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
November 28, 2017– Just as Black Friday kicks off the holiday shopping season, GivingTuesday is the opening day of the giving season. Giving Tuesday Okanagan mobilized local non-profits to celebrate Giving Tuesday November 28, 2017 at civic celebration events in Penticton, Kelowna and Vernon. Mayor Colin Basran read the City of Kelowna
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
November 23, 2017 - This year's BC Child Poverty Report is the first in many years to conclude with tentative hope that the current provincial government will take action to reduce family and child poverty. There is some optimism now as the new Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction begins
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,
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?
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
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
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
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
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* 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.
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* 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
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
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
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
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
April 3, 2017 – United Way CSO invites you to the kickoff event for the Pushor Mitchell United Way Day of Caring®. This year, corporate sponsor, Pushor Mitchell Lawyers, is mobilizing over 100 employees on Friday to complement another 50 volunteers to work all afternoon at 13 projects in the Central
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
“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 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 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
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