Nixon Wenger made a large donation to the United Way. (Submitted photo)

Vernon United Way community giving update

United Way is asking for your help to make a difference in the lives of kids, families, and seniors.

The United Way campaign in the North Okanagan Columbia Shuswap is well underway and since the September launch has been gaining momentum.

In order to support the needs of the community, United Way is asking for your help to make a difference in the lives of kids, families, and seniors.

United Way needs the support of the community to fund programs for prenatal nutrition, youth engagement, post-partum depression and trauma counselling for women, as well as safe, enriching places for kids after-school.

“We are not sure if the postal strike is slowing down our individual donations,” says Linda Yule, Executive Director of United Way NOCS. “If you are able you can give online, call us with a credit card number, we will even come pick-up a cheque. This year Nixon Wenger had a week of events and raised $2,182 for United Way — we have ideas for your business too.”

There are growing needs in our communities. One in five children lives in poverty. We have a growing gap between the rich and the poor — over 50 per cent of households are only two paycheques away from losing their car or house.

One in five people lives with mental illness and we have a homelessness crisis in the cities across our region — 153 people are estimated to be experiencing homelessness in Vernon alone. These issues and challenges impact all of us. And none of us knows what is around the corner. All donations received by Dec. 31, 2018, will get a 2018 tax receipt.

For more information on the impact of your donations, visit http://unitedwaynocs.com/community-impact/

To donate to the campaign, visit http://unitedwaynocs.com/donate or call 1-866-448-3489.

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