With support from its members,Interior Savings has given a $150,000 financial boost to non-profit organizations across the Thompson, Okanagan, and Nicola regions.
The Credit Union launched its Community Relief Fund last month to help local non-profit organizations manage the extraordinary expenses they are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’re not surprised that our members embraced the opportunity to lend a hand in our communities”, said Kathy Conway, CEO of Interior Savings. “It’s a critical time for our local non-profits. Our members’ support allows more money to be invested in our communities to help address the substantial pressure non-profits are facing as they modify their operations to serve those in need.”
According to Conway, “In the nearly one-hundred funding applications we received, two predominant themes emerged: a spike in requests for food assistance and a large gap in access to technology.”
Locally, the Nicola Valley Shelter and Support Society will be receiving funding for a new laptop and tablets.
“As the Society began transitioning their services to a virtual format, they discovered many of their clientele could not afford to purchase the technology needed to participate in online programs. The new tablets purchased from Interior Savings’ Community Relief Fund will be loaned to program participants, reducing barriers to participation while also helping them stay connected to their support networks,” reads the release.
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