The “Volunteer PG Centre” will be managed by Volunteer PG, a volunteer recruitment and referral agency serving the Prince George area. The Centre’s reception area will be located in Room 205 of the Prince George Conference and Civic Centre.
To date, the city’s volunteer needs have been met by pre-trained volunteers. Through this week, the city has been working with a number of agencies to develop a list of additional volunteers to help respond to the growing number of evacuees. The centre has been opened to manage increasing volunteer personnel demands and the willingness of Prince George residents to help with the response.
Volunteers are primarily needed to receive and register evacuees. However, there are a number of additional positions that will be assigned based on service demands within the reception centre.
A number of shift options are available. Volunteers who are available during the midnight to 8:00am period are especially needed.
Citizens interested in volunteering can also complete an online application form which will be made available on the City’s website. “We are aware that some individuals expressed interest in volunteering at the CNC Reception Centre. These individuals are urged to complete the online application,” says the City’s Manager of Social Development, Chris Bone who is helping to organize the new centre.
A phone number for the centre and a link to the online form will be distributed and promoted later today.
Those wishing to donate to the effort to support the evacuees can support the BC Fires Appeal with the Canadian Red Cross.
Residents wishing to provide accommodation for a person or family often do so via social media, including by posting on the City’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/cityofpg. There is also a bulletin board set up near the entrance to the College of New Caledonia upon which residents have been posting notices.
As of yesterday evening the total number of evacuees who have registered at the Emergency Reception Centre at the College of New Caledonia was 3,285 (2,561 adults and 724 children).
Included in this number:
- 244 are in group lodging
- 207 are in RV parking
- 1477 have found alternative accommodation
- 308 have found commercial lodging
Thus far, the City has distributed roughly $222,000 in grocery vouchers.
Special deals and free admission for evacuees
Amid the massive outpouring of public support for the evacuees arriving in Prince George, many local organizations and businesses have stepped forward to provide free services and special deals for our guests.
The city has put a list of the services and organizations, which can be utilized by the evacuees and will be distributing it to them later today at CNC and the Northern Sport Centre.
Included on the list:
- Both the Four Seasons Leisure Pool and the PG Aquatic Centre are free.
- There are specials or free entry for evacuees at the Railway and Forestry Museum, Two Rivers Gallery, Exploration Place, Playgrounds Café, Seniors Centre, Good Life Fitness, and the YMCA.