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Community Organizations Receive $77,902 Boost from Interior Savings

Kelowna, BC | December 13, 2022

Interior Savings will see its investment of $77,902, create positive community impact across eight non-profit groups in BC’s interior, through the fall allocation of its Community Investment Fund. The credit union has played an active role in the community since their doors opened in 1939, to help create healthier, more livable communities for everyone.

Since the Community Investment Fund began in 2007, it has returned $2 million to the community in the form of local grants. This year alone, $46,560 was invested earlier this spring, with a further $77,902 this fall, in support of Interior Saving’s Local Money for Local Good approach. Grant applications are evaluated on their ability to have far-reaching and positive impact on the community, be sustainable, and align with the social impact goals of the co-operative.

“As a member-owned credit union, we’re committed to serving the needs of the communities in which we operate,” says Interior Savings CEO, Brian Harris. “Giving back to local groups that support the diverse needs in our community, is a small way for us to be part of the solution – helping overcome barriers, challenges and systemic issues many in our region face.”

The three programs funded in the Central Okanagan this fall support the importance of mental wellness. Children, youth, and young adults will gain access to unique age-appropriate grief services necessary to heal. This vulnerable population will also benefit from innovative high-tech devices designed to educate them on the real-life consequences of substance abuse. Seniors in the region will benefit from a lending program offering specialized equipment and assistive aids that help maintain their daily independence and social connections.

In the North Okanagan, one of the two funded programs will provide those with physical disabilities the opportunity to share in the joys of outdoor winter recreation with friends and family, free of barriers, using adaptive ski equipment. The other, will ensure vulnerable victims of abuse and violence have a safe space to provide testimony, away from the courthouse and their offenders.

Kamloops will see two projects focused on maintaining social connections. Immigrant families who’ve moved away from the city for work or housing, will be able to maintain the important friendships and supports they’ve built, through remote programming, irrespective of where they live.  Another program will lend mobility equipment to ensure broken or unsafe devices do not lead to confinement and social isolation. The third program will bring local food entrepreneurs together for business mentorship and collaboration that celebrates the local food scene and supports food security.

Fall 2022 grant recipients include:

  • Seniors Outreach Services Society – Equipment and assistive aids’ lending program
  • Archway Society for Domestic Peace – Remote court testimony for victims of crime
  • Community Recreational Initiatives Society – Adaptive cross-country ski equipment
  • Kamloops Food Policy Council – Food entrepreneurship and collaboration
  • BrainTrust Canada – Preventative substance use education for youth
  • Central Okanagan Hospice Association – Children and youth grief and bereavement program
  • Kamloops and District Society for People in Motion Mobility equipment lending program
  • Kamloops-Cariboo Regional Immigrants Society – Remote connectivity and programming for families


All projects align with one or more of Interior Saving’s social impact goals of:

  • Empowering parents of young children, with a focus on family and financial literacy.
  • Maintaining mental wellness through all stages of life.
  • Maintaining social connection with age and building age-friendly communities.
  • Supporting a strong, cooperative local economy with a focus on development and social innovation.


Read more about the projects funded and the local impact they have.

Discover how the Interior Savings Community Investment Fund supports our local communities.

 

About Interior Savings

Interior Savings is a member-owned, democratically controlled credit union dedicated to creating local money while helping to build vibrant communities. Through its 23 branches, 16 insurance offices, Member Service Centre, and two Commercial Service Centres, the Credit Union offers personal and commercial banking and a full range of insurance and wealth management services to more than 77,000 members across 15 BC interior communities. In the last 10 years, Interior Savings has returned $29 million to members through its Member Rewards Program and invested over $5 million in support of community programs. Learn more at interiorsavings.com, or visit Interior Savings on Facebook or Do Some Good.

For more information, or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Corinne Johnson
Manager, Community Engagement
Interior Savings
T: 250.869.8320 
E: cjohnson@interiorsavings.com
www.interiorsavings.com