United Way invests more than $460,000 in South Okanagan

United Way celebrates contributors to 2017 community campaign

The United Way held an appreciation dinner last week to thank volunteers and partner groups.(Submitted photo)

The United Way held an appreciation dinner last week to thank volunteers and partner groups.(Submitted photo)

With the help of community organizers and partners, the United Way invested $460,826 in South Okanagan communities in 2017.

“We are immensely grateful for the support of all of our donors, workplace campaign, volunteers, corporate partners and media partners,” said Helen Jackman, executive director of United Way CSO, in a release. “We simply could not achieve the impact we do without their generosity and commitment.”

United Way CSO celebrated the South Okanagan 2017 campaign at Poplar Grove Winery last week, thanking more than 60 community leaders, corporate sponsors, media partners, workplace campaign staff, volunteers and funded partners with an evening of appreciation thanks to sponsor, TD Bank Group.

Over 60 per cent of the funds raised is generated by local workplace campaigns, with the balance provided by corporate donations and individual donors. United Way presented appreciation certificates to each workplace, corporate and media partner in attendance. Along with cash donations, corporate and media partners make a very significant impact on the campaign with in-kind donations ensuring United Way is able to target investments where they are most needed.

The funds were allocated to 16 programs and services delivered by community agencies that ultimately support children, youth, families and seniors in South Okanagan communities.

Other services such as the Child Safety Initiative, Emergency Transportation program, 100 Homes Penticton and other strategic initiatives rounded out United Way’s community support. The Better at Home and Success by 6 program make up the balance of the provincial initiatives supporting the region.

 

Helen Jackman of the United Way (left) poses with CRA employees April Smith, Kim Perreault, Tracee Preen with Greg McGowan, President SOBLC and United Way board member.CRA continues to lead the way in workplace campaign fundraising in the South Okanagan. (Submitted photo)

Helen Jackman of the United Way (left) poses with CRA employees April Smith, Kim Perreault, Tracee Preen with Greg McGowan, President SOBLC and United Way board member.CRA continues to lead the way in workplace campaign fundraising in the South Okanagan. (Submitted photo)

Helen Jackman of the United Way (left) poses with Amrika Tikasingh, Colin Wright and Bruce Murray of TD Bank Group along with United Way board member Greg McGowan. TD supports United Way by sponsoring the annual appreciation event, running a workplace campaign and providing office space in the downtown branch. (Submitted photo)

Helen Jackman of the United Way (left) poses with Amrika Tikasingh, Colin Wright and Bruce Murray of TD Bank Group along with United Way board member Greg McGowan. TD supports United Way by sponsoring the annual appreciation event, running a workplace campaign and providing office space in the downtown branch. (Submitted photo)