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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
RE/MAX Kelowna
Lake Country Calendar
Penticton Western News
Interior Savings
Golden Star
Secure-Rite Mobile Storage
Kelowna Women's Shelter
CRIS Adaptive Adventures
KCR Community Resources
Stories of our community involvement
This just, United Way and local partners announced the release of the 2021 Sustainable Recovery Grants (SRG) in direct response to the impact of COVID-19 on local charities. The grants will provide entrepreneurial coaching to charities to help them build sustainability and resilience in four key areas: revenue, operations, people, and impact.

Successful applicants to the SRG fund will receive one-time grant funding for customized coaching and support through Purppl’s Resilience & Recovery Program. Purppl helps social purpose organizations build financial resilience, improve their impact, and develop their leadership skills.

The Sustainable Recovery Grant aims to build the capacity and long-term sustainability of charities in the Southern Interior region of BC. This is a multi-year collaboration among local funders including United Way Southern Interior BC , Interior Savings , Community Foundation of the North Okanagan, and Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen.

Eligible charities are invited to submit a short application via the United Way SIBC website. The deadline to apply is Monday, June 7th, 2021 at 5:00pm PST. Successful applicants will be notified on June 30, 2021.
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For National Volunteer Week, we celebrate and recognize the herculean efforts of our incredible volunteers. This includes our Board of Directors, GenNext cabinet, Community impact teams, Resource Development committee, Events and fundraising volunteers, Employee campaign coordinators and individuals who give freely of their time and talents every year.

Special thanks to Emily who recently completed over 130 hours of volunteer admin support helping our communications and community investment teams. Your support was vital and so impactful!

Thanks for showing your local love! We love and appreciate every one of you especially this year when your efforts were needed more than ever.
Every year, the Central Okanagan Foundation and United Way’s GenNext put out a call for applications for youth-led projects that support people or programs in the community. This year proved to be very competitive with a record number of applications. Five projects based in the Central Okanagan and South Okanagan have been selected.

“The many applications we received for excellent, creative youth-led projects speaks to the outstanding commitment that young people throughout the region have for their communities,” says Sherry Ferronato, Director of Community Investment & Wellness at United Way Southern Interior BC. “The support that GenNext and Central Okanagan Foundation youth volunteers provide to make the Youth Initiative Grants possible, is a further testament to the outstanding contribution that young people are making locally.”

The Youth Initiative Grant recipients for 2021 are:

-Amazing Race, CRIS Adaptive Adventures
-Composting Project, Okanagan Mission Secondary (Central Okanagan Public Schools/SD #23)
-Increasing Inclusion and Awareness through Arts, South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services
-Penticton Overdose Response Project, UBC Okanagan Campus Health in collaboration with Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy
-Westside Learning Centre Farm Initiative, Central Okanagan Public Schools/SD #23

“It is inspiring to see the drive and passion youth have to make meaningful differences in our community,” says Abbie Norrish, Coordinator of Grants & Community Initiatives at the Central Okanagan Foundation. “The diversity, creativity and thoughtfulness of this years’ applications was truly incredible.“

These grants are available to young people up to age 25 who are partnering with an organization to create positive change in their local community. A committee comprising of youth representatives from the Central Okanagan Foundation and GenNext Kelowna met in late March to review the applications and make funding decisions.

For more information, visit:


Youth Initiative Grant funding will be available again in early 2022.
There's one week left for our Bouquets of Local Love fundraiser!

We have partnered with awesome local florist businesses who are creating signature bouquets especially for YOU to share your Local Love with! We invite you to purchase a beautiful bouquet for someone you care about, someone who's had a tough year, or anyone who may need a smile!

And the best part? We're delivering! A team of wonderful volunteers in each community will (Covid-friendly) deliver each bouquet to that special someone on Friday, April 30th.

By sharing your local love, AND supporting our local florists, you'll help us support life changing youth-led programs through GenNext & United Way. As a Division of United Way, our mighty team is made up of emerging leaders who are passionate about volunteerism and furthering the United Way's work in our local community.
United Way announced today that the Community Fund applications are now available and due May 31, 2021. The annual community fund provides grants for programs, services and core operations for charitable organizations in the Okanagan, Columbia, Shuswap and Similkameen regions. Any registered charity that demonstrates need and impact in one or more of the United Way focus areas may apply for the Community Fund.

The funded programs ultimately support positive change and impact the lives of thousands of vulnerable people in our communities, providing opportunities for a better life for everyone.
More info, applicant guide and Application available at:
We are so happy to have been involved in yet another great cause with United Way Southern Interior BC !
We love our partners and helping our community! The United Way Southern Interior BC joined us at our Kelowna yard to safely distribute PPE packages to 50 local charities in a socially distant, drive-thru fashion. #dayofcaring #locallove #onemillionmasksBC #mobilestorage #kindnessfitshere #lifefitshere #ppe
A year after the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, the need for personal protective equipment (PPE) is still greater than ever especially for front-line community support workers and non-profit organizations. On Tuesday, March 16, 2021, the United Way Southern Interior BC team hosted a Pushor Mitchell Day of Caring® for local charities in need. Packages of PPE were provided to 50 charities in Penticton, Kelowna and Vernon that included 1000 protective masks, gloves, disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer.

The PPE Day of Caring is made possible thanks to local community and corporate partners like Secure-Rite Mobile Storage who once again have helped United Way with donated storage services as well as a safe and suitable location for the sorting of supplies and will host the Kelowna “drive-thru” pick-ups. In addition, United Way SIBC received 50,000 masks as part of the “One Million Masks Partnership”, a United Way collaboration with Deloitte, TransLink, OEC, Vancouver International Airport (YVR), BC Ferries, BCAA, SCI and BC Transit that recently distributed one million non-medical masks to those who need them across the province. More info at:
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Today we celebrate International Women's Day! A day to celebrate women's achievements, raise awareness against bias, and take action for equality. How will you help forge a gender equal world?

Today we salute the "Women United" who drive the United Way movement in our region and all women who stand up and break barriers to create an equitable workplace and world for all women and girls.
#IWD2021 #choosetochallenge
Local youth learn virtually through United Way’s CODEanagan program

This month, United Way Southern Interior BC, in conjunction with partners Accelerate Okanagan and Okanagan College, presented the first of the 2021 CODEanagan bootcamps, as part of an ongoing tech education program for local youth who may traditionally face barriers to accessing learning opportunities like this at no cost and with appropriate support. Supported by the RBC Future Launch Foundation and Coast Capital Savings Community Investment for Youth, the program was piloted in 2018 with extensive community partnerships including the Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs and TELUS.

CODEanagan provides bootcamps and ongoing mentorship to inspire them to explore career opportunities in the tech sector. In 2020, the planned programs had to be postponed due to COVID-19 preventing the in person workshops, but the communications with youth and partners went on. The program content had to change to allow for reduced access to shared equipment and materials, but the outreach to youth could cover a wider geographical area once it switched to online content. It was decided to trial a full bootcamp over Zoom and see how youth responded and the results were overwhelmingly positive.

“At United Way, we are passionate about helping youth reach their potential & explore new opportunities,” says Jude Brunt, Manager of Events & Special Projects at United Way SIBC. “COVID-19 has affected our youth so enormously and, for many young people, fun learning opportunities like this are not readily available or encouraged, and certainly not without a cost prohibitive barrier. That’s where CODEanagan comes in. To watch youth make connections with each other and with potential mentors is priceless, even when we are operating virtually like this.”

Read the story:
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