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In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic.

Locally, a state of emergency has been declared. As a result, United Way has developed a community-based, collaborative approach to mobilize funding and resources aimed at helping the social services sector and the clients they serve. Neighbours are helping neighbours and volunteers are stepping in to help.

Everyone has an important role to play.

Your help matters…

When you give to the United Way COVID-19 Relief Fund,  you will help provide:

As the situation changes, United Way will work with our community partners to adapt.

We will get through this together

We know that in our region many people could not, and cannot, afford to adequately prepare for how COVID-19 is affecting their family. Many do not have supports, should they need to self-isolate. Those who already face barriers—things like mental health challenges, poverty, homelessness and social isolation—need even more help during this time. The needs will continue to evolve. But, as you protect your family and those closest to you to keep them healthy, we urge you to think of those who may need the help of their neighbours.

Together we can keep our community strong.

Crisis is not unfamiliar to our region

We’ve been there for each other through floods and wildfires. Each day, United Way Southern Interior BC works in the communities of the Okanagan, Columbia, Shuswap and Similkameen to tackle the tough problems and support those who need it most. In a crisis, we work rapidly with front-line agencies, local municipalities and partners to uncover the greatest needs, and organize to achieve the greatest impact.

We know that when we work together, we can make a difference.

COVID-19 Relief Fund Community Partners

Thanks to the following community foundations for collaborating with us  to rapidly roll out the COVID-19 Relief Fund applications and allocations. Together, we can make a greater impact on local lives.

COVID-19 Relief Fund Donors

Funding Opportunities

There are several funding opportunities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants must be a registered charity and requests to the fund must be directly related to relief from the COVID-19 pandemic to be considered eligible. Currently, we will be accepting applications on a rolling basis.

For more information, contact Reanne Holden-Amadio, Community Investment Manager at reanne@unitedwaysibc.com.

COVID-19 Community Relief Fund

The United Way COVID-19 Relief Fund is a collaboration between the Foundations of the North, Central and South Okanagan providing grants to local charities responding to COVID-19.

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Sustainable Recovery Fund

A partnership with Interior Savings Credit Union, Valley First, Community Foundation of the North Okanagan and Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen, providing a new funding stream with entrepreneurial coaching support for charitable social enterprises and charities with emerging needs.

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Emergency Community Support Fund

Funded by the Government of Canada, these grants will provide financial support to local non-profits adapting their frontline services to support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Other Ways to Get Involved

The needs will continue to evolve as this crisis unfolds and in the months that follow. We are committed to supporting our community by working together with front-line agencies, municipalities and our local partners. We know the impact every act of kindness and community support (big or small) can make in someone’s life. 

Together, we can make a difference!

If your able, show your local love and please give generously today.

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