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

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

Dawn’s Story – Healthy People and Communities

December 6th, 2017|

How one woman found safety, community and belonging A place to feel safe—and to belong. After fleeing an abusive relationship, Dawn worried she might never be able to get the fresh start she so desperately needed. She felt overwhelmed, alone and hopeless and couldn’t imagine a better future for herself. “I

In the News – Fashionable Fashion Show a 10

November 28th, 2017|

November 24, 2017 (Penticton) - Dressed to the nines, 34 models scored a perfect 10 with audience members at the third annual Uniquely Fashionable Fashion Show at the Penticton Lakeside Resort. The event is one of the highlights of the year for the DragonFly Pond Family Society which supports families with children

United Way responds to the release of the National Housing Strategy

November 23rd, 2017|

November 22, 2017 - Today, we celebrate National Housing Day and the release of the much-anticipated National Housing Strategy (NHS). Individuals well-being and the health of communities is a priority for United Way and we anticipate the important role the NHS will play in supporting local efforts to address housing needs,

Angie’s Story – Healthy People And Strong Communities

November 14th, 2017|

How a party bus is changing senior citizens’ lives  Angie always thought of herself as active and social. But the unexpected death of her husband—followed by personal health problems, mobility issues, and limited income—left her feeling isolated and alone. “You wonder, Where do I go from here? What do I do?

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

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