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All Impact Stories2017-05-28T17:19:38-07:00

Your Local Love helps Jaime to have food on her table everyday

September 14th, 2021|

As a person with mental health issues and few family and friends around, Jaime was struggling financially. She often relied on the support of food banks and other community services to meet her basic needs. Living in isolation during the pandemic, Jaime’s mental health declined greatly and accessing the supports she

Seven Charities Building a Regenerative Economy to Receive a Boost with United Way’s Sustainable Recovery Grant 

July 16th, 2021|

Seven Southern Interior BC (Okanagan) charities have been selected to receive the Sustainable Recovery Grant; a one-time grant funding participation in a customized coaching and supportive program that helps charities build financial resilience, enhance impact, and develop leadership skills. We are excited to announce the 2021 recipients of the Sustainable Recovery

Demand for community and social services surges due to pandemic

May 3rd, 2021|

Sustainable Recovery Grant applications announced for local charities May 3, 2021 - United Way and local partners announce this week the Sustainable Recovery Grant (SRG) call for applications in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants will provide entrepreneurial coaching to charities to help them build sustainability and resilience in

70th Anniversary year comes to a close

March 31st, 2021|

A Message from Kahir March 31, 2021 Dear Friends and Neighbours, Wow, what a year it has been. United Way, as a movement, has always been a champion of community collaboration, and our past year has been no different. The past 12 months has been one of the most challenging ones

Celebrate 211 Day on February 11th

February 5th, 2021|

An inaugural pan Canadian 211 Day February 11th is 211 Day across North America! This year, for the first time, anyone living anywhere in Canada can pick up the phone and dial 2-1-1 to reach a Service Navigator for information on community-based health, social and government services in or near their

United Way SIBC invests $1.9M for COVID Relief this year

December 3rd, 2020|

Over 90 local charities receive grants for recovery efforts December 7, 2020 – Today, United Way British Columbia (SIBC) is pleased to announce another round of COVID Relief funding that will see another 33 programs receive over $436,000 in the coming weeks. This was funded in part by the Government of

In the News: Grant to provide hot meals for Penticton seniors

September 10th, 2020|

Meals will be served twice a week at the Penticton Seniors’ Drop-In Centre Shown above: Past president Don Wilson of the board of the Penticton Seniors’ Drop-In Centre stirs the soup at the seniors centre. A $14,705 grant from the Government of Canada Emergency Community Support Fund administered by the United

United Way British Columbia invests $1.3M for COVID Relief

August 19th, 2020|

90+ local charities impacted by response and recovery efforts August 18, 2020 – Today, United Way British Columbia is pleased to announce that over $1.3M has been invested in 90+ charities throughout our region to support people who have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Several granting streams have been rolled out

RDCO, United Way and other local partners team up to tackle poverty

June 23rd, 2020|

Grant Advances Regional Wellness & Poverty Reduction Strategy June 23, 2020  A grant from the Union of BC Municipalities Poverty Reduction Planning and Action Program will be used in the development of regional wellness and poverty strategy for the Central Okanagan. The $149,000 grant awarded to the Regional District of Central

Local Youth-led programs receive funding

June 18th, 2020|

June 18, 2020 – This spring, the Central Okanagan Foundation and United Way’s GenNext contributed $6,000 to support three youth led projects based in the Central Okanagan. These grants are available to young people up to age 25 who are partnering with an organization to create positive change in their local

Seniors Week 2020: Celebrating Community Resilience during COVID-19

June 1st, 2020|

Across our region and beyond, the Safe Seniors, Strong Communities initiative - a unique collaboration between the United Way Better at Home program, bc211 and the B.C Ministry of Health - mobilized over 8,500 local volunteers from across the province, providing vital support needed by isolated seniors in their neighbourhoods and

United Way launches federal Emergency Community Support Fund

May 18th, 2020|

Government of Canada funding for social sector accepting applications until June 26  Kelowna, BC (May 19, 2020) - United Way British Columbia (SIBC) announced today the launch of the funding applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). The fund provides financial support to local non-profits adapting their frontline services to

New COVID-19 Grant Stream to Focus on Sustainability and Resilience for Charities

May 11th, 2020|

May 12, 2020 - In response to COVID-19, the Sustainable Recovery Grant is available to support sustainability and resilience for the charitable sector. This collaborative partnership, led by United Way, will fund entrepreneurial coaching and support for charities, focused on building sustainability in four key areas: revenue, operations, people and impact.

In the News: Safe Seniors, Strong Communities launched

March 26th, 2020|

Helping isolated seniors stay connected and cared for during COVID-19 March 26, 2020 (Vancouver, B.C.) - Seniors will be able to receive the support they need during the COVID-19 crisis through a new province-wide initiative, Safe Seniors, Strong Communities. Seniors can request volunteer help with grocery shopping, meal prep and prescription pick-up

United Way launches COVID-19 recovery and response plan

March 24th, 2020|

New relief fund and resources launched to rally support for social & community services sector supporting the most vulnerable people impacted by this crisis. March 24, 2020 — Today, United Way British Columbia along with the Community Foundations of the North, Central and South Okanagan and other community partners, are asking

An update from UWBC re: COVID-19

March 16th, 2020|

March 16, 2020 To our valued Community and Media Partners, Volunteers and Donors, Like most organizations, United Way has developed measures to manage operations during the COVID-19 situation. In light of the recent measures taken at the provincial and federal level in regards to COVID-19, we want to reassure you that

Central Okanagan Poverty Reduction Committee Releases Regional Analysis

February 13th, 2020|

February 12, 2020 - The Central Okanagan Poverty Reduction Committee is excited to announce the release of the Central Okanagan Community Wellness Analysis. The Community Wellness Analysis is a project the committee undertook in early 2019 to address the lack of regional and community-specific data around poverty. The analysis provides baseline

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