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. 

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.


Emergency Community Support Fund: Round 2


Applications for the Government of Canada's ECSF Round 2 is now open to support vulnerable people in our communities stay safe during COVID-19

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

Reaching Home Nanaimo Designated 2020-2021



Implementation of an Integrated Coordinated Access System in Nanaimo

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

To help vulnerable seniors in your community visit 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


International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

November 2020
There are many forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG) including physical, emotional, and sexual. One in three women has experienced some form of violence in their lifetime. 

National Housing Day

November 2020
This sunday is National Housing Day

What United Way Does In Your Community, In The Words Of Our Partners 

November 2020
VIDEO: We are stronger, and we are better when we work together. Here at United Way, we strive to embody that truth. 

United Way's Executive Director Presents with the City of Nanaimo's Mayor's Task Force

November 2020
Tonight, alongside members of the City of Nanaimo’s Mayor’s Task Force on Recovery and Resilience, United Way’s Executive Director, Signy Madden, presented the Task Force’s recommendations on City-wide strategies to improve the resiliency of Nanaimo,…

Lives You've Helped Change


United Way-funded Program Works to Break Cycle by Educating, Housing Young Moms

November 2020
The United Way-funded program, Young Aboriginal Mother’s Transitional Housing at Tillicum Lelum, works to break the cycle by educating and housing young moms.

United Way Supports Healthy Food For Local People

November 2020
VIDEO: Everyone needs to eat. It’s a simple truth, and yet we’ve tied that need to income – if you don’t have enough money, you might not get to eat. 

Hearing From The People You Help

November 2020
VIDEO: The work of United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island employees, and your donations, are essential to food, mental health, housing and support services from the Malahat to Port Hardy.  But all that giving and work often goes on behind the…

Ladysmith Centre Reaching Out To Locals In Need Of Support

October 2020
Small things can become huge problems for those in desperate need of help. A forgotten P.O. box with some government mail, a lost I.D., or lack of access to a computer, and the internet can mean very limited access to support services or pension…

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.