COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS: Grand Cook-Off a collaborative effort

The resulting products will be sold, with proceeds being shared between participating organizations.

It is always fundraising season, is it not?

The dedicated members of the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre are always on the look-out for opportunities to support volunteerism in the Sooke region (Beecher Bay to Port Renfrew).

In 2014 they organized the Grand Cook Off as a shared fundraiser for participating organizations.

This year, Grand Cook-Off II will have volunteers canning jams and preserves, as well as assembling dry-goods for “recipes in a jar.” Again the resulting products will be sold, with proceeds being shared between participating organizations.

SRVC is looking to the community to donate any excess fruit and vegetables, as well as surplus canning jars, to help with this fundraiser. What we make will be determined by what is available.

This type of group fundraisers is largely possibly due to the support provided by students participating in Project Serve a joint effort of the University of Victoria and Volunteer Victoria. Through this program extra hands will make the work much lighter for all.

“Last year 14 UVic students came to help.  In addition, members of the Sooke Region Community Health Initiative (committee and Rotary Club of Sooke came forward to be part of the general pool of volunteers,” said Marlene Barry, SRVC coordinator. “It really was a collaborative, busy day and we learned a lot from our first event.  We are still accepting applications from local organizations to participate in this year’s event.”

If you have produce or jars to donate, or if your organization is interested in finding out more about this fundraising project, please contact sookeregionvolunteers@gmail.com or call us at 250-642-6364 Ext. 235.We do the organizing, you help create the product and we coordinate selling opportunities.

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Submitted by Sooke Region Volunteer Centre.