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Local Good
Local Good is a regional organization wanting to foster engagement and spread positivity in your local communities by sharing good stories, spotlighting individuals, and support...
1632 Dickson Ave
Kelowna, British Columbia
Causes we care about

  • Community and Economic Development

  • Philanthropy and Capacity Building

  • Social Services

Social Mission
An informed community is a connected community! We want to help share your story with as many local people as we can. By sharing your stories, you can directly create impact by fostering volunteerism, inspiring people to join in random acts of kindness, and ultimately help build a stronger community for everyone! Everything you share goes to your local Black Press Media publication website :)
Businesses and organizations that we work with
Do Some Good
Vernon Morning Star
Salmon Arm Observer
Similkameen Spotlight
Kelowna Capital News
Penticton Western News
Stories of our community involvement
B.C. Buy Local Week (November 30–December 6, 2020) is an annual celebration of the unique contributions that B.C. businesses make to our economy.

They strengthen the social fabric and donate to local causes. They provide great jobs, and support local service providers, keeping money circulating in the community.

Consumers love local and B.C. Buy Local Week helps showcase B.C. local owned businesses, and B.C. local grown and local made products found in stores everywhere.

There are 7 days in #BCBuyLocal Week, so here are 7 ways to Buy Local this week and throughout the holiday season: https://bcbuylocal.com/bcbuylocalweek/

And here's a list of great B.C. businesses to support! https://bcbuylocal.com
Giving Tuesday is next week! Giving Tuesday is a global movement for giving and volunteering. It’s a time when charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for favourite causes.

If you’re able, we encourage you to consider supporting your local community on Giving Tuesday or anytime in December.

This could be donating funds or items, signing up to volunteer, or even just sharing charities' posts with your networks to increase their reach.

It’s been a hard year to say the least. Let’s harness the power of generosity around the world and bring about real change in communities!

For more about Giving Tuesday, visit: https://givingtuesday.ca

#GivingTuesday #DoSomeGood
The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic has led to many sudden changes and challenges in everyone’s lives. As people cope, overwhelming feelings of hopelessness and helplessness can emerge.

From the onset, the Crisis Centre of BC was called on to do what they do best – respond to a crisis.

Engaging in crisis intervention and suicide prevention, the Crisis Centre’s staff and volunteers are trained to connect with people over the phone and through chat services that extend B.C. wide as well as to the Yukon.

Through their distress services program — which includes 24/7 distress phone lines and online chat services between 12 p.m. and 1 a.m. — youth, adults, and seniors have immediate access to barrier-free, non-judgemental, and confidential emotional support through risk assessment, collaborative safety planning, and short-term follow-up.

In a single day, the Crisis Centre team receives approximately 300 call and chat requests from individuals in crisis. Clearly, there is great need and demand for these services through the B.C. and Yukon regions.

With the holidays approaching, these support services will be needed even more. The Crisis Centre of BC is supported by donations, which go towards ensuring individuals in B.C. communities continue to have immediate access to the support and resources they need in times of crisis.

For more info on how you can help foster compassionate, connected, suicide-safer communities, visit crisiscentre.bc.ca/donate.
As Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals pop up in your newsfeed this weekend, we encourage you to also think about Giving Tuesday!

Giving Tuesday is a global movement for giving and volunteering, taking place this year on December 1, where we all join together and rally for our favourite causes.

Join the movement! As you plan your holiday shopping, also consider how to give back to the charitable organizations who have worked non-stop this year to serve those in most need during this pandemic.

To start, sign up for a Do Some Good account! It takes just a few minutes and is FREE for anyone in the community thanks to our Good Companies! https://dosomegood.ca/home

Anyone can easily connect with causes and find volunteer opportunities.

And charities, we can help you get the word out about your cause! Whether it’s information about virtual fundraisers and events, calls for supplies and volunteers, or donor thank-you's, with Do Some Good share all of this with ONE CLICK on your social media accounts, on your website and even on local media sites (if you’re in B.C.).

It’s been a hard year to say the least. Let’s harness the power of generosity around the world and bring about real change in communities!

Hey BC! Black Press Media and Do Some Good want to hear stories of the good you see in your community, and will share your posts on local Black Press media sites where you live/operate!

Are you a local business that has recently donated to or supported a local non-profit?

Are you a non-profit organization that needs supplies or more volunteers?

Are you a volunteer who wants everyone to know about the causes close to your heart?

Are you an individual who has experienced an act of kindness?

Share your story and your post will appear on local Black Press media sites. Telling your story about the causes you care about has never been so important!

With Black Press Media’s partnership with Do Some Good, it’s never been easier to share the good you see and do.

SHARE THE GOOD by visiting: https://mailchi.mp/dosomegood/shareyourstories

About Black Press Media:
Black Press Media produces some of the most established print and digital media platforms in BC, Alberta, and the Yukon. With a print readership of more than 1.8 million, a combined online readership of more than 4 million and 1.2 million followers on social media, Black Press Media is one the largest media companies in Canada.

About Do Some Good:
Do Some Good is an online platform and app that connects people, charitable organizations, Good Companies, and Local Champions to create a major impact in their communities.
In 1943, the Vancouver Foundation received its first gift – $1,000 from Alice McKay, saved from her secretarial job. That was the beginning of an endowment fund that has supported countless charities in British Columbia thanks to individual and corporate generosity, much of it in the form of legacy gifts. What kind of legacy will you leave behind?

“Death and dying–this is an uncomfortable conversation and so easy to put aside,” says Craig Hikida, vice-president of donor services for Vancouver Foundation. “But families can take comfort knowing their loved ones’ wishes have been fulfilled. Having that conversation during one’s lifetime alleviates the burden of having to decipher these wishes after the fact.”

Legacy giving is important for the community, as well as the donors. “If you have been involved in a charitable organization or have received services, wouldn’t you want that organization to flourish beyond your lifetime?” Hikida asks.

Vancouver Foundation works on an endowment model where donors commit a gift amount, the foundation invests it, and the income generated goes to serving the purpose, in effect creating a life-long legacy.

Through this model, Alice McKay’s $1,000 has grown to $1.3 million.

“It is interesting that the $1,000 is still at work,” Hikida says. “When we look at a mature endowment model, the amount generated will overtake the amount given, and the gift lasts forever.”

During the height of COVID-19 in BC, the charitable sector took a hit, and Vancouver Foundation was there to help. “We were able to activate funds and support the charitable sector very quickly because of donor gifts left years ago and entrusted to us,” Hikida says. “Those donors trusted us to understand our community needs and how to support the most vulnerable.”

To read the full article, visit: https://www.bcbusiness.ca/Gifted-for-Life
The pandemic offers a chance to reinvigorate your workplace culture. A new BC Chamber program looks to help businesses adapt and compete in COVID and beyond.

For business owners just trying to survive the COVID-19 crisis, workplace culture can often fall by the wayside when there are bills piling up at the end of the month. But, according to Dr. Mark Colgate, professor at the University of Victoria’s (UVic) Gustavson School of Business and one of the visionaries behind the Whistler Experience program, it’s even more important to foster a positive workplace through times of turbulence.

“Obviously we’re in a pandemic and it’s difficult to see beyond that,” said Colgate. “What the research shows is the organizations that come out [of major disruptions] ahead are the ones that stay calm, the ones that can see through it, the ones that understand what we need to do now so we can come out further ahead. One of those things is to look at what you’re doing as an organization, double down on your workplace culture, and help your employees be even more effective in their roles.”

Colgate is teaming up with fellow professor Brian Leacock and the BC Chamber to offer a six-week program called Building Resilience to Thrive that is aimed at helping small- and medium-sized business owners adapt their model to the pandemic, re-engage customers, and tweak their workplace culture.

“Of course there are a lot of different training programs out there, but we wanted to offer a more unique program that’s more about the business owner themselves,” explained Dan Baxter, director of policy development, government and stakeholder relations for the BC Chamber. “At the end of the day, when you’re short-staffed, productivity is critical,” he said. “You can’t expect your staff will be more productive by just hoping they’ll work harder in the whirlwind. Even if you dedicate five or 10 minutes at the beginning of every shift to getting the team together or having a one-on-one with an individual, that five-minute conversation can be incredibly powerful.”

The Building Resilience to Thrive program is offered in three rounds: from Nov. 3 to Dec. 8, Jan. 12 to Feb. 16, and Feb. 24 to March 31. Registration is $35 for chamber members and $70 for non-members. Learn more and register at bcchamber.org/events/building-resilience-to-thr...
You can make a difference for Canadians in need this holiday season by giving blood. The need for blood donations is most crucial during the holidays. Canadian Blood Services needs all potential blood and plasma donors in B.C. to help fill every available appointment.

The holiday season is a time to reflect and think about how we’re contributing to our communities and supporting the people around us.

The need for blood donations is undeniable. Donated blood is delivered to over 700 hospitals across Canada and approximately 17,000 units of blood are needed each week.

For these reasons, Canadian Blood Services needs the support of blood and plasma donors every day to maintain strong and healthy inventory levels this winter and beyond.

Blood donation centres often experience a decline in donations over long weekends and holidays, which poses a threat during the last few months of the year.

To ensure that patients in Canada receive life saving blood where and when they need it, you can be that lifeline by giving blood.

All blood types are needed and everyone who is able to donate is encouraged to do so.

Those donating blood for the first time must meet the following qualifications:

-Be at least 17 years old
-Meet the height and weight requirements if between 17 and 23 years old
-Be in good general health
-Be able to perform your regular daily activities

For the full list of donor centre locations and hours, along with the schedule for upcoming community donation events, visit blood.ca.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, donor centres have implemented enhanced measures, including wellness screening, social distancing, masks, and enhanced cleaning. Additionally, advance appointment bookings are required to ensure physical distancing. When pre-booking, ask a family member, friend, or colleague in your ‘social bubble’ to book an appointment and donate with you.

See blood.ca/covid19 for more on Canadian Blood Services’ enhanced wellness measures to ensure a safe donation experience for blood donors during COVID-19.

Book an appointment and be part of #CanadasLifeline today.

To pre-schedule your donation appointment, download the GiveBlood app, call 1-888-2-DONATE (1-888-236-6283), or visit blood.ca/bc.
The 2021 Business of Good Awards are open for nominations!

Does your business go above and beyond? BC Business wants to hear from you!

BCBusiness is on a mission to recognize the companies in our province that turn the principles of social responsibility into action.

For these organizations, a good relationship with employees, the community and the environment is embedded in their culture.

The Business of Good program is a chance to show off the steps your company is taking to make British Columbia a better place to live, work and play.

B.C.-based private and public sector organizations are welcome to apply, provided they exist for a purpose beyond philanthropy.

The winners and runners-up, chosen by a panel of judges and our editorial team, will be featured in the March 2021 issue of BCBusiness.

For more information, and to apply, visit: https://www.bcbusiness.ca/The-2021-Business-of-...
Salmon Arm-raised climate scientist keen to help B.C. communities prepare for change.

Being born on Earth Day may not have set Silvie Harder on her path to becoming a climate scientist, but it did inspire her as a kid to effect change.

“As a kid I kind of thought that was unique. Whenever I’d see someone litter, when I was like seven, I’d be like, ‘pick up that trash; It’s my duty to protect the planet,’” laughed Harder.

While not entirely serious about this childhood burden, Harder, who completed her PhD studying permafrost in the Arctic, is as concerned as she is passionate about the environment and the effects of climate change. She looks forward to sharing her passion and scientific knowledge with B.C. communities as the first, and only, climate scientist with West Coast Environmental Law.

“That’s sort of my role – to help communities connect the dots between climate change and the impacts of climate change.”

Harder, who was raised in South Canoe and attended school in Salmon Arm, traced her interest in the environment and earth sciences back to her time spent tree planting in the region.

“When you’re working in the most devastated of landscapes where there used to be beautiful forests… contrasting that to the absolute devastation by the clear cuts and logging practices definitely instilled a desire to protect ecosystems and the environment,” said Harder.

“What I’m planning to do with West Coast is partner with community groups to examine the local climate impacts and the connection to the global climate crisis and sort of how communities can be more prepared,” said Harder, “Talk to the communities and address the issues affecting them and affecting people personally and to sort of show this is real, this is really happening… because if it turns into a personal thing people are more likely to get engaged to take action.”

In the coming months, West Coast Environmental Law will be inviting applications from interested community groups to partner in examining local climate impacts, the connection to the global climate crisis and how communities can become more prepared for those impacts. Harder says she is looking forward to this work ahead.

“I’m really excited to take the knowledge that I’ve got from my years researching to effect change,” said Harde.

View the full article here: https://www.kelownacapnews.com/news/salmin-arm-...
1632 Dickson Ave
Kelowna, British Columbia
Causes we care about

  • Community and Economic Development

  • Philanthropy and Capacity Building

  • Social Services