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Letters of support help convince North Cowichan Council to approve women’s winter shelter

December 2018
To open an urgently needed winter shelter for homeless women in Cowichan, United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island put out an appeal to community members to voice their support of the shelter.…
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5 ways to help senior friends and family this winter

December 2018
Support can be as close as bc211.ca, a BC-wide resource created in partnership with United Way that links residents to community, social and government resources on a comprehensive range of topics,…
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United Way loves small, local businesses

November 2018
United Way partners with Timberwest and numerous other small businesses that give back to their communities.
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United Way nominated for Campbell River Not-for-Profit of the Year award

November 2018
Our investments in essential social services for vulnerable populations and our work to end homelessness were recognized by the Campbell River Chamber of Commerce this fall.
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Nanaimo municipal candidate forum informs voters on key issues

November 2018
To ignite discussion between voters and politicians, the United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island and the Nanaimo Coalition to End Homelessness hosted a Candidates’ Forum
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Update on Cowichan women’s winter shelter

November 2018
In Cowichan, 28 women were identified as absolutely homeless and another 51 were precariously housed in August 2017.
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How we’re addressing homelessness and affordable housing in Cowichan

November 2018
United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island and other members of the Cowichan Coalition to Address Homelessness and Affordable Housing are taking action.
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#Unignorable campaign highlights critical social issues

November 2018
Mental illness is an #unignorable issue in our community. $260 provides 10 people with programming on how to support a loved one struggling with mental illness.
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“Local Love” from local employees: 230+ workplaces launching campaigns

November 2018
We’re thankful for the many workplaces that have chosen United Way to be their charity of choice.
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With your help, United Way inspires “Local Love"

November 2018
Join our fall campaign by showing your local love. Take action today! Donate. Volunteer. Advocate.
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Radio interview: Signy Madden discusses Comox Valley's 2018 Vital Signs report

October 2018
"The top issues that came out of the report are affordable and safe housing and homelessness, senior isolation, and mental health and wellness."
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2018 Vital Signs report grades quality of life in the Comox Valley

October 2018
Assessing the overall health of our region, the 2018 Comox Valley Vital Signs report was released earlier this month to measure how the Comox Valley is doing as a place to live, learn, work and grow.
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Nanaimo political candidates address homelessness at public forum

September 2018
United Way and the Nanaimo Coalition to End Homelessness want to encourage discussion on this critical topic between members of the public and many of the local political candidates.
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Minister Simpson helps kick off annual campaign

September 2018
Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, delivers keynote address this Thursday at United Way's kick-off breakfast in Nanaimo.
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Pop, pop, fizz, fizz

August 2018
Vancouver Islanders can pop some fizz into the long weekend by buying local and helping local.
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Tampon Tuesday helps women in poverty

August 2018
Women who live in poverty or are homeless often struggle to afford the basic need of monthly feminine hygiene products.
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BC211 referral service helps clients & agencies

August 2018
Do you know a family facing eviction that doesn’t know where to turn for help? A concerned neighbour trying to help a friend in an abusive relationship?
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A big impact with bus tickets in Cowichan

August 2018
A bus ticket can be the difference between buying groceries or going hungry, getting to a job interview or not paying your bills, even seeing a doctor or not receiving medical attention.
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Homelessness is a crisis on Vancouver Island

August 2018
United Way is leading the fight against homelessness in our local communities – bringing influencers together and advocating for supportive services for those in need.
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Tackling Cowichan Valley’s housing crisis

August 2018
Homelessness has spiked by more than 50% in the Cowichan Valley Regional District, according to a recent survey funded in part by United Way. (Photo credit: David Donnelly/CBC)
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Alumni recognized for longstanding commitment

August 2018
Esteemed past board members, former staff, and volunteers came together this June for an alumni evening we hosted to recognize their contributions.
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Testing ways to overcome social isolation

August 2018
They say food is the way to people's hearts, and we’re testing that theory!
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BMO, United Way, and Chamber of Commerce honour outstanding non-profits at community awards

August 2018
On April 26, 2018, United Way rolled out the red carpet with the Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce and hosted a jazz-filled, Oscar-inspired evening at the Port Theatre.
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What your donation looks like in 2018

August 2018
Harmony, a puppeteer in a Comox Valley program you support, performs shows in elementary schools, educating more than 680 children about mental illness each year.
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Spreading random acts of #LocalLove

August 2018
On Conscious Kindness Day, a nationwide United Way initiative, we invited some of our most loyal and generous donors to an afternoon Tea and Toques event to show our gratitude.