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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.

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


It’s World Food Day

October 2020
Globally, we produce more food than ever but food security is still a pressing issue that needs a lasting solution. This year, World Food Day gives us an opportunity to appreciate our most basic needs while learning what really matters to us as a…

211 Service Goes Nationwide With Funding From The Government of Canada

October 2020
VIDEO: On Vancouver Island, we have had the 211 service available to residents for years. Now, this life-saving resource is available for all Canadians.

It’s Homelessness Action Week 

October 2020
This year, Homelessness Action Week is different, for the same reasons everything else this year has been different.  And yet, some things have stayed the same. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the gaps in our communities, and our society at…

United Way and the Emergency Community Support Fund Helping Your Community

October 2020
Across the country, local United Ways have disbursed more than $101M through the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). Nationally, 3,592 programs were funded to meet the immediate and pressing needs of vulnerable people caused or exacerbated by…

Lives You've Helped Change


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…

A Role Model And A Garden Make All The Difference For Young Nadine 

October 2020
Imagine being 19 and all you have are the clothes you’re wearing right now. You’ve travelled a long way from home in the hopes of finding help in a new place. But you don’t. You end up homeless, you withdraw from other people, and somewhere along the…

Cowichan Literacy Program Keeps Learners Growing and Adapts Program During COVID-19 

October 2020
Literacy programs across central and northern Vancouver Island remain focused on teaching adult learners new skills, like reading, numeracy and financial literacy while sticking to pandemic restrictions. But for many of them, COVID-19 has meant it…

Duncan Program Adapts Pre-natal and Early Years Supports for Pandemic with United Way Help

October 2020
There is a generation of babies who are being born into this pandemic. It’s a time of uncertainty, reduced supports, and financial instability for many of us. But those kids, no matter what circumstances they are born into, deserve the best start we…

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.