TimeDRIVE: Donate your time

TimeDRIVE is like a silent auction but instead of bidding with your money you bid with your time. Created in 2013 by Donnie Ungaro (Okanagan Young Professionals) and Heather Pesta (Gennext Kelowna) the original event raised over 1600 volunteer hours. Those hours donated by young professionals for local non-profits is valued at about $60,000. 
The description they provide explains the reasons why they created the event: 

"Participation will give you the chance to win great prizes including local art by pledging your time and skills rather than cash. Many of Kelowna’s young professionals would like to give back to their community however are not sure where to start, who to ask, or how to demonstrate their skills in support of others less fortunate.  They don’t always have disposable income to donate, but they do possess valuable skills and energy that can be beneficial to not-for-profits in need.  

Not only will great connections occur between non-profits and young professionals, but the timeDRIVE Social will also highlight local organisations and opportunities to give back to the community. "

Here is a video shot last year at the timeDRIVE event:

This years timeDRIVE event takes place on Feb 21st at the Laurel Packinghouse. It open to anyone but those who want to attend are strongly encouraged to be ready to donate their time and skill. So if you are a photographer and have been looking at a way to give back to the community why not come out and donate your skill to a local non-profit. 

Tickets for the event are $30 and can be purchased online here.

To find out more about the OYP and Gennext you can go to their respective links:




"What's on?"

Feature events include: Smith Funk and Struass shows around the Okanagan this weekend. Find out more info here.

Dehli to Dublin at the RCA on Feb 14th: http://bit.ly/dehlikelownafeb

Global Music Fest featuring Five Alarm Funk on Feb 22nd. Click here for details.

Here is a rundown of the shows happening around Kelowna this weekend:

Friday, Jan. 24th, 2014 venue
Craig Cardiff Streaming Café
Jazz Cafe Black Box Theatre
Kingha Heming Trio Minstrel Cafe
Live Jazz Vintner’s Poolside Grill
Micheal Wood, The Rockies Doc Willoughby’s Pub
Moni Funk The Blue Gator
Rod Stewart Tribute Show Kelowna Lake City Casino 
Smith Funk and Strauss Benvoulin Heritage Church
The Malarkeys, Kalamalka Highlanders Pipe Band Turtle Bay Pub
Wild Son O’Flannigans Pub
Windmills + Heard In The Mountains + JoyfulDoor Fernandos Pub


Saturday, Jan. 25th, 2014 venue
DJ Invisible Doc Willoughby’s Pub
Fields of Green, The Flu Riley's Pub
Jon Bryant  Streaming Café
Live music Vintner’s Poolside Grill
My Kinda Karma Minstrel Cafe
Wild Son O’Flannigans Pub
Moni Funk The Blue Gator

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About the Author

Ryan Donn is a singer/songwriter, event producer, digital creative, and Councillor at the City of Kelowna

I love creating songs, which have been used by the Terry Fox Run, Kelowna’s Centennial Celebration, or heard on various local radio stations. 

In the past few years, I've focused on creating community events including Music in the Park, New York New Years, Castanet’s Free Family Skate, Talented Kids, Talented Kelowna, and others.

Originally from Scotland, I’ve lived in Kelowna for over 20 years. My wife, Kimberly, and our two daughters, Lyla and Bella, share our home with Tom (adult with diverse abilities).

In 2014, I was elected to Kelowna City Council. 

Opinions are my own, and don't represent the City of Kelowna, Festivals Kelowna or Creative Okanagan. 

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