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


Emergency Community Support Fund

Funded by the Government of Canada, together with United Way Centraide Canada, we are collaborating to invest Emergency Community Support (ECSF) federal funding to support those who need it most right now in our communities.

The Fund aims to help charities adapt and increase frontline services for vulnerable populations during COVID-19. Click here to visit our grants page to learn more.



A lot has happened in our communities, in our neighbourhoods, in our families, and at United Way since the COVID-19 pandemic began. We strive to be as transparent as possible and offer as much information as we can to our community.
Click here for an update on federal funding, our granting cycle, Local Love in A Global Crisis and more.


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


Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF), helping our neighbours get the help they need

May 2020
COVID-19 is having a disproportionate impact on vulnerable populations in Canada. The Government of Canada’s $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) aims to help charities and non-profit organizations adapt and increase frontline…

United Way Executive Director a Member of the New Mayor's Task Force in Nanaimo

May 2020
Following last weeks’ City of Nanaimo announcement of an Emergency Response Centre with 35 emergency shelter spaces for self-isolation during the pandemic, Mayor Leonard Krog announced a Mayor’s Task Force on Recovery and Resilience

Updates and Impacts of COVID-19 at UWCNVI

May 2020
Every day we are seeing and hearing about the extensive increased needs for increased food, shelter, mental health and other supports in our Vancouver Island communities because of COVID-19. We continue to work with and learn from our local partners…

Message from MLA Sheila Malcomson

April 2020
Thank you to all Nanaimo’s frontline groups for partnering with the Province to better support our community’s most vulnerable. Our government is here to support the valuable work non-profits do to make sure our community is a safe and welcoming…

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

Lives You've Helped Change


Seniors supported in Port Hardy: meals and smiles

May 2020
Seniors across our region are among the most vulnerable during this pandemic. They’re vulnerable to the virus, they’re vulnerable to the isolation, they’re vulnerable due to reduced services; the impact this coronavirus is having on them is extreme.…

Cowichan Women's Night shelter, one year in operation

December 2019
One year ago on December 20th, the Cowichan Women’s Night Shelter opened its doors to provide homeless women with a safe, warm place to sleep, plus dinner and breakfast.

Samantha built self confidence and learned to fly

November 2019
Girls Group, you gave me wings to fly very high

Peter had a hard time finding and keeping a home

November 2019
Peter had a hard time finding and keeping a home