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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
Interior Savings
RE/MAX Kelowna
Bellamy Homes
Central Okanagan Foundation
CapriCMW Insurance
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?
0 / 1 spots filled
Stories of our community involvement
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
Check out this great donor spotlight of Susan Byrom, Executive Director, Community Investment & First West Foundation by the YMCA of Okanagan Association !

- What is your connection to the Y?

First West Foundation and the Valley First Community Endowment have been proud to partner with the YMCA of Okanagan and its Young Parents Program since 2017.

- Why does Valley First and the First West Foundation support your local Y?

The Y is a trusted partner in the community providing services and programs for all ages—from our littles to our older adults. We’re proud to financially support Y programming and lend our expertise—and our enthusiasm! We’ve been thrilled to invest over 250 hours of volunteer time knitting and sewing baby blankets for infants and toddlers in the Y’s Young Parents Program; our business banking advisers have lent their expertise with financial literacy training for youth; and our employees enjoy lacing up their sneakers to participate in the Cycle for Strong Kids ride. The Y not only offers a variety of well-being, physical and mental health programs, but welcomes our support in helping them, help our community. That’s something we can get behind!

- What do you think are the biggest issues facing our community?

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have been significant and continue to be felt all across our community. At First West Foundation, we’ve seen an increase in requests for support of food programs, counseling, and—for the sector itself—financial support for operating costs to keep services and programs available for those in need. The charitable sector, our local businesses, and community are rallying together to help. It’s very inspiring to see the breadth of support rise when it’s needed most.

- How do you feel the Y helps those in need?

The Y, its team and leadership, do an outstanding job providing programs that grow with each of us. I love that a young child can begin their relationship with the Y at a tender age in childcare. Then throughout their life they can always have an organization where they will have quality, caring programs designed to help them thrive well into adulthood.

- What are you personally looking forward to/planning for the future?

Hugs. I’m looking forward to hugs. I miss them.

- https://www.ymcaokanagan.ca/Opportunities-to-Gi...
A huge thank you to The Morningside Rotary Club for their generous donation of $2,000 worth of healthy food and art therapy supplies to our YMCA’s Young Parent Program.

“The teenage parents we serve are facing housing, mental health, life management and educational barriers,” says Debbie Banerjee, Manager of the Y’s Child Care Programs. “We can’t thank the Morningside Rotary Club enough for their ongoing generosity – they just restocked our food pantry and kitchen supplies with the support of FreshCo, Bread Co. and London Drugs, plus purchased art materials from Staples. These donations will not only ensure our young parents and their babies have access to daily nutritious meals and snacks, but also the supplies to start an Art Therapy program to help reduce anxiety, increase self-esteem and achieve healing.”

https://www.ymcaokanagan.ca/About-Us/News/Morni...
We are so grateful to Bellamy Homes and to Perry & Arlene for their donations to our Strong Kids Campaign.

Thank you for helping us make a difference in the lives of local underprvileged kids!
As a custom home builder here in the Okanagan we wanted to give back to the community we live and work in and so we created our Community Giving Program. How does it work? We donate to a charity of our client's choice with each house we design and build.

On behalf of Perry & Arlene we have donated $250 to the YMCA of Okanagan Association Strong Kids Campaign. This campaign works to ensure the Okanagan remains accessible to all children. Such a worthwhile cause and Perry & Arlene loved the idea so much they are matching our donation!

We are thankful to have them choose us as their builder and to share our enthusiasm for giving back.

To learn more about the YMCA Community Initiatives, support the YMCA and the kids of the Okanagan you can make your own donation by visiting their website: https://www.ymcaokanagan.ca/Opportunities-to-Gi...
"After decades of battling an extreme drug addiction that left me working on the streets, I got clean and moved to Kelowna in search of a new beginning. Although I was sober, I still had an immense amount of work ahead of me to avoid relapsing and to heal a lifetime of pain.

Fortunately, I qualified for YMCA financial assistance and was able to become a member at H2O. My membership has helped me stay sober, manage my mental health issues, and work through significant trauma. It’s been vital to my healing.

This place is more than a gym to work out at, it empowers individuals to work on their mental health, their healing, their self-esteem, and any invisible demons they may be fighting."

We are incredibly inspired by Serena’s strength and spirit and are privileged to play a positive role in her life story. http://bit.ly/3ax7XHa

#YIGive #YCommunity #StrongerTogether #YMCAOkanagan
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
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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