We are always in need of skilled volunteers and tradespeople to keep the plant maintained and operating. Please take a look at our list and please let us know if you can volunteer your skills at Gleaners.
COMMERCIAL TRUCK DRIVERS
Okanagan Gleaners owns a Peterbilt highway tractor and two highway reefers to collect and temporarily store fresh and frozen vegetables. If you have a commercial class license and can volunteer to drive within British Columbia and Alberta for one or two days a month, you will be keeping our supply chain operating. We also use a five-ton and a one-ton truck to make local pick-ups.
Okanagan Gleaners has a number of electric and propane forklifts which we use to move large bins and bags of produce around the site to keep our volunteers cleansing and chopping. If you have a forklift certificate and can volunteer a few days each month, you will help us continue operations.
SEWING ENTHUSIAST & PLANT JANITORIAL
Our volunteers need aprons every day which need to be mended from time to time. If you are handy with a needle and thread, we would like you to help out for an hour or two once a month. We are also looking for some janitorial work for our plant.
Okanagan Gleaners operates a number of machines to chip, chop and clean the variety of vegetables that arrive each day. We operate equipment to clean our trays and move equipment and produce around the site. If you can safely operate processing machinery and you can volunteer a few days each month, you can help us to continue our operations.
MECHANICS AND ELECTRICIANS
Okanagan Gleaners operates a number of machines to chip, chop and clean the variety of vegetables that arrive each day. We operate equipment to clean our plant and to move equipment and produce around the site. We operate trucks and trailers and forklifts that all need maintenance and repairs. We operate gas-fired dryers and large air-fans. If you can repair and maintain machinery and if you can volunteer a few days each month, you will help us continue operations.
HEATING AND COOLING SYSTEMS
Okanagan Gleaners operates coolers and freezers to store the produce that gracious donors provide to us. We use gas-fired dryers and large air-fans to dry our cleaned and prepared produce. And we have several buildings to heat and cool (with fans) to keep our volunteers comfortable. If you have experience in heating and cooling systems we would love your help in keeping our produce in optimum condition and our volunteers happy.
CARPENTERS AND PLUMBERS
Okanagan Gleaners volunteers have built most our buildings and much of our furnishings. We are always improving our property for the safety and comfort of our volunteers and to improve the efficiency of our plant so we can make more soup for the hungry of the world. If you can swing a hammer or wield a plumber’s wrench you can help us keep our plant in optimum condition and our volunteers happy.
HOSTS AND HOSTESSES
We like to have Okanagan Gleaners volunteers come back because they enjoy their work at our plant. Our hosts and hostesses provide coffee and sweet treats every day at coffee break for the volunteers. They also book RV’ers and groups into our camping site and provide them with an orientation session and other information while they stay with us. If you like greeting and helping friendly people from around the globe, then this is the position for you.
ACCOUNTANTS & BOOKKEEPERS
Like all non-profit groups, we need to have a robust and accurate set of financial books and a timely distribution of tax receipts to our donors. If you have some skills in running record keeping computer programs and producing monthly financial statements, then our Treasurer would like to meet you.
FUNDRAISERS & PUBLIC SPEAKERS
Okanagan Gleaners needs to raise public awareness and funds to continue to feed the hungry of the world. We need volunteers who can speak to church groups and service groups about what we do. We need people to solicit donations of surplus produce from farmers and food processors. If you have marketing or public speaking talents and a passion for the mission of the Okanagan Gleaners we can use your help.
NEWSLETTER AND SOCIAL MEDIA
Okanagan Gleaners publishes six newsletters each year to keep our 1,600 members, friends and donors informed on our work. We also need to be current with social media outlets such as this website, Facebook, Twitter and other means of connecting with the public.
Every week at the Okanagan Gleaners offices we need to keep financial and maintenance records, order supplies, book tours, file and publish information, make telephone calls, and provide general support to the managers, supervisors and volunteers. If you can operate basic computer programs such as word processing and spreadsheets, then this may be the job for you one or two times each week.
Every evening at the Okanagan Gleaners we need to change the trays of food in our driers to maximize the amount of soup mix that we make. Between 10 pm and midnight we need someone to move racks of dried soup mix out of the driers and move new tray racks of fresh food into the driers.
We like to keep our property at the Okanagan Gleaners in a pleasant and hospitable state. We need help to plant flowers, irrigate the orchards, mow the lawns, and tidy up around other landscaping. If you have a green thumb then we would love to have you help us.
DIRECTORS AND COMMITTEES
Like any other non-profit organization, Okanagan Gleaners needs many dedicated volunteers to lead the continued operations and to plan for the future. Our Board of Directors come from a variety of backgrounds and have the heart of the mission. The Board of Directors meet on a monthly basis and often work in one or more committees. We have several standing committees to direct the work around the site, manage the finances, organize the procurement and distribution of the food products, plan for building and equipment acquisition and maintenance, and gather all of the financial resources necessary to operate the society. The Board of Directors are elected by the membership every year at the Annual General Meeting in May, but committee members are welcome to start at any time during the year.