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100% Local

Every dollar of your donation stays in central and northern Vancouver Island, building stronger communities, helping kids succeed, and moving families out of poverty.

Together, we continue to work tirelessly to support our communities. 

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Want to help reduce period poverty in your community? 
Give | Organize | Commit


Learn more and donate at uwcnvi.ca/period promise

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Mental Health 

COVID-19 has increased mental health concerns across our region.
Together, let's make a difference.


Learn more and donate at uwcnvi.ca/bluelove


Reaching Home COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan Funding


Funded by the Government of Canada, United Way is now accepting applications supporting organizations in the homeless-serving sector responding to the COVID-19 outbreak in the Nanaimo for emergency expenses.

Nanaimo area: COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan

Click here to visit our grants page to learn about all our open applications

To help vulnerable seniors in your community visit bc211.ca or call 2-1-1

If you can, please consider a gift to United Way. As our communities adapt to the ever-changing pandemic landscape, more and more people need help. DONATE NOW and make sure that no one is left behind.

What's New


Job Opportunity: Impact Admin Assistant - Reaching Home

May 2021
The Impact Admin Assistant- Reaching Home will work closely with the Director of Community Grants providing administration support to the Reaching Home investments, serving Nanaimo and Cowichan.  This role will be responsible for taking meeting…

Laundry upgrade offers essential hygiene

May 2021
Warmland House Shelter in Duncan is upgrading its hygiene services with United Way help

The Reaching Home Blog: Addressing homelessness makes us all healthier

May 2021
Hello, My name is Julie Miller Rushton. I’m the Director of Community Grants here at United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island. The following post is part of my series addressing the federal government’s Reaching Home initiative, and how it’s…

Job Opportunity: Temporary Impact Research Support Officer

May 2021
Job Opportunity: Temporary Impact Research Support Officer 

Lives You've Helped Change


The pain of grieving without gathering

April 2021
United Way is supporting organizations like Cowichan Hospice to provide free bereavement services

Creating community across generations

April 2021
The Brighter Day Project in Campbell River is helping seniors and youth to support and learn from each-other.

Making fresh food affordable from Campbell River north

April 2021
VIDEO: The pandemic has required charities to respond to new and increased needs in all our communities. With United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island's help via the federal government's Emergency Community Support Fund, Greenways Land Trust…

Port Alberni’s fight to keep food on the table

March 2021
Multiple Alberni organizations have banded together to feed those in need, with support from United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island

Where Your Donation Goes

Your donation helps people overcome poverty, kids be all that they can be, and communities become strong.


Need Help?

If you’re looking for mental health support, shelter, addictions treatment, food banks and more,
we can help. 

The United Way-funded bc211 program is a confidential referral service (by phone/text at 2-1-1 or online at bc211.ca) get free information and support right in your community.

Call or text, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. 

The program operates in over 160 languages! 

BC 211

United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island would like to acknowledge that we are working and living on the traditional lands of the Kwakwaka’wakw, Nuu-chahn-uulth, and Coast Salish people.