Prince George is known for the residents that are willing to drop everything and help when it’s needed. That’s why a new Facebook page is gaining traction that is dedicated to helping those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s run by six individuals who organize and coordinate volunteer efforts. “I’ve been working in social services for 11 years, it’s just in my nature to want to help,” says page creator, Erin Weyman.
The Prince George Volunteers for COVID page was created in an effort to connect seniors with volunteers that would help with tasks like grocery shopping, but it has since expanded to accommodate a wide range of needs. Volunteers have donated food items and care packages to families in need, local food banks, truck drivers, and those facing homelessness. Members of the group have also donated laptops and tablets for youth in the community who require the technology to continue their schooling from home.
The group reached 900 members on April 22nd. “It’s overwhelming and heartwarming actually everybody just wants to help in any way they can,” Weyman adds. If you’d like to get involved join the Prince George Volunteers for COVID page on Facebook.
About the author: After completing a Broadcast News diploma at SAIT in Calgary, Kendall worked in a small TV newsroom in Dawson Creek. She was delighted to move home in 2017 to work at the local TV news station, where she reported on a variety of stories that affect northern residents, anchored the evening program, and produced an hour-long documentary about the history and growth of Prince George called “This Place We Call Home.” Kendall is a huge supporter of all things local and is excited to work with entrepreneurs to help grow their businesses.