August 29, 2019 (Okanagan region) – This week, United Way Southern Interior BC (SIBC) along with key distribution partners delivered 169 child car seats across the Southern Interior. Our team of do-gooders packed up an Idealease truck full of convertible car seats and delivered to 27 charity partners throughout the Okanagan and Shuswap region.
Starting with 40 car seats in 2015, the increasing need from families prompted the expansion of the Child Safety Initiative. The 2019 Child Safety Initiative saw a 50% increase of car seats available from the previous year. This was made possible through the generous commitment of the Paul Docksteader Foundation and our partnership with the Central Okanagan Foundation, the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation, Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation and corporate sponsor, Kal Tire.
The increase goes alongside the rising need for low income families to access child car seats across the region. BCAA estimates that 5% of children in BC (roughly 23,000) do not use approved child car seats due to difficult financial choices every day.
“I have always loved to get involved in local projects where I can see instantly the difference being made, especially for vulnerable families and kids,” says Paul Docksteader, founder of the Paul Docksteader Foundation. “The United Way’s vision of making a positive difference in the communities in which we live is one which I echo at our Foundation. We are thrilled to support this collective action initiative which will ease the burden for so many struggling local families with little ones.”
The British Columbia Dragoons volunteered this year to help with distribution in the Kelowna area using their TAP-V armoured vehicle. United Way purchased the car seats through a relationship with Costco Kelowna at a discount which enables the budget to stretch even further.
SCHEDULE & ADDRESSES:
Central Okanagan – Kelowna General Hospital
August 27th, 2019 (Tuesday)
South Okanagan – OneSky Community Resources
August 28th, 2019 (Wednesday)
North Okanagan – Vernon Jubilee Hospital
August 29th, 2019 (Thursday)
Other Distribution locations:
Lake Country, Kelowna, West Kelowna (WFN), Summerland, Penticton, Oliver, Keremeos, Vernon, Lumby, Enderby, Salmon Arm, and Revelstoke
Thanks to the following initiative partners:
- Presenting sponsor: Paul Docksteader Foundation
- Founding partners: United Way SIBC, Central Okanagan Foundation, KGH Foundation
- Supporting partners: Kal Tire, Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation
- Logistics partners: Costco Kelowna, British Columbia Dragoons
The Child Safety Initiative is a unique partnership between United Way Southern Interior BC, Central Okanagan Foundation, KGH Foundation, and this year the Paul Docksteader Foundation as a presenting sponsor. Costco Kelowna handles the ordering and enables us to purchase the car seats at a discounted rate. In 2018 and 2019, the Okanagan Regiment of the BC Dragoons assisted with delivery. In total, 169 car seats will be delivered to 27 agencies in Southern Interior communities. United Way partner agencies in Lake Country, Kelowna, West Kelowna (WFN), Summerland, Penticton, Oliver, Keremeos, Princeton, Vernon, Lumby, Enderby, Salmon Arm, Golden, Eagle Valley, Nakusp and Revelstoke will receive car seats to distribute to low income families in their community. The local agencies then assess the needs of applicants and distribute to the individual families. Those families interested in inquiring about a car seat need to contact their local community distributing agency directly.