The YMCA of Okanagan is a charity dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community. Based on the principles of human dignity, equality, justice and peace, the mission of the YMCA of Okanagan is to support the development of strong individuals.
The 5th Annual Bollywood Gala is taking place March 7th supporting the YMCA of Okanagan, specifically their youth and adolescent programs Beyond the Bell and Young Parents Program. Enjoy delectable Indian cuisine, local wines, entertainment, dancing, and the best company in town! Seats are $200 and include buffet dinner and wine. This event sells out every year so reserve your seats by emailing BollywoodGala@outlook.com.
**With the support of our community the past 4 years, we were able to raise over $120,000 for BC Cancer Foundation, over $110,000 for Karis Support Society, and more than $55,000 for Rotary Clubs of Kelowna! Thank you Kelowna!**
We're wheeling into some fun with YMCA of Okanagan! They're a recipient of a #SimpleGenerosity Neighbourhood Grant from Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union. The grant is being used to purchase scooters and a wagon for the kids at Queen's Park YMCA Child Care in Penticton! Currently they don't have any scooters or bikes that belong to the centre; everything is borrowed from the Penticton Child Care Society’s lending library. Queen’s Park YMCA Child Care centre opened in March 2019 and is providing high quality Early Learning & Care, and School-Age Care for 66 Penticton children, ages 0–12. Thank you for spreading #SimpleGenerosity in our community! Have an idea to bring your community together? Apply on Do Some Good for a grant of up to $500; http://bit.ly/2MlL26T
We are tremendously proud of our partnership with the YMCA of Okanagan and their Young Parent’s program. A recipient of Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, Community Endowment funding for three years in a row, this year’s $13,500 grant is providing support, food and incidentals for up to 25 at-risk young parents who are returning to Kelowna Secondary School with children as young as six weeks old. Facing housing, mental health, life management and educational concerns, these young teen parents have often experienced drug and alcohol issues, sexual exploitation and/or abuse. The Young Parent’s program provides free food, counselling, parenting training, employment preparation, certifications, and childcare for their children who also receive developmental and nutritional support. The goal of the program is to provide comprehensive childcare while supporting the young parents in their education and future goals. Thank you for the wonderful site visit; it is inspiring to hear about young lives supported and transformed.
The YMCA of Okanagan's Beyond the Bell program offers academic and social support free-of-charge to at-risk children struggling in school. We were very proud to partner with the Intact Foundation Better Community Program to donate a total $7,500 in support of this worthy cause! https://bit.ly/2khwbPA
Shoutout to YMCA of Okanagan Cycle for Strong Kids event which raised an incredible $91,000 to assist families with child care, preschool, spring and summer camps, swim lessons, health memberships, and recreational and sport programs!
On Sunday we participated in the 13th annual YMCA of Okanagan Cycle for Strong Kids event! We can proudly share that not only did we bring out the largest team... we raised $11,700 and counting for local kids!
Yesterday was day 1 of the UBC Community Service Learning Program (Okanagan) Reading Week Days of Caring. On Family Day, students spent time at YMCA of Okanagan's event and City of Kelowna's events at Capital News Centre. Students helped out with face painting, craft stations, and running gym programs. Awesome way to start off the week! Watch for daily posts to see what the students are doing next!! Another amazing Pushor Mitchell LLP United Way Day of Caring in our community.