Volunteer Comox Valley ceases operations

An organization dedicated to providing leadership and education for groups, charities, organizations, associations and volunteers through community service has closed its doors.

Volunteer Comox Valley has ceased day-to-day operations, and its office at 450 Eighth Street is closed. In an email to The Record, Joanne Wiens, executive director, said the office has closed this month, final loose ends will be wrapped up in August and the website will be functional until Aug. 25.

“Volunteer Comox Valley is dissolving due to lack of sufficient financial resources to continue our operations,” she explained. “This is a difficult decision and one the board has been struggling with for several months.”

She noted the federal cancellation of the Youth Internship Program in 2017 – which the organization administered for the Island for many years – had a significant impact on the viability of the organization, which led the board’s recommendation that the organization be closed down.

Volunteer Comox Valley offered a variety of services, including volunteer referral and registration for individual community members, skill assessment, leadership, education and support for member organizations.

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