Prince George is a city with a rich tapestry of people from all walks of life. As with many other cities, the downtown core represents a cross-section of perspectives, lifestyles and community needs. This is reflected by not only who you meet on your travels, but by the organizations, community groups and businesses that choose to hang their hats in the heart of the city.
Many of the organizations that call downtown home are run on a volunteer basis, and the opportunities to volunteer in Prince George are varied and numerous. Amongst the boutique shops, cafés and restaurants, you’ll find spaces dedicated to showcasing local art and music as well as spaces that provide services and access to resources for street-involved folks and other people in vulnerable situations. The result of this cross-section of tenancy ensures that folks in Prince George spend time downtown in a variety of capacities, leading to the growth and sustenance of our eclectic community beyond what money can buy.
Holding space for arts and culture is an integral part of any thriving city, and Omineca Arts Centre is a multi-functional space dedicated to just that. Hosting everything from artist residencies and gallery space, to drum circles and punk shows, this DIY space is a hub of community creativity. Launched in partnership with Emily Carr University, Omineca Arts Centre is always looking for volunteers and is a great organization to get involved with for the arts-minded newcomer to Prince George.
For those that may not be able to commit to a regular volunteer gig, there are many events that happen in and support downtown Prince George that are easy to become involved with. One such event is Coldest Night of the Year, an event facilitated by AWAC (Association Advocating for Women and Community) which raises money for organizations serving the houseless and in-need members of our community.
These are just a couple of examples of the many organizations to volunteer with in downtown Prince George. Volunteer work is a great way to establish new friendships and connections within the community, but also a great way to connect with the dynamic city of Prince George.