Local charities to receive vital protective equipment in the valley

June 9, 2020 – On Friday, June 12, 2020, the United Way Southern Interior BC team will host another Day of Caring® for local charities in need of personal protective equipment. Packages of PPE will be provided to charities in Penticton, Kelowna and Vernon that include protective masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and, in some cases, feminine hygiene products.

We would like to thank various donors who have contributed to this campaign including the North Okanagan Labour Council who donated the Feminine Hygene Products as part of United Way’s Period Promise campaign. The charities will pick up the items at local hotels who’ve partnered with the United Way to store the products and host the event.

Date: Friday, June 12, 2020

 WHERE and WHEN:

9 am to 10:30 am – Penticton Lakeside Resort, Zinfandel Conference Room

12:30 pm to 2:30 pm – Kelowna Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre, Oak Ballroom

1 pm to 3 pm – Vernon Prestige Hotel – Aberdeen Room

WHY: Since the COVID-19 crisis hit, United Way connected with local charities to assess emerging needs. Many program directors and charity leaders indicated a need for these scarce items and we know the need will continue beyond the crisis as we move into recovery and rebuilding mode.

BACKGROUND: United Way’s across Canada jumped into action as soon as the COVID-19 pandemic started and social distancing mandates were announced. They anticipated emerging and possible dire needs for local charities, front-line community service workers and the vulnerable populations they serve. As a result, the COVID-19 Response and Recovery plan was put into action, first with the launch of an appeal for a relief fund. In collaboration with local community foundations, the fund was quickly supported by local and national corporate partners, government agencies and local donors. In the last few weeks, United Way has announced over $300k in relief funding to 35 local charities. In addition, the United Way launched the Emergency Community Support Fund applications that will see another round of funding from the federal government that will be allocated by the end of July.

Links for more info:

United Way SIBC Relief Fund page: https://unitedwaysibc.com/covid19

UW SIBC Relief Fund acknowledgement and thanks: https://unitedwaysibc.com/covid-19-thanks

About United Way SIBC – The United Way mission is to improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action. For 70 years, we’ve been working to create opportunities for a better life for everyone in the Okanagan, Columbia, Shuswap and Similkameen. Every dollar raised here stays in our community and touches the lives of over 85,000 vulnerable children, families and seniors every year. For more info, visit: www.unitedwaysibc.com or call 1-855-232-1321.