Critical community-based programs are struggling to make ends meet.
The United Way has only reached the half-way point of its $300,000 campaign, which ends Dec. 31.
“There are 25 to 30 programs that rely on funds that either could be cut or won’t happen,” said Linda Yule, United Way executive director.
“We are trying to make a great place for everyone. We want to prepare our children for school and ensure seniors can stay home.”
Among the agencies depending on United Way for assistance are the Whitevalley Community Resource Centre, Vernon’s Upper Room Mission, Falkland’s after-school program, the Enderby District Family Resource Centre, Independent Living Vernon and the Kindale Development Association.
Yule believes donations – both individual contributions and payroll deductions – are down because of ongoing economic conditions.
However, while she acknowledges many people are experiencing tight times, Yule points out that the need for community services increases when the economy is poor.
“The demand expands exponentially,” she said, adding that United Way’s goal is to bring stability to non-profit agencies.
“We are trying to move beyond Band-Aids and make lasting change.”
Donations can be made by going to www.unitedwaynocs.com or by calling 250-549-1346.