Olivia Parsons

Olivia Parsons

Home builders support community

Despite ongoing economic struggles, support is building for some local community groups.

Despite ongoing economic struggles, support is building for some local community groups.

The Canadian Home Builders Association North Okanagan chapter recently spread $7,500 worth of support into the region.

The Junction Literacy and Youth Centre, North Okanagan Community Life Society and People in Need (PIN) Crisis Intervention Society each received $2,500 from local contractors.

“The money was created in the area by home builders in the area,” said Taylor Parsons, from Gavin Parsons Homes, as he presented the donations on behalf of the CHBA.

Funds have been building in the local CHBA chapter over the years and members agreed it was time to give back to the community that has supported them.

“It’s building the community,” said Debbie Schiller, executive director of the local literacy centre, of the donation.

“It will allow us to provide tutors to families who wouldn’t normally be able to afford tutors.”

At NOCLS, the funds will assist the agency in maintaining independent living situations for its clients with developmental disabilities.

“There’s always something going,” said Garry Molitwenik, NOCLS executive director, of a fridge, stove or other fixture needing repair or replacement.

The funds will also stay in the community, as NOCLS purchases all of its replacements from local businesses.

Over at the PIN Crisis Line, the funds will help ensure there is always someone to listen and talk to for the 4,300 calls received annually.

“This will help us train intervention workers, who are all volunteers,” said Durant.