Guide to Giving 2013

Guide to Giving — During the season of giving, this feature provides an opportunity for non-profit groups to describe themselves and how they can be helped by community contributions –

* Thanks once again to the Salmon Arm Observer for permission to cross-post their annual article. This post will stick to the top of the blog roll for the next while.

Click on “Continue Reading” for more information on supporting the following community groups:

  • Shuswap 222 Air Cadet Squadron
  • Canadian Diabetes Association – Leading the Fight
  • Family Resource and Referral Centre
  • Fletcher Park Seniors Resource Centre
  • Grandmothers to Grandmothers
  • R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum
  • The Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap Society
  • Partners in the Horn of Africa
  • The Salvation Army
  • Search and Rescue
  • Second Harvest
  • Shuswap Children’s Association
  • Shuswap Community Foundation
  • Shuswap Hospice Society
  • BC SPCA Shuswap branch

Shuswap 222 Air Cadet Squadron

Youth between 12 to 18 (male and female) are eligible to join. We do not charge an enrolment fee.

Our squadron is financed and operated under the auspices of a sponsoring committee of parents who are constantly fundraising to provide a meeting space, opportunities, and needed equipment for squadron operation.   The squadron is led by officers of the Civilian Instructor Corps; however, the government does not cover our operating costs.

Our cadets have opportunities to: Learn about aviation topics, visit aviation programs and facilities such as Okanagan University College, learn leadership skills, participate in survival training, participate in air rifle marksmanship, fly in glider aircraft (twice yearly), train in first aid, participate in public speaking, fly in power aircraft (twice yearly) and take part in summer camp training activities at no charge to parents.

Shuswap Air Cadets are encouraged to be good citizens and are willing to assist community groups with their activities. We welcome your calls.

We are in need of citizens to volunteer as instructors or cadet officers.

Most importantly, we are always looking for fundraising opportunities and welcome donations.

If you can help, contact Shelley Geier at 250-832-2807, the squadron office at 250-833-0222, or email

Canadian Diabetes Association – Leading the Fight

For over 50 years, the Association has been leading the fight against diabetes through a community-based network of volunteers, members, employees, healthcare professionals, researchers and partners. By providing education and services, advocating on behalf of people with diabetes, supporting research and translating research into practical applications – we are delivering on our mission.

To deliver on our mission we need your support! There are many ways you can help us make a difference for the nine million Canadians living with diabetes or prediabetes.

• Maintenance and restoration of the buildings in the village;

• Make a donation on-line at or through the mail.

• Make a gift in honour of someone or to celebrate a special occasion.

• Donate gently-used items through the Clothesline® Program.

• Leave a legacy gift and invest in a future without diabetes.

• Host a fundraising event in your community or at your workplace.

• Get your company involved as a sponsor or by matching employee donations.

• Become a member or volunteer.

For more information, please visit or call Glenna at 250-762-9447. All donations are appreciated, and can be mailed to: Canadian Diabetes Association, 1589 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, B.C.  V1Y 5Y7.

Family Resource and Referral Centre

“Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas when  you stop opening presents and listen.”

Attributed to a seven-year-old named Bobby

Who are we? We are an all-encompassing not for profit Family Resource and Referral Centre dedicated to helping and supporting families and individuals in need. Our staff is a broad group people from all trails of life who appreciate the gratitude they receive from helping people year round.  This season, we invite  you to experience this same appreciation by supporting our centre through simple and kind donations to help spread the true spirit of the holidays in our community.

What do we do? We provide community & marriage counselling, parenting/grand parenting programs, adoption resources and supports, family preservation and development programs, infant and young parent programs, parent and teen supports, community cooking and referrals to other community support services.

Who do we support? We support families  and individuals  of all ages, cultures and socio-economic backgrounds.  We are inclusive and respectful of individuals  and their choices.

Our wish list:

• Bus passes;

• Grocery gift cards;

• Department store gift cards;

• Fuel cards;

• Baby diapers and  wipes;

• Infant formula;

• Swim/recreation passes;

• Movie passes;

• Toiletries.

Donations can be dropped off to the Family Resource Centre at 181 Trans-Canada Highway.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Fletcher Park Seniors Resource Centre

The Seniors Resource Centre is a registered charitable organization that provides a number of activities which benefit senior citizens in our community by providing support in terms of information, services and programs which help them maintain self-sufficiency and improve and/or maintain the quality of their lives. This assistance helps seniors with their desire to sustain an independent safe, and healthy lifestyle within their own homes.

For example, we are able to provide assistance with shopping, the provision of pre-cooked nutritious meals, foot-care facilities, income tax and other advisory services,  as well as Lunch with Friends and Day Away programs where seniors are able to enjoy outings and interact with others.

We look for your support to continue the services and your donation would be very much appreciated. It can be mailed or dropped off at the Centre at 320A – Second Ave. NE, Salmon Arm, B. C. V1E 1H1.

Also, should you know of a senior that may wish to take advantage of the services offered by the Centre, call 250-832-7000.

Grandmothers to Grandmothers

The Grandmothers to Grandmothers in Africa, a non-profit is organized to fund raise and promote awareness of the plight of African grandmothers caring for their orphaned grandchildren and other orphans whose parents have succumbed to disease, mainly HIV/AIDS.

Resources from the campaign are invested directly at community level, with grassroots organizations that provide grandmothers and the children in their care with supports that include food, educational supplies, uniforms and school fees, medical care, HIV counselling and testing. Grandmothers are now recognized as community experts who advocate for women’s rights by pushing for theirs and their grandchildren’s rights and protection. They are recognized as agents of change by governments and international aid agencies.

We continue to ask the Salmon Arm community to generously donate locally-made handcrafts and baking for sale at our First Friday sales in Piccadilly Mall, Dec. 6 and 7. All proceeds are sent to the Grandmothers Campaign within the Stephen Lewis Foundation .

Monetary, memorial and gift card donations are eligible for tax receipts from the  foundation, which has   proven on-ground networks and trustworthy records developed over the years. Information is readily available from the website,

For information, call local co-ordinator Bernadette Forer at 250 832-5454.

R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum

R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum is a beautiful park set on 40-acres of Shuswap farmland operated by the Salmon Arm Museum and Heritage Association.

It is home to the Salmon Arm Museum, Ernie Doe Archives Room, a heritage village with buildings dating back to the early 1900s, Marjorie’s Tea Room, a gift shop, 2.5-kilometres of pet-friendly, easy walking trails and beautiful heritage gardens.

The board’s mission is to keep the history of Salmon Arm and area alive by collecting, preserving, documenting and interpreting the artifacts, records and stories of the region.

Its vision is to create a place where people, young and old, can see, feel, smell and hear Salmon Arm history, and love it.

Funding changes are impacting programs, exhibits, events and operations at the village. Continued community commitment and support is essential for us to succeed in our efforts.

Please consider donating to the extraordinary projects at R.J. Haney Heritage Village & Museum, or the museum’s endowment fund with the Shuswap Community Foundation. Income tax receipts will be issued.

Our mailing address is: Salmon Arm Museum and Heritage Association, Box 1642, Salmon Arm, B.C., V1E 4P7. Visit our website at, or find us at

The Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap Society

More than 40 per cent of adults in B.C. do not have the literacy skills to function or thrive in the modern economy. The effects of this can be seen every day with the labour skills shortage and increased unemployment in our province, which have a large negative affect on our local economy. The Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap Society (LASS) works to combat this gap through awareness, collaborative partnerships and educational programming for all literacy levels and ages, from preschoolers to seniors. This award-winning charitable organization promotes literacy in the North Okanagan-Shuswap area by customizing programming to the needs of these communities.

This year we are looking for community donations to help support many of the wonderful children’s and family literacy programs in our community, including: Books for Babies, Preschool PALS (Parents as Literacy Supporters), One to One Children’s Literacy Program, Soup & Stories Program, and Family Literacy Week celebrations such as Unplug and Play.

For more information, or to make a donation, please contact Jennifer Findlay, Literacy Outreach Co-ordinator, at 250-833-2095, or email Thank you for supporting literacy in our community! Visit

Partners in the Horn of Africa

Partners in the Horn of Africa is your local international charity.  We’re based in Enderby, and we work with communities in Ethiopia, drawing our strength and support from the residents, civic clubs, and businesses of the Shuswap-Okanagan.

Roughly the size of B.C., and with a population of more than 85 million people, Ethiopia is one of the poorest countries in the world.

Partners’ mission is to improve the lives of Ethiopians by partnering with them on projects that empower communities and individuals.  Our projects respond to community requests, addressing a range of needs such as education, footbridges, water and sanitation, food security, and livelihoods.

We follow two important principles:

• We work with an Ethiopian partner on each project, usually a community or local organization.  Our partner proposes the project and is required to contribute at least 15 per cent of the total cost in cash, labour, or materials.

• One-hundred per cent of any donation to Partners goes directly toward project costs in Ethiopia. All administrative costs are covered by Friends of the Horn of Africa, a sister charity that is supported by individuals, foundations and unions, as well as our directors and staff. We welcome you to join us. For more information, call 250-838-2111, or visit

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army works hard to help those in need in our community 365 days a year, thanks to your generous support.  Christmas time can be especially difficult for families who have fallen on hard times.  Your contributions of cash, non-perishable food items or unwrapped toys for children, newborn to age 16, will help restore hope to families within our community. Your contributions can be dropped off at The Salvation Army weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., or at the Sleigh of Hope in the Piccadilly Mall. Your donations help change lives! Questions or further information can be obtained by calling the church office at 250-832-9196, or by email: Sharon_feener@can, or visit

Search and rescue

Shuswap Volunteer Search and Rescue Society (SVSAR) is a registered non-profit society. Our territory covers the entire Shuswap, including mountains, lakes and rivers, in all seasons. Our team handles ground searches both urban and backcountry, avalanche incidents, swift-water rescue, rope rescue tasks and tracking.  Our team is on-call 24/7, and is constantly training for search and rescue at a moment’s notice. We are strictly volunteers from all walks of life. We gratefully accept donations towards funding and equipping our SAR team, which has carried out hundreds of searches, rescues and recoveries in the Shuswap since 1990. Donations can be sent to Shuswap Search and Rescue, Box 241, Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 4N3. Please include your name and mailing address with your donation, so we can issue a tax-creditable receipt.

Second Harvest

Second Harvest is a food program that helps local individuals and families who are in need.

We are open twice a week.  People are able to come in and pick up a little bit of food for themselves and their family. We try to supply as much fresh food as possible, such as vegetables, fruit, milk, eggs, etc., so that people who can’t afford much food are able to get some nutrition. We also give non-perishable food and some goodies when we have them.

Everything that we give out is given by generous individuals, organizations and businesses and, without them, we would not be able to continue. We receive a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables in the summer and fall and, when these things are in short supply, we purchase them with money that has been donated. We can always use non-perishable items, personal hygiene items, fresh fruit and vegetables, or money to purchase what we are low on.

We can also always use loving volunteers who are willing to help out for a shift once a month. You can contact us by leaving a message at 250-833-4011. Our mailing address is: Box 1062, Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 4P2.

Thank you and Merry Christmas!

Shuswap Children’s Association

Shuswap Children’s Association offers a wide range of services for children primarily in the 0-6 age range, including support for those dealing with developmental delays and disabilities.  Other services include early childhood programs, parent-child playgroup, child care resource and referral, a toy library and a resource library.

Just like children do, the agency has grown over the years until we were bursting at the seams. This summer our premises at 240 Shuswap Street went through a major renovation and expansion – all of which costs money.  The Loft and Respite programs offered at the Downtown Activity Centre also moved into more accessible space to provide better service.

It’s been a very expensive year for us!  Donations to Shuswap Children’s Association would help provide brochure racks and bookshelves for the resource library, assist with computer upgrades and continue to support unfunded programs such as the Autism Support Group and the family support worker.

Please drop by anytime to see our newly expanded space and learn more about us.  You can find us at, call us at 250-833-0164 and “Like: us on Facebook to keep up with all our free activities and programs.

Shuswap Community Foundation

Shuswap Community Foundation provides a source of funding for charitable organizations in the Shuswap. Income from the Permanent Capital Fund, now over $6,000,000, is paid out in annual grants to charitable organizations throughout the Shuswap. All gifts to the Foundation, large and small, work together to enhance our community. A donation to the Foundation is “a gift that keeps on giving” to the community forever.

Family endowment funds and memorial donations keep memories alive. Rather than buying a gift to celebrate an occasion, why not donate to the Foundation in the name of loved ones – shifting from consumption to contribution.

Interested in learning more about the Foundation? Check out or call 250- 832-5428. Or drop into our office at 450 Lakeshore Drive NE., right across from the Marine Park rail crossing.  Mail to:  Box 624, Salmon Arm BC   V1E 4N7.

Shuswap Hospice Society

The Shuswap Hospice Society is a volunteer based non-profit organization, that has been delivering compassionate care to the dying and bereaved since 1986. We support those in the community who are struggling to cope with death and the associated emotional realities of that process. The society provides grief and bereavement support to the families and friends whose loved ones have died.

As part of our compassionate care program we provide trained volunteers for the visitation of patients with life-limiting illness wherever they are located. We offer continuing grief and bereavement support groups through one on one or group sessions. We also maintain a lending library for the community on end of life issues. Our services are provided free to anyone who needs them.

We look for your support to help us continue to provide our programs and services to the Shuswap.

Donations can be made via cheque (mail to PO Box 967, Salmon Arm, V1E 4P1); cash (drop off at our offices #209 – 231 TCH – above the Bank of Montreal), or via credit card through our website The Shuswap Hospice Society is a registered charitable organization.

Donations are eligible for a tax receipt. Thank you for your help.

BC SPCA Shuswap branch

The BC SPCA is a non-profit organization funded primarily by public donations. The Mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in British Columbia. Your financial support ensures that we can continue to prevent animal cruelty and promote animal welfare through education and advocacy programs in the Shuswap.

With a special gift, a monthly commitment or by fundraising in our community you can help the BC SPCA continue to provide care and protection to injured, homeless and abused animals in the Shuswap. Make a special one-time gift, become a PAW Plan Monthly Donor or donate in memory or in honour of a loved one.

Donations may be mailed to the BC SPCA Shuswap branch, 5850 Auto Road SE, Salmon Arm, B.C., V1E 2X2 or dropped off at the same address between the hours of noon and 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. For further information on ways in which you can help our animals, visit our website at www.spca.bc/branches/shuswap, or call 250 832 7376.

On behalf of all the animals we care for and protect, thank you.

Author: Tim Lavery

Aim High Salmon Arm It matters

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