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

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

Local United Ways join forces for local good

April 2nd, 2019|

April 2, 2019 – Today, United Way Central and South Okanagan/Similkameen (CSO) and United Way North Okanagan Columbia Shuswap (NOCS) announced they have joined forces under the new name United Way Southern Interior BC. The merger creates a strong, efficient regional United Way, focused on local impact and investment. By combining

UBC Okanagan students give up Reading Week to GIVE BACK

February 24th, 2019|

February 25, 2018 (Kelowna, BC) – Last week, UBC Okanagan students once again generously volunteered time during their reading week break to help local charities through the Pushor Mitchell United Way Day of Caring® Program. More than 65 students coordinated by the UBC Okanagan Community Service Learning program donated over 200

BC211 launches new mobile site in time for 211 Day – February 11

February 7th, 2019|

February 7, 2019 - February 11 is 211 Day across North America. In the Okanagan, BC211.ca is made available through a partnership with United Way so that everyone can access it. BC211 is a free, up-to-date, reliable gateway to community, social, non-clinical health and government services. Free, confidential help is available 24/7,

Helping Kids – Local Impact Stories

January 11th, 2019|

Below are a just a few of the local stories from the United Way funded programs that impact local children, youth and families. Julie and Jacob's Story A single mom receives help for her son Julie and her 4 year old son Jacob live in the South Okanagan. Julie is a

AJ’s Story – Finding home again

January 11th, 2019|

United Way agencies helped AJ when he left home as a teen. Now, he’s reconnected with his family, thinking about school, and helping other young people. “When I was nine or 10, I was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). That led to other diagnoses: generalized anxiety and depression. Growing up,

Kids and Families Unplug All Over the Central Okanagan

January 8th, 2019|

Interior Savings Unplug and Play Week runs January 20 – 27, and encourages children, families, and communities to unplug from their screens and explore ways of spending time together. Playing screen games, watching television and going online are fun activities but too much screen time can impact children’s development, have health

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