In addition to fundraising for local charities, the United Way also comes together with like-minded people, groups, agencies, governments and businesses to collaborate on local issues. The United Way is committed to working with other community leaders to identify local human service needs, establish priorities for addressing them, and garner the resources required to meet them. Within the Southern Interior BC, the United Way either leads or contributes to the following initiatives.

Central Okanagan

A Way Home Kelowna/Journey Home Strategy

A division of the Journey Home strategy that focuses on ending youth homelessness in Kelowna

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Central Okanagan Family Hub Governing Leadership Committee

A committee overseeing the strategic direction of the Family Hub in order to ensure they are offering the right programs and services to best support the families served by the Hub

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Central Okanagan Poverty Reduction Strategy

A committee formed by non-profit agencies who are working to develop a Central Okanagan Poverty Reduction Strategy

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Suxkenxitelx kl cecamala (formerly Aboriginal CATCH)

A community coalition working together on Early Childhood Development with an emphasis on promoting traditional parenting

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Lake Country Interagency Network

A partnership of agencies dedicated to community development, specifically focused on the health and wellbeing of Lake Country residents. They are currently focused on establishing a community hub.

The United Way is facilitating community conversations. And one of the things we know about doing our work in the community today is that no one organization can do it alone. And it’s really important that we have organizations like the United Way to bring us together, to talk about how it is that we can work together smarter and more efficiently.

Diane Entwistle, CEO, Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs

Central, North & South Okanagan

Better at Home  – Managing Partner

A committee focused on managing Better at Home, a program that helps seniors continue to live independently in their own homes and remain connected to their communities

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Building Community Capacity Workshop Series

A series of workshops held in the Southern Interior BC, hosted by BDO and facilitated by United Way SIBC

South Okanagan

100 Homes Penticton

A collection of community leaders who are working together to provide housing and supports to 100 vulnerable people in Penticton by July 2020

More info

Trail & District

Beaver Valley Food Action Initiative (BVFAI)

  • Being able to get safe and healthy food regardless of income.
  • Not being judged by how or where one gets one’s food.
  • Being able to get food in a way that doesn’t embarrass or make one feel ashamed.

Volunteers needed:

We are seeking 5-8 individuals from the Beaver Valley to commit to a 3-year term as a member of the BVFAI Committee. If you are interested in participating please contact our staff at 250.364.099 or email:

Beaver Valley Food Action Initiative (BVFAI)

Beaver Valley Food Bank

The food bank has recently moved to a new location and is open Thursdays for Beaver Valley residents only.

In order to access the food bank, a prior appointment must be made. To make an appointment, please call at least one day before the respective Thursday:

  • For 1st Thursday / month call Maddy at 250-367-9983 or Steve at 250-650-7859
  • For 2nd Thursday / month call Melva at 250-367-6481 or Bev at 250-367-9661
  • For 3rd Thursday / month call Elaine at 250-367-7094 or Janice at 250-367-7833
  • For 4th Thursday / month call George at 250-367-9983 or Trudy at 250-367-6053

Address: 1841-B Highway 3BFruitvale, BC V0G 1L0

New Location is next door to The Clothes Horse and Ruala Café.

Hours of Operation: Thursdays only

For more information please contact our staff: 250.364.0999 or email: 

Real change starts when we take action. Get involved with United Way SIBC and help us change lives.