United for BC Wildfire Recovery
United Way is launching “United for BC Wildfire Recovery” – a campaign to raise funds for important social needs like finding permanent housing, food assistance, trauma and mental health supports, and rebuilding social infrastructure to meet community needs once the fires die down and residents return home.
Funds raised through this initiative will stay in BC to support the greatest needs of affected communities. As the fire season evolves, this list will expand. People can support “United for BC Wildfire Recovery” by making a donation or signing up to volunteer for recovery efforts at www.unitedforbcwildfires.ca .
"Our hearts go out to all those affected,” says Kathy Conway, Board Chair of UWCSO. “We are still reeling from the terrible fire in Okanagan Centre, but hoping that we don't see further devastation in our region. We are preparing to mobilize should we need to and learning from the amazing efforts of volunteers and agencies in neighbouring regions."
United Way’s information and referral initiative, bc211.ca, has recently expanded to cover the entire province with live web-chat and enhanced, centralized wildfire information to augment current communication channels to support the immediate needs of those in crisis.
United Way CSO has started a Social Recovery Task Force contact list to synchronise efforts to focus resources on the greatest needs. United Way is working closely with long-time partner Red Cross, Salvation Army and local regional districts to coordinate all activities related to recovery.
About United Way CSO:
For over 65 years, the United Way of the Central and South Okanagan/Similkameen has served the region from Lake Country in the North, to Osoyoos and Princeton in the South. Our mission is to improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action. The United Way invests time and resources in three focus areas that support all that kids can be, move people from poverty to possibility and builds healthy, strong communities. For more information, visit unitedwaycso.com or call 1-855-232-1321.