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SOS CAFE

SOS Café

VOLUNTEERS KEY TO SOS CAFÉ SUCCESS

For the many volunteers at the SOS Café, it’s an affair of the heart.

They truly enjoy serving the public – while knowing proceeds from the SOS Café help support healthcare in our region. The café is owned and operated by the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation.

The SOS Café is a comfortable “people place” with lots of seating and an outside patio. We serve specialty coffees, teas, smoothies and juice, along with mouth-watering baked goods, salads, grilled paninis and sandwiches.

Manager Marybeth Zelent and Lisa Barkman, the café’s Food Services Supervisor, are the only paid staff members and work hand-in-hand with more than 50 volunteers who collectively contribute some 5,000 hours of their time per year.

“Most of our customers aren’t aware the SOS Café serves as a fundraiser for the Medical Foundation,” said Marybeth. “We try to emphasize this all the time.”

Marybeth recalled words of advice from a former Foundation board member shortly after she was hired.

“He said to me: ‘It’s not all about the numbers. It’s about what you do,’” she recalled. “I knew that, but to hear it from him meant the world to me.”

“The SOS Café is all about people and the service we provide.”

This philosophy was best reflected in a conversation Marybeth had with a patient’s family member who described the SOS Café as “a little bit of normal” in what can sometimes be a stressful situation.

Our fantastic volunteers help make that possible.

Volunteers Needed:
Most of our SOS Café volunteers work one 3-hour shift a week, handling duties ranging from cashier to barista to food preparation. If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Marybeth Zelent:

Call: 250-770-5525
Email: Marybeth.Zelent@interiorhealth.ca
visit the café’s own website: www.soscafe.org

SOS Cafe Hours of Operation:
(Closed on Sundays and statutory holidays)
Monday to Friday: 7 am to 5 pm
Saturdays: 10 am to 3 pm

You can make a difference.