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

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 Southern Interior BC (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

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 Southern Interior BC along with the Community Foundations of the North, Central and South Okanagan and other community partners, are

An update from UWSIBC 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

United Way invests in 80 local programs through Community Fund

September 12th, 2019|

September 11, 2019 (Southern Interior) – This week, United Way announced grants of over $620k from the Community Fund for 80 vital programs delivered by 54 unique charities across the Southern Interior including Central, South & North Okanagan, Similkameen, Columbia & Shuswap area. These investments will help improve the lives of

4 Local programs win awards from Social Enterprise Accelerator Fund

August 21st, 2019|

August 21, 2019 – Today, United Way Southern Interior BC (SIBC), in partnership with Interior Savings Credit Union and the Community Foundations of the North and South Okanagan, announces the four recipients of the second year of their Social Enterprise Accelerator Program. The fund grew this year due to increasingly innovative

HEU and NOLC get behind Period Promise campaign

June 18th, 2019|

Shown above: HEU Kelowna Local branch and North Okanagan Labour Council proudly displaying their gathered donations for the Period Promise campaign. June 18, 2019 (Kelowna, BC) – The local Hospital Employees Union and North Okanagan Labour Council got behind the United Way’s Period Promise campaign in a big way this spring.

United Way benefactors impact local families of the future

June 12th, 2019|

The Central Okanagan Family Hub proves its pilot model as an essential community resource Shown above (left to right): Jude Brunt (United Way SIBC), Peter Boyd (Your Independent Grocer/KCR Board), Ellen Boelcke (KCR), Katelin Mitchell (KCR), Jennifer Robins and sons (United Way SIBC Board Vice Chair). June 12th, 2019 (Kelowna) –

Community Youth Led Projects Receive Local Funding

May 15th, 2019|

Photo shown above: The Youth Initiative Grant committee – left to right:  From Central Okanagan Youth Initiative Grant Volunteers - Amanda Shatzko, Wyatt Slattery, From GenNext Kelowna volunteer Board - Julianne Kublik, Heather McColl, Kayla Caruana   May 15, 2019 – This spring, the Central Okanagan Foundation for Youth (COFFY) and

Operation Take Two invited to pitch on CBC’s Dragon’s Den

May 10th, 2019|

UPDATE - The Operation Take Two team have arrived back home from their whirlwind adventure in Toronto to pitch their project on CBC's Dragon's Den. The team states "We are not allowed to disclose what happened in the Den, unfortunately, but it was a truly great experience. There is no guarantee

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