Poverty 2017-11-02T23:55:17+00:00

From Poverty to Possibility

Underlying many social issues is a single but massive problem: poverty. United Way is helping people to meet their basic human needs and move out of poverty.

The Challenge

People who lack necessities like food and shelter can’t get ahead in life. Those that struggle to find work or manage their finances aren’t able to reach their full potential.

Our Work

We invest in three key areas to help people move out of, or avoid, the cycle of poverty.

Housing Stability

United Way is helping people access an affordable, safe and permanent place to live – from connecting people with homes and advocating for affordable housing, to supporting emergency shelters.

Employment and Financial Stability

United Way is helping people find meaningful work, manage expenses and support their families – from investing in employment readiness and literacy programs to helping people access income benefits.

Food Security

United Way is working to provide everyone in our region with access to enough nutritious, affordable and appropriate food – from supporting community kitchens and local food banks to helping seniors access quality meals.

Alisdair’s Story

Community Investments

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

CMHA – Penticton

Clubhouse Meals Program

Nutritious meals and cooking skills for people living with mental illness

OKB&GClubs – Kelowna

Youth & family programs

Emergency youth shelter and other programs for youth and families.

Hands in Service

Core operational needs

The organization helps people with mobility issues due to illness, injury or disability by bringing them food and doing light housework.

John Howard Society

Core operational needs

JHS helps those who have had issues with crime, addiction and homelessness by offering employment programs, outreach services, affordable housing and more.

Karis Support Society

Essentials for Life

Support and baby essentials (formula, diapers, food) for women living in deep poverty


Family Assistance Program

Subsidies to families for childcare and other supports so they can continue to work and avoid crisis.

Penticton & Area Access Society

Free Tax Preparation

Income tax filing program to enhance household incomes; free for low-income individuals and families

Penticton Regional Hospital Auxiliary

Meals on Wheels

Meals delivered to people with mobility issues

Project Literacy Kelowna Society

Core operational needs

Project Literacy provides free tutoring services for adults who want to improve their language or math skills in order to reach their full potential.


Core operational needs

Women’s emergency shelter and counselling

Summerland Food Bank & Resource Centre

Core operational needs

The centre provides referral services and emergency food to those in need.

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.

Emergency Transportation Assistance Program

United Way partners with municipalities and Regional Districts to offer free bus tickets to charities whose clients have urgent transportation needs and no safe alternatives.

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100 Homes Penticton

This coalition of community leaders is working together to provide housing and supports to 100 people in Penticton who are experiencing homelessness.

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National Initiatives

Our movement also includes national intiatives to tackle social issues and impact public policy, funding and support. We partner with the federal goverment, United Way Centraide Canada and other policy makers to affect change locally and nation-wide.

United to Reduce Poverty is a national community engagement initiative led by United Way Canada. It is designed to identify transformative solutions for reducing poverty in our communities, and positively influence development of Canada’s Poverty Reduction Strategy.

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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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