Moving People From Poverty to Possibility

For too many people in our region, poverty is a daily—and difficult—struggle. It forces people and families to make impossible choices like whether to put food on the table or to pay the rent. It touches every aspect of a person’s life, making it difficult to get ahead and realize a future full of possibility.

With your support, United Way is helping to meet the basic needs of our community’s most vulnerable people and families, giving them the opportunity to build a better future. This includes providing the essential building blocks of a good life such as food, shelter and employment, while simultaneously working to reduce people’s vulnerability in the first place.

The Challenge

Poverty isn’t just about a pay cheque. In fact, it touches almost every aspect of a person’s life from food, shelter and employment to mental and physical well-being. It’s a social and economic issue that impacts our entire community—and the people who live here.

Ashley’s Story – Essentials for Life

Because of you, Ashley and Jennessey are reunited and have the essentials to build a better life in Kelowna.

Ashley’s Story
Local Impact Stories

Program Funding

The categories listed below are examples of programs that receive financial support from the United Way Community Fund.  These investments impact the lives of vulnerable children and youth in our communities. 

Basic needs support

Providing healthy and nutritional meals for community members who need it most
Low barrier counselling and mental health support for vulnerable families and individuals
Emergency shelter and program services for people in recovery

Employment and Financial Security

Skills and employment training for people with disabilities
Adult literacy programs for non-native English speakers
Completing free income tax returns for low-income individuals

Charity Partners

Community Building Partnerships

100 More Homes Penticton

This is a collection of community leaders coming together to provide housing and supports to over 100 vulnerable people in Penticton.

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A Way Home Kelowna

Community plan to address and prevent youth homelessness in Kelowna

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Emergency Transportation Assistance Program

United Way partners with municipalities and Regional Districts to offer free bus tickets to charities whose clients have urgent transportation needs and no safe alternatives

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Central Okanagan Poverty Reduction Strategy

Partnering with local service providers, United Way SIBC is facilitating a community drive poverty reduction strategy in the Central Okanagan

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Your Donations At Work

Your gift to United Way helps give thousands of vulnerable people and families in our communities the opportunity to build a better future by providing the foundational building blocks to a life without poverty.

Your Impact

$10 provides one month of nutritious breakfasts for one student

$50 provides supplies for recreation programs at youth shelters

$100 provides 3 bike helmets for youth in the bicycle safety program

$500 provides two months of licensed after school care for one child

$1,000 provides one at-risk youth with one year of participation in outdoor sports program

When you support United Way, you’re moving people from poverty to possibility right here at home.


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