United Way still needs support

The organization is at $222,386 or 89 per cent of its $250,000 goal

It’s still not too late to help the United Way.

The organization will provide 2015 receipts for any donations received by Jan. 31.

“We are currently sitting at $222,386 or 89 per cent of our $250,000 goal,” said Linda Yule, executive director.

“We do still have some workplaces and hopefully corporate donations still to be reported, but we know it is not going to be $30,000 worth.”

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.

“Our applications for funding are starting to come in,” said Yule.

“Our community partners are beginning to feel an impact from the downturn in Alberta. Dads are being laid off and coming home. There’s little work to be had and the pressures are being felt by the front line services providers that count on United Way funding. We ask you to support kids and families struggling with food security, individuals with disabilities coping with life’s challenges and isolated seniors wanting to remain in their own homes as long as possible.”

For more information or to donate, call 549-1346 or go to unitedwaynocs.com.