Still time to donate to United Way’s 2017 fundraising campaign

January 10, 2018 – The United Way of Central and South Okanagan/Similkameen (CSO) is nearing the close of their annual fundraising campaign and sending a reminder that it’s not too late to donate with their fiscal year ending January 31, 2018. The campaign is nearing the annual goal with the final tally not known until many national campaigns report in. Progress is good this year but they urgently need help meeting the growing needs of the community.

With 1 in 5 children living in poverty, a growing homelessness crisis, and nearly 50% of families in our community only two pay-cheques away from losing their home or car, United Way CSO is helping to tackle the root causes of poverty and homelessness that contribute to the disparity.

“No matter how small, your donation matters,” says Helen Jackman, Executive Director of United Way CSO. “Last year, our funds were oversubscribed by around 50%. Every cent raised locally stays right here in the Okanagan. Help us meet the very real needs right here on our doorstep.”

Last year, the United Way invested over $1.4M with over 40 agencies in our region in three focus areas supporting vulnerable kids, youth, families and seniors. This included, but not limited to, kids development programs, shelter beds for homeless and at-risk youth, or providing affordable counselling to  families and children. For a complete list of funded programs and social impact initiatives, visit:

There are several ways to donate: through your workplace payroll deductions or individual donors can call 250-860-2356 or toll-free (outside Kelowna/West Kelowna) 1-855-232-1321 or donate online at Send email inquiries to: .

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