Sooke Loan Cupboard looking for volunteers, drivers

The group needs at least four new volunteers to get back to normal operation.

The Sooke Loan Cupboard is in dire need of more volunteers.

The local service, which provides basic medical equipment (such as wheelchairs, canes and crutches) for a low fee, has struggled in recent months to keep up with demand after losing two members due to medical and personal issues.

“We have one volunteer going away for an undisclosed amount of time, another had knee replacement … on the transportation part, people are unable to drive anymore,” said Linda Nex, the program’s main coordinator.

“The volunteers for our group are aging out.”

In order to bring the Cupboard back on its feet requires four or more volunteers: two drivers and another two to handle Cupboard operations. In particular, they need drivers for their transportation service, which picks up and drops off clients to and from a medical facility.

Nex said things usually slow down around this time of the year, but demand has remained steady in Sooke.

“It’s always needed.”

The group will meet at the Sooke Community Hall this Monday (May 22) from 10 to 11 a.m. The public is welcome to attend.

If interested to become a Cupboard volunteer, please call 250-389-4607, or to become a driver, 250-389-4661.