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NEW Workshop: Grant Writing Essentials

Dates: Wednesdays, October 17, 24, 31 & November 14, 21, 28 (all Wednesdays), 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: KCR Community Resources, #200 – 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna
Cost: Individual Modules $65 per / Package Price (6 modules) $299
Register Now

All participants should have an idea for a new or existing project or program that:
  • Their organization is seeking grant funding for; and
  • They have a reasonable understanding of the operation of the project or program.

October 17, 2018: Module 1 – Starting with the End in Mind

Understand the in’s and out’s of Project Logic Models – Inputs, Outputs and most importantly Outcomes! In addition, learn to develop a project timeline and program evaluation tools for outcome measurement.

October 24, 2018: Module 2 – Unlocking Your Funding Potential

Learn about the different types of funding available and how to find the appropriate funder for your agency’s needs.

October 31, 2018: Module 3- Crafting a Compelling Story

Review the components of most grant applications. Learn to describe the need for the program/project in the community.

November 14, 2018: Module 4 – Making Sense of the Dollars

Review program expenses and revenues, differentiate between indirect and direct costs, understand how to value-in-kind contributions, calculate matching funds and assess your program sustainability capacity.

November 21, 2018: Module 5 – Cultivating Lasting Relationships

Understand the importance of funders’ guidelines, explore effective project partners and how to obtain letters of support, improve participant impact stories and testimonials, and discover alternative opportunities to engage with your funder.

November 28, 2018: Module 6 – Packaging a Professional Submission

This workshop requires participants to bring a draft grant application that is close to completion for feedback and review. Explore common grant proposal pitfalls, ensure compliance with funder expectations, engage in peer review of your grant proposal for feedback and fine-tuning.

SuperHost Training – August 13

Date: Monday, August 13, 2018, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: KCR Community Resources, #200 – 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna
Cost: $75
Register Now: Suzie, 250.763.8008 ext 245, ac.rcknull@eizus

SuperHost is a suite of quality, affordable customer service training courses for front-line employees. SuperHost offers relevant, up-to-date content and best practices that meet the current needs and expectations of employers and visitors. First launched in 1985, SuperHost is recognized as the standard for customer service excellence in BC.

Why become SuperHost Certified?
Customer service skills are highly valued by employers, and continue to be among the top skills required in most workplaces. Becoming SuperHost certified:
  • Leads to greater customer satisfaction;
  • Helps solve customer problems in a professional manner;
  • Boosts confidence and knowledge;
  • Contributes to a happier, more productive workplace; and
  • Increases revenue and business bottom line!

KCR is Hiring: SNAPP Worker – South Fraser & Kelowna

Position Summary:

The primary responsibilities of the SNAPP worker are to work together with the child(ren)’s planning team to assist in transition planning for approximately twelve children at a time in the care of the Ministry of Children and Families, so that they have a clear understanding of their history, are supported in the preparation of their Lifebook and when appropriate, are prepared for their adoption or other permanent placement. In the event that the children are placed locally, post-placement supports will also be offered to the child and the family.

Reporting Structure: Reports to KCR Family Services – SNAPP Coordinator
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $22.00 to $24.00 /hour

Prime Functions:

Listening to others and communicating in an effective manner that fosters relationship building and teamwork

  • Communicates effectively; Adapts content, style, tone and medium of communication to suit the target audience’s language, cultural background and level of understanding
  • Engages with the child, listens to their words, validates their personal story and creates a safe space
  • Maintains ongoing communication with participants and their families
  • Acts as a member of a multi-function team, appreciates the value of diversity and uses effective communication skills
  • Provides support and education to the foster family throughout the process
  • Regularly updates members of the planning team on child’s work with the program
  • Communicates the organization’s mission, vision and values to external participants

Researching and defining steps to achieving a successful permanency placement

  • Actively participates as part of a team to develop a transition plan and regularly evaluates the plan and modify as need
  • Gathers and collates historical information, photographs and anecdotal stories for Lifebooks. Contacts and interviews birth family members as required
  • Seeks to understand the child’s needs and interests so that effective planning and delivery of session work can be implemented
  • Assists the child’s caseworker in his/her assessment of the child’s readiness for adoption consideration and placement
  • Develops an inventory of the child’s needs for adoption placement; Provides input in the selection of potential adoptive parents

Fostering the development of others while providing participant centred services

  • Fosters a client-focused culture; Anticipates and adapts to client needs
  • Provides intensive emotional support to the child before, during and after the transition process
  • Engages and guides the child through their journey increasing his/her understanding of their history and prepares Lifebook
  • Creates a pre-placement visiting schedule; Introduces the child to the adoptive family; Facilitates the transition plan
  • Educates, trains and supports adoptive parents, foster parents and other professionals around the preparation and support needed for children and families to be successful in their adoption journey
  • Provides support for the child throughout the pre-placement and placement phase
  • Arranges and facilitates the presentation of adoption preparation information for families and professionals as identified by the Ministry of Children and Families
  • Assumes personal responsibility and follows up to meet commitments to others

Collecting, storing and compiling program and evaluation data effectively in order to identify program impact

  • Stores all participant documents and information in a confidential manner
  • Tracks and reports data for the SNAPP program to maintain CARF and SharePoint standards and requirements
  • Evaluates program Effectiveness, Efficiencies, Stakeholders Satisfaction and Program Accessibility and outlined in the Annual Performance Measurement Report. All annual recommendations are acted upon.

Qualifications:

  • Post-secondary education in a humanistic field; preference is given to a degree
  • Previous extensive experience working with children in areas to include developmental stages, attachment issues, trauma, loss and grief, and special needs
  • Knowledge of custody and permanency placement processes regarding children in the care of the Ministry of Children and Families
  • Cultural sensitivity and knowledge including First Nations culture and history
  • Previous experience in education and facilitation an asset
  • Excellent communication skills and an ability to work collaboratively within a team
  • Strategic thinking skills, flexibility and creativity in problem-solving
  • Good organization and reliable follow-through skills
  • Participant-focused service delivery and advocacy
  • The ability to teach others about the SNAPP program when called upon
  • Clear Criminal Record check
  • A reliable vehicle (with business insurance) that can be used for work

Apply Now

Application Deadline: Posting will remain open until a successful candidate is found
Apply: Send your resume and cover letter to Nancy Kilbrei, SNAPP Coordinator, at ac.rcknull@ycnan

KCR – Community Resources is an equal opportunity employer and encourages all with the passion, skill and knowledge to apply

Let’s tell a Story


The Opening

Storytelling is one of our oldest traditions. Storytelling is a gift that creates a sense of magic and wonder that teaches us about others and about our own lives. Storytelling is a unique way for people to develop an understanding, respect and appreciation for other cultures and can promote a positive attitude to people from different lands, races and religions. Storytelling can spark the imagination, ones’ creativity; improve listening skills and the practice of empathy.

What to Expect

Newcomer/immigrant youths will construct their stories of overcoming, hope, and Love into one collective narrative that will inspire a better tomorrow…Now. In each session, facilitator Randy Jernidier will lead the youth in constructing a story that relates to inclusion and equity for all. As well to capture the creative fun of this experience, there will be the making the of ‘Lets’ tell a Story’ documentary. The screening of the documentary and the unveiling of the stories created will occur during Culture Days at the end of September.

The Ask

  • Calling all newcomer/immigrant youth between the ages of 7 to 13
  • Sign up for all five sessions or a minimum of 2 sessions
  • Be available for one rehearsal before the Culture Days performance
  • To participate in the ‘Lets’ tell a Story’ celebration and unveiling during Culture Days the last weekend of September

The Details

Dates: August 13, 15, 20, 24, 27, 2018, 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Location: KCR Community Resources, 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna
Story Crafter: Randy Jernidier
Videographer: Trophy Ewila
Register: For more information, or to register your child, contact Dorothee at ac.rcknull@eehtorod

Snacks provided. All youth participating in ‘Lets’ tell a Story’ must have a signed waiver of consent by a parent.


Unveiling & Celebration

Immigrant Services - Let's tell a Story

Gain insight into being a Newcomer as youths share their experiences, hopes and dreams coming as immigrants to a new country.

Working with storyteller Randy Jernidier, youths have created a collective narrative that reflects their shared experiences and casts light on the need for inclusion and equity for all.

Join the celebration as they present their story for the first time. Take part in interactive dance and music opportunities that reflect the diversity of the participants.

View the premiere of a short documentary of the project created by Trophy Ewila.

Light refreshments will be served

More Information:
250.860.4911
ac.rcknull@eehtorod

Summer Youth Program

KCR Community Resources - Summer Youth Program

Dates: Activities will run through July & August, with 2-3 activities / week
Cost: $7.50 / activity
Eligibility:
  • Permanent residents
  • Naturalized citizens
  • Children of temporary foreign workers
  • Ages 9-17
Register Now: ac.rcknull@margorphtuoy, or call 250.763.8008


New to Canada? Searching for summer fun? Want to make new friends?

Come and enjoy fun local activities all over the Okanagan this summer! From high energy endeavours like laser tag and rock climbing to becoming creative with crafts and pottery, participants will never have a dull moment!

Activites

Bento Box Creations

Date: Friday, August 10, 2018, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Location: KCR Community Resources, #200 – 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna
Description: Lunch Box making event! Participants will be adding rice balls, veggies, cheese, meat, and other fun-shaped snacks to make a cute lunch box!

What to Wear: Dress as you please.
What to Bring: A water bottle. You may want to also bring an apron.
Snack: Will be provided by KCR.

Drop Off: KCR Community Resources at 9:30 am.
Pick Up: KCR Community Resources by 12:00 pm. Please make sure to be on time.


Mini Golf at 19 Greens

Date: Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 9:30 am – 11:15 am
Location: 19 Greens, 2050 Campbell Road, Kelowna
Description: We will be playing a round of mini golf while enjoying a gorgeous view of Okanagan Lake.

What to Wear: Dress as you please but make sure to wear sunscreen!
What to Bring: Bring your own water bottle and bring a hat, it could get hot!
Snack: Will be provided by KCR

Drop Off: We will be meeting at 19 Greens at 9:30 am.
Pick Up: 19 Greens at 11:30 am. Please make sure to be on time.


Let’s Tell a Story

Dates: The Youth Program will be attending two sessions on
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 9:00 am – 11:30 am
  • Monday, August 20, 2018, 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Location: KCR Community Resources, 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna
Description: We will have the opportunity to participate in a special event: ‘Let’s Tell a Story’. This event has no fee but it is a great opportunity for you to get involved!

Storytelling is one of our oldest traditions. Storytelling is a gift that creates a sense of magic and wonder and teaches us about others and about our own lives.

Newcomer/immigrant youth will weave their stories of overcoming, hope, and love into one collective narrative that will inspire a better tomorrow. In each session, facilitator Randy Jernidier will lead the youth in constructing a story that relates to inclusion and equity for all. As well to capture the creative fun of this experience, there will be the making of the ‘Let’s tell a Story’ documentary. The screening of the documentary and the unveiling of the stories created will occur during Culture Days at the end of September.

What to Wear: Dress as you please!
What to Bring: Bring your own water bottle.
Snack: Will be provided by KCR

Drop Off: We will meet on the second floor of KCR at 9:00 am on both days.
Pick Up: Participants will need to be picked up at the second floor of KCR by 11:30 am. Please make sure to be on time.


Impulse Escape Rooms

Date: Thursday, August 16, 2018, 2:45 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Impulse Escape Rooms, 157 Asher Road, Kelowna
Description: Can you escape…? Solve puzzles with clues to try to escape one of the three themed rooms before time runs out! The rooms we will be playing in are ‘Merlin’s Last Quest’, ‘Collision Course’ and ‘Lucid Dreaming – A Sherlock Holmes Mystery’. Read the descriptions here. For any room request, please email Chelsea at ac.rcknull@margorphtuoy.

What to Wear: Comfortable clothing and close-toed shoes.
What to Bring: A good attitude and a bottle of water.
Snack: Will be provided by KCR

Drop Off: We will be meeting at Impulse Escape Rooms at 2:45 pm.
Pick Up: Impulse Escape Rooms at 4:30 pm. Please make sure to be on time.


Fun Day Friday: Birthday Party Games / Outdoor Yoga

Date: Friday, August 17, 2018, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Location: Kelowna City Park, 1600 Abbott Street, Kelowna
Description: We will have a Birthday Party Game activity at City Park! Please dress in comfortable clothing and footwear. You may want to bring a water bottle!


Myra Canyon Biking Adventure

Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2018, 9:15 am – 12:30 pm
Location: 5050 McCulloch Road, Kelowna
Directions:
  1. Starting from downtown Kelowna, make your way to KLO Rd and turn left
  2. Follow KLO Road to the “Y” junction of KLO Rd, and McCulloch Rd
  3. Take McCulloch Rd and follow the direction signs pointing to Gallagher’s Canyon golf course
  4. DO NOT turn in to June Springs but continue past the golf course and you will find the road narrows as it winds its way down to a bridge crossing KLO Creek
  5. Keep going until you will see a high voltage power line crossing the road
  6. The next exit on the right is Myra Forest Service Road
  7. There is a panel sign with MYRA CANYON BICYCLE RENTAL on the beginning of the forest road
  8. Follow this gravel road for 8km until you come to a cattle guard
  9. Turn right immediately past the cattle guard and you are at the Myra Station parking lot with easy access to the trail leading into the Canyon
Description: We will be biking around the beautiful and historic Myra Canyon Trestles Trail!

What to Wear: Wear something comfy and close-toed shoes! It might get hot so please wear sunscreen and sunglasses!
What to Bring: Please bring a water bottle, a small backpack, a helmet (if you have one). If you have a bike, please bring it. If not, we can rent a bike for you. Also, please pack a lunch to bring along!
Snack: Will be provided by KCR

Drop Off: We will meet at the Myra Canyon Bike Rental no later than 9:15 am.
Pick Up: Participants will need to be picked up at Myra Canyon Bike rentals no later than 12:30 pm. Please make sure to be on time!


The Amazing Race!

Date: Thursday, August 23, 2018, 9:45 am – 2:00 pm
Location: KCR Community Resources, 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna
Description: Something special for one of our last events of the 2018 Summer Youth Program! Teams will compete for a very special prize! All teams will be accompanied by a supervisor or a volunteer to complete the race. Teams will be directed to multiple locations all over downtown Kelowna and must complete challenges! The first team to the finish line wins! Players must have a keen intuition to solve puzzles, agility to complete tasks, speed to get to the different locations and strong teamwork in order to achieve success together! There will be a wrap-up lunch after the race; parents are more than welcome to join! Also, there will be an opportunity for participants to go swimming after the race.

What to Wear: Wear something you can move in and wear lots of sunscreen!
What to Bring: Bring your own water bottle, a small backpack, and a bathing suit (with a towel and a change of clothes) if you want to go swimming later.
Snack: Snack & lunch will be provided by KCR.

Drop Off: We will be meeting at KCR no later than 9:45 am. Please be on time so we have enough time to finish the race.
Pick Up: Participants will need to be picked up at Secret Location at 2:00 pm. Parents will be notified where the secret location is in advance. Please make sure to be on time!


Fun Day Friday: Outdoor Yoga

Date: Friday, August 24, 2018, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Location: Kelowna City Park, 1600 Abbott Street, Kelowna
Description: We will have a Yoga activity at City Park Please dress in comfortable clothing and footwear. Bring a yoga mat and a water bottle!

KCR’s Community Volunteer Income Tax Clinic



KCR’s Community Volunteer Income Tax clinic is open and ready for appointments! Those with appointments are prioritized but Walk-ins are welcome depending on availability. The clinic will be open Fridays from 9:15 am – 10:30 am.

The Community Volunteer Income Tax clinic helps eligible taxpayers who have a modest income and a simple tax situation. Please read the full page to know if you qualify and what you will need to bring to your appointment.

A modest income is defined as:
  • Single person/up to $30,000
  • Couple/up to $40,000 (add $2,500 for each dependent)
  • One adult with one child/up to $35,000 (add $2,500 for each additional dependent)

A simple tax situation:
  • No Income or
  • Income from these sources:
    • employment
    • pension
    • benefits such as CPP, disability, CCB, EI, social assistance
    • RRSP
    • support payments
    • scholarships, fellowships, bursaries or grants
    • interest (under $1,000)

Your tax situation is not simple if you:
  • are self-employed or have employment expenses
  • have businesses or rental income and expenses
  • have capital gains or losses
  • file for bankruptcy
  • are completing a tax return for a deceased person

Please bring to your appointment:
  • Valid, government issued, photo id – Essential
  • 2017 Tax Slips – Essential
  • Receipts – Essential
  • Tax Forms
  • Copy of last year’s Income Tax Return
  • 2017 Tax Assessment

For more information or to book an appointment:
ac.rcknull@reetnulovsc
250.763.8008 ext. 221

Register Now: Okanagan Volunteer Opportunities Fair

Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Parkinson Recreation Centre, 1800 Parkinson Way, Kelowna

This trade show style of event brings together about 70 nonprofit organizations recruiting volunteers with hundreds of people looking for a place to volunteer. It is a time to have face-to-face conversations about causes, services, and opportunities. There are lots of choices about where to get involved and how to make the greatest impact.

Registration

Full Participation Cost (Fair & Magazine): $65
Magazine Ad Only: $150
Register Now

Registration Deadline: Friday, August 10, 2018

Notes: All registrations received after July 31, 2018, will not be featured in the magazine. Refunds will not be issued after the registration deadline.


Lunch & Learn

Be Pitch Perfect: How to Engage Interest in Your Organization in 30 Seconds or Less
Date: September 6, 2018, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Parkinson Recreation Centre, 1800 Parkinson Way, Kelowna
Cost: Free, Lunch is on us with the generous support of our sponsors!

Description: This session is open to staff and volunteers of organizations registered for the Okanagan Volunteer Opportunities Fair. We will work together to help you develop and practise your ‘pitch’ and follow up the conversation with prospective volunteers. In addition, we’ll fill you in on what you can expect when you arrive at the fair and throughout the event. Plus there will be an opportunity to answer any additional questions you may have.

Sponsors

Preorder Lunch

Preorder lunch for the people staffing your display at the Okanagan Volunteer Opportunities Fair. It is a wonderful way of recognizing them.

Full Meal Deal: Slice of pizza (hawaiian/pepperoni/veggie), water/juice, apple & a cookie
Cost: $5
Preorder Now

Workshop Series: Nourishing Managers of Volunteers

Free Workshop Series: Nourishing Managers of Volunteers – Encourage one another & Expand our knowledge during these lunch hour gatherings held the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Block one hour in your calendar every month and then register for one workshop at a time.

Workshops provided by:
United Way of the Central and South Okanagan/Similkameen - logo

Upcoming Workshops

July: No Session

August: No Session

Be Pitch Perfect: How to Engage Interest in Your Organization in 30 Seconds or Less
Date: September 6, 2018, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Parkinson Recreation Centre, 1800 Parkinson Way, Kelowna
Cost: Free, Lunch is on us with the generous support of our sponsors!

Description: This session is open to staff and volunteers of organizations registered for the Okanagan Volunteer Opportunities Fair. We will work together to help you develop and practise your ‘pitch’ and follow up the conversation with prospective volunteers. In addition, we’ll fill you in on what you can expect when you arrive at the fair and throughout the event. Plus there will be an opportunity to answer any additional questions you may have.


Recognizing Flexibility in Volunteers
Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: KCR Community Resources, #200 – 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna

Facilitator: Stephanie Moore, BBA, Project Coordinator, KCR Community Resources
Stephanie Moore, Project Coordinator, KCR Community ResourcesStephanie Moore has worked in the Non-profit sector since 2001. Her career has included project coordination, business development, fitness, recreation, wellness, cultural services, tourism, fundraising, and non-profit development. This path has provided the experience of working alongside volunteers, supervising volunteers and reporting to volunteer boards and committees. Stephanie also enjoys giving back to the community and has volunteered her time to various local boards, committees, and fundraising events. Stephanie believes that matching the right volunteer to the right opportunity creates a positive and energized environment that is mutually beneficial.


Developing a Volunteer Advisory Group Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: KCR Community Resources, #200 – 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna


December: No Session
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