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Healthy People, Strong Communities

United Way supports people and communities to be healthy and strong so they are able to respond to both challenges and opportunities.

The Challenge

The strength of a community is in the wellbeing of the people who live there. Everyone – no matter who they are or where they live – needs the chance to reach their full potential.

Our Work

We invest in three key areas that help create vibrant neighbourhoods and communities.

Mental Wellness

United Way is helping Canadians handle life’s challenges, overcome adversity,  and enjoy life again – from supporting people on their journey to recovery from addiction, to raising awareness of mental health issues, and emotional support  for isolated seniors.

Personal Health and Safety

United Way is working to create an environment where everyone feels safe, healthy and cared for- From trauma counselling and violence prevention to patient and caregiver workshops and rural health services.

Community Connectedness

United Way is helping Canadians contribute to their community and find the resources they need most – from building the capacity of non-profit and neighbourhoods, to promoting employee volunteer engagement, to supporting the expansion of bc211.ca to our area.

Community Investments

Below is a list of the organizations and specific programs focused on community wellness that are currently receiving allocated funding from United Way CSO.

BC Schizophrenia Society

Your Recovery Journey

Improving the quality of life for those affected by schizophrenia and other mental health disorders through education, support programs, advocacy, and research.

The Bridge Youth & Family Services Society

Beyond the Blues Program

A program supporting women experiencing postpartum depression.

CMHA – Kelowna

Core operational needs

CMHA facilitates access to the resources people require to maintain and improve mental health and community integration, build resilience, and support recovery from mental illness.

C.R.I.S. Adaptive Adventures

Core operational needs

Provides support to people with diverse abilities by developing and implementing outdoor and wilderness recreation programs to promote independence, assist with integration and inclusion, reduce isolation and improve the overall well-being of these individuals.

Desert Sun Counselling

Core operational needs

Desert Sun provides help connecting to services, a community kitchen, men’s counselling and more to the communities of Oliver and Osoyoos.

Elizabeth Fry Society – Central Okanagan

Various programs

Public education for sexual abuse prevention; Support, advocacy and counselling for women within the criminal justice system; Counselling for abuse survivors

Kelowna Community Resources

Community Services Program

Volunteer training and resources and non-for-profit sector professional development

Connect Counselling & Therapy Society

Core operational needs

Connect Counselling & Therapy Scoiety (formerly Kelowna Family Centre) provides counselling to children, families, couples and individuals in need. Services are provided for free or at a reduced rate in order to be accessible to all.

NeighbourLink Summerland

Core operational needs

NeighbourLink helps people in Summerland, especially seniors, get the support they need by providing referrals and hosting regular Soup Socials.

NOW Canada Society

Trauma Therapy Program

One-on-one trauma counselling for women and youth living in NOW Canada’s supportive housing

Ozanam Recovery House

Clinical Counselling and Follow-Up Program

Trauma counselling for men who are recovering from addictions

Peachland Wellness Centre Society

Core operational needs

Peachland Wellness Centre provides education and support programs, information, referral and outreach services for people in Peachland.

Penticton & Area Access Society

Men’s counselling program

Trauma counselling for men in the South Okanagan; outreach services include Penticton, Oliver, Osoyoos, Keremeos, Princeton and Summerland.

Penticton Recovery Resource Society

Core operational needs

Penticton Recovery Resource Society provides supported living (Discovery House) and services for men in recovery from addiction.


Healthy Lifestyles Program

Group programs for people who have suffered a brain injury that promote healthy practices like stress management and exercise

Westside Health Network Society

Core operational needs

WHNS works to enhance the wellness of seniors in the West Kelowna / Peachland area through volunteerism, education, referral and social programs.

Partnership Initiatives

The United Way movement also includes provincial initiatives to improve the lives of families and seniors. These initiatives are partnerships between United Way of the Lower Mainland, the provincial government, local United Ways and other funding partners.


bc211 is a non-profit organization that serves to connect British Columbians to the services they need.  Their recently expanded service is now available to the Okanagan/Similkameen region through the bc211.ca website.

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Better at Home

Better at Home is a program that provides seniors with help doing simple day-to-day tasks so that they can continue to live independently in their own homes and remain connected to their communities.

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