Kelowna, B.C. - Thanks to its Twitter and Facebook fans, Interior Savings will be donating more than $20,000 to local United Way branches this week. Over the past two months, the credit union has been running a social media campaign to help it give away thousands of dollars to local charities.
For every new fan who 'liked' their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/InteriorSavings, Interior Savings pledged to donate $10 to United Way branches throughout the BC Interior - up to a total of $20,000. Twitter followers were also invited to join in the pre-holiday giveaway by nominating their favourite local charity for a share of an additional $5,000.
United Way is a charity that Interior Savings CEO Kathy Conway holds in great regard. Conway has been the United Way Central Okanagan campaign chair for the past two years, and has helped to establish a community partnership between Interior Savings and United Way.
"At Interior Savings, we are proud to support United Way. Through Success by 6 and other funded programs, United Way provides help and resources for young children and other vulnerable people within our communities. It is our hope that this donation will help United Way to provide some comfort to these people this holiday season and throughout the year," Conway said.
Marla O'Brien, executive director, United Way Central and South Okanagan Similkameen, acknowledged the importance of contributions such as this to the continuation of their work.
"United Way works towards creating a better life for everyone on our communities and we accomplish this with the support of community-minded corporations, like Interior Savings. Thank you Interior Savings for donating over $20,000 - in addition to your annual United Way staff-supported campaign. Your leadership truly makes a lasting positive impact throughout the BC Interior," she said.
The winners of the Interior Savings Twitter campaign and a $700 donation each are as follows:
- The Carma Project
- Kamloops Elizabeth Fry Society
- United Way Central and Southern Okanagan Similkameen
- United Way Thompson Nicola Cariboo
- Kamloops Food Bank
- Kamloops People in Motion
Interior Savings is the largest credit union based in the Interior of B.C. with assets exceeding $2.0 billion. Through its 21 branches, 15 insurance offices, and two Commercial Services Centres, Interior Savings offers personal and commercial banking and a full range of insurance and wealth management services to members in 14 communities.