Charity and Donations

The Vernon Public Art Gallery is looking to the community to support its programming, which VantageOne Credit Union is matching for Giving Tuesday. (VPAG image)

Vernon art gallery gets a boost for Giving Tuesday

VantageOne Credit Union matching donations

The Vernon Public Art Gallery is looking to the community to support its programming, which VantageOne Credit Union is matching for Giving Tuesday. (VPAG image)
Bill Dyck, 3 (right) was with Amelia Rutlege, 4, and Otis the OSNS Child and Youth Development Centre mascot, balances the envelope with donations he and sister Eloise May raised at their combined birthday party. (Mark Brett - Western News file)

Share a Smile Telethon to support local kids set for tonight

Proceeds support programs for children in the South Okangan

Bill Dyck, 3 (right) was with Amelia Rutlege, 4, and Otis the OSNS Child and Youth Development Centre mascot, balances the envelope with donations he and sister Eloise May raised at their combined birthday party. (Mark Brett - Western News file)
The South Okanagan Women In Need Society is looking to build 50 backpacks and 150 holiday hampers this year. (SOWINS)

Help SOWINS Share the Spirit this winter

The society is looking for donations of funds and items for holiday hampers and backpacks

The South Okanagan Women In Need Society is looking to build 50 backpacks and 150 holiday hampers this year. (SOWINS)
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Iconic Salvation Army fundraiser faces increased demand, challenges due to COVID-19

Charity says it has not seen an increase in demand like this for decades

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
The local Tim Horton’s raised over $30,000 for school breakfast programs in the area. (Submitted)
The local Tim Horton’s raised over $30,000 for school breakfast programs in the area. (Submitted)
Penticton’s Home Hardware is stepping up to raise money for breast cancer research, matching all customer donations made in November. (Google Maps photo)

Penticton Home Hardware raising money for breast cancer research

The hardware store will match all customer donations

Penticton’s Home Hardware is stepping up to raise money for breast cancer research, matching all customer donations made in November. (Google Maps photo)
Paramedic Will Rogers donates his pandemic pay to the Surrey Food Bank and the Surrey Christmas Bureau Nov. 5. Rogers is challenging other front-line workers to donate their pandemic pay as well. (Photo: Submitted)

Paramedic donates pandemic pay to B.C. charity, challenges others to do same

Will Rogers gifts $2,000 each to Surrey Food Bank and Surrey Christmas Bureau

Paramedic Will Rogers donates his pandemic pay to the Surrey Food Bank and the Surrey Christmas Bureau Nov. 5. Rogers is challenging other front-line workers to donate their pandemic pay as well. (Photo: Submitted)
Marla Atchison, Ginny Bennett, Joan Bauman, Joan Popovich and Gail Stranberg of the Keremeos Royal Purple are holding their annual Handbags for Hope event beginning Nov. 9, 2020. (Submitted photo)

Handbags for Hope back to support South Okanagan women in need

Donations will be accepted beginning Nov. 9

Marla Atchison, Ginny Bennett, Joan Bauman, Joan Popovich and Gail Stranberg of the Keremeos Royal Purple are holding their annual Handbags for Hope event beginning Nov. 9, 2020. (Submitted photo)
A narwhal tusk that was donated to a Goodwill store in northwest Calgary this summer will soon be gifted to the Arctic Institute of North America (Hesam Rezaei)

Narwhal tusk discovered in Calgary Goodwill pile to be donated to university

The tusk had federal hunting tags from 1978 attached that say animal was harvested from the central Arctic

A narwhal tusk that was donated to a Goodwill store in northwest Calgary this summer will soon be gifted to the Arctic Institute of North America (Hesam Rezaei)
Lois Hoyum, a resident at Summerland Seniors Village, has made 20 school bags which will be distributed to children in Jordan and Ukraine. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Summerland senior sews cloth bags for international school supplies

Donations of school supplies will be distributed to children in Jordan and Ukraine

Lois Hoyum, a resident at Summerland Seniors Village, has made 20 school bags which will be distributed to children in Jordan and Ukraine. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
(Black Press Media file)

Community Foundation of South Okanagan Similkameen accepting grant applications

Two sources of funding now available for charitable organizations in the region

(Black Press Media file)
The United Way today (Sept 25) kicked off their 70th campaign, marking a milestone for the organization, as well as a new start. Pictured above is Executive Director, Kahir Lalji, the group’s Executive Director. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)

United Way celebrates seven decades of impact in Southern Interior

Organization sees issues with poverty, mental health and addictions, heighten during the pandemic

The United Way today (Sept 25) kicked off their 70th campaign, marking a milestone for the organization, as well as a new start. Pictured above is Executive Director, Kahir Lalji, the group’s Executive Director. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
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Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

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United Way Southern Interior BC volunteers and partners in Vernon gather at the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club Tuesday, Sept. 15, to package up child safety initiatives for needy families. (United Way - photo)

United Way Southern Interior child safety program expands

Families in need to receive car seats and baby care packages

United Way Southern Interior BC volunteers and partners in Vernon gather at the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club Tuesday, Sept. 15, to package up child safety initiatives for needy families. (United Way - photo)
Christopher Society donates $200K for new CT scanner at PRH

Christopher Society donates $200K for new CT scanner at PRH

The South Okanagan Medical Society still needs $600K to meet their $3 million target

Christopher Society donates $200K for new CT scanner at PRH
Organizers of the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive in Penticton are activiely seeking help in spreading the word about the need for food and money for Penticton’s Salvation Army Food Bank. Donations will be accepted until Sept. 30, 2020. (Colleen Flanagan/THE NEWS)

Penticton’s Thanksgiving Food Drive seeking volunteers, money

Many depend on the food drive to feed themselves and their families, organizers say

Organizers of the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive in Penticton are activiely seeking help in spreading the word about the need for food and money for Penticton’s Salvation Army Food Bank. Donations will be accepted until Sept. 30, 2020. (Colleen Flanagan/THE NEWS)
Bill McConnell (left) and Ed Cale (right) of the Knights of Pythias were pleased to present OSNS executive director, Manisha Willms (centre) with a cheque for $500 Aug., 14, 2020. (Contributed).

OSNS receives $500 donation from the Knights of Pythias

Child health care centre has faced financial hardship amid COVID-19

Bill McConnell (left) and Ed Cale (right) of the Knights of Pythias were pleased to present OSNS executive director, Manisha Willms (centre) with a cheque for $500 Aug., 14, 2020. (Contributed).
Workers build the frame of a Habitat for Humanity house as their United Way’s Day of Caring project on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, in Decatur, Ala. The head of a group that promotes charities says there are concerns about long-term negatives impacts in the sector from the ongoing WE controversy on Parliament Hill. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Jeronimo Nisa/The Decatur Daily via AP)

Charities worry about loss of trust, donations in wake of WE deal controversy

Imagine Canada, a charity itself, has calculated the COVID-19 pandemic will cut donations by up to $6 billion this year

Workers build the frame of a Habitat for Humanity house as their United Way’s Day of Caring project on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, in Decatur, Ala. The head of a group that promotes charities says there are concerns about long-term negatives impacts in the sector from the ongoing WE controversy on Parliament Hill. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Jeronimo Nisa/The Decatur Daily via AP)
SilverStar Mountain Resort is creating a Play It Forward fund to help local organizations in these challenging times. (Morning Star - file photo)

North Okanagan ski resort plays it forward

SilverStar, in partnership with Community Foundation, pledges $150,000 for local groups

SilverStar Mountain Resort is creating a Play It Forward fund to help local organizations in these challenging times. (Morning Star - file photo)
The Vancouver Foundation is offering up to $500 in grants for Okanagan-Shuswap residents and businesses to help with projects related to physical and social distancing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Vancouver Foundation photo)

Vancouver Foundation grants benefit Okanagan-Shuswap residents

Grants of up to $500 available for ideas that connect people socially or involve sharing skills

The Vancouver Foundation is offering up to $500 in grants for Okanagan-Shuswap residents and businesses to help with projects related to physical and social distancing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Vancouver Foundation photo)