Two South Okanagan organizations recently received a funding boost from KIA Canada.
The auto company’s Communities in Motion fund will be contributing to support two initiatives from South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services and Penticton and Area Cooperative Enterprises.
SOICS will be using the funds for their Moving Ahead program, which aims to improve access to transportation and provide support for newcomers to rural communities with driving lessons, bicycle transportation and safety instruction.
It can take approximately 15 years for newcomers to settle in Canada, and this initiative aims to ease the process and improve the well-being and sense of belonging for individuals and families.
For PACE, the funds will support their continuing work in breaking down and manually disassembling mattresses taken to South Okanagan landfills. The program cuts down on the waste that stays in local landfills from discarded mattresses, and it also provides work for members of the community who face barriers to employment.
The program’s goal is to reach zero mattresses that are left unrecycled and landfilled in B.C. within five years.
The two recipients of the Communities in Motion fund were chosen by the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan.
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