The people at Volunteer Kamloops have been sent home, but they’re still hard at work, according to board president Devin Gambler.
““We’ve switched over to working remotely and having our workers at home and limiting the contact with the public and clients,” Gambler told KTW.
The agency’s office will remain closed until at least April 15, at which time the situation will be re-assessed.
Volunteer Kamloops continues to work closely with clients, though the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the cancellation or postponement of most events planned for this month.
Gambler said the organization was prepared to deal with such a situation, with laptops and cellphones already in place and allowing staff to work remotely.
He stressed staff are still working and remain available to their clients.
“We are still open and working remotely and very active online in social media and through emails, and we look forward to serving them in the future,” he said.
Coincidentally, Volunteer Kamloops has been working on a database that would allow potential volunteers to search for and connect with local organizations from their computers, without having to leave their home, a program that would be even more beneficial in a crisis like the pandemic.
Staff are hoping to have the system up and running by the middle next month.
Once Volunteer Kamloops is again able to open its downtown office, Gambler said staff will continue to work with clients in the traditional way, face-to-face, if that’s what people prefer. The database will simply add more options and flexibility.
Volunteer Kamloops is online at volunteerkamloops.org.