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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
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
CapriCMW Insurance
Interior Savings
Central Okanagan Foundation
Bellamy Homes
RE/MAX Kelowna
Black Press Media
Start Fresh Project Society
Launch Community Development Foundation
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.
2 / 100 spots filled
Stories of our community involvement
Huge thanks to Regency Retirement Resorts for raising $3,734 with their new drive-through soup pick-up fundraiser in support of our Strong Kids Campaign.

“We normally host an annual Gift of Giving Turkey Luncheon in December to over 330 people, which won’t be possible this year,” said Corinne Ginther, Missionwood Marketing Director.

“We know how impacted the YMCA has been due to the pandemic and we wanted to come up with a safe and innovative way to support their charitable work this year with local underprivileged children and youth. Our Chef Chad made hundreds of 1-litre containers of homemade turkey and pumpkin soup, which were pre-ordered by our residents and the community and picked-up on October 7th without people even getting out of their car.”

Thanks so much for your continued support Missionwood, it truly means the world!

We are so grateful to the Okanagan Fruit Tree Project Society and Shauna Gardiner for inviting our Young Parent Program participants to their beautiful community farm this summer.

Our families had a wonderful time participating in the harvest and creating delicious meals, sauces, and baby food with the donated vegetables.

There are if's and's and but's scattered all throughout this journey but one thing has remained constant:

Our commitment to making a difference. The more and more we have the privilege to be ourselves, the more aligned souls we find.

Onwards + upwards, one day at a time 🙏
Thanks to your love, support, and connection we're able to provide quarterly donations through our #1MillionCampaign to Connect Counselling, Etcetera Youth Group, YMCA Okanagan and most recently Childhood Connections FREE child therapy services 💙💚💛❤️
YMCA of Okanagan Association The Bridge Youth & Family Services
Join us TOMORROW at the Tourism Kelowna Visitor Center downtown!

We'll be enjoying the rainbow photo ops + celebrating both our collaborative 'Pride 2020' and 'Made in YLW' Collections from 10-4PM 🌈🎉

We can't wait to see you - at a physical distance - to support YMCA of Okanagan Association + Etcetera through the sale of these collections 👏

#endthestigma #pride2020 #supportlocal
THIS FRIDAY, 10-4 PM Tourism Kelowna 👋🛍️.. see you there or?⠀

Join us for our first ever pop-up at the Visitor Center downtown on Queensway showcasing our exciting summer collections offered Tourism Kelowna including Pride 2020 and Made In YLW 🎉🖤⠀ ⠀

Did you know $5 from each tee + $1 from each canvas bag from The 'Made In YLW' Collection go to YMCA of Okanagan to help individuals of all ages and backgrounds reach for physical and mental health in their lives🙌❤️🖤

Come check out our impactful community collections and connect with the faces behind the organizations and collaborations Friday September 18th from 10-4PM!
We're sending blankets and teddies to our friends YMCA of Okanagan Young Parents Program! COVID19 restrictions on volunteer opportunities kickstarted a virtual volunteer role for our team members Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union. Employees from our regional partners, Envision Financial and Island Savings jumped in too and created blankets filled with love for 16 children.
Oh. My. Goodness. Kelowna!! With your support and generosity, The Gopal Family's Annual Bollywood Gala was able to raise $97,455 to support the YMCA of Okanagan and their youth programs!! Thank YOU for helping make such an incredible impact in the lives of so many - we’re absolutely overwhelmed and grateful beyond words.

Thank You to our major sponsors: CapriCMW Insurance, Sheldon Gardiner and Shauna Gardiner Foundation, The Industra Group, Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, Innov8 Digital Solutions Inc., Mission Hill Family Estate Winery, and St Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery.

And a massive, massive Thank You to our Bollywood Gala committee members for their help - it could not have happened without your time and effort!

Lesley Brydon, Scott Brydon, Gary Parmar, Neeru Parmar, Kirsty Nicholson, Garry Benson, Nikki Callaway, Shauna Gardiner, Sheldon Gardiner, Stuart Dickson, Susan Dickson, Brea Lake, Raghwa Gopal, Sarita Gopal, Choco Palm

There will be more information for next year's Gala coming soon but if you want on the list early (we sell out every year!), please email BollywoodGala@Outlook.Com :)
Kelowna's Most Anticipated event is back!

The 5th Annual Bollywood Gala is taking place March 7th supporting the YMCA of Okanagan, specifically their youth and adolescent programs Beyond the Bell and Young Parents Program. Enjoy delectable Indian cuisine, local wines, entertainment, dancing, and the best company in town! Seats are $200 and include buffet dinner and wine. This event sells out every year so reserve your seats by emailing BollywoodGala@outlook.com.

**With the support of our community the past 4 years, we were able to raise over $120,000 for BC Cancer Foundation, over $110,000 for Karis Support Society, and more than $55,000 for Rotary Clubs of Kelowna! Thank you Kelowna!**
We're wheeling into some fun with YMCA of Okanagan! They're a recipient of a #SimpleGenerosity Neighbourhood Grant from Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union. The grant is being used to purchase scooters and a wagon for the kids at Queen's Park YMCA Child Care in Penticton! Currently they don't have any scooters or bikes that belong to the centre; everything is borrowed from the Penticton Child Care Society’s lending library. Queen’s Park YMCA Child Care centre opened in March 2019 and is providing high quality Early Learning & Care, and School-Age Care for 66 Penticton children, ages 0–12. Thank you for spreading #SimpleGenerosity in our community! Have an idea to bring your community together? Apply on Do Some Good for a grant of up to $500; http://bit.ly/2MlL26T
We are tremendously proud of our partnership with the YMCA of Okanagan and their Young Parent’s program. A recipient of Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, Community Endowment funding for three years in a row, this year’s $13,500 grant is providing support, food and incidentals for up to 25 at-risk young parents who are returning to Kelowna Secondary School with children as young as six weeks old. Facing housing, mental health, life management and educational concerns, these young teen parents have often experienced drug and alcohol issues, sexual exploitation and/or abuse. The Young Parent’s program provides free food, counselling, parenting training, employment preparation, certifications, and childcare for their children who also receive developmental and nutritional support. The goal of the program is to provide comprehensive childcare while supporting the young parents in their education and future goals. Thank you for the wonderful site visit; it is inspiring to hear about young lives supported and transformed.
375 Hartman Road
Kelowna, British Columbia
Causes we care about

  • Health & Well-being

  • Philanthropy and Capacity Building

  • Youth Development

Businesses whose employees volunteer with us