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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
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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
Revelstoke Review
Okanagan College
Penticton Western News
Golden Star
Keremeos Review
Lake Country Calendar
John Howard Society of Central and South Okanagan
Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs
The Canadian Mental Health Association
Stories of our community involvement
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-foundations-invest-over-300k-in-relief-funds-for-local-charities/
The United Way 8 Minute Challenge
Date: June 20th, 2020
Location: Your own Driveway, Front Yard or nearby Public Space!

Pulling for My Community is the United Way SIBC's annual signature community fundraising event. Due to restrictions on larger events, we have created a virtual team challenge event that encourages teams of 8 people (corporate, friends & family) to pick an activity and do it for 8 minutes. Teams will need to dig deep and encourage others to support them in this peer-to-peer virtual fundraising event.

The teams will “Make Your Own Team Challenge”, doing whatever they want to do, together but apart, for 8 minutes. This can be a fitness activity, game, chores, act of kindness or something completely different. The participating teams will compete for the coveted Community Cup based on set judging criteria applied by a panel of celebrity local judges. Your team challenge will be assessed on creativity, laugh factor, degree of difficulty, potential for community impact, and of course $$ raised per team!

The event will take place on June 20th 2020 from 10am online, virtually and in all team members’ front yards, driveways or local open spaces! The hosts & judges will be located at Prospera Place parking lot to check in via Zoom on all the action around the valley.

Questions/Contact: Jude Brunt, Events & Special Projects Manager jude@unitedwaysibc.com or call 250-869-2370
United Way Southern Interior BC encourages local registered charities and other qualified donees serving vulnerable populations to apply for funding to support their work through the Emergency Community Support Fund. The funding is administered in collaboration with United Way Centraide Canada and Employment and Social Development Canada. Funding from the program will support community organizations to ensure rapid relief reaches those that need it most, and that no one is left behind.

Follow the link below to learn more about the eligibility requirements to apply for the fund. www.unitedwaysibc.com/ecsf
Funded by the Government of Canada.
Today, United Way Southern Interior BC and the Ramada Hotel hosted a Pushor Mitchell Day of Caring for local charities. Packages of protective masks, hand sanitizer and in some cases feminine hygiene products were packaged up for use by front-line non-medical essential community service workers. 16 charities picked up nearly 2000 maskes and 45 litres of hand sanitizer to take back to their programs in Kelowna. Thanks to the Ramada Hotel for storing the products and donating the space for the event.
https://www.facebook.com/unitedwaysibc/posts/10158549556489201
Huge thanks to Interior Savings Credit Union for showing your local love. This week, they donated $10,000 to the United Way Southern Interior BC COVID-19 Relief Fund!
“Interior Savings is pleased to lend our support to the United Way Southern Interior BC COVID-19 Relief Fund. As a local cooperative, we’re heartened to see so many in our communities work together to support those who need a helping hand. These unprecedented times are highlighting the importance of supporting our community service organizations who play a vital role in the well-being of our communities.” Kathy Conway, CEO of Interior Savings

Soon, United Way SIBC and the Community Foundations of North, Central and South Okanagan will be releasing the grant allocations information. We are very happy to report that over 20 local charities will receive support in the first round of funding. Watch for more details on the incredible impact this will make in the lives of so many vulnerable people who are struggling even more now due to the pandemic.
Today is a national Day of Mourning, a day to remember those that have lost their life due to a workplace illness or accident. Although local ceremonies were not able to run (usually by our local labour movement), we can still take a moment today to remember and honour those that have made the ultimate sacrifice while in the line of duty. Sadly, we remember 140 workers that died from a workplace injury or illness in BC last year. Also, we are all still reeling from the tragic loss of life in Nova Scotia, many in the line of duty. #dayofmourning #NOLC #labour #BCFed #staysafe #staywell
Thanks to Sleeman Breweries for showing their local love in a global crisis by donating to the local COVID19 relief fund. United Way Southern Interior BC will receive $4000 of the nation-wide donation thanks to their presence in Vernon at Okanagan Spring Brewery. The relief fund is now accepting applications and funds will be distributed to non-profits with the most pressing needs for front-line community services and the vulnerable populations they serve. More info at: www.unitedwaysibc.com/covid19
Today, we'd like to thank and recognize our Board of Directors and sub-committees, including the North Okanagan Committee. Together, they are helping us build a healthier, stronger community from Golden to Osoyoos and over to Princeton. Thank you for your time, talents and showing your #locallove! #NVW2020 #dosomegood #volunteers #cheerstovolunteers
It's National Volunteer Week and we'll celebrate every day this week starting with our virtual volunteers. A special shout out to Jeanne Legua, our current virtual volunteer for helping us with social media and virtual communications. Jeanne was our summer student last year and continued to work with us into the fall. She is just finishing up her degree virtually at UBC and generously offered to help us out while doing her schooling from home. Thanks for showing your #locallove Jeanne! NOTE: photo taken last fall!
#NVW2020 #volunteers #CommunityNeeds
This just warms your heart. One of our funded charity partners, Central Okanagan Food for Thought program and Brown Bag Lunch are providing meals to Central Okanagan Public Schools children and families that are experiencing food insecurity. Thanks to the volunteers, Your Independent Grocer and many more who are supplying the program with food donations. If you want to help, the public can drop off donations at the Peter's Independent Grocer at the Capri Centre Mall this week. Read the story on Global Okanagan news:
https://buff.ly/2Vc6NdH #localloveinaglobalcrisis #helpingkids #foodsecurity #brownbaglunch #foodforthought
SIBC Admin office: 202-1456 St. Paul St.
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y2E6
Causes we care about

  • Housing and Homelessness

  • Poverty

  • Social Services

Businesses whose employees volunteer with us
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