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Save-On-Foods has presented the Golden Food Bank with a cheque for $1,480 as a part of their Pay It Forward campaign.

This was the third year for the Pay It Forward campaign, which sees half the net proceeds earned from Western Family over the course of the week donated to local food banks in the stores respective communities.

“it’s exceeded what we thought we would fundraise, everyone was really behind the promotion,” said Andrew Sanders, the manager of the Golden location of Save-On-Foods.

“It’s awesome to see, especially right now with COVID-19 and the food banks being more important than ever.”

For Sanders, supporting initiatives like the Pay It Forward campaign is an important aspect of the job. He strongly believes in giving back to the community, especially in times like this.

He says he is proud of the support that the programs such as this one receive from such a small and tight-knit community.

“People come here multiple times a week and they’re getting asked to donate to different programs all the time but they still get behind the programs,” said Sanders. “They’re super receptive to everything and they don’t seem to mind, this is such a giving community.”

According to Sanders, Golden often beats out different locations in much larger communities.

While he doesn’t have the final tally for the Pay It Forward campaign, he says that his store finished second in the region when they ran the Feed Hungry Kids program, beating out stores in much larger communities like Kamloops and Cranbrook.

“It’s a nice part of the job to be able to give back to the community,” said Sanders. “It’s really important to our team and myself to really get behind that promotion and support it in our time of need.”

It’s not the first time that Save-On-Foods has supported the food bank, which places special orders through the grocery store. Damaged products that the stores is unable to sell are donated to the food bank as well, rather than sending them to a landfill.

While it’s a partnership that Sanders has inherited from before his arrival in Golden, it’s one that he plans to keep growing.
Over the spring, the Central Okanagan Foundation invested $236,542 in organizations across the region.

The funds came from the organization’s spring 2020 grants.

The foundation supports charities in the areas of youth and family, arts and culture, education, heritage and historical, health, global and the environment.

“It is our privilege to steward donor’s investments to the community through our grant program,” said Cheryl Miller, Director of Grants & Community Initiatives. “These grants support a broad array of organizations whose work improves our community every day.”

Sixteen organizations received funding through this round of grants, which is the first of two cycles for the foundation each year. The application deadline for fall grants is October 1.

You can find out how to apply for the grants at centralokanaganfoundation.org.
The City of Vernon is launching its 2020 Sustainability Grants program. Small grants of up to $1,000 will be made available with the aim of encouraging community members to take sustainable action or advance ongoing projects led by Vernon residents, youth and non-profit groups.

“Though many things have changed with COVID-19, we can still take action to help our community become more resilient,” said Christy Poirier, Manager of Communications and Grants. “The Sustainability Grants program provides a great opportunity for our community to connect with each other, safely, and build their own ideas from the ground up.”

A broad range of projects will be considered. Some examples include establishing or improving a neighbourhood community garden, building educational or demonstration displays for conservation or undertaking efforts to reduce energy and greenhouse gas emissions.

The grant program comes as part of the city’s sustainability goals, which include ecosystem and ecological conservation, energy conservation and greenhouse gas emissions reduction, local food and agriculture, water quality protection and conservation and stewardship.

Applications will be accepted until July 27 and recommendations will be brought to city council for review. The evaluation process will look at how the proposed projects help achieve the city’s sustainability goals, who the project would benefit and the project’s overall impact on the community.

Grant recipients will be announced Aug. 17, and recipients will have until June 2021 to complete their projects.

More information on the program can be found at www.vernon.ca/sustainability.
The Penticton and District Community Arts Council is excited to announce that they have successfully delivered hundreds of art supply care packs to various community service groups.

The project was a unique partnership between the Penticton Arts Council, Foundry Penticton, and OneSky, with support from an anonymous local business. A total of 360 art supply packs have now been delivered to the following organizations: Starfish Pack, SOWINS, SOICS, Better at Home, Foundry Penticton, OneSky Child Resources, Discovery House, and Compass House.

Arts council administrator Bethany Handfield had been attending community foundation Zoom meetings and heard how vulnerable members of our community were being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This prompted her to reach out to local social service providers, this was when she discovered that Foundry Penticton was also embarking on a similar project. From there, they joined forces to bring art supply care packs to children and families, teens, and seniors.

“We knew that some members of our community were really suffering during the pandemic from financial losses, additional childcare, and social isolation. Hopefully the care packs will brighten their days and provide some fun creative activities,” said Handfield.

For the full story, visit: https://www.pentictonwesternnews.com/community/penticton-arts-council-delivers-care-packs-to-community-members-in-need/

To find out more about the Penticton and District Community Arts Council, visit: https://www.pentictonartscouncil.com


To find out more about the Penticton and District Community Arts Council pentictonartscouncil.com.
A new song and video dedicated to workers on the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19 was released this week.

"I'll Be Your Hero," is the brainchild of Vancouver singer/songwriter/actress Nikita Graham, and brought together some top musical talent across the province. Graham wrote the song as a tribute to frontline and essential workers everywhere.

"“They are why I wrote the song,” said Graham in a news release. “To pay tribute to them, and to help generate funds for essential services.”

The emotions of those on the front lines of the COVID-19 battle were captured through images provided by healthcare workers. Okanagan musicians Mike Schell (trumpet) and Mark Larmand (guitar/co-producer), worked on the project. Schell says he was contacted by Graham to participate in the project, and immediately jumped at the chance. Everything, he says, was done remotely over the past three weeks.

Supporting Graham on I''ll Be Your Hero are musicians Dave Genn (54-40), Clay Hill (Trooper), Tim Neuhaus (Ear Art Music Studios), Mike Schell (Uptown Hornz), and Mark Larmand (Cadillac Kings). Backup vocals are Sami Ghawi (Fusion Presents) and BC artists Chris Goodchild and Marji Graham. The single was produced by a team including Mark Larmand, Ethan Ellis (Master Class Entertainment) and Daren Denker (Dynalectric Orchestra).

Proceeds from the song will go to support three charities, Doctors Without Borders, HelpAge Canada’s COVID-19 Emergency Appeal, and Honouring Indigenous Peoples’ COVID-19 Relief Fund, which Graham says touch the lives of vulnerable and marginalized people both in Canada and abroad.

The song is available on streaming platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play Music.
A Kelowna family has gifted $60,000 to the 'Our Students, Your Health' campaign to support the completion of the Health Sciences Centre at Kelowna's Okanagan College campus.

Jack Kofoed and his children, Jacqueline, Leah, Jillian and Jeremy, are giving to the campaign to honour a special nurse in their life and the generation of new nurses to come.

Jack's wife Leona was a nurse who died in 2017, and the donation not only recognizes Leona's work, but also the care she received in her final days, according to the family.

“Mom was one of the most generous people I’ve ever known. She would be so happy with this gift. She loved knowing people are going into health-care careers, so this gift recognizes her passion,” says Jacqueline. She and her brother Jeremy had attended Okanagan College, which now holds a special place in their family's hearts.

“In mom’s last years, we had a wonderful home-care nurse who came to our home,” adds Leah. “Her name was Cindy, and she was a light in mom’s life. We’ve benefited hugely from having someone care for our mother, and we’re so thankful for home-care nurses.”

The gift will support the Home Care Lab at the Health Sciences Centre, which will provide a new space that provides nursing, therapist assistant and health-care assistant students a place to practise supporting clients in a real home environment.

Jack, the former owner of Kelowna Toyota, says he's always felt the responsibilities of giving back. When the college was developing its new trades complex, he donated then too.

“Nurses play an integral role in our communities. We want the best support and the best education possible for nurses,” he says.

There is a growing demand for health-care workers in the region.

“In the Okanagan, we have many retired baby boomers, so there is a huge need for health-care workers,” says Jillian. “We need to educate more caregivers to meet the demand.”

The $18.9-million centre will provide training to frontline health-care workers in eight disciplines, providing state of the art lab spaces.

The Okanagan College Foundation still needs community support to open the centre this coming fall. Half of the $5 million community fundraising goal has been raised.

To donate, visit:
https://www.okanagan.bc.ca/Campus_and_Community/Okanagan_College_Foundation/Donate_to_Our_Students__Your_Health_campaign.html
A $350 million emergency funding program is now available from the Government of Canada.

It's called the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) and is a collaboration between Community Foundations of Canada, the Canadian Red Cross and United Way Centraide Canada.

Eligible organizations include:

- registered charities;
- registered Canadian amateur athletic associations;
- registered Canadian municipalities; and
- registered municipal or public bodies performing a function of government in Canada
The fund is designed to help Canada’s most vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 crisis. The global pandemic has left no community untouched, and it is having a disproportionate impact on vulnerable Canadians who are less equipped to deal with its health, social and economic impacts.

ECSF will provide a much-needed boost to organizations on the frontlines, while we also continue our efforts to secure the funding and support required for the stabilization and recovery phases ahead.

For more information, including eligible projects and the application form itself, visit:

https://www.communityfoundations.ca/initiatives/emergency-community-support-fund/
A pair of edible gardens have been planted in Vernon, and all are welcome to enjoy their bounties.

Members of Vernon Permaculture planted the gardens in an effort to boost local food security. One garden, containing fresh chives, is planted by City Hall near the RCMP detachment, while the other containing peas is located at Polson Park.

“If you’re hungry and you need a little healthy snack, you can come to either one of these gardens and pick them, they’re for you, and this is to increase our food security in the Okanagan,” said Keli Westgate, who shared a video to the Vernon and Area Community Forum Facebook Page.

Vernon Permaculture is an open community group aiming to share regenerative knowledge towards building a stronger community and a healthier local environment, according to its Facebook description.
A Revelstoke-based company recently planted trees to raise funds for the local food bank.

Planters from Fireweed Mountain Silviculture planted roughly 1,700 trees. Instead of keeping the profits at 30 cents a sapling, tree planters donated the money to Community Connections (Revelstoke) Society. Fireweed Mountain Silviculture decided to match the planters’ contributions, resulting in a total donation of $1,000 to the food bank.

“We hear about the challenges happening right now at the food bank and thought it’s a good thing to do,” said Renaud Paradis, owner of Fireweed Mountain Silviculture.

Community Connections said since the start of the pandemic, demand at the food bank has tripled.

During the month of May, the food bank served 1,700 people in Revelstoke.

“It’s a big number,” said Patti Larson, director.

Larson said people from all walks of life are accessing the food bank and there are plenty of new faces.

Community Connections has amalgamated the food bank and food recovery program, offering food in the alley behind their building from 11 a.m to noon, Monday to Friday.

Community Connections said people can make donations on their website (www.community-connections.ca) or by sending e-transfers to finance@community-connections.ca.

Shoppers can also add $2 to their grocery bills at Save-On-Foods and Southside as a donation to the food bank.

For the full story, visit:
https://www.revelstokereview.com/community/revelstoke-tree-planters-raise-funds-for-food-bank/
SilverStar Mountain Resort, in partnership with the Community Foundation of the North Okanagan, has launched Play It Forward, pledging to allocate $150,000 to local organizations in support of the community in which SilverStar staff live, work and play.

“The fund was established to provide funding in support of our community successfully navigating challenging times and continuing to thrive for generations to come,” said resort general manager Ken Derpak.

Anyone can Play It Forward by volunteering and taking small acts of kindness, contributing items in need, and donating to the SilverStar Play It Forward Fund. All dollars raised will be allocated to local non-profits on the front-lines.

“Many guests have asked how they could support the community during these uncertain times and we’re making it easy to donate to the most pressing needs by offering our guests the ability to Play It Forward now and throughout the 2020/21 season,” said Derpak.

All donations are directed to local non-profit organizations that are providing direct community assistance.

To learn more about the fund, and to make a donation, visit:
www.skisilverstar.com/about/play-it-forward
1632 Dickson Ave
Kelowna, British Columbia
Causes we care about

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  • Philanthropy and Capacity Building

  • Social Services

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