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.

Helping people in poverty meet their basic needs

The Emergency Transportation Assistance Program provides non-profit partners with fully subsidized bus tickets to give to low income clients. These tickets can be used for things such as medical and wellness appointments, job searching, employment, school, obtaining food or shelter, and childcare.

This initiative is funded by United Way SIBC in partnership with The City of Kelowna and The City of Penticton. The local agency partners receive an allotment of tickets several times a year to distribute to clients when the need arises.

Tickets Distributed Annually

  • Kelowna – 10,200 tickets

  • Penticton – 3,600 tickets

  • Vernon – 1,800 tickets

For more information on this initiative or ticket distribution, please contact our Community Investment Manager at 250-860-2356 or send an email.

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