About Us 2017-05-10T22:14:42+00:00

The United Way Movement

United Way is a worldwide not-for-profit movement. In Canada, there are over 100 local United Way offices, each registered as its own non-profit organization and governed by an independent volunteer-led Board of Directors. Each United Way works locally to raise funds and invest in improving lives in its community.

United Way has a long history in Canada, dating back almost a century. Over the years, we have been known by many names – among them Community Chest, United Appeal and Red Feather. Throughout, we are proud to have improved lives in over 100 local communities across the country.

Our local United Way history…

1950       Began as Community Chest

                First campaign goal of $22,500

1974       Became Central Okanagan United Way

1997       First campaign in South Okanagan/ Similkameen

1998       Became United Way of the Central and South Okanagan/ Similkameen

2003       First campaign achievement over $1 million

We are often asked what we DO at United Way CSO!

Watch our video below to find out.


United Way CSO serves 22 communities, including the region from Lake Country in the North, to Osoyoos and Princeton in the South. Each year, 85,000 residents in this region benefit directly from United Way initiatives, which focus on supporting kids, moving people from poverty to possibility and building strong, healthy communities.

Ignite possibility in your community. Please give generously.