Okanagan cities celebrate Giving Tuesday

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OKANAGAN- The City of Vernon will host a gathering at City Hall, while the City of Kelowna and the City of Penticton, have proclaimed December 1, 2015 Giving Tuesday Okanagan.

#GivingTuesdayOkanagan is a civic movement and part of the national Giving Tuesday initiative that has gained momentum across Canada. Following the popular shopping days, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, December 1 is a day for individuals, businesses and charities to celebrate giving back and support the causes that matter to them.

#GivingTuesday will harness the power of social media to create a national movement at the start of the giving season.

Currently, more than 36 charities and organizations throughout the Okanagan have committed to participate in the civic movement.

Proclamation ceremonies and special events are planned in Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton as follows:
Vernon – 12 pm at City Hall 
Kelowna – 10 a.m. at City Hall 
Penticton – 10 a.m. at City Hall

“United Way CSO is proud to be partnering with so many great organizations up and down the Valley to promote Giving Tuesday Okanagan,” says Shelley Gilmore, Executive Director of United Way Central and South Okanagan/Similkameen and delegated spokesperson for Giving Tuesday Okanagan. “Working collectively as a community cannot help but improve the lives of everyone living there. Giving means different things to different people and we want to celebrate that by encouraging the giving of dollars to a worthy cause or project, the giving of time, the giving of your heart to your community. Giving Tuesday Okanagan is about coming together for community.”

The civic movement was initiated by the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club who invited the United Way and other non-profit organizations to participate. This year’s plan was to raise awareness of the movement and get people thinking about giving.

“We are so excited to be working with charities, organizations and individuals throughout the Okanagan to share the message about the importance of giving,” says Diane Entwistle, CEO for Okanagan Boys and Girls Club. “Our communities are stronger when we come together to work on initiatives like Giving Tuesday. When we work collectively to support those who need us the most, we create safe, supportive communities where people belong and have the chance to grow and succeed. It’s easy to give. It is as simple as a giving a helping hand to your neighbour or donating to your favourite charity.”

Those who are interested in joining Giving Tuesday Okanagan can visit: www.givingtuesday.ca.

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