All Impact Stories 2017-05-28T17:19:38+00:00

Pauline’s Story – Helping kids be all they can be

November 9th, 2017|

How twin toddlers discovered their voices Like most four-year-olds, Torri and Artha aren’t always eager to put on their shoes and jackets when their mom asks them to. The twin sisters stall and protest—if you’re a parent, you know the drill. But there is one thing that makes the girls switch

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

November 9th, 2017|

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 unique partnership with KGH Foundation and Central Okanagan Foundation. This year, 50 car seats were distributed

United Way delivers cars seats to 5 communities in the South Okanagan

November 3rd, 2017|

October 31, 2017 - The Child Safety Initiative, a unique partnership with Central Okanagan Foundation, KGH Foundation, United Way CSO and Costco Kelowna, took us to the South Okanagan this week  delivering 30 car seats to Princeton, Keremeos, Oliver, Penticton and Summerland. Budget Car and Truck Rental provided the cube van for the deliveries. A

Castanet – Car seats for those in need

November 1st, 2017|

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, Keremeos, Oliver, Penticton and Summerland. Budget Car and Truck Rentals provided the cube van for the

Alasdair’s Story – From Poverty to Possibility

October 18th, 2017|

How a healthy meal changed one man’s life Alasdair has worked in the food and hospitality industry for much of his life. So when he lost his job as a server due to an alcohol addiction, worries about where his next meal would come weren’t far from his mind. In fact,

Jane’s Story

July 18th, 2017|

Jane* came to NOW Canada from a transition centre. She was a mother whose children were in care with a significant amount of Ministry and Children and Family Development (MCFD) involvement. In addition, she was pregnant — pregnant and using drugs. She needed an abstinence-based program, safe housing and intensive supports.

Sarah’s Story

July 18th, 2017|

The man Sarah* should have been able to trust as her stepfather became a monster. He undressed, touched and violated her. Sarah’s mother did not believe her nor support her and sided with the abuser. Her childhood is a bad dream she could not wake up from. She finally found the

Riley’s Story

July 18th, 2017|

Riley* was referred to the John Howard Society of the Central and South Okanagan’s (JHSCSO) residential services in January 2014 in his mid-50's. He had been living in a small city in British Columbia for 18 years in a home that provided him with 24/7 support due to his neuro-cognitive deficits

In the News – United for BC Wildfire Recovery

July 18th, 2017|

July 18th, 2017 - North, Central and South Okanagan/Similkameen Kelowna, B.C. – As fires continue to devastate British Columbia, United Way is mobilizing efforts through “United for BC Wildfire Recovery”, a national initiative preparing for the recovery and rebuilding of communities across the province. United Way Centraide Canada and United Way

In the News – Get Help Now at bc211.ca

June 26th, 2017|

Five Ways to Find Help for Yourself and the Ones You Love: Get Help Now at bc211.ca Do you know the five most-searched areas for help at bc211.ca? Read below and find out: Laid off nine months ago and unable to find new work, Mark is also caring for his seriously ill

Pusher Mitchell United Way Day of Caring June 2017

June 22nd, 2017|

Local Companies Give Back through the Pushor Mitchell United Way Day of Caring This month, seven groups from local workplaces gave back by assisting non-profit agencies in the Central and South Okanagan with various projects around their facilities. The Pushor Mitchell United Way Day of Caring is a unique way for

Tamara’s Story

June 20th, 2017|

When Tamara was very young, life was simple. Her mom’s boyfriend Tom treated her like a princess. She thought she could do nothing wrong.  However, although Tom treated Tamara well, he was cruel and abusive to her mother and siblings. He brought drugs and alcohol into their home and dragged Tamara’s

UBC Okanagan students give up Reading Week to give back

February 20th, 2017|

February 20, 2017 (Kelowna, BC) Last week, UBC Okanagan students once again generously volunteered their time to help local charities through the United Way Day of Caring® Program. More than 55 students signed up through the UBC Okanagan Community Service Learning Program, and donated 180 hours of time saving the agencies

Tammy’s Story

February 15th, 2017|

“I know that we can all get better with the right help and I encourage women to empower themselves to get better.” A Difficult Start Tammy did not have an easy start to life. She was born to a drug addicted teenage mother and was herself addicted to heroin at birth.

Paul, Lisa and Max’s Story

February 15th, 2017|

Paul and Lisa were so excited to become parents for the first time. Their baby son Max was happy and healthy, and for the first 2 years of his life, everything seemed normal. They didn’t have a lot of money, since they were living on only one wage, but otherwise things

Peter’s Story

February 15th, 2017|

Peter and Helen have been married for 47 years. When Helen started to show signs of dementia, Peter didn’t know where to turn for help. “Helen was always the person who organized everything for our family,” he explains. “She was the one who always knew where things are kept, and talked

Grants up to $2,000 available for youth-led projects

January 17th, 2017|

January 17, 2017 - United Way’s Gennext and the Central Okanagan Foundation for Youth (COFFY) have partnered again this year to offer Youth Initiative Grants. Youth who are improving their communities have a chance to receive project funding of up to $2,000. These grants are available to young people up to

New Investment: Princeton’s Community Support Worker

November 22nd, 2016|

November 22, 2016 (Princeton) - The United Way Central and South Okanagan/Similkameen (CSO) recently provided funding for Princeton Family Services for their Community Support Worker initiative. This is a new community fund investment falling under the Building Healthy People, Strong Communities focus area that’s aimed at improving health services in Princeton.

No One Can Do It Alone

November 12th, 2015|

Diane Entwistle - CEO Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs United Way partners with Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs in 7 communities throughout our region, ensuring that children and youth have a safe, supportive place to be after school including healthy snacks, learning support and mentors. We also invest in the youth shelter

Anne’s Story

September 30th, 2015|

United Way partners with Peachland Wellness Centre to provide programs and services that connect people through support, education, information, referral and outreach. It's hard being self-sufficient sometimes and United Way enables individuals to achieve their potential through engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action. United Way CSO moves people from poverty to

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