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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. 

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Mental Health 


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


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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 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


Board Member Stories: Life can suddenly change

April 2021
Travis Bryson knows how life can change in an instant. In the 1980’s, he was 10 years old and living on an acreage just outside Dawson Creek. What seemed like a secure and happy life was turned upside down when mortgage interest rates rose as high…

Job Opportunity: Fundraising and Donor Relations Manager

April 2021
United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI) seeks an experienced fundraising and donor relations professional to lead local fundraising efforts. This is an opportunity to plan and oversee a strategic program of fundraising (over $1.1…

The Reaching Home Blog: United Way’s role in Reaching Home

April 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: Impact Officer

April 2021
United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI) seeks an Impact Officer to join our Impact team in delivering the United Way mission in Central Island and the Cowichan area through.

Lives You've Helped Change


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

Going from homeless to housed during the pandemic

March 2021
VIDEO: Salvation Army Fresh Start program provides steps to housing with United Way help

Duncan breakfast club brings love, support from Indigenous culture to the homeless

March 2021
VIDEO: Hiiye’yu Lelum’s United Way-supported program provides food, clothes-washing, safety and so much more to homeless Indigenous community members in Duncan.

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.