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Child Safety Initiative 2017-11-03T00:52:29+00:00

This unique initiative, funded by United Way CSO, Kelowna General Hospital, and Central Okanagan Community Foundation, provides new car seats to families in financial need. The car seats are distributed to families in 8 communities throughout the Okanagan/Similkameen Valley thanks to a network of community partners who provide social services.

The Need

BCAA estimates that as many as five per cent – roughly 23,000 – of children in British Columbia don’t use a child car seat when travelling by car, despite the clear advantages to using one. The US Center for Disease Control estimates that proper car seat use reduces the risk for death of infants by 71% and of toddlers by 54%. Unfortunately, kids can go unprotected because of poverty and lack of information.

United Way believes that no family should have to put their child’s safety at risk because of limited finances.

Our Partners

These social service agencies act as distribution centres in each community and refer low-income families:

  • Desert Sun Resource and Counselling Centre – Oliver
  • Kelowna Community Resources
  • Kelowna General Hospital Perinatal Unit
  • Lake Country Health Planning
  • Lower Similkameen Community Services Society – Keremeos
  • Penticton & District Community Resources Society
  • Princeton Family Services
  • Summerland Food Bank & Resource Centre

In addition, Costco supports the initiative by providing the car seats at a discounted rate and Budget Car and Truck Rental provides a free cube van for delivery to agency partners throughout the valley.

Latest News

United Way teams up to deliver car seats in the Central Okanagan

November 9th, 2017|0 Comments

November 7, 2017 (Central Okanagan) – The United Way Central and South Okanagan/Similkameen delivered car seats to the Westbank First Nation Community Services department today as the final delivery of the Child Safety Initiative, a

Castanet – Car seats for those in need

November 1st, 2017|0 Comments

November 1, 2017 - The Child Safety Initiative, a unique partnership with Central Okanagan Foundation, KGH Foundation, United Way and Costco Kelowna, took us to the South Okanagan yesterday delivering 30 car seats to Princeton,

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