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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.
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Forming Comox Valley's first health network

August 2018
United Way’s Lindsay McGinn helped organize two health forums in Courtenay over the past year that drew hundreds of people to collaborate and form the valley's first health network.
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VIU & United Way partnership breaks records in 2017

August 2018
Vancouver Island University employees set a goal to increase their giving to United Way by 10% over what they donated in 2016.