Volunteering at SOWINS is a special opportunity to directly contribute to our agency. Our volunteers are community members in good standing who understand the important and confidential nature of the work that we do. Our major volunteer times are around our events Walk to End Abuse and Share the Spirit (Oct-Dec ). Please note that the majority of our volunteer positions require:

  • In-person intake interview and volunteer forms
  • A Criminal Record Review check with the Ministry of Justice (no cost)
  • Ethical conduct and confidentiality agreement
  • We are not able to offer community service hour fulfillment volunteering

Areas to Volunteer

Board of Directors

  • The Board of Directors is the legal authority for SOWINS. Each Board Member acts in a position of trust for the community, and is responsible for the effective governance of the organization. Board Members are elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting and serve for a two-year term. Board members may serve up to four consecutive terms.

Special Events: 

  • Holiday events (Share the Spirit, donation room, and holiday cheer party for clients)
  • Walk to End Abuse – SOWINS annual fundraiser,
  • Trade Shows, Community Market, Info Booths, 3rd party fundraising events, and more.

Benefits of Volunteering

  • Volunteering connects you to others: Be an integral part of your community while making new friends
  • Volunteering helps you stay physically active, increases self-confidence, and generates happiness
  • Volunteering furthers your ambition to be the change you want to see in the world

Time commitments can vary from a few hours per week to a few times per year. Show people what you are passionate about and maybe you will inspire them too.

Start making a difference in the lives of local women and their families today!

Volunteer Application Form

Administrative office:
102 – 1027 Westminster Ave W,
Penticton, BC V2A 1L4

You Can Help

SOWINS relies in part on the generosity of people like you to help end the cycle of violence and abuse in the South Okanagan. Your contribution will make a difference in the life of a woman or child who has experienced or is at risk of violence and abuse.  Please give.

Need support?
Contact us

Counselling & Administration Office:
24 Hour Crisis Line & Emergency Shelter:

You Can help!

Become a Member

You can help by becoming a member of SOWINS. Members support us as we work to prevent abuse and increase awareness about the impacts of abuse, and strive to make our community a safer and healthier place for all. Membership is only $10 per year.

Become a Volunteer

Volunteering with SOWINS is a rewarding opportunity to make a direct, positive impact on the lives of women and children in the South Okanagan. We are on the lookout for community members in good standing who respect the confidential and sensitive nature of the work we do.

Host an Event

You can help SOWINS by hosting a fundraising event at your home, work, school or in the community. We call it third-party fundraising but you’ll feel like part of the SOWINS family. We have lots of ideas and some guidelines. Get inspired and check it out…

Get in touch


Monday – Friday: 9:00 – 4:30


SOWINS (South Okanagan Women in Need Society) #102-1027 Westminster Avenue West,
Penticton, B.C. V2A 1L4


Office: 250-493-4366
Crisis (24h): 1-800-814-2033
E-mail: info@sowins.com

Making an Impact


Bed Stays for Women in 2019


Bed Stays for Children in 2019


PEACE Program Sessions in 2019


Crisis Calls Answered in 2019


Shelter at Capacity for these days in 2019


Women and Children Turned AWAY in 2019