Interior Savings announces recipients of Community Relief Fund

Non-profits get hand up

Twenty non-profit organizations in the Central Okanagan received a financial hand up this week, as Interior Savings announced the recipients of its Community Relief Fund. 

The grant is intended to assist organizations with extraordinary costs due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and be invested into food assistance programs, PPE and technology enhancements.

The fund quickly grew to $150,000, allowing Interior Savings to distribute grants ranging in size from $1,500 to $7,000 to forty-five non-profit organizations from Clearwater to Osoyoos. 

“We’re not surprised that our members embraced the opportunity to lend a hand in our communities. It’s a critical time for our local non-profits," says Interior Savings CEO Kathy Conway.

"Our members’ support allows more money to be invested in our communities to help address the substantial pressure non-profits are facing as they modify their operations to serve those in need ... in the nearly one-hundred funding applications we received, two predominant themes emerged: a spike in requests for food assistance and a large gap in access to technology.”                                                                                                                                                                                           

In the Central Okanagan, the following non-profit organizations were awarded grants: 

  • Central Okanagan Meals on Wheels
  • Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society
  • Kelowna Community Resource Society’s Family HUB
  • The Bridge Youth and Family Services Society in Kelowna
  • Lake Country Food Assistance Society
  • All Are Family Outreach in Lake Country
  • The West Kelowna Shelter Society
  • YMCA of the Okanagan
  • Central Okanagan’s Project Literacy Society
  • Kelowna and District Society for People in Motion
  • Elevation Outdoors
  • Community Recreation Initiatives Society (CRIS)
  • Central Okanagan Hospice Association
  • Kelowna Gospel Mission’s Dental Clinic
  • Connect Counselling and Therapy
  • The Okanagan Valley Pregnancy Care Centre
  • Kelowna Women’s Shelter
  • Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society
  • Reach Out Youth Counselling and Family Services Society

Click here to view the list of all recipients of the Community Relief Fund. 

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