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Prince George volunteer centre now open

Orin Couston of Prince George, his sisters Emily and Grace, and his mom Samantha set up outside of the Emergency Reception Centre at the College of New Caledonia on Wednesday, giving Cariboo wildfire evacuees bottles of water - and free hugs. City of Prince George photo
Orin Couston of Prince George, his sisters Emily and Grace, and his mom Samantha set up outside of the Emergency Reception Centre at the College of New Caledonia on Wednesday, giving Cariboo wildfire evacuees bottles of water – and free hugs. City of Prince George photo

The city’s volunteer centre to recruit, train, schedule, and deploy volunteers to help receive and support evacuees from the Cariboo wildfires is now open.

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 is located in Room 205 of the Prince George Conference and Civic Centre.

Prospective volunteers can visit the Centre in person, fill out a form on the City’s website, and contact the Volunteer PG Centre at 250-614-7835.

For the time being, the Centre will operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.

Latest numbers

As of yesterday evening, the total number of evacuees who have registered at the Emergency Reception Centre at the College of New Caledonia was 4,948 (3,963 adults and 985 children).

Included in this number:

  • 428 are in group lodging
  • 470 are in RV parking
  • 2403 have found alternative accommodation
  • 484 have found commercial lodging

Thus far, the city has distributed roughly $373,000 in grocery vouchers.

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