Helping the Community

All past community donations, sponsorships and support since the start of the ‘OurCommunity Committee’ in March 2022:

  • 2022 – $50,000 donation to the BC Cancer Foundation helping fund a new prostate scanner for Kelowna.
  • April 2022 – $1,000 donation to Air Rescue One to go towards purchasing “a dedicated rescue winch for the Air Rescue One program to be able to answer the call when the need for rescue arises.” See Facebook post here.
  • April 2022 – $500 donation to the KGH Foundation Students for Heart Health putting them over their $10,000 fundraiser goal. This cause is to raise awareness for heart conditions, promoting healthy lifestyles, and supporting heart and cardiovascular foundations through fundraising and collaborations. See Facebook post here.
  • May 2022 – $2,500 sponsor for fundraiser golf tournament at Predator Ridge raising funds for the MS Society of Canada and those that are directly and indirectly affected by Multiple Sclerosis. See Facebook post here.
  • May 2022 – $1,000 donation to the Fishing Derby fundraiser event. They raised over $27,000 for the Children’s Hospital. See Facebook post here.
  • May 2022 – $1,000 sponsor for the Kelowna Chamber golf tournament raising funds for the Children’s Advocacy Centre.
  • May 2022 – $1,000 sponsor for the Aberdeen Hall annual Gala. Raising funds for the school. This year’s gala will raise funds to help build the new Athletics and Wellness Centre.
  • May 2022 – $1,000 and 250+ water bottles sponsor for the YMCA Cycle for Strong Kids event. Raising funds for underprivileged and at-risk children from our community and give them equal opportunity to register for vital YMCA offerings like child care, day camps, aquatic lessons, recreational activities and youth leadership and before and afterschool enrichment programs.
  • May 2022 – $150 hole sponsor for The Knights of Columbus Charity Golf tournament at Sunset Ranch raising funds for the local Food Bank, Coats for Kids, St. Vincent de Paul, Reach Out Youth, The Canadian Wheelchair Mission and many more charities.
  • June 2022 – $3,000 sponsor for the Putts for Paws Charity Golf Tournament at Black Mountain golf course. Raising funds for the BCSPCA Kelowna Branch.
  • June 2022 – $1,000 Hole-In-One sponsor for the Annual Kal Rotary Charity Golf Classic raising funds for the North Okanagan Hospice Society and KidSport Greater Vernon.
  • June 2022 – $595 sponsor for the Hospital Activity Book for children. Money raised will help print these books for kids in care facilities and part of funds will go to the Make a Wish Foundation.
  • June 2022 – $5,000 donation to the Ozanam Recovery House. ($4,000 to help with overhead and operations cost and $1,000 to treat all the amazing staff to a nice dinner or other event.) Ozanam Recovery House is a 19-bed transition home for adult men who are struggling with addictions, mental health issues, or both. Their mission is to provide their residents with a home, health and hope.
  • June 2022 – $1,500 donation to ‘Jar of Honey, for Ukraine‘. They’re raising money for a newly established shelter (March 2022) for Ukrainian refugees in Prague, Czech Republic.

Upcoming community involvement:

  • July 2022 – $3,000 donation to CritterAid. They promote and foster animal welfare through the provision of their animal sanctuary, education and rescue to help end animal suffering in the Okanagan.
  • July 2022 – $5,000 donation to the Central Okanagan Food Bank. The Food Bank will help ensure that families, seniors and children struggling with food insecurity will have access to nourishing food.
  • July 2022 – $5,000 sponsor for the Kelowna Sunrise Rotary Club’s ‘2022 Season of Giving Calendar’, raising funds for the Pediatric Department and the Child Advocacy Centre of Kelowna (CAC).
  • July 2022 – $10,500 ‘Grand Slam’ sponsor for the Bats for a Cause slow pitch tournament, raising funds for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. We’re also signing up a team of Sentes employees to participate in this tournament on July 23rd and 24th. See Facebook post here.
  • July 2022 – $3,000 sponsor for the Okanagan Dream Rally. Raising funds for the Ronald McDonald House.
  • July 2022 – $500 sponsor for Chicks with Sticks charity golf tournament at Black Mountain golf course. Funds raised go to Foundry Kelowna operated by Canadian Mental Health Association.
  • August 2022 – $250 sponsor for the Golf for Julia fundraiser tournament. Raising funds to support Julia and her family who adjust to life with a spinal cord injury.
  • September 2022 – $3,000 sponsor for the ‘Charity Golf Classic’ tournament raising funds for the Kelowna Gospel Mission.

Current volunteer opportunities for you to help the community:

If the volunteer opportunity that you’re interested in falls during your (Sentes employees) work day, we’d like to offer you the opportunity to take 2-3 hours of paid time away from the dealership to volunteer.  Please get approval from your department manager to ensure proper coverage, and then respond email [email protected] so we can coordinate the details for you.

  • Volunteering with Ozanam House
    • The Ozanam House organizes various events throughout the year and are always looking for volunteers. If you feel you’d like to volunteer we can add your name and phone number to the list for them to reach out to when in need.

  • Volunteering with Mamas for Mamas
    • Karma Market- helping with all things sorting items and putting clothing and other items out, unloading donations and organizing things. Some heavy lifting but not necessary.  10-4 Monday to Friday. Fridays are high needs organizing days. 
    • Warehouse- organizing, sorting, coordinating pickups and deliveries with warehouse manager. The warehouse hours are flexible usually 10-4 Monday to Friday with some evenings and weekends for special events. 
    • The Mamas for Mamas Farm. Planting, weeding, cleaning up the farm, harvesting, putting food boxes together, delivering food boxes, helping with the chicken coop, collecting eggs, cleaning the chicken area. We often have a need for people to help build things like small sheds. 
    • Delivery drivers- outreach coordinating and helping moms get items they need if they don’t drive or can’t get to the office. 
    • Special events. We have 25+ third-party events coming up over the next couple months and we always need people to know about Mamas who can represent at the booth.  They would be sharing information about Mamas through rack cards and perhaps helping coordinate whatever else was going on in our particular booth at that particular event. 

  • Volunteering with Kelowna’s Gospel Mission
    • Outreach
      • 6:30am to 9am – Friday mornings
    • Thrift Store – Rutland: 
      • 4 hour shifts – Sorting –  any day Monday thru Saturday
      • Cashier (regular commitment required – 1 shift per week between either 9am to 1pm or 1pm to 5pm)
    • Thrift Store –West Kelowna: 
      • 4 hour shifts – Sorting – any day Monday thru Saturday
      • Cashier (regular commitment required – 1 shift per week between either 9am to 1pm or 1pm to 5pm)
    • Kitchen 
      • 3:15pm to 6pm Saturdays – supervised prep work and serving supper to our residents
    • Cleaning & Laundry (bedding):
      • 2 hour shifts any day
    • Meal Service – Doyle Shelter:
      • Lunches – Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 11:45am to 12:45pm
      • Suppers – Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays from 4:45pm to 5:45pm to 6pm

**We’re actively working to find volunteer opportunities in Vernon**