Community Development 2017-06-12T21:31:20+00:00

In addition to fundraising for local charities, the United Way also comes together with like-minded people, groups, agencies, governments and businesses to collaborate on local issues. The United Way is committed to working with other community leaders to identify local human service needs, establish priorities for addressing them, and garner the resources required to meet them. Within the Central and South Okanagan/Similkameen, the United Way CSO either leads or contributes to the following initiatives.

Central Okanagan

CATCH – (Community Action Towards Children’s Health)

A community coalition working together on Early Childhood Development in the Central Okanagan

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Central Okanagan Family Hub Governing Leadership Committee

A committee overseeing the strategic direction of the Family Hub in order to ensure they are offering the right programs and services to best support the families served by the Hub

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Community Advisory Board on Homelessness – Kelowna

A cooperative planning group made up of local community-based organizations, agencies and governments to find local solutions for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness

Suxkenxitelx kl cecamala (formerly Aboriginal CATCH)

A community coalition working together on Early Childhood Development with an emphasis on promoting traditional parenting

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Youth Service Providers Network

A group of 25 youth services organizations in the Central Okanagan that has met since 2015 to share information about their programs and services, and to explore the potential for improved communication and collaboration that would benefit children, youth, and families

Lake Country Interagency Network

A partnership of agencies dedicated to community development, specifically focused on the health and wellbeing of Lake Country residents. They are currently focused on establishing a community hub.

The United Way is facilitating community conversations. And one of the things we know about doing our work in the community today is that no one organization can do it alone. And it’s really important that we have organizations like the United Way to bring us together, to talk about how it is that we can work together smarter and more efficiently.

Diane Entwistle, CEO, Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs

South Okanagan

100 Homes Penticton

A collection of community leaders who are working together to provide housing and supports to 100 vulnerable people in Penticton by July 2018

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South Okanagan Interagency Network

A group of non-profit agencies that meet twice each year for information sharing, professional networking and coordinating social services in Penticton and surrounding communities

Youth Engagement Strategy Penticton (YES Project)

A committee of community members and local youth partnering to make Penticton a more youth-friendly city. They are currently working towards opening a youth centre that offers services and fun activities

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Central & South Okanagan

Better at Home  – Managing Partner

A committee focused on managing Better at Home, a program that helps seniors continue to live independently in their own homes and remain connected to their communities

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Building Community Capacity Workshop Series

A series of workshops held in the Central and South Okanagan, hosted by BDO and facilitated by United Way CSO

Success By 6

A committee focused on collaborating with partners to promote the importance of early child devlelopment

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Real change starts when we take action. Get involved with United Way CSO and help us change lives.