Supporting the Okanagan YMCA programs and services is an example of the Interior Savings’ philosophy to work together to build healthy communities.
This year, Interior Savings has donated $19,257 through their Community Investment Fund, enhancing and expanding YMCA programs that are far reaching and have a sustainable, positive community impact.
Some of that money has been earmarked for the Kelowna Family YMCA’s Early Learning programs for children eight years and younger to purchase and replace essential equipment in order to meet their growing needs.
The remainder has been allocated to Silver Lake Camp, equipping campers with items such as lifejackets, paddles, basketball hoops for the new basketball court and out-tripping equipment.
As well, the donation has made it possible for out-tripping for leadership development campers at Silver Lake, providing additional sleeping pads and tents.
“The climb up Osprey Mountain was challenging, but I would do it again,”said Danielle Carnell.
“We finally made it to the top to camp overnight and the feeling of accomplishment I felt was great.”
Danielle has been a camper at Silver Lake for 10 years and is now a leader-in-training.
“Out-trips give our youth the chance to bond, overcome obstacles, and build confidence,” explained Brian Commons, the Silver Lake summer camp director.
“They learn how to work together to set-up an overnight camp which is valuable in their path to becoming leaders.”
“At Interior Savings, we believe in giving back to community,” said the credit union’s CEO Kathy Conway.
“We are proud to support YMCA of Okanagan early learning and camping initiatives as they help children from infant to teen grow into healthy adults.
“Our goal is to create opportunities for children and youth to build positive relationships, overcome barriers, develop independence and self-esteem, and establish skills that will take them through life.”
Last year, 9,791 children, teenagers and young adults participated in Y programs that were partially funded by donors.
Learn more about YMCA of Okanagan programs and services at ymcaokanagan.ca.