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United Way Southern Interior BC
United Way Southern Interior BC serves the communities of the Okanagan, Columbia, Shuswap and Similkameen regions. Formed by the merger of United Way CSO and United Way NOCS, Un...
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Our goal is to create opportunities for a better life for everyone in our communities.
SIBC Admin office: 202-1456 St. Paul St.
Kelowna, British Columbia
Causes we care about

  • Housing and Homelessness

  • Poverty

  • Social Services

Businesses whose employees volunteer with us
Social Mission
Improving lives and building community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action.
Businesses and organizations that we work with
Kelowna Capital News
Salmon Arm Observer
RE/MAX Kelowna
Golden Star
Interior Savings
Similkameen Spotlight
Meals on Wheels
Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs
Canadian Mental Health Association Kelowna
Stories of our community involvement
United Way and partners invest $170K in children and youth well-being
Child Safety Initiative expands to include investments and care packages for 42 local charities

The United Way Child Safety Initiative will see a significant expansion this year thanks to our partners and donors, which this year includes the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). Now, families in need will receive infant car seats as well as baby care packages that include essential items like diapers, wipes and formula. In addition, several local charities will receive grants to support children and youth wellness programs. The additional funding and care packages mean children, youth and families will receive even more vital support this year.

Partners in the Child Safety Initiative, Paul Docksteader Foundation, Central Okanagan Foundation, KGH Foundation, and United Way SIBC, will provide 172 car seats and 39 baby care packages delivered to 29 agencies in the Southern Interior this week.

Thanks to the addition of the federal government ECSF grants, 13 local charities will receive additional investments to apply towards children and youth programs as they adapt to address COVID-19 protocols and ultimately enable them to sustain and deliver programs safely. A total of $170,000 in grants, car seats and care packages will be distributed. Read the media release: https://unitedwaysibc.com/united-way-and-partne...
United Way Canada has developed an interactive map to illustrate the scale and scope of local funding disbursements made through the New Horizons Seniors Program.

When the COVID-19 pandemic and the necessary lock-down measures disrupted community services, Canadian seniors who depend on those services for support became increasingly vulnerable and isolated. On March 29, to provide immediate essential services to seniors during the pandemic, the Government of Canada announced a grant of $9 million under the New Horizons Seniors Program to be distributed through United Way Centraide network.

Locally, the United Way SIBC developed the COVID-19 Response and Relief Fund, partially funded by the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program, and allocated those funds to charities supporting seniors in our region. Read the article and zoom in on the map to see results in the Southern Interior: https://buff.ly/3br8hao
United Way Southern Interior BC has invested more than $1.3 million in 90-plus charities in the region to support people affected by the novel coronavirus.

Several granting streams have been rolled out in the past few months to provide emergency relief and capacity assistance to frontline community service organizations across our region.

In early April, United Way SIBC launched and distributed the COVID-19 Relief and Recovery fund in partnership with local donors, community foundations and the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program. In addition, United Way SIBC launched a call for applications in May for the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF).

“In crises, there exists opportunity. It has been inspiring to see the collective action over the last few months that has emerged in order to best serve those most impacted by the pandemic,” said Kahir Lalji, executive director of United Way SIBC.

“The work of social and community-based agencies have been instrumental lifelines for our most vulnerable neighbours. We are grateful to all our partners, including all levels of government, who have come together to address urgent and emergent needs the sector is facing.

“While we have been able to make incredible investment and impact due to the generosity of time, knowledge and resources of so many, there still exists a dire need in the sector and we continue to appeal to all our friends and partners to come together to address the social issues that have been heightened through COVID19.”

United Way SIBC along with generous donors and community partners are proud to support these critical investments in our local communities during this time of exceptional need.

From meeting basic human needs and providing immediate intervention services to post-pandemic capacity building and recovery, initial feedback and reports from the investments have shown incredible impact for these charities and the clients they serve.

“Together, we are showing our local love by rapidly responding to serve the needs of the most vulnerable in our community who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” the statement from United Way SIBC said.
Today, United Way Southern Interior BC (SIBC) is pleased to announce that over $1.3M has been invested in 90+ charities throughout our region to support people who have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Several granting streams have been rolled out in the past few months to provide emergency relief and capacity assistance to frontline community service organizations across our region. Funded in part by the Government of Canada. For more information and a list of recipients, read more online:
Thanks to the coordination of Frequent Pour Wine Merchants and four generous community-spirited winery partners, $10,000 was donated to United Way’s COVID Relief fund last week. The promotion ran for 3 months in local liquor stores with $1 from every wine purchase going towards the program.

Wineries included in the promotion: 50th Parallel Estate Winery / BLOCK ONE Restaurant , The Vibrant Vine, River Stone Estate Winery, and Oliver Twist Estate Winery.

50th Parallel Estate owners Curtis and Sheri-Lee Krouzel were thrilled to be able to contribute over half of the total raised through sales of their award winning wines. Their Lake Country winery is an impressive testament to their commitment to our local industry and to the surrounding communities that support it.

"We love to invest in our people and that means supporting those in need in the communities in which we live, work and play too,” said Curtis Krouzel of 50th Parallel Estate Winery. “We are thrilled to have been a part of this collaborative initiative where there is even more impact if we work in partnership with others too."

More photos and info at: https://buff.ly/3fcvBZM
United Way Southern Interior BC announced today the recipients of a new grant stream designed to address the emerging and sustainability needs of charities dealing with COVID-19. United Way partnered with Interior Savings, the Community Foundations of the North and South Okanagan, and Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, to provide funding for six recipients of the Sustainable Recovery Grant.

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the charitable sector and this funding stream will provide entrepreneurial coaching and support for charities, focused on building sustainability and resilience in four areas: operations, people, impact and revenue.

Congrats to all 2020 RECIPIENTS:
HOPE Outreach (Kelowna & Vernon)
IndigenEYEZ (entire Okanagan)
Kelowna Women’s Shelter
Okanagan Fruit Tree Project (Kelowna & Penticton)
South Okanagan Recope Society (Summerland)
Vernon and District Association for Community Living: Venture Training
Read the entire media release: https://unitedwaysibc.com/srg_recipients_announ...
This just in...RDCO, United Way and other local partners team up to tackle poverty...A grant from the Union of BC Municipalities Poverty Reduction Planning and Action Program will be used in the development of regional wellness and poverty strategy for the Central Okanagan.

Regional District of Central Okanagan will be partnering with United Way Southern Interior BC (SIBC) on the strategy development process. The strategy will be developed in consultation with the communities of the Central Okanagan and engagement opportunities will be forthcoming in Fall 2020 and Winter 2021.

“Over the last 70 years, United Way SIBC has been committed to working together with community partners to address unignorable and complex social issues that impact the most vulnerable in our communities,” says Kahir Lalji, Executive Director of United Way SIBC. “We are excited and honoured to be working with the RDCO and other key partners on the Central Okanagan Poverty Reduction Committee to tackle this important work in our region.”

Read the entire RDCO news release: https://unitedwaysibc.com/rdco-unitedway-team-u...
This spring, the Central Okanagan Foundation and United Way’s GenNext Kelowna contributed $6,000 to support 3 youth led projects based in the Central Okanagan.

Read more in our media release: https://unitedwaysibc.com/local-youth-led-progr...
#youthinitiativegrants #youth #gennext #coffy #uwsibc #locallove #UNIGNORABLE
On Friday, June 12, 2020, the United Way Southern Interior BC team hosted another Day of Caring® for local charities in need of personal protective equipment. Packages of PPE were provided to charities in Penticton, Kelowna and Vernon that include protective masks, hand sanitizer, gloves, gowns and, in some cases, feminine hygiene products.

We would like to thank various donors who have contributed to this campaign including the North Okanagan Labour Council who donated the Feminine Hygene Products as part of United Way’s Period Promise campaign. The charities picked up the items at local hotels who’ve partnered with the United Way to store the products and host the event including Penticton Lakeside Resort, Ramada Hotel Kelowna and Vernon’s Prestige Inn.

Total PPE care packages info:

- 39 charities received packages
- 4700 masks
- 2900 pairs of gloves
- 300 litres of hand sanitizer
- Period products as requested

See more at: https://unitedwaysibc.com/united-way-hosts-seco...
MNP presents the United Way Southern Interior BC Community Appreciation virtual campaign - Local love in action.
Every year we gather for our annual Community Appreciation Celebrations to recognize anyone who has given generously to United Way campaign. This includes businesses, labour, government and individuals as well as community and media partners, in-kind donors and volunteers. It is a great opportunity to connect and thank everyone personally for helping build a strong and inclusive community for all.

This year we are doing things differently. While we are physically apart from each other, we can still come together and show our appreciation to those who have generously supported United Way in 2019. From all of us, to all of you...thanks for showing your local love and helping us make local issues #UNIGNORABLE.

More info on our 2019-2020 Community Appreciation campaign: https://unitedwaysibc.com/thanks
SIBC Admin office: 202-1456 St. Paul St.
Kelowna, British Columbia
Causes we care about

  • Housing and Homelessness

  • Poverty

  • Social Services

Businesses whose employees volunteer with us