United Way BC Southern Interior Region
Serving the Okanagan, Columbia, Shuswap, Similkameen Trail and District, and East Kootenays, we help cultivate local love in our communities.
In 2022, the impacts of the pandemic and the global economic crisis reverberated through BC’s Southern Interior, but our communities rallied in a great show of support. Two milestone Drive-Thru events were held in the North Okanagan and South Okanagan, and over $45K was raised to help those in need in United Way BC Southern Interior Region.
Learn more about the impact we’re making in the region.
Helping communities affected by wildfires
By supporting Emergency Support Services, food security, and mental health across Northern and Central Okanagan, and by opening emergency pop-up camps for children in Vernon.
Supporting communities impacted by floods
In the North Okanagan (Armstrong, Enderby, Revelstoke, Salmon Arm, Vernon), South Okanagan (Oliver, Penticton, Princeton), Central Okanagan (Kelowna, Lake Country, Peachland, West Kelowna), and Kootenays (Cranbrook) by providing mental health supports, food security, essential items, outreach, and advocacy. We also sourced sump pumps and coordinated in-kind donations including 240 pairs of shoes, household products, and appliances.
Connecting neighbours & building healthier communities
By launching a Hi Neighbour initiative in Princeton and a new Regional Food Hub in Vernon.
Investing in our youth’s futures
We continued our Child Safety Initiative, delivering 520 car seats to local families in need, and CODEnagan – a no-barrier tech education program for underprivileged local youth.
Making the holiday season brighter
Distributed Christmas hampers and gifts for children and youth to more than 75 households in the Beaver Valley area in Trail and District.
Expanding our support systems
Like our Period Promise Initiative, Child Safety Initiative, Food Hubs, and Better at Home seniors services across BC’s Southern Interior.
Learn more about our work in the region.
Child Safety Initiative
Providing new car seats to families in financial need
100 More Homes Penticton
Working collaboratively to build a system of housing and supports to prevent and address homelessness in Penticton
A program to support leaders to understand and demonstrate the values of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI), and lead disruptive change in their organizations.
Supporting British Columbians’ health and wellness through food security.
Local love in your community.
Happy Children, Healthy and Stronger Communities
It’s 2:45 pm when the bus arrives at the Sanctuary Pre-Teen Centre, a United Way BC School’s Out Program site. Anna and Katie, 12-year-old sisters,…
The 21st Annual North Okanagan Drive-Thru Breakfast raised over $24,000 for the region!
Thank you to all the incredible local businesses and amazing community members that showed up, donated, volunteered, and supported the event.
The 21st Annual North Okanagan Drive-Thru Breakfast helps bring Food Security to the region
Join us on March 22, from 6:30 am to 9:00 am, at the Prestige Vernon Lodge and Conference Centre!
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Contact the United Way British Columbia Southern Interior team.