United Way Southern Interior BC launched their annual fundraising campaign with kickoffs in Vernon and Kelowna this month. The events were well attended by local community champions including workplaces, corporate sponsors, media partners, volunteers and funded charity partners. The United Way team rolled out the new #UNIGNORABLE marketing campaign which highlights local, social issues in the community and the tremendous impact that donors make on bringing those issues to light. For more info, visit: http://unitedwaysibc.com/locallo... For both news stories, click on https://unitedwaysibc.com/news/
This week, United Way Southern Interior BC announced grants of over $620k from the Community Fund for 80 vital programs delivered by 54 unique charities across the Southern Interior including Central, South & North Okanagan, Similkameen, Columbia & Shuswap area. These investments will help improve the lives of 85,000+ or almost 1 in 4 of our regional population throughout the next year, from babies to seniors all of whom are facing a wide range of social challenges. More info at: https://unitedwaysibc.com/united...
This week, United Way Southern Interior BC will be delivering child car seats across the Southern Interior. Our team of do-gooders are packing up trucks full of child car seats to be delivered to charity partners throughout the Southern Interior destined for families in need. Thanks to presenting sponsor Paul Docksteader Foundation and program partners Kelowna General Hospital (KGH) Foundation, Central Okanagan Foundation, Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation and Kal Tire as well as logistics partners Costco Kelowna, The British Columbia Dragoons, and Ideal Lease. And a multitude of charity partners throughout the region! More info at: https://buff.ly/2L1uSOa
Today, United Way Southern Interior BC (SIBC), in partnership with Interior Savings and the Community Foundations of the North and South Okanagan, announces the four recipients of the second year of their Social Enterprise Accelerator Program. The fund grew this year due to increasingly innovative strategies from prominent funders in the valley, to invest in charities that have both a clear mission AND a product or service that they can sell.
Operation Take Two based at Rutland Senior Secondary School in Kelowna
All four organizations have secured funding designed to help them build long-term sustainable revenue for their social enterprise programs through Purppl. Read the entire release: https://unitedwaysibc.com/4-loca...
As we wrap up our 2018/2019 United Way campaign, we give thanks to our amazing contributors. This week, we recognize and thank UBC Okanagan for their annual workplace campaign and support of community. Thanks UBC Okanagan for showing your local love! Read all about it at: https://unitedwaysibc.com/ubc-ok...
Today saw the presentation of the remaining installment of a three year grant resulting from a generous legacy bequest to United Way to “do something good in our community”. Knowing the increasing need for services for young children and families in Kelowna and the increasing social issues affecting our most vulnerable--our kids, United Way first invested in 2016 in a three year pilot project to create the one-stop-shop for at-risk families with children 0-12 years old.
The Central Okanagan Family Hub, based out of Pearson Road Elementary in Rutland, opened in June of 2016 and has been operated by KCR Community Resources since then. The Hub has helped over 13,000 visitors to date offering a variety of services and programs often as simple as offering a cup of tea and a friendly ear for a new parent struggling with their young family--not knowing where to turn for both practical and emotional help.
Congrats to the BMO Burglars team for winning the Community Cup at the #UWBusPull on Saturday and to Doug Patton for achieving the top individual fundraiser honours. BMO is such an amazing supporter of United Way constantly in our top 10 workplace campaign donors, volunteering at Day of Caring and working on our Board of Directors to help with governance and resource development. Such a fantastic crew! Thanks again for your support!! Show your #local love and donate today: www.pullingformycommunity.com until June 1st.
Congratulations to Operation Take Two, a Youth Initiative Grant recipient of 2018, for being invited to CBC’s Dragon’s Den to pitch their compelling project on rethinking waste. Thanks to a grant from the Central Okanagan Foundation and United Way’s GenNext kicking in $300, the student team was able to travel to the Dragons’ Den to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. They stand to gain national attention and begin making necessary connections to expand Operation Take Two beyond the Okanagan and impact an even greater positive change in the world.
Way to go! We look forward to watching the episode on CBC later this year.