Monthly Bulletin – KCR Highlights

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KCR Highlights

Holiday Events Guide 2018 – Submit Your Events Now!

Holiday Events Guide - 2017It’s that time of year again! Preparations for the 2018 Holiday Events Guide have begun!

The Holiday Events Guide consists of FREE/low-cost events, community dinners, spiritual services, craft fairs & bazaars, and Christmas hamper locations happening in the Central Okanagan during the holiday season.

Cost per Event Submission: $10
Event Submissions Due: Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 12:00 pm (Noon)

The Guide will run in the November 14th edition of the Kelowna Capital News.
  • 43,500 Copies sent out to Lake Country, Kelowna, West Kelowna, and Peachland
  • 1,500 extra copies sent to high-traffic community locations (Parkinson Rec, H20, etc)
Submit your events now

-Source: Kelsey Grmek, IT Coordinator, KCR Community Resources, October 2018

Nourishing Managers of Volunteers: Recognizing Flexibility in Volunteers

Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: KCR Community Resources, #200 – 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna
Cost: Free
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Managing and supervising volunteers requires systems, processes, policies and procedures but it also requires flexibility. We’ll discuss the “Who, What, When, Where, How” of incorporating flexibility into the volunteer management cycle. This session will also give us the opportunity to consider why we might want to be flexible with volunteer positions. Bring your lunch! Some refreshments provided.

Note: The Nourishing Volunteer Managers Series has moved to Thursdays to accommodate all of our workshops and training programming.

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.

Topic TBA
Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: KCR Community Resources, #200 – 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna
Registration Opening soon

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

-Source: Stephanie Moore, Project Coordinator, KCR Community Resources, September 2018

Immigration Consulting Services

We are happy to announce KCR is now offering reduced cost immigration consulting services for low-income families and individuals. Aimee Jensen, a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant, is currently preparing immigration applications for:
  • Open work permits, study permits and visitor visas
  • Family sponsorship applications
  • PR Card renewals
  • Canadian Citizenship Applications
If you are interested in learning more about this new service and if you qualify, please contact one of our Settlement Workers at 250.763.8008.

-Source: Aimee Jensen, KCR Community Resources, September 2018

Workshop: Grant Writing Essentials

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

-Source: Stephanie Moore, Project Coordinator, Community Services, KCR Community Resources, August 2018

Overview of Volunteer Management

Dates: October 15, 16, 22 & 23, 2018, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Cost: $250
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This 4-day workshop will help you attract and retain volunteers. Content is based on Canadian research, best practices and the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement. Read more about the 8 modules

-Source: Stephanie Moore, Project Coordinator, Community Services, KCR Community Resources, August 2018

Fund Development Overview

Dates: November 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2018, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Cost: $250
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This 4-day course is an overview essential for those working in, or interested in working in, the area of fund development for their non-profit organization. The course content will help you:
  • Explore strategies to attract First Time Donors and build relationships to develop Repeat and Consistent Donors
  • Learn how to foster Major Gifts, Planned Giving and Corporate Donations
  • Investigate opportunities for Earned Income and Government and/or Foundation Grants
  • Complete the funding cycle through Stewardship, Renewal and Assessment of your strategic plan
  • Content is based on Canadian research and best practices in the field

-Source: Stephanie Moore, Project Coordinator, Community Services, KCR Community Resources, August 2018

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:
250.763.8008 ext. 221

-Source: Jo-Anne, Community Income Tax Volunteer Program, August 2018

Central Okanagan Family Hub – Calendar of Events

Central Okanagan Family Hub - Kelowna - Calendar Of Events - October 2018

Download the October 2018 Calendar of Events for the Central Okanagan Family Hub – Kelowna.

-Source: Terri Scott, Central Okanagan Family Hub – Kelowna, October 2018

KCR Employment Programs – Apply Today!

Employment Services program photoNeed to get ready for post-secondary training, or improve your Math, reading, and study strategies?

KCR is hosting their Job Readiness and Essential Skills training programs. Both programs are free to participants and involve 6-week, 3-hours-a-day training to help individuals identify career goals and take the steps necessary to reach these goals. In addition, individuals are provided with an additional 12 weeks of one-on-one follow-up support to help them meet their goals.

Information Sessions:
Dates: Tuesdays, 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Location: KCR, 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna

Job Readiness for the 21st Century
The primary objective of the Job Readiness for the 21st Century Employment Program is to assist individuals who have a disability, are an immigrant, or are over the age of 50+ with finding employment.

Essential Skills for the Workplace
Would you like to improve your Math, Reading, or Study skills to get a job or pursue further education? We will train you at your level and help you to get back to work or continue with school.

Don’t hesitate to call, even if a program date has passed, at 250.763.8008, or email ac.rcknull@secivrestnemyolpme. Visit our website at to see if you’re a good fit for these programs.

Funding provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund’s Employment Services and Support Programs. For more information about B.C.’s labour market programs, visit

-Source: Travis Schneider, Manager, Employment Services, KCR Community Resources, 2018

KCR’s Mailing Lists

Monthly Bulletin: Sent electronically each month, plus time sensitive information updated periodically on the website

Publications: Our updated publications will be sent right to your inbox

KCR Workshops: Information about upcoming training opportunities

Adoption Centre of BC: Upcoming information sessions, newsletters and general adoption information

Holiday Events Guide 2018: Interest list signup

-Source: Kelsey Grmek, IT Coordinator, KCR Community Resources, 2018
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