United Way Campaign

United Way SD73 Employee Campaign
SD73 2022 United Way Campaign: Let's help them help

Some of our neighbours in Merritt have already been out of their homes for weeks and are now bracing for another atmospheric river. Throughout the Nicola-Similkameen and Fraser Valley, the recent storms have hit families hard. This is on top of a record-breaking fire season, a heat dome, the pandemic, and an opioid crisis.
It has been tough, on all of us. But for some, it's been even more of a struggle. That's why this year, we are asking you to make a pledge through payroll to support the United Way.
There are few organizations whose support can be traced so directly to our work in education. Whether that is the Power Start Program through the Boys' and Girls' Club to get kids to our schools fed and on time, or through the Youth Futures Education Fund, which helps youth aging out of care get to university. Throughout the campaign, fill out a donation pledge to win a prize - your donation goes to the Thompson Nicola Cariboo United Way to help children and families in our communities. 
Our campaign wraps up on December 15, 2021. Please, help us help the United Way.

Prizes so far!

Congratulations and a big thank you to: 
A extra vacation day (2020)
Catherine Dickens - Support
Paul Hembling - Admin.
Maureen McMillan - Teaching
#giving tuesday Ron Collins- Admin. Yeti Rambler

WATCH: Katie Neustaeter, Regional Director for the United Way Thompson, Nicola, Cariboo addresses SD73 Principals and Vice-Principals on Thursday, November 4, 2021

Kamloops-Thompson community partners supported by United Way

Here are a few examples of how your donation supports programs that have directly benefited out students.   

  • Boys and Girls Club PowerStart Program: picks up students in their homes, feeds them breakfast, and drives them to school on time.

  • Wellness, Health and Youth (WHY) Program: a health and wellness after-school program for elementary students.

  • Respectful Relationships (Healthy relationships) Program: a violence prevention program for youth.

  • Everybody Can Play Funds: for students who require financial assistance to participate in extracurricular activities.

  • Beyond the Hurt Funds: to train students in leading an anti-bullying program. 

  • Healthy Schools Programs: include Health Forums geared towards grade 6 teachers and their students to promote physical and mental health; Health Promoting Schools Working Group - 7 Project; November Movement Calendar - for elementary schools in November; and after school programs such as Cook It. Try It. Like It (CITILI) aimed at developing food literacy in schools. 

  • Supporting Meals Programs: ensuring students have access to breakfast programs

Investment Report 2021

Sim’s YFEF Impact Speak

United We are Stronger

United Way has worked hard to support our communities throughout the pandemic and with our help, they can write a new chapter. They need us to feed families, to support vulnerable youth, and to strengthen vital connections. Help the United Way make a difference in our communities. Let's join them, because united, we are stronger. 


Use the secure online site to

Donate Now 

Or download this form and forward it to the Payroll Department at the School Board Office either as a paper copy, or by email to payroll@sd73.bc.ca.


Children and Youth receive vital support in our region

Local donors help local children and youth access both opportunities and assistance, that otherwise wouldn't have been accessible.

Power Start Program - Boys' & Girls' Club Kamloops

Your donation helps kids in need, who are picked up, taken to school, and provided with breakfast.

All That Kids Can Be

Children and youth are among our greatest assets and the keys to a brighter future. In communities right here in our region, many children and youth are living in poverty, facing mental health challenges and unable to access the services they need when they need them.

Your generous support fuels United Way’s work in helping children and youth in our region create a better life. Together, we are providing them with the support they need to succeed and reach their full potential.

Through our All That Kids Can Be initiative, we have partnered with a variety of programs in our region that receive funding from the United Way Community Fund. These investments impact the lives of thousands of vulnerable children and youth in our communities.

Last year over 50,000 individuals and families were supported because of contributions to United Way. Here are some of the programs United Way works with:

BGC Kamloops (formerly Boys & Girls Club)

Thanks to donor support, the United Way is able to provide critical funding to help support BGC reach youth across our community.

In 2020, 2,067 children, youth, and families participated in 20 unique BGC programs in 9 different areas. United Way funding helped build youth wellness and life skills through homework support, leadership skill building, and a breakfast program for kids who face food insecurity.

To ensure nobody fell through the cracks during COVID, we were proud to help support a Friday Night Family program to pick up a hot dinner, offered food hampers to youth, and continued with health and wellness checks with families online.

Kamloops YMCA-YWCA PEACE Program

United Way funding helps support children and youth with mental health needs, have experienced violence or new families reaching out for support.

Through the Kamloops YMCA-YWCA’s Peace (Prevention, Education, Advocacy, Counselling and Empowerment) program, children, youth and families learn skills to build healthy relationships with themselves and others.

During COVID, programs were offered virtually, accomodating more moms and kids together, and offering in person when requested.

"Our biggest result has been eight months of no missed appointments! We feel this is because we are meeting the families where they are with their needs rather than fitting them into our structure"


Children’s Therapy and Family Resource Centre

During the pandemic, families were forced to change their day- to-day routines which led parents and children to feel isolated and scared.

With the help of United Way, the centre started an equipment fund for children and families to be included in their community during covid.

They use funds to support children with mental health equipment, such as a therapy ball, and access to technology to help them learn and communicate with families and friends.

They also made packages consisting of puzzles, books, playdoh and special ideas for families to use with their children when they were shut down and kids couldn’t attend school or daycare.

Less than a Latte

Dana Heyman, executive assistant to the Superintendent, has a simple request for all district school employees.  

Seeing Poverty in the District

Bill Hamblett, District Assistant Superintendent, describes his experience of seeing poverty among students.

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