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United Way Southern Interior BC
United Way Southern Interior BC serves the communities of the Okanagan, Columbia, Shuswap and Similkameen regions. Formed by the merger of United Way CSO and United Way NOCS, Un...
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Our goal is to create opportunities for a better life for everyone in our communities.
SIBC Admin office: 202-1456 St. Paul St.
Kelowna, British Columbia
Causes we care about

  • Housing and Homelessness

  • Poverty

  • Social Services

Businesses whose employees volunteer with us
Social Mission
Improving lives and building community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action.
Businesses and organizations that we work with
Keremeos Review
Similkameen Spotlight
Penticton Western News
Revelstoke Review
RE/MAX Kelowna
Summerland Review
Canadian Red Cross - BC Southern Interior
Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society
KCR Community Resources
Stories of our community involvement
Thanks to the coordination of Frequent Pour Wine Merchants and four generous community-spirited winery partners, $10,000 was donated to United Way’s COVID Relief fund last week. The promotion ran for 3 months in local liquor stores with $1 from every wine purchase going towards the program.

Wineries included in the promotion: 50th Parallel Estate Winery / BLOCK ONE Restaurant , The Vibrant Vine, River Stone Estate Winery, and Oliver Twist Estate Winery.

50th Parallel Estate owners Curtis and Sheri-Lee Krouzel were thrilled to be able to contribute over half of the total raised through sales of their award winning wines. Their Lake Country winery is an impressive testament to their commitment to our local industry and to the surrounding communities that support it.

"We love to invest in our people and that means supporting those in need in the communities in which we live, work and play too,” said Curtis Krouzel of 50th Parallel Estate Winery. “We are thrilled to have been a part of this collaborative initiative where there is even more impact if we work in partnership with others too."

More photos and info at: https://buff.ly/3fcvBZM
United Way Southern Interior BC announced today the recipients of a new grant stream designed to address the emerging and sustainability needs of charities dealing with COVID-19. United Way partnered with Interior Savings, the Community Foundations of the North and South Okanagan, and Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, to provide funding for six recipients of the Sustainable Recovery Grant.

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the charitable sector and this funding stream will provide entrepreneurial coaching and support for charities, focused on building sustainability and resilience in four areas: operations, people, impact and revenue.

Congrats to all 2020 RECIPIENTS:
HOPE Outreach (Kelowna & Vernon)
IndigenEYEZ (entire Okanagan)
Kelowna Women’s Shelter
Okanagan Fruit Tree Project (Kelowna & Penticton)
South Okanagan Recope Society (Summerland)
Vernon and District Association for Community Living: Venture Training
Read the entire media release: https://unitedwaysibc.com/srg_recipients_announ...
This just in...RDCO, United Way and other local partners team up to tackle poverty...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.

Regional District of Central Okanagan will be partnering with United Way Southern Interior BC (SIBC) on the strategy development process. The strategy will be developed in consultation with the communities of the Central Okanagan and engagement opportunities will be forthcoming in Fall 2020 and Winter 2021.

“Over the last 70 years, United Way SIBC has been committed to working together with community partners to address unignorable and complex social issues that impact the most vulnerable in our communities,” says Kahir Lalji, Executive Director of United Way SIBC. “We are excited and honoured to be working with the RDCO and other key partners on the Central Okanagan Poverty Reduction Committee to tackle this important work in our region.”

Read the entire RDCO news release: https://unitedwaysibc.com/rdco-unitedway-team-u...
This spring, the Central Okanagan Foundation and United Way’s GenNext Kelowna contributed $6,000 to support 3 youth led projects based in the Central Okanagan.

Read more in our media release: https://unitedwaysibc.com/local-youth-led-progr...
#youthinitiativegrants #youth #gennext #coffy #uwsibc #locallove #UNIGNORABLE
On Friday, June 12, 2020, the United Way Southern Interior BC team hosted another Day of Caring® for local charities in need of personal protective equipment. Packages of PPE were provided to charities in Penticton, Kelowna and Vernon that include protective masks, hand sanitizer, gloves, gowns 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 picked up the items at local hotels who’ve partnered with the United Way to store the products and host the event including Penticton Lakeside Resort, Ramada Hotel Kelowna and Vernon’s Prestige Inn.

Total PPE care packages info:

- 39 charities received packages
- 4700 masks
- 2900 pairs of gloves
- 300 litres of hand sanitizer
- Period products as requested

See more at: https://unitedwaysibc.com/united-way-hosts-seco...
MNP presents the United Way Southern Interior BC Community Appreciation virtual campaign - Local love in action.
Every year we gather for our annual Community Appreciation Celebrations to recognize anyone who has given generously to United Way campaign. This includes businesses, labour, government and individuals as well as community and media partners, in-kind donors and volunteers. It is a great opportunity to connect and thank everyone personally for helping build a strong and inclusive community for all.

This year we are doing things differently. While we are physically apart from each other, we can still come together and show our appreciation to those who have generously supported United Way in 2019. From all of us, to all of you...thanks for showing your local love and helping us make local issues #UNIGNORABLE.

More info on our 2019-2020 Community Appreciation campaign: https://unitedwaysibc.com/thanks
Thanks to our friends at River Stone Estate Winery, 50th Parallel Estate Winery, Oliver Twist Estate Winery and The Vibrant Vine who are running a very special promotion this month. $1 from every wine bottle purchased goes to United Way's COVID19 Relief Fund and back to local charities to support front-line community service workers. Thank you for your generosity, and for showing your local love! ❤️
What is the United Way 8 Minute Challenge? Happening on June 20th, individuals or teams of up to 8 will do whatever they want to do – together but apart – for 8 minutes.

Participating teams will compete for the coveted community cup based on a set judging criteria applied by a panel of celebrity judges and teams will be assessed based on the following: creativity, laugh factor, degree of difficulty, potential for community impact, and $$ raised for the community!

To join, just follow these three simple steps:
1. Form a team of up to 8 (solos are welcome too!)
2. Do something altogether (but apart) for 8 minutes – added points for laugh factor & $$ raised!
3. Submit your video … That’s it!

Show your local love! Join us on June 20th, at 10am. 💪 Register now at 8minutechallenge.com. #UW8Min #8MinuteChallenge
For Seniors Week, United Way Southern Interior BC reports recent COVID-19 relief fund investments impacted 26 local senior-related programs. With the influx of federal funding through the New Horizons for Seniors Program, United Way was able to invest over $173,000 that will directly impact seniors and make sure they have what they need to stay healthy and connected.
Funded in part by the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program.
The United Way Southern Interior BC and local community foundations are pleased to announce that we're investing over $300K for COVID-19 relief for local charities. A partnership between the Central Okanagan Foundation (COF), the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen (CFSOS), the Community Foundation of the North Okanagan, and United Way Southern Interior BC (UWSIBC), has granted over $300,000 to 35 projects and programs directly dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, also co-funded investments in the South Okanagan region.

“After reaching out to community and charity partners, we discovered that many were experiencing dire circumstances and needed help immediately,” says Kahir Lalji, Executive Director of United Way SIBC. “Heartfelt thanks to the many donors who’ve contributed to the Relief Fund, and to all those who continue to provide essential front-line social and community service during the pandemic.”

For more info and the list of charities receiving funding, visit: https://unitedwaysibc.com/united-way-and-founda...
SIBC Admin office: 202-1456 St. Paul St.
Kelowna, British Columbia
Causes we care about

  • Housing and Homelessness

  • Poverty

  • Social Services

Businesses whose employees volunteer with us