2014 Central Okanagan Foundation,
Volunteer Organization of the Year Recipient
United Way of the Central & South Okanagan Similkameen
For the past 65 years, this local United Way group has been working to make Kelowna a nicer place to live. By raising more than $1 million annually, they act as a supporting partner to a vast number of organizations, ensuring children of all backgrounds have educational and recreational opportunities to help reach their potential. They also work with organizations to provide opportunities for individuals and families to escape poverty and thrive.
With approximately 1500 volunteers, in 2014 they contributed an estimated 14,000 hours of service to the community and supported more than 40 non-profit partners.
In 2014, the United Way’s Days of Caring program completed 76 services at local non-profit organizations, doing tasks from yard work to painting. The Gennext Youth Leaders Council pledged over 2500 hours with things like web design, marketing and operational activities. The Youth Initiative Grant funding led to youth helping seniors and growing community gardens. They provided nearly 11,000 bus tickets to those in need and hosted the first Success By 6 parenting conference for young families.