Pihl Law Corporation has a program that allows staff to dress casually on Fridays if they donate a dollar to a fund that gets distributed to different charities based on employee votes. This fund got a little boost through our GivingTuesday campaign in 2017 and we were able to raise a total of $3,393! Employees have voted to distribute this fund equally between Inn From the Cold - Kelowna, H.O.P.E. Okanagan, and Kelowna Women's Shelter! What a fun way to support the causes our employees are passionate about!
Congratulations to our recent #SimpleGenerosity recipient from Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, Keith Germaine! He’s donating $1,500 to Society St Vincent de Paul – an organization that supplies emergency food and help for families with social and economic problems, disaster crisis and offers home visitations to shut-ins in the Central Okanagan area. Keith founded Bicycles For Humanity - Kelowna Chapter 12 years ago and is the main contact for all BFH activity in the Kelowna area. He organizes all of the promotional activities and fundraising – resulting in 1-2 shipments each year of adult bikes to Ghana, Africa. Over 7,000 bikes have been shipped over the past 12 years! Locally, Keith and his volunteers have collected and donated approximately 3,000 children's bikes to those in need in Kelowna. Keith has worked tirelessly on this initiative and on numerous other projects in the community. He helped start the Inn From the Cold - Kelownaprogram and is currently helping at the Ozanam Recovery House, a 19-bed transition home in Kelowna.
A big shout out to Gennext Kelowna who brought together a great group of people last night at their TimeDrive event! Awesome to chat with so many organizations that are out making a difference in our community every single day.
PROJECT LITERACY CELEBRATES 150 IN SUPPORT OF CANADA’S 150th
Kelowna, BC (March 9, 2017) In hopes to actively contribute to the City of Kelowna’s challenge to its residents to contribute 150,000 volunteer hours in celebration of Canada's 150th birthday, Project Literacy established a goal of their own. Project Literacy set out to recruit and actively engage 150 volunteers by Canada's 150th birthday.
Project Literacy has traditionally used volunteers as tutors who are matched with local learners in need of one-to-one tutoring. "This will continue to be our recruitment focus," says Board President Fern Carr. "To commemorate #Canada150, we are particularly excited to expand the role of volunteers in our organization. We are offering many new opportunities which will include the support of outreach activities and fundraising efforts."
Well ahead of the July 1st festivities, Project Literacy welcomes its 150th volunteer for 2017. Roarke Newton, a young teen from Immaculata Regional High School, initially chose to volunteer at Project Literacy to fulfill his annual school service hours. However, since he started he says he enjoys the people he has met and loves the idea of helping others. Roarke is excited about getting connected with Project Literacy and hopes to continue volunteering even after his required hours are finished.
Weekly, Roarke works with other Project Literacy volunteers to organize and prepare resource materials in support of our tutors and learners. This position allows him to develop some new skills he thinks will be useful in future employment.
Project Literacy is honoured to be supported by all 150 volunteers who give freely of their time to help those who need a little extra literacy help. With over 30 years of service to the community, more than 6,000 residents have improved their literacy using volunteers. Project Literacy looks forward to celebrating Canada’s 150th with a new goal of 15,000 volunteer hours this year. Project Literacy Kelowna Society#Volunteer150for150
We would like to congratulate Ryan Lancaster from Scale My Life for having the most impactful volunteer spotlight of December 2016. For sharing his inspiring story with us, Volinspire has given Ryan a $250 gift card to donate to a charity of his choice. Here are a few words from Ryan about where he has chosen to give:
"I have chosen Inn From the Cold - Kelowna because they are making an incredible impact to homeless individuals in our community who are dealing with mental health and addiction issues. IFTC puts shelter first at the forefront of the healing process and that not only gives people a place to go when they have no other option but helps give them the safety and security they need to get back on their feet.
IFTC focuses on treating everyone with compassion and respect no matter what their situation. They build a strong community of positivity and support and follow that through with programs to make sure individuals get the care they need over the longterm. "