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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
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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
Interior Savings
Salmon Arm Observer
Similkameen Spotlight
RE/MAX Kelowna
Kelowna Capital News
Secure-Rite Mobile Storage
Peachland Wellness Centre
Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs
Kelowna Family Centre
Stories of our community involvement
For Giving Tuesday, each one of our team members chose a local charity and purchased gift cards. These will be distributed this week to various charities in our region. Showing our #locallove by giving back to our community!

Today we all give THANKS! And are doing a thank-a-thon...virtually of course. All of our donors and key supporters will be called or emailed with a personal thank you for their generosity in 2020. Thanks to all of our donors, workplaces, corporate sponsors, media partners and volunteers who supported the 2020 United Way campaign and community fund. Now, more than ever, it makes all the difference in the lives of over 75,000 people in our communities!!
Today is Giving Tuesday, a day when people around the globe give back to help create positive change. This year has had unexpected and unique challenges – but we have seen local people come together to help one another in incredible ways.

TODAY ONLY: Your donation of $20 or more will be topped up with an extra $2 from CanadaHelps!.*
Donate at your favourite charity today at http://canadahelps.org

Every act of kindness, no matter how big or small, creates ripples of positive impact in our community. Let’s end 2020 on a positive note by showing our local love and helping others. Together, we can help make everyone’s future a little brighter!

*Giving Tuesday $2 Offer Terms: https://buff.ly/3mojD3R
More info at: www.givingtuesdayokanagan.com or www.facebook.com/givingtuesdayokanagan
This just in...Dawson Group donates over $24k with inaugural United Way campaign.

Dawson Group is the latest local, caring company to create a workplace campaign with their employees and recently notified us that their campaign has reached nearly $25,000 in its first year! Extraordinary!!

Thank you Dawson Group for your incredible generosity! IRL International Truck Centre (a Dawson Group company) employees have also volunteered at United Way events and Days of Caring as well as partnered with us for our annual Child Safety Initiative by providing a 5 ton truck for deliveries.

Read more about it: https://unitedwaysibc.com/dawson-group-donates-...
Giving Tuesday Okanagan is going virtual this year on Tuesday, December 1. Just as Black Friday kicks off the holiday shopping season, Giving Tuesday is the opening day of the giving season and all local activities will be hosted on the Giving Tuesday Okanagan facebook page including the City of Kelowna and City of Penticton civic proclamations.

The Giving Tuesday Okanagan civic movement kicked off in 2015 with mayoral proclamations and events in all three major cities: Penticton, Kelowna and Vernon. The day is an opportunity for local non-profits, charities, businesses and individuals to recognize and celebrate the start of the giving season.

Since 2013, Giving Tuesday has united millions of Canadians to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live. The impact of Giving Tuesday goes well beyond charitable donations, inspiring giving in all its forms. From coast to coast to coast, people are embracing this day as an opportunity to raise money for local charities and non-profits, run food and clothing drives, give blood, encourage kindness, help a neighbour and celebrate generosity. At a time when we are all experiencing the pandemic, Giving Tuesday is an opportunity for people around the world to stand together in unity—to use their individual power of generosity to remain connected and heal.

So far more than 7,500 Canadian charities, businesses and community groups have used GivingTuesday to rally generosity and help make the world a better place in countless ways. Around the globe there are official GivingTuesday movements in over 70 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Kenya, Slovenia, Tanzania, the UK and more.

Join the movement! There are many ways to get involved with Giving Tuesday Okanagan:

-Follow us on Facebook and/or share your Giving Tuesday activities: http://facebook.com/givingtuesdayokanagan; use the hashtags #GivingTuesdayOkanagan and #GivingTuesdayCA
-Consider ways to “give” back to your favourite charity or community organization by donating either time, talent or treasure.
-Join the Giving Tuesday Okanagan Movement online https://givingtuesday.ca/join-movement/17330#.V...
For more information, visit: www.givingtuesdayokanagan.com
The community really showed up Thursday night, together but apart, to support the United Way Southern Interior BC 70th Anniversary "Stay at Home" Gala presented by Sun Life. The fundraiser was forced to go virtual due to the pandemic but proved to be an evening of great retrospect and celebration. Raising over $70,000, the event was hosted by Robert Fine and took guests through seven decades of local love with performances from nine local bands and musicians, and appearances from many familiar faces connected with United Way over those decades. The champions of the evening were the many donors, sponsors, event partners, speakers and volunteers who contributed to the end result through ticket sales, donations, and online auction sales.

Read the entire story and view event photos: https://unitedwaysibc.com/local-love-in-action-...

Facebook photo album: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=unit...
Help support the community from the comfort of your living room! United Way Southern Interior BC celebrates their 70th Anniversary with their Stay at Home Gala this Thursday, November 19th. Get your ticket today and you could be the lucky winner taking home the $1000 Invest Your Way door prize from Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union . https://trellis.org/locallove70
This month, United Way Southern Interior BC (SIBC) celebrates their 70th anniversary with the goal to raise $70,000 at an inspiring and fun 70th anniversary virtual gala. For over seven decades they have been making an impact on the lives of vulnerable people in the Okanagan and the entire region. Although social issues may have changed and new issues grown bigger, United Way has remained committed to tackling them collaboratively and with community-based solutions.

“As we embark on our 70th anniversary – celebrating seven decades of impact, change, service and local love – the need continues to be as prevalent as ever,” says Kahir Lalji, Executive Director of United Way SIBC. “The pandemic has clearly shown us that invisible unignorable issues have become visible. Poverty, precarious housing, food insecurity, mental health & emotional fragility, and the well-being of children and youth continue to be pressing social challenges. We ask for your support as we address and invest in these key priority areas.”

The pandemic has had a dire impact on all local fundraising efforts this year and, as a result, United Way is aiming to significantly boost donation levels to support the 90+ local charities who depend on them for grant funding every year.

To be 100% safe and remove any risk of cancellation, United Way is hosting a ‘Stay at Home Gala’ from 6pm to 9 pm on Thursday, November 19th presented by Sun Life. This fun evening will entertain guests with nine local bands, food and drink options from local restaurants, an online auction that launched this week and a host of well-known local guests sharing stories of the past 70 years in our local communities. All from the comfort and safety of your own living room.

“Sun Life is committed to fostering healthier, sustainable communities for our clients, advisors, employees and all Canadians,” says Craig Pelletier, District Director – Sun Life. “Having opened our first offices in the Okanagan in 1952, we’re proud to support organizations like the United Way and their virtual gala to help make a difference in many local lives.”

For information and tickets are available at www.locallove70.com .

Visit: www.unitedwaysibc.com/locallove for more info on who benefits from United Way investments and donate to support vulnerable people in your community.
Emergency Winter Shelter to provide much needed support to Penticton’s homeless community this winter.

The City of Penticton granted a temporary use permit this week for the Emergency Winter Shelter at Victory Church, Winnipeg St to be run by Penticton and District Society for Community Living (PDSCL). The shelter this year will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ensure people with no shelter or access to basic amenities have somewhere to be warm and gain support for multiple challenges they may be facing.

PDSCL has more than 6 decades of experience supporting community members with complex housing needs and provides housing support to over 350 people in units across the city in partnership with BC Housing. Read the media release at: https://unitedwaysibc.com/emergency-winter-shel...
A huge thanks to Doris Maria Bregolisse for her unique and tasty fundraiser. The last of the apple strudel was delivered this week to United Way SIBC office and we can happily attest to the incredible taste and presentation. In total, $2350 was raised from eight local donors thanks to Nick Arkle and Gorman Bros. who donated $1000!

The fundraiser was initiatied by Doris Maria Bregolisse, Evening News Anchor and producer with Global Okanagan television news, as a challenge at the United Way SIBC 70th campaign kickoff in September. Doris offered to bake her treasured family strudel recipe for anyone donating $100 or more. More details and photos online:
https://unitedwaysibc.com/doris-bregolisse-show...
SIBC Admin office: 202-1456 St. Paul St.
Kelowna, British Columbia
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Causes we care about

  • Housing and Homelessness

  • Poverty

  • Social Services

Businesses whose employees volunteer with us
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