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

Helping Kids – Local Impact Stories

January 11th, 2019|

Below are a just a few of the local stories from the United Way funded programs that impact local children, youth and families. Julie and Jacob's Story A single mom receives help for her son Julie and her 4 year old son Jacob live in the South Okanagan. Julie is a

AJ’s Story – Finding home again

January 11th, 2019|

United Way agencies helped AJ when he left home as a teen. Now, he’s reconnected with his family, thinking about school, and helping other young people. “When I was nine or 10, I was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). That led to other diagnoses: generalized anxiety and depression. Growing up,

Kids and Families Unplug All Over the Central Okanagan

January 8th, 2019|

Interior Savings Unplug and Play Week runs January 20 – 27, and encourages children, families, and communities to unplug from their screens and explore ways of spending time together. Playing screen games, watching television and going online are fun activities but too much screen time can impact children’s development, have health

Realities of poverty necessitate holiday giving for many of us

December 19th, 2018|

December 19, 2018 – With the giving season upon us, and the holidays only a few days away, examples of generosity and giving are all around us. Inspiring stories of people and businesses giving back to those among us experiencing hardship – through either time, talent or treasure. Generous acts of

The Central Okanagan Family Hub celebrates its 10,000th visit

December 11th, 2018|

Shown above: Alba Ramirez and son proudly accept the 10,000th visitor honour at the Hub                              December 11, 2018 - The Central Okanagan Family Hub is excited to be celebrating its 10,000th visit!  Through a truly community-based collaborative approach,

From Poverty to Possibility – Local Impact Stories

November 30th, 2018|

Shown above: Participants of the Desert Sun Community Kitchen program along with Executive Director, Marieze Tarr (far left) Below are a just a few of the local impact stories from the United Way funded programs. Jessica's Story A local community kitchen teaches cooking skills to a single mom For the past

Melanie’s Story – Moving from poverty to possibility

November 30th, 2018|

A dream comes true for a single mom and her family Mélanie and her kids were living in a substandard apartment. Thanks to a United Way funded agency, she found a new home and is starting her own business. Single mothers going through hard times need to ask for help,

100 Homes Penticton presents Ending ‘Us’ and ‘Them’

November 8th, 2018|

A free documentary film screening to learn more about the realities of homelessness November 8, 2018 (Penticton) - To help shift the community dialogue around homelessness, 100 Homes Penticton presents Ending ‘Us’ and ‘Them’, a special event to reflect on individual stories and the challenges many face in finding a safe

Local charities get boost from new Social Enterprise Accelerator Fund

October 3rd, 2018|

October 3, 2018 – Today, United Way Central and South Okanagan/Similkameen (CSO), in partnership with Interior Savings Credit Union, is pleased to announce the recipients of the inaugural investments from the Social Enterprise Accelerator Fund. In Penticton, the Okanagan School of the Arts and in Kelowna, Elevation Outdoors secured funding designed

United Way Child Safety Initiative Photo Gallery 2018

August 30th, 2018|

August 29, 2018 – United Way Central & South Okanagan/Similkameen (CSO) and United Way North Okanagan Columbia Shuswap (NOCS) teamed up to deliver car seats to families in need up and down the valley yesterday. In partnership with Central Okanagan Foundation, Kelowna General Hospital Foundation and with amazing support from corporate

Family Hub – Mobile Elementary School Garden Project 2018

July 19th, 2018|

In 2017 a number of agencies came together to discuss the development of a school garden at Pearson Road Elementary School (PRE). The initial hope was to develop a permanent outdoor garden where the community could interact with the school and develop a garden that reflected the multicultural nature of the

RBC Future Launch donates to local United Way tech program for youth

July 4th, 2018|

July 4, 2018 (Kelowna) – Today, RBC Foundation presented a cheque for $11,800 to United Way CSO for <CODE>anagan, a tech program for disadvantaged youth. Led by United Way, the program is a partnership with Accelerate Okanagan, Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs and Okanagan College that will provide youth with bootcamps and mentorship

B.C. Seniors poverty rate highest in Canada, New Report

June 12th, 2018|

        June 12, 2018 VANCOUVER, BC – Seniors’ poverty in British Columbia is the highest rate in the country, according to the B.C. Seniors’ Poverty Report Card released today by the Social Planning and Research Council of British Columbia (SPARC BC), and United Way of the Lower Mainland.

Community Youth Led Projects Receive Local Funding

June 7th, 2018|

Community Youth Led Projects Receive Local Funding June 7, 2018 – This spring, the Central Okanagan Foundation for Youth (COFFY) and United Way’s GenNext contributed $9,055 to support seven youth led projects based in the Central and South Okanagan. These grants are available to young people up to age 25 who

Purppl: Let’s Move the Dial. For Real.

May 24th, 2018|

May 24, 2018 - So excited to be working with Purppl and Interior Savings to help community partners develop social enterprises. We hope to see some great new projects addressing community issues and developing sustainable revenue for our partners. Watch for the launch of our call for ideas next week! Check

In the News – Modular housing coming

April 6th, 2018|

Shown above: Our Community Investment Manager, Reanne Holden-Amadio emceed this event Modular housing coming Colin Dacre - Apr 6, 2018 / 11:35 am | Story: 223032 Colton Davies The provincial government announced today 52 modular homes for low-income residents will be placed at the provincially-owned Skaha Sunrise Motel at the corner of Skaha Lake Road and Green

Castanet – Free tax help boosts income

March 7th, 2018|

People in Penticton on a low or fixed income will be eligible for free assistance filing their income taxes. The community volunteer income tax program, run by the Penticton and Area Access Centre, will open on Monday. Katrina McKeown, executive director of the Access Centre, said more than 1,200 people used

Help starts here: BC211 available to everyone looking for community resources

February 8th, 2018|

February 8, 2018 – On February 11, we celebrate 211 Day, and province-wide access to BC211.ca. Created in partnership with United Way, bc211.ca is a BC-wide resource that links residents to community, social and government resources on a comprehensive range of topics from employment assistance to mental health support to housing assistance. “Having recently

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

January 15th, 2018|

January 15, 2018 - 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

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