YES Project raises $1M
Colin Dacre - Jan 05 - Get Involved

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The Penticton YES Project is one-third of the way towards a $3M goal to help fund a youth centre in the community.

The Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen announced Thursday it had eclipsed the million dollar mark just 30 days after formally launching its fundraiser.

“Penticton is a very generous community,” said Judy Lloyd, fundraising chair for the campaign. “We obviously aren’t done yet, but being 1/3 of the way to our $3 million goal after 30 days is fantastic.”

The Community Foundation is taking possession of 501 Main Street on Jan. 15 and is in design meetings with nonprofit youth-focused tenants that are eager to move in.

“It’s also amazing to have Foundry Penticton as an anchor tenant on the main floor of the building,” said Aaron McRann, executive director of the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen.

Foundry Penticton is funded by the provincial government and will be operated by the Penticton & District Community Resources Society beginning late 2018.

“Our organization has been working collaboratively with the Community Foundation and many local service providers on the YES Project since 2013 so it’s really gratifying to see Penticton donors getting excited about creating this space for our youth,” PDCRS executive director Tanya Behardien said.

Donations to the youth centre can be made online.

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