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

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

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

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