Contributing financially to aid the refugees coming to our region, is another way that you can help locally.

The private sponsorship of refugees in Canada is a financial responsibility that the sponsorship groups undertake. And as such, most welcome donations from the community in order to meet the requirements for sponsorship. As one group stated, “The more money that comes in, the more refugees we can welcome to the community”.

Most of the SAHs in the North Okanagan are registered charities and if you are interested in making a donation, they can provide you with a charitable receipt. Please contact these groups directly if you wish to make a donation.

If there are other SAHs in the North Okanagan who would like to be listed, please contact us.

Group Accepting Monetary Donations Accepting Donations In Kind Provides A Tax Receipt Contact Information
All Saints Anglican Church
A Constituent Group under Diocese of Kootenay
Yes Soon! Yes Website
Trinity United Church Yes Undecided Yes Norma John
Marilyn Erdmann
250-545-0797 (Church Office)
Download Pledge Form
trinityvernon.ca
East Hill Community Church Yes Undecided Yes Jake Spoor
250-309-0854
[email protected]
Armstrong-Spallumcheen Refugee Project
Operating under Zion United Church
Yes Undecided Yes Ron Brinnen
250-546-9535
[email protected]
St. John’s Lutheran Evangelical Church
Sponsorship Agreement Holder: Canadian Lutheran World Relief
Yes Yes Yes Barry Schick
250-549-2244
www.stjohnsvernon.com
[email protected]

 


Local Donation Mapping Tool

Okanagan Refugee Community Resources Geolive Map

Created by the Institute of Community Engaged Research at UBC Okanagan in collaboration with Kelowna Community Resources using a program very generously donated by Geolive, this mapping website allows users to share information about household items, employment opportunities, services, housing, and volunteering that might be used by incoming Syrian refugees.

If you want to donate something, register and log in to the map, drag and drop the appropriate marker to the correct location, and fill in the information boxes. You can choose to make the information available to everyone (that is completely public), or only to yourself and coordinators from the various groups sponsoring refugees in the Valley.

To learn more, or to participate in this project, please visit the Okanagan Refugee Community Resources Geolive Map Facebook page.


National and International Aid Groups

Here is a list of national and international groups that are also taking donations to help with the current refugee crisis. List courtesy of cbc.ca

United Nations Refugee Agency – The UNHCR coordinates UN refugee responses, including support for host countries providing assistance for Syrian refugees.

International Organization for Migration – The IOM is an intergovernmental organization which provides services and support to governments and migrants.

Unicef Canada – The United Nations Children’s Fund is a child-focused humanitarian organization operating in 192 countries, including Syria.

Doctors Without Borders – Doctors Without Borders, or Médecins Sans Frontières, operates medical facilities inside Syria and supports more than 100 clinics, health posts and field hospitals in the country.

Oxfam – Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations working around the world to find solutions to poverty and support human rights.

World Food Programme – The World Food Programme is the food assistance branch of the United Nations.

Migrant Offshore Aid – MOA consists of humanitarians, security professionals, medical staff and maritime officers working to prevent further refugee crisis at sea.

Amnesty International – Amnesty International is a non-governmental organization with a focus on human rights.

Canadian Red Cross – Part of the international humanitarian organization Red Cross/Red Crescent, the Canadian Red Cross is helping to support the efforts of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in Syria.

World Vision Canada – The non-profit charitable organization provides food, water and shelter to more than 500,000 Syrian refugees in the Middle East.