Vantage One Gives $100,000

VantageOne Credit Union awarded $100,000 to 11 local, social-profit organizations, at VantageOne Soccer Centre. Through the VantageOne Great Community Giveaway, one local organization was granted $50,000, while the remaining $50,000 was distributed in smaller amounts.

Glenn Benischek, CEO of VantageOne, said "We received 84 applications with over $1.8 Million in funds requested. Our board selected the recipients and provided our staff with a list of 4 organizations eligible for the grand prize of $50,000. Our staff then voted on the winner of the $50,000 from these 4 organizations."

"We were excited by the positive response from our call for applications to the VantageOne Great Community Giveaway," Benischek added, "It highlights the amount of service that these organizations provide in our communities and the need for funds." 
Benischek announced the successful organizations by stating, "Today we are excited to recognize these Social Profit Organizations that add tremendous value in our communities."

Vernon Bosom Buddies was awarded $200 for Care Bags for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients at VJH
Okanagan Quality Life Society was awarded $2500 to replace their 14 aging Inflatable personal flotation devices (PDFs) which are 10 years old
Royal Canadian Legion Branch - Edgewood was awarded $2800 to renovate and modernize their clubroom to make it safer to all who use it
Community Dental Access Centre was awarded $5000 to allow both adults and children from low income families to receive dental care
Royal Canadian Legion - Armstrong was awarded $5000 to purchase an electric griddle and work table to cook pancake breakfasts at community and other events
Santa's Anonymous was awarded $5000 to expand and improve the society's capacity to provide gifts for children ages 9-12
Girl Guides of Canada was awarded $5000 to update the current kitchen facilities at Camp Tillicum
Family Resource Centre was awarded $7000 for funds that will be distributed to direct client services and programs within current budget year
North Okanagan Child Care Society was awarded $7500 to build an infant toddler play space at their centrally located early learning centre
Learning Disabilities Association was awarded $10,000 to provide financial support to families for tutoring, assist parents in advocating for their children, and counsel youth and adults.
North Okanagan Youth & Family Services was awarded $50,000 to assist in expanding and upgrading the current building in downtown Vernon. Executive Director, Jan Shumay says it help them upgrading the current building in downtown Vernon.  She says without the grant the project would not be possible. Shumay says their 80 staff help 1200 families each year.