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Volunteer your time tonight

Gennext Kelowna, a group of local young, community-focused professionals, is getting ready to host timeDrive for the 3rd consecutive year tonight, Thursday, May 14th   from 5:30-8:00 PM at Laurel Packinghouse. 
 
Combining a fun, networking atmosphere with a growing community need for volunteers, timeDrive gives young professionals the chance to connect with non-profit organizations and pledge their time and skills in a unique “time-raising” (vs. fundraising) event. 
 
Using a tradeshow type format, attendees are given the opportunity to meet with representatives from Kelowna’s non-profit organizations in order to pledge volunteer hours. Each NPO will be able to present information about their organization including details regarding the types and number of volunteer positions they have available to be filled. 
Prizes will be awarded for most hours pledged and completed, and food and beverage will be provided by Squeezed Wines, Tree House Brewing and Okanagan Spirits. Also following the event will be an after party at The Curious Artistry and Alchemy. 
The concept of pledging one’s time at a volunteer type of fair is not a new one, however, coming from a younger demographic whose focus is giving back to the community, it’s a refreshing one. 
 
Last year’s event saw 180 in attendance and this year, Gennext hopes to see even more. Having raised more than 4500 volunteer hours over the course of the last few years during this event, Gennext is excited to raise thousands more at timeDrive 2015 and raise awareness with new volunteers.
 
Gennext believes in growing personally, developing professionally and improving the community they live in, and timeDrive accomplishes just that. Pledging time and skills instead of cash, this unique event gives people a way to give back to their community in kind and provides exposure for NPO’s. Most importantly, it also connects volunteers with organizations they may not be aware of that exist right in their own community. 
 
Join Gennext, in partnership with United Way and MNP for an enjoyable social evening of fun, connections, and community spirit. Help impact the Okanagan Valley by giving back with your time and skills. Check out Gennext’s social media pages for information re: Non-Profit Organizations that will be there at this year’s timeDrive and mark your calendar for this exciting event!
 
 
To find out more about the event and to purchase tickets, please contact: Cyrus Tabar, Gennext Marketing Director, (250-826-7344) or visit www.gennextkelowna.com  
 
Here is a video from the 2013 edition of the event. 

Here are the local concerts happening around Kelowna this weekend:
 
 
Friday, May 15th, 2015 venue
Ben Rogers and the Bloodred Yonder Fleetwood Public House
Devon Coyote Doc Willoughby’s Pub
Hank Stallion The Blue Gator
Jimmy Leguilloux Band Riley's Pub
Radio Lifeline O’Flannigans Pub
 
Saturday, May 16th, 2015 venue
Hank Stallion The Blue Gator
Jimmy Leguilloux Band Riley's Pub
Radio Lifeline O’Flannigans Pub
Ryan McMahon Streaming Café
Terry Hanck Minstrel Cafe
The Trips Fleetwood Public House
 


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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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