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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
Okanagan College
Similkameen Spotlight
Grant Thornton LLP
Salmon Arm Observer
Interior Savings
Golden Star
Inn From the Cold - Kelowna
The Canadian Mental Health Association
Canadian Red Cross - BC Southern Interior
Stories of our community involvement
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-up-to-tackle-poverty/
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-programs-receive-funding/
#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-second-round-of-ppe-distribution-across-region/
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
Thanks to our friends at River Stone Estate Winery, 50th Parallel Estate Winery, Oliver Twist Estate Winery and The Vibrant Vine who are running a very special promotion this month. $1 from every wine bottle purchased goes to United Way's COVID19 Relief Fund and back to local charities to support front-line community service workers. Thank you for your generosity, and for showing your local love! ❤️
What is the United Way 8 Minute Challenge? Happening on June 20th, individuals or teams of up to 8 will do whatever they want to do – together but apart – for 8 minutes.

Participating teams will compete for the coveted community cup based on a set judging criteria applied by a panel of celebrity judges and teams will be assessed based on the following: creativity, laugh factor, degree of difficulty, potential for community impact, and $$ raised for the community!

To join, just follow these three simple steps:
1. Form a team of up to 8 (solos are welcome too!)
2. Do something altogether (but apart) for 8 minutes – added points for laugh factor & $$ raised!
3. Submit your video … That’s it!

Show your local love! Join us on June 20th, at 10am. 💪 Register now at 8minutechallenge.com. #UW8Min #8MinuteChallenge
For Seniors Week, United Way Southern Interior BC reports recent COVID-19 relief fund investments impacted 26 local senior-related programs. With the influx of federal funding through the New Horizons for Seniors Program, United Way was able to invest over $173,000 that will directly impact seniors and make sure they have what they need to stay healthy and connected.
Funded in part by the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program.
The United Way Southern Interior BC and local community foundations are pleased to announce that we're investing over $300K for COVID-19 relief for local charities. A partnership between the Central Okanagan Foundation (COF), the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen (CFSOS), the Community Foundation of the North Okanagan, and United Way Southern Interior BC (UWSIBC), has granted over $300,000 to 35 projects and programs directly dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, also co-funded investments in the South Okanagan region.

“After reaching out to community and charity partners, we discovered that many were experiencing dire circumstances and needed help immediately,” says Kahir Lalji, Executive Director of United Way SIBC. “Heartfelt thanks to the many donors who’ve contributed to the Relief Fund, and to all those who continue to provide essential front-line social and community service during the pandemic.”

For more info and the list of charities receiving funding, visit: https://unitedwaysibc.com/united-way-and-foundations-invest-over-300k-in-relief-funds-for-local-charities/
The United Way 8 Minute Challenge
Date: June 20th, 2020
Location: Your own Driveway, Front Yard or nearby Public Space!

Pulling for My Community is the United Way SIBC's annual signature community fundraising event. Due to restrictions on larger events, we have created a virtual team challenge event that encourages teams of 8 people (corporate, friends & family) to pick an activity and do it for 8 minutes. Teams will need to dig deep and encourage others to support them in this peer-to-peer virtual fundraising event.

The teams will “Make Your Own Team Challenge”, doing whatever they want to do, together but apart, for 8 minutes. This can be a fitness activity, game, chores, act of kindness or something completely different. The participating teams will compete for the coveted Community Cup based on set judging criteria applied by a panel of celebrity local judges. Your team challenge will be assessed on creativity, laugh factor, degree of difficulty, potential for community impact, and of course $$ raised per team!

The event will take place on June 20th 2020 from 10am online, virtually and in all team members’ front yards, driveways or local open spaces! The hosts & judges will be located at Prospera Place parking lot to check in via Zoom on all the action around the valley.

Questions/Contact: Jude Brunt, Events & Special Projects Manager jude@unitedwaysibc.com or call 250-869-2370
United Way Southern Interior BC encourages local registered charities and other qualified donees serving vulnerable populations to apply for funding to support their work through the Emergency Community Support Fund. The funding is administered in collaboration with United Way Centraide Canada and Employment and Social Development Canada. Funding from the program will support community organizations to ensure rapid relief reaches those that need it most, and that no one is left behind.

Follow the link below to learn more about the eligibility requirements to apply for the fund. www.unitedwaysibc.com/ecsf
Funded by the Government of Canada.
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