in the laundry room, clothing bank, bread shelf, cleaning, thrift store, barber shop, transportation, kitchen, etc.
Groups of employees from the Argus Group (Argus Properties, Four Points, Hotel Eldorado, Manteo Resort) volunteered to create a full course meal, serve it, and help clean up a dinner service for a few hundred patrons at Kelowna's Gospel Mission on Dec. 11th and Dec. 13th. There was a scrumptuous roast beef meal with mashed potatoes and desserts offered on Dec. 11th by Chef Carl and his team, and a delectable 3 meat lasagna with caesar salad, garlic bread, and chocolate and cheesecake desserts prepared by Chef Marc and his team on Dec. 13th. The patrons were rolling in for dinner as our team of volunteers served meals, cleared dishes, and sat down for a few minutes to say 'hello' to some friendly faces.
Kelowna Gospel Mission first started with a few students from the Okanagan Bible School in 1977 when they visited the Kelowna City Park weekly to offer coffee and conversation to park visitors. When winter approached the students knew that there was an apparent need to shield the vulnerable community members from the cold. Hence, in 1978 the drop-in centre grew to be Kelowna’s Gospel Mission Society. By 1985, there was a soup kitchen, a new emergency shelter, and the thrift store.
To find out more about the Gospel Mission, their services, sponsorships, and volunteer opportunities, please click here.