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.

Are you and your workplace looking to support your local community this year?

Learn more about hosting your own workplace campaign, here!

Workplace Toolkit

Everything you need to run your workplace campaign.


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

Cowichan Designated Reaching Home 2020-2021


United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island, in partnership with Tze Tza Watul the Cowichan Community Advisory Board (CAB), is pleased to open applications for funding under Designated Reaching Home for Cowichan to support organizations who directly support the needs of those experiencing or are at risk of homelessness.


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

Click here for more informationresources, and service provider updates.

Join us and show your Local Love in a Global Crisis, donate today.

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


What's New


Campaign 2020 is here!

September 2020
It’s that time of year again- CAMPAIGN TIME! As our team works hard to navigate the new COVID-19 terrain, we want you to know Campaign is still happening and we are here to support your work place as it shows their local love for their communities.

APPLY NOW: Cowichan Designated Reaching Home Grant Process Now Open

August 2020
Now accepting applications for the Cowichan Designated Reaching Home funding.

Upper Island Women of Native Ancestry Society Drum Program

June 2020
At the Upper Island Women of Native Ancestry Society (UIWONA) in Courtenay, staff provide programs and services to Aboriginal women, children and families to strengthen their Indigenous culture holistically through healing, revitalization and…

Job opportunity: Communications and Marketing Assistant

June 2020
United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI) is seeking a skilled, dedicated, results oriented communications assistant passionate about providing education around pressing social issues and inspiring individuals and service agencies to…

Lives You've Helped Change


Remote Community Rallies Around Intrepid Seniors 

September 2020
A new United Way-supported outreach program has the Surge Narrows community crossing trail and sea to support seniors 

It’s never too late to seek help

September 2020
On World Suicide Prevention Day, consider what this Island senior has to say

Because of you, Sherry feels connected to her community

September 2020
Sherry is a senior who is living with dementia and depression. Through a United Way funded seniors visiting program, she met Chery...

Because of you, David feels confident and joyful

September 2020
Your commitment helped David cope and find light again.

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 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.