Charity and Donations

The Skoglund family stands out front of Okanagan College’s Health Sciences Centre in Kelowna. (Contributed)

Car wash celebrates half a century with a $50K donation to Okanagan College

Skogie’s Car Washes is celebrating its golden jubilee by giving back to the community

 

This fully restored and detailed 2001 Chevy Impala will be given away to a needy Armstrong family courtesy of the efforts of local businessmen Pat Nelson (Nelson’s Glass, from left), Bernd Klaila of One-Stop Automotive and Tim Miller from Extreme Mobile Auto Detailing. (Photo by Brooke Hovey)

Needy Armstrong resident to receive new-to-them car

Local businesses team up to restore and detail 2001 Chevy Impala to be given away in contest

 

Armstrong Regional Co-op is accepting donations for the Red Cross’ wildfire relief efforts at its gas bars in Salmon Arm, Armstrong and Vernon through the end of August. (Contributed)

North Okanagan-Shuswap gas bar accepting Red Cross wildfire relief donations

Armstrong Regional Co-op will accept donations at gas bars in Vernon, Armstrong and Salmon Arm through August

 

(Phil McLachlan/Black Press Media file)

Credit union donates $50K to support B.C. wildfire victims

First West is also encouraging its members to donate to the cause

(Phil McLachlan/Black Press Media file)
United Way Southern Interior BC volunteers in May 2020. (United Way SIBC photo)

Okanagan charities boosted by United Way grant

Grants going to charities helping to build a regenerative, just and sustainable economy

United Way Southern Interior BC volunteers in May 2020. (United Way SIBC photo)
Volunteers and supplies are needed to help H.O.P.E. Outreach during the current heat wave. (Black Press file photo)

Vernon group seeks volunteers, supplies for heat wave help

H.O.P.E. Vernon volunteers have been working overtime during extreme heat to help their clients cope with the high temperatures

Volunteers and supplies are needed to help H.O.P.E. Outreach during the current heat wave. (Black Press file photo)
Saturnina Island is situated off the east coast of Gabriola Island. (Google Maps image)

Island near Nanaimo preserved as park after $4M donation from Lululemon founder

Chip Wilson’s family’s foundation supports three land purchases in the Strait of Georgia

Saturnina Island is situated off the east coast of Gabriola Island. (Google Maps image)
This is the final week to purchase raffle tickets for a variety of prizes from the Funtastic Slo-Pitch and A&W Music Festival. Raffle proceeds will be distributed back in the form of Funtastic Community Grants. Tickets are available online or in person Friday and Saturday, July 2 and 3, at the Funtastic office at the DND Grounds. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Final week to buy Vernon Funtastic raffle tickets

Funds from raffle return to community in form of Funtastic grants

This is the final week to purchase raffle tickets for a variety of prizes from the Funtastic Slo-Pitch and A&W Music Festival. Raffle proceeds will be distributed back in the form of Funtastic Community Grants. Tickets are available online or in person Friday and Saturday, July 2 and 3, at the Funtastic office at the DND Grounds. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Wayne Derkach buys a raffle ticket off Akbal Mund in support of local sports groups through Funtastic Friday, June 4 in front of ARC Liquor. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

North Okanagan groups benefit from Funtastic grants

Slo-pitch society has doled out more than $2 million in donations through Community Grant program

Wayne Derkach buys a raffle ticket off Akbal Mund in support of local sports groups through Funtastic Friday, June 4 in front of ARC Liquor. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
North Okanagan-Shuswap Crime Stoppers raised $2,000 at its Shredathon fundraiser in Vernon Saturday, June 5, 2021. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Crime Stoppers Shredathon raises funds for tips in Vernon, Salmon Arm

How many sensitive files were safely shredded this year? Enough to raise nearly $4K

North Okanagan-Shuswap Crime Stoppers raised $2,000 at its Shredathon fundraiser in Vernon Saturday, June 5, 2021. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Donations of cash and household items are being taken for a resident of Coldstream’s Lakeway Mobile Home Park on Kalamalka Road after she lost everything inside due to a fire Wednesday, May 26. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Donations sought for Coldstream woman who lost everything in fire

Cash, household items being accepted by Lakeway Mobile Home Park for woman, small dog

Donations of cash and household items are being taken for a resident of Coldstream’s Lakeway Mobile Home Park on Kalamalka Road after she lost everything inside due to a fire Wednesday, May 26. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation executive director Kate McBrearty (left) receives $2,750 from Bannister GM Vernon general manager Brad Nakucyj in advance of the 18th annual Have a Heart Radiothon on Pure Country 105.7 Thursday, May 27. (Photo submitted)

Vernon dealership gives back to radiothon with donation

Bannister GM Vernon’s monthly staff initiative, Bannister Gives Back, targets VJHF with $2,750 cheque

Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation executive director Kate McBrearty (left) receives $2,750 from Bannister GM Vernon general manager Brad Nakucyj in advance of the 18th annual Have a Heart Radiothon on Pure Country 105.7 Thursday, May 27. (Photo submitted)
Kristen Megyesi, manager of clinical operations for VJH’s women and children’s health services, stands with a panda warmer, a piece of equiment that could be replaced with a newer version with funds raised from Thursday’s 18th annual Have a Heart Radiothon on Vernon’s Pure Country 105.7 radio. (VJH Foundation photo)

Vernon radiothon ready to roll

Drive-thru option added to 18th annual Have a Heart Radiothon on 105.7 Pure Country for the VJH Foundation

Kristen Megyesi, manager of clinical operations for VJH’s women and children’s health services, stands with a panda warmer, a piece of equiment that could be replaced with a newer version with funds raised from Thursday’s 18th annual Have a Heart Radiothon on Vernon’s Pure Country 105.7 radio. (VJH Foundation photo)
Cops for Kids riders will be spinning 30 feet in the air on scissor lifts at SaveOn Foods locations in Kelowna, Lake Country and West Kelowna Saturday, May 8, 2021. (File photo)

Cops reach new heights for Okanagan kids

Nor-Val Rentals is doing the heavy lifting Saturday in Kelowna, West Kelowna and Lake Country

Cops for Kids riders will be spinning 30 feet in the air on scissor lifts at SaveOn Foods locations in Kelowna, Lake Country and West Kelowna Saturday, May 8, 2021. (File photo)
Armstrong Regional Co-op is now taking applications from charities and non-profit groups for proceeds from the 2021 Fuel Good Day event at co-op gas bars in Armstrong, Vernon and Salmon Arm. Fuel Good Day will be Tuesday, Sept. 21. (Black Press - file photo)

Co-op fuels North Okanagan-Shuswap charities, non-profits with cash

Applications being taken for proceeds from 2021 Fuel Good Day event to be held Tuesday, Sept. 21

Armstrong Regional Co-op is now taking applications from charities and non-profit groups for proceeds from the 2021 Fuel Good Day event at co-op gas bars in Armstrong, Vernon and Salmon Arm. Fuel Good Day will be Tuesday, Sept. 21. (Black Press - file photo)
Vernon Jubilee Hospital registered nurse Amy Novakowski stands beside a Panda Warmer in the hospital’s women and children’s health services unit. <ins>The Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation and Vernon’s Pure Country radio station will try to raise money to replace the aging panda warmers in the 18th annual Have a Heart Radiothon slated for Thursday, May 27.</ins> (VJHF photo)

Virtual Vernon radiothon returns to airwaves

18th annual Have a Heart Radiothon on Pure Country FM to run for 12 hours Thursday, May 27, raising funds for VJH equipment

Vernon Jubilee Hospital registered nurse Amy Novakowski stands beside a Panda Warmer in the hospital’s women and children’s health services unit. <ins>The Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation and Vernon’s Pure Country radio station will try to raise money to replace the aging panda warmers in the 18th annual Have a Heart Radiothon slated for Thursday, May 27.</ins> (VJHF photo)
A GoFundMe page has been launched for a Vernon man whose BX orchard property home off Pleasant Valley Road near Stickle Road was totally destroyed in a fire Saturday, April 17. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Fundraising campaign launched for Vernon man who lost home to fire

A GoFundMe page has been started by family; man taken to hospital with injuries from fire

A GoFundMe page has been launched for a Vernon man whose BX orchard property home off Pleasant Valley Road near Stickle Road was totally destroyed in a fire Saturday, April 17. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
The City of Vernon is still taking applications for council discretionary grants until April 30. (File photo)

Funding available to Vernon non-profits, societies

Grants awarded to organizations that ‘contribute to the general interest and advantage of the city;’ deadline is April 30

The City of Vernon is still taking applications for council discretionary grants until April 30. (File photo)
SilverStar Mountain Resort sales managers Tamara Melanson (Destination, left) and Ginny Scott (Local, right) present Community Foundation of North Okanagan executive director Leanne Hammond with $17,375, the March total from the resort's Filling the Gap program to help local families. The amount also includes a donation from Bannister GM and proceeds of the Star's chair auction. (Photo submitted)

Vernon resort challenge to fill the gap heard loud

SilverStar’s Filling The Gap program contributes more than $42,000 in partnership with Community Foundation North Okanagan

SilverStar Mountain Resort sales managers Tamara Melanson (Destination, left) and Ginny Scott (Local, right) present Community Foundation of North Okanagan executive director Leanne Hammond with $17,375, the March total from the resort's Filling the Gap program to help local families. The amount also includes a donation from Bannister GM and proceeds of the Star's chair auction. (Photo submitted)
Okanagan-based All Are Family Outreach Society, which provides support to those struggling from Armstrong to Kelowna, is in need of a new headquarters after leaving a Winfield church in June 2020. (All Are Family Outreach photo)

Okanagan outreach society in ‘desperate’ need after storage unit break-in

All Are Family Outreach had $4,000 in tools stolen from its donation shipping container

Okanagan-based All Are Family Outreach Society, which provides support to those struggling from Armstrong to Kelowna, is in need of a new headquarters after leaving a Winfield church in June 2020. (All Are Family Outreach photo)