United Way still aiming for target

United Way of North Okanagan Shuswap gets a boost, but still seeking support to reach $300,000 goal

The United Way has experienced a boost in donations, but more support is still required.

More than $40,000 has come in since a Dec. 18 Morning Star article indicating that the United Way’s annual  fundraiser is behind schedule. It is currently sitting at $170,000 towards its $300,000 goal.

“We’re still looking for more support,” said Linda Yule, executive director.

The proceeds from the campaign go towards 27 non-profit agencies in the North Okanagan region.

“We support five different programs at the Whitevalley Community Resource Centre in Lumby and four programs at the Family Resource Centre,” said Yule.

United Way is also a major source of revenue for the North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association.

Others that benefit are the Enderby Family Resource Centre, the Kindale Development Association, the Falkland Boys and Girls Club and the Upper Room Mission in Vernon.

Many of the initiatives are focused directly on giving families the support they need, whether it’s pre-natal care or helping teens get involved in their community.

“It’s all about making this a stronger community,” said Yule.

The campaign wraps up Dec. 31 but there are a number of ways for residents to still get involved.

Donations can be made by going to www.unitedwaynocs.com  or by calling 250-549-1346.

“We will be checking phone messages for donations over the holidays and we will get  back to people,” said Yule.

“It all stays here in your community and makes a genuine difference in people’s lives.”