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

  • Dec. 3, 2014 3:00 p.m.

Canadian Diabetes Association

For over 60 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.

• 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 Association’s 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 1-888-628-9494. All donations are appreciated, and can be mailed to: Canadian Diabetes Association, 1589 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, B.C.  V1Y 5Y7.

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 Margaret Filiatrault at 250-832-8877.

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! Visit

The Shuswap Area Family Emergency Society

The Shuswap Area Family Emergency Society’s mission is to end violence in the Shuswap by providing support services to families. All our services are free.

We fundraise throughout the year for the women’s shelter, Children Who Witness Abuse Program and the police-based Victim Services Program.

The Women’s Shelter offers 24-hour shelter and support, in a safe and confidential setting, to women and children who are leaving abusive situations.

We rely heavily on monetary donations, donations of canned food items, clothing, small household items, baby supplies, hygiene products, cleaning supplies, and linens to meet our ongoing needs.

We also are hoping to be in a position to build the second stage of the shelter.

The Children Who Witness Abuse program provides one-on-one counselling for children ages three to 18.

Support is also available for caregivers/parents/guardians of children who are exposed to violence.

We fundraise annually to cover costs including children’s snacks.

The Police-Based Victim Services program provides assistance to victims where the police are involved. It’s a 24-hour service, volunteer driven.

Fundraising provides volunteers with training, mileage and support.

Contact information: 250-832-9616, ask for Jane Shirley, executive director, email or go visit

R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum

R.J. Haney Heritage Village & Museum is a beautiful park 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 depicting the history of early Salmon Arm, Marjorie’s Tea Room, 2.5-kilometres of pet-friendly walking trails and heritage gardens.

With roots dating back to 1963, 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.

Funding changes are impacting cultural programs, exhibits 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, BC, V1E 4P7. Visit our website at or

Second Harvest

Second Harvest is a local Food Program which is not Government funded, but relies totally on the Community and it’s surrounding areas.  It is built on the principal of us helping one another in our time of need.  We try to give out as much fresh food as possible, so that people are getting foods from all of the different food groups.  We do also give some non-perishable items.  We give out fresh fruits and vegetables that are donated, but with monetary donations we buy them when they are out of season and we also buy things like milk and eggs from local vendors.

We are located in the Basement of the Classic Salmar Theatre and accept donations on Wednesdays between 3:30-6 p.m. and Fridays between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. or people can leave a message on our machine at 250-833-4011 and we can make other arrangements.  Monetary donations can be dropped off or mailed to Box 1062, Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 4P2.  We so appreciate the generosity of our community and everyone here who helps us help others. We have many testimonies of people who needed a hand up for a short while and then give back with donations or time as a thank you, and that is what it is all about, people helping people in their time of need.

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.

Services such as the Family Support Worker and the Autism Support Group are not funded by the province, so cash donations are always appreciated to continue those much-needed programs. Charitable tax receipts can be issued.

The Loft, an after-school program, would love to receive some Lego to add to their very depleted collection, the camera that they use to capture wonderful memories is on it’s last legs, and some good headphones would be very useful for the children to use.

Please drop by our office at 240 Shuswap Street anytime to 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 throughout the Shuswap. Income from the Permanent Capital Fund, now over $7,000,000, 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 help keep memories alive. Why not donate to the Foundation in the name of loved ones this Christmas – shifting from consumption to contribution?

Interested in learning more about the Foundation? Drop into our office at 450 Lakeshore Drive NE, directly across from the Marine Park rail crossing, or call 250-832-5428 to speak with Paulette or Tara.

Shuswap Volunteer Search and Rescue Society (SVSAR)

Shuswap Volunteer Search and Rescue Society is a registered non-profit society. Our territory covers the entire Shuswap Lake and surrounding area. Our team handles ground searches both urban and backcountry, avalanche incidents, lost snowmobilers, swift-water rescue, lake based search and rescue and all manner of rope rescue tasks.  Our team is on-call year round and is prepared to be called out in all conditions day or night. We are volunteers from all walks of life that live and work in your community. The Search and Rescue role we perform requires significant investment in gear and equipment that we acquire and maintain through donations, grants and funding.

We gratefully accept donations towards training and equipment to help keep the team up to date and ready to go. Shuswap Search and Rescue 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.

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