In 2014, 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. Partial funds have gone towards the Kelowna Family YMCA’s Early Learning programs for children 8 years and younger to purchase and replace essential equipment in order to meet the 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.
Because of Interior Savings, out-tripping for Leadership Development campers at Silver Lake is now a reality thanks to the addition of sleeping pads and tents. “The climb up Osprey Mountain was challenging, but I would do it again,” says 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,” explains Brian Commons, 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,” says 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, 9791 children, teens and young adults participated in Y programs that were partially funded by donors. This support goes a long way in the health of local kids and shows what working together can do to create healthy foundations for our community.
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