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United Way making a difference in seniors' lives
As the population of seniors increases, the services that the United Way assists financially for the elderly is becoming more essential to our community.
The United Way raises awareness and funds for programs which provide vital services for an increasingly aging population by promoting wellness through information and referral, education and programs focused on strengthening independence and emotional well being, free equipment lending programs, opportunities for social engagement and local hospice services.
The United Way’s goal is to create long lasting changes that prevent problems from happening in the first place.
The mission of the United Way of the Central and South Okanagan-Similkameen is to improve lives by engaging individuals to mobilize in collective actions for the betterment of our community. That vision is bold—healthy confident children, safe productive adults, independent healthy seniors.
By focusing on key social issues, it assists seniors to age with dignity and purpose.
The United Way is respected for being excellent stewards of donations ensuring that the maximum amount possible is invested into local results-driven programs and initiatives to build a strong community of seniors.
The theme for the agency’s fundraising campaign this year is “Change Starts Here,”
And seniors are a key focus of the campaign. Healthy seniors are happy, more independent and enjoy a better quality of life. When people donate to the United Way Community Fund, they can also choose to allocate their funds to a senior’s area of impact.
Seniors’ partner agencies of the United Way currently include Canadian Red Cross, Central Okanagan Hospice Association, Westside Health Network, Peachland Wellness Centre, Pets and People Visiting Society, Seniors Outreach Services Society.
The United Way recruits seniors who bring their passion, expertise and resources that are needed to get things done.
Seniors can make change happen by speaking out. It’s important they take the initiative to build community by engaging other seniors in collective actions to bring about positive change.
The United Way also wants to hear the stories of how it has assisted seniors in the past. These stories will help other seniors understand how important they are to the community and get involved to ensure that more United Way donations are designated to programs for seniors.
For more information go to www.unitedwaycso.comor call 250-860-2356 in Kelowna.
Sharen Marteny is a services consultant for seniors in Kelowna.