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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
Black Press Media
RE/MAX Kelowna
CapriCMW Insurance
Bellamy Homes
Central Okanagan Foundation
Interior Savings
Launch Community Development Foundation
Start Fresh Project Society
Volunteer opportunities
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General Volunteer - PentictonYMCA Penticton Community Programs, PentictonFlexible schedule
Do you have a skill or passion that you would like to share with others?
1 / 100 spots filled
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Volunteer - Child Care ChampionYMCA of Okanagan, KelownaFlexible schedule
You are someone Children flock to and have a strong understanding of what makes a great Child Care provider.
3 / 100 spots filled
Stories of our community involvement
Being part of the Made In YLW campaign + collection so far has shown us such unity and togetherness from this sensational community 🖤
These times are challenging for so many, constantly changing, but something that hasn't wavered is our deep love for collaboration + need for community.
We're unbelievably grateful for those organizations working overtime, pushing hard, adjusting on the fly and continuing to provide the utmost care and attention to those needing support. We see you + we appreciate you. Together, we've got this 🙌🖤 YMCA of Okanagan Association https://dosomegood.ca/post/17813
Being part of the Made In YLW campaign + collection so far has shown us such unity and togetherness from this sensational community 🖤

These times are challenging for so many, constantly changing, but something that hasn't wavered is our deep love for collaboration + need for community.

We're unbelievably grateful for those organizations working overtime, pushing hard, adjusting on the fly and continuing to provide the utmost care and attention to those needing support. We see you + we appreciate you. Together, we've got this 🙌🖤 YMCA of Okanagan Association
“The Y has always been there – through the good times and the bad – supporting the health of the communities we serve and adapting through recessions, fires, floods, and today, a pandemic. In the Okanagan alone, the Y delivered services to over 45,000 people in 2019 and provided over $1 million in financial subsidies and free programming so that low-income families in our communities could access vital services they couldn’t otherwise afford.”

https://www.kelownacapnews.com/opinion/communit...
It’s been a strange year, but the Engineering Team at KF Aerospace just made it brighter for many isolated and low-income YMCA senior members.

A huge THANK YOU to Jordan and Brad who arrived at the Kelowna Family YMCA with a fully decorated tree, along with gift cards, blankets and funds to support senior subsidized memberships!

Their generosity will help ensure some of our communities most vulnerable receive something extra-special over the holiday season.
YMCA of Okanagan Association
Huge thanks to Interior Savings for their generous donation towards much needed play-based equipment! This will contribute to the healthy development of children who attend our free Family Play Time program, and four of our child care centres around the Okanagan- also, it will up the fun factor for these kids! 😊

“Investments in our community are especially critical right now”, says Kathy Conway, CEO of Interior Savings. “2020 has been a difficult year, particularly for young families. We are inspired by the Y’s commitment and ingenuity as they adapt their programming to continue helping families while creating opportunities for children to grow, explore and thrive. We are pleased to lend our support.”

We cannot thank the credit union enough and continue to be impressed by their dedication to bettering our community. ❤

#InteriorSavings #LocalMoneyLocalGood #KelownaStrong #YMCADonors #YMCAOkanagan

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“Put simply, an investment in national service charities is an investment in Canada.

As front-line charities and non-profits, we provide programs and services critical to Canada’s social safety net... people turn to us as trusted community service providers to cope, connect and recover – and they need us now more than ever.

We are seeing a spike in requests for support, but are struggling to keep afloat. Funding sources are significantly limited or have dried up.

We have adapted, but we are stretched thin – and when we struggle, Canadians struggle.”

To protect the programs and services people need to thrive, both during and after the pandemic, many charities and non-profits are asking the Federal Government for support to help us meet these needs.

#cdnpoli #CommunityCOVIDRelief

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article...
A huge thank you to City Councillor Loyal Woolridge, and You Are Collective , for donating $4,700 from their Made in YLW campaign to our cause. Their teams created products to inspire the choice to support local businesses, generating cash flow for Kelowna businesses who have been struggling during the pandemic, and donated a portion of each item to the Y.

“It was the perfect time to donate the proceeds of the Made in YLW campaign, topped up by the Adele Anne Foundation,” said Councillor Loyal. “The Adele Anne Foundation is a legacy fund my sister and I created when our mother, Adele passed. It’s a way of continually honouring her values by supporting our communities most vulnerable children and families. We know the key to recovery, is empowering our younger generation and hope this gift will make an impact on the lives of our future leaders.”

“This community partnership and initiative has further fostered our belief in the power and value of coming together- especially in times of crisis” said Rebecca Steinhubl, Co-Founder of You Are Collective.

https://www.ymcaokanagan.ca/About-Us/News/Local...
Community Investment Fund recipient #3

YMCA of Okanagan Association is expanding their playing to learn curriculum to the outdoors of their care centres at Little Scholars (Okanagan College), Young Parents Program (Kelowna Secondary School), Queen’s Park (Penticton) and the new Dilworth Mountain Child Care Centre.

Using the outdoor space as an extension of the classroom, they’ll create safe play areas that incorporate natural and interactive learning elements for children to explore and develop their literacy skills. Learning in the natural environment positively impacts their health and wellness, and gives care providers another avenue to make learning fun. We all know how much more motivating it is when learning is fun.

To assist with this expansion, Interior Savings provided funding in the amount of $20,000 to allow for the purchase of outdoor educational elements and learning materials such as: outdoor art easels, musical instruments, science experiment equipment, mud kitchens, movable construction elements and natural seating. Not only will this investment help children build their literacy skills but also begin to foster an appreciation for the outdoors and its impact on one’s wellbeing. The expansion is expected to launch in the spring of 2021.
“I cried when I was told I qualified for YMCA financial assistance, it really meant the world to me. I was so grateful to have a subsidized membership that I could afford.
Honestly, if I couldn’t come to the Downtown Y, I would be in a very dark place. I am still in constant pain, but this place helps and gives me something to look forward to.
Our society is suffering, we need to be healthier both mentally and physically. The pandemic has only compounded this; everyone just seems off these days. Donating to the Y gives more people the opportunity to change themselves on a greater level.
This place is not just a gym, it’s a community and donating so others can access this place is truly incredible.”
Hollis’ story is incredibly inspiring and her health journey demonstrates the impact that physical exercise can have on ones mental health. ❤

https://www.ymcaokanagan.ca/About-Us/Success-St...
We are a charity building a healthier community through programs focused on:

🧒 child care
🧠 mental wellness
👩‍🏫 employment
👦 children and youth
❤️ specialty health conditions
💪 overall fitness

ALL of which we offer at a subsidized rate or even free for those who face barriers, thanks to our generous donors. 🙌
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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