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YMCA of Okanagan Association
The Y is a place where stories are created and lives are changed. Every person has a story of hope, personal challenge, courage and inspiration. The Y inspires personal success ...
375 Hartman Road
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1X2M9
Causes we care about

  • Health & Well-being

  • Philanthropy and Capacity Building

  • Youth Development

Businesses whose employees volunteer with us
Social Mission
The YMCA of Okanagan is a charity dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community. Based on the principles of human dignity, equality, justice and peace, the mission of the YMCA of Okanagan is to support the development of strong individuals.
Businesses and organizations that we work with
RE/MAX Kelowna
Interior Savings
Black Press Media
CapriCMW Insurance
Central Okanagan Foundation
Bellamy Homes
Launch Financial Education Society
Start Fresh Project Society
Volunteer opportunities
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Welcome GreeterKelowna Family YMCA, KelownaFlexible schedule
Are you a friendly, personable, and resourceful person who has a genuine desire to help others? Would you like to be the face of the YMCA?
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Welcome GreeterH2O Adventure + Fitness Centre, KelownaFlexible schedule
Are you a friendly, personable, and resourceful person who has a genuine desire to help others? Would you like to be the face of the YMCA?
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Stories of our community involvement
Keith Brewster and Matt Hauge from the Stober Foundation recently supported the cost for over 50 YMCA employees to take Resiliency Training, providing them with the tools and resources to manage the challenges of the pandemic in both their personal and professional environments.

As quoted by a Y staff member who received the training: “Thank you for providing me with the opportunity to become more resilient. Learning about mindfulness practices, square breathing and the life wheel have helped me to re-centre and ground myself during moments of anxiety and stress. I am so grateful to the Stober Foundation for caring about our staff members, many of us who are struggling, so we have the supports when we need them."
It's that time of year again! We are so excited to be launching Move to Give, our #YMoveToGive campaign empowering underprivileged community members to build their best selves through subsidized Y memberships and programs.

How can you get involved? Take part in a fundraising event this fall! Whether it's a fitness challenge, participate in a bake sale, shake your bootie in a Zumbathon or race rubber duckies! So many to choose from.

You can help us ensure everyone, not just those who can afford it, have equal access to Y programs.

http://ow.ly/poyv50Gr4b0
The 11th Annual Charity Golf Tournament held at the Kelowna Golf and Country Club on September 20th saw players “swinging for a great cause” – to give local children and families in need equal access to YMCA programs.

“We are so incredibly grateful that we were able to execute a modified tournament in compliance with the current Provincial Health orders and raise much needed funds for the YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign,” exclaims Rhonda Zakala, VP of Fund Development. “We can continue our charitable work in supporting our communities most vulnerable and those who have suffered even greater financial hardship due to the crisis.”

Along with the tournament’s commitment to the YMCA, a multi-year presenting sponsorship has been provided by Wilson M. Beck, a locally-owned general insurance brokerage.

“One important criterium when selecting a charity was that proceeds would stay in the Okanagan,” says Steven Pavelich, WMB Managing Partner and Title Sponsor. “The YMCA is unique in that it ensures 100% of our dollars raised would stay in the community and equally important would help underprivileged children in need. We are honoured to have the opportunity to be a part of this event benefitting the Y.”

The sun shone on the 120 golfers who enjoyed staggered tee start times, boxed meals and lots of contests and prizing on the course, along with support from the volunteers who helped to safely execute the event. Funds were contributed through sponsorships, donations of prizing, a raffle for a wall of 100 bottles of VQA award winning wines, an online auction, and a portion of the golfers’ entry fee, resulting in over $68,000 raised for the YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign.

Co-chairs, Dr. John Weisbeck and Alli McNeill share, “We are so appreciative of the board and staff at the KGCC for working with our committee to enable this event to come to fruition. We are honoured to be able to raise much-needed funds despite the many hurdles and challenges this year and want to thank everyone for their kindness and support of important local Y programs. See you all in 2022!”

Photo: The 11th Annual Charity Golf Tournament Title Sponsor, Steven Pavelich, WMB Managing Partner and team are standing proud after helping to raise $68,000 for the YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign.
Even though the Wilson M. Beck Charity Golf Tournament was last week, we still have amazing prizes to hand out in the form of an online auction.

You have 5 days left to bid on getaway packages, boat rentals, snowboards, audio equipment, flights, you name it. Help us reach our goal of $75,000 to benefit YMCA’S Strong Kids!

http://ow.ly/BKu650GiXSf
Get a SMILE, Give a SMILE! When you purchase a Smile Cookie for $1 at a local Tim Hortons store between September 13 – 19, you help to make a difference in our community. All proceeds from local Smile Cookie sales will support the YMCA Healthy Snacks Program, ensuring every child in our care receives a daily nutritious snack.
Don’t miss out…you can preorder cookies to treat the office, your family or friends and ultimately help to positively impact local children and youth in need.

https://www.ymcaokanagan.ca/events/tim-hortons-...
Not only is the annual Wilson M. Beck Insurance Services (Kelowna) Inc. Golf Tournament back to help us raise money for kids in need, but there is also an exciting online auction that is happening now!

The golf tournament raises money to support many vulnerable and underprivileged children and families in our community, many of who have suffered even greater financial hardship due to the crisis.

Bid to win incredible prizes, getaway packages, flights, golf passes and so much more, plus support a great cause! 100% of all funds raised through the online auction will directly support the YMCA’S Strong Kids Campaign which ensures every low-income child and youth from our community has equal access to the Y’s programs and services.

Check it out!
https://trellis.org/wmb-charity-golf-tournament
Local Y member and super-hero Terry Hanley astounded everyone with his successful “65th Fortitude Fundraiser” at Downtown Y on September 8th! To celebrate his 65th birthday, Terry crushed 650 pull-ups (yes 650!) in 90 minutes and he raised funds for YMCA Financial Assistance, giving local children & families in need equal access to YMCA Okanagan programs & services. Terry also received a $5000 matching donation from the Stober Foundation Gratitude Project!

Pictured are Keith Brewster (Stober Foundation) and Terry Hanley.
Photo credit: KelownaNow

Read the story on KelownaNow: https://bit.ly/3EgNrc6
Our largest fundraiser of the year, Cycle for Strong Kids, takes place this Sunday, May 30th. 100% of donations will help subsidize child care, camps, swim lessons, health memberships and recreational programs for low-income Okanagan children. https://www.ymcaokanagan.ca/About-Us/Events/YMC...
Meet Mariely. After immigrating to Kelowna from Venezuela, she found it very difficult to feel at home in a foreign country. She was struggling to learn the language and had numerous doors slammed in her face while trying to find work. Then she found the YMCA, where she started to volunteer and had the opportunity to learn more, connect with a community, and improve herself.

Read the whole story on KelownaNow.

https://bit.ly/3v9Cwva
Yesterday was a historic day for #childcare. We applaud the significant investment in #Budget2021 to improve access to high-quality non-profit #childcare spaces and look forward to working together to support children and families! bit.ly/2QaAv3n
375 Hartman Road
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1X2M9
Causes we care about

  • Health & Well-being

  • Philanthropy and Capacity Building

  • Youth Development

Businesses whose employees volunteer with us
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