A major fundraising campaign remains focused although some challenges have surfaced.
The United Way has raised $111,500 towards its $250,000 goal, with two weeks remaining in the campaign.
“While some workplace campaigns have not yet reported, it is concerning that only 57 per cent of their individual donors have contributed,” said Linda Yule, United Way executive director.
The funds raised by United Way assist 32 social service programs in the region.
Among the agencies are the Enderby Family Resource Centre, the First Nations Friendship Centre, the North Okanagan Shuswap Brain Injury Society, the North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association, the Upper Room Mission and the Whitevalley Community Resource Centre.
“Many of the organizations that we support work together, and cannot provide the needed service in isolation. In order to have the best results for the individuals they help, and for our community, the programs often collaborate,” said Yule.
“Mothers who attend prenatal nutrition can then be referred to a parenting group, or cooking group, then after school programs. People who are living in poverty can get meals, then go on to counselling, get access to dental services and eventually back to work. Youth with disabilities can learn life skills.”
For more information or to donate to the campaign, call 549-1346 or check out unitedwaynocs.com.