Community 2017-11-15T17:52:51+00:00

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.

The Bridge Youth & Family Services Society

Beyond the Blues Program

A program supporting women experiencing postpartum depression.

CMHA – Kelowna

Core operational needs

CMHA provides mental health education, support services, and healthy living programs for people with mental health concerns.

C.R.I.S. Adaptive Adventures

Core operational needs

C.R.I.S. provides opportunities for people with disabilities to go on outdoor adventures, thus gaining social supports and improving overall health and well-being.

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

Kelowna Family Centre

Core operational needs

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 Recovery Resource Society

Core operational needs

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

Princeton Family Services

Community Support Worker Program

A project that ensures rural residents receive the health and social services they need

South Okanagan Seniors Wellness Society

Cooking up Connections and Out & About Programs

Supporting wellness focused initiatives for vulnerable seniors to prevent social isolation.


Healthy Lifestyles Program

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


Men’s Counselling program

Counselling for men struggling with the impact of abuse in their lives

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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Community Investment Reports

In these reports, you can find lists of all the organizations and specific programs that received allocated funding from United Way CSO in the previous year.

Central Okanagan
South Okanagan/ Similkameen
All Investments

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