Talk about "Do Some Good"...special thanks to our media partners who are helping get the word out regarding the COVID-19 response and recovery initiative launched by United Way Southern Interior BC and local foundations in North, Central and South Okanagan. Today, we thank Kelowna Capital News, Penticton Western News, and Vernon Morning Star along with all the other Black Press southern interior papers in our region. Look for the ad in this week's paper. Thanks for showing your #locallove during this global crisis. More info at: www.unitedwaysibc.com/covid19#CommunityNeeds#Do Some Good
Good news from the BC Government last week launching Safe Seniors, Strong Communities initiative! Now, bc211 has been expanded to enable seniors to call from anywhere in the province. If you or anyone you know are in need of groceries, medications or just a helping hand, please call 211 and register for support. Volunteers and seniors can also register at www.bc211.ca . Do Some Good is proud to be partnering with #United Way Southern Interior BC to be part of this initiative. More info at: https://unitedwaysibc.com/safe-s...
Good news from the BC Government last week launching Safe Seniors, Strong Communities initiative! Now, bc211 has been expanded to enable seniors to call from anywhere in the province. If you are in need of groceries, medications or just a helping hand, please call 211 and register for support. Volunteers and seniors can also register at www.bc211.ca . In our region, two Better at Home "hubs" will be taking the calls and matching up volunteers with seniors in need. More info at: https://unitedwaysibc.com/safe-s...
Today, United Way Southern Interior BC along with the Community Foundations of the North, Central and South Okanagan and other community partners, are asking the community to come together to support the most vulnerable members of our communities, as we continue to coordinate community and social service supports in response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) across our region. After consulting with social and community service agencies, they have identified emerging needs for people who live in poverty, seniors, and support for the front-line community service workers who continue to provide non-medical essential services to those needing it the most. For more info, to donate to the United Way Relief Fund or to access additional resources, visit: unitedwaysibc.com/covid19.
We're getting a lot of inquiries and feedback from the social services sector on emerging needs as the COVID-19 health crisis unfolds. As a result, we are consulting and collaborating with local community partners (including Do Some Good) to prepare a Community Response and Recovery Plan which will include the launch of a Relief Fund to support the most vulnerable in our community during this crisis. Stay tuned for updates on Monday. In the mean time, our hearts go out to everyone negatively impacted by this health crisis. Together, we can make an incredible impact though and we look forward to banding together in response. Please stay safe, healthy, patient, calm and continue to show your #locallove during this #globalcrisis.
Important news and updates about COVID-19 are happening by the hour right now. A reminder that BC211 is here for you...this is a stressful time and people need answers. The residual effects of this pandemic are widespread...not only the risk of a health crisis looming but the risk of social isolation is real especially for vulnerable populations. BC211 has responded to this by adding a COVID-19 information page for all users to access. In our region, please access online at www.bc211.ca if you are looking for resources and information in your community and share this with your networks.
Periods are a fact of life. But too many people have to pick between feeding their family and affording basic hygiene products. United Way is working hard to make that issue #UNIGNORABLE by launching Period Promise, a campaign to end local period poverty. Recently the North Okanagan Labour Council (NOLC) ran a Period Promise product drive and donated $500 worth of products. Once the spring campaign is complete across BC, United Way Southern Interior BC will be delivering the products to local charities with the greatest need. For more information, visit: https://unitedwaysibc.com/period... and take action today!
Today, Playtime Casino Kelowna donated over $3000 to the 2019/2020 United Way Southern Interior BC - Central Okanagan campaign. These vital funds will go into the 2020 community fund allocations supporting over 28 local charities who in turn provide services to over 38,000 people in the Central Okanagan. Playtime is a consistent supporter of the United Way campaign and supports many events throughout the year including the annual Bus Pull fundraiser and most recently, the Celebrity Roast, bringing their annual contributions to over $5500. Thanks Playtime Casino for showing your #locallove!
The United Way campaign ends March 31, 2020 and Community Fund allocations are processed by September. For more information about our Community Impact, visit: https://buff.ly/2PHvtYE . To donate to the 2019/20 campaign, call 250-860-2356 or donate online at: https://unitedwaysibc.com/locall...
February 26th is Pink Shirt Day and Bootlegger has launched a new campaign to raise awareness and local funds to support the cause. "Share Kindness" provides $2 from the purchase of their Pink Shirt Day T-shirts to United Way Southern Interior BC. Show your #locallove and wear a pink shirt proudly on Pink Shirt Day and together, we can make social isolation and bullying #UNIGNORABLE. #pinkshirtday #helpingkids #unitedway #kindness #bootleggerjeans #endsocialisolation #endbullying #bekind
Last week, UBC Okanagan students once again generously volunteered time during their reading week break to help local charities through the Pushor Mitchell LLP United Way Day of Caring® Program. More than 40 students coordinated by the UBC Community Service Learning Program (Okanagan) contributed over 100 hours in 11 projects at local charities. View the photo release and photo album: https://buff.ly/2PmYNDk