Volunteer Programs

Are you looking to boost your mental health with an opportunity to take part in a meaningful volunteer opportunity? Studies show that regular volunteer activity can have a positive effect on mental and physical health. Volunteering with CMHA Vernon provides the opportunity to build valuable work related skills, learn more about mental health, meet new people, decrease feelings of isolation and add more positive structure into your life all while doing something great for your community!  

Recycling Program

This volunteer program runs five days a week and uses CMHA vehicles to collect and sort recyclables from local businesses and schools in the North Okanagan. This program is an integral part of recycling in the Vernon Community. Our crew provides recycling bins and locates them for collection in various schools and businesses in Vernon, Armstrong, and Lumby.  Contact us today for more information on how your business can receive this service, or if you are looking at becoming part of the recycling crew.

Lawns & Maintenance

Volunteers in this program maintain the grounds of the various CMHA Housing Complexes in the Vernon area and for various City of Vernon lots throughout the community. Participants learn and develop valuable lawn maintenance and landscaping skills during their involvement in this program.

Janitorial Program

This program provides basic training in janitorial related tasks.  Volunteers help maintain the CMHA building and develop the skills to move onto employment in the community.

Nutrition Program & Coffee Room

This program offers training in meal preparation, food safe standards and small catering services. Volunteers help serve a well-balanced daily lunch Monday to Saturday and help contribute to menu planning, grocery shopping, preparing and serving meals, clean-up, sanitation and baking for catering needs. Volunteers also manage the coffee center where participants can buy fresh, hot coffee.


This volunteer program helps individuals develop and practice basic office skills.  Duties include answering a multi-line phone, assisting with walk-in queries from the general public, notifying staff of appointments, and the use of basic office equipment, such as faxing and photocopying.

Retail Training/The Georgette Thrift Shop

The goal of our Retail Training Program is to provide our volunteers with the opportunity to gain experience and training in the world of retail sales and customer service.  This is achieved through The Georgette Shop (CMHA thrift store) that has been serving the Vernon community since 1966 and provides individuals the opportunity to develop these skills. All proceeds from the sale of clothing supports CMHA’s programs and services. Volunteers in this program gain valuable experience and skills within a retail store environment.

Do you need to chat?Our Crisis Chat service is available now

Picking up the phone can be challenging and uncomfortable and we get that. We encourage you to use our online Crisis Chat. Crisis Chat is available from 5pm – 9pm Thursday through Sunday. You can access Crisis Chat here.

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