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Cabin Shelters Bring Warmth, Security to Cowichan-Area Residents Without Homes

January 2021
VIDEO: On Friday, Jan. 8, the lives of a handful of Duncan residents living in tents changed for the better thanks to United Way, local service providers and the federal governement.
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Ladysmith Program Giving People Purpos and Support with Thanks to United Way

January 2021
We have all needed to discover ways of coping since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. For some, that has meant reaching out to food programs to help feed their families, or tapping into online…
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Bringing in the New Year with a special meal 

January 2021
United Way-supported seniors group continues serving up love 
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United Way-Funded Program Supports All Families Through The Pandemic 

December 2020
Raising children is a challenge no matter your situation, but for those who bravely take it on a second time as parents to their grandchildren, there can often be a whole new set of concerns. 
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Child Therapy Program Continues Through Pandemic With United Way Support 

December 2020
Going to kindergarten for the first time is a big deal. All of a sudden your world is filled with people like you, except they’re different. And there is this big person who isn’t your parent, and you…
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Women Find Stability As United Way-Supported Shelter Adapts To Pandemic 

December 2020
So many people are in need of a safe place to call home. So many that, when you choose to help, you have a difficult choice to make. 
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United Way-Supported Mobile Outreach Program Earning Trust of Homeless Youth 

December 2020
There are homeless youth in Nanaimo. Some as young as 13.  They live on the street for a number of reasons: some have escaped a negative, even dangerous home life. Others have been let down by the…
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Gavin and others have rejoined their community with United Way support 

December 2020
VIDEO: United Way was able to give purpose, friendship and activity back to a young man named Gavin, and his friends at a farming program in Duncan. The program provides job skills, farm work and a…
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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.
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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. 
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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Big Brother Sees Years of Growth in School Program Thanks to United Way

October 2020
We can learn a lot from our peers, but sometimes someone with a little more patience, and a little more experience is needed to help us grow. That was true for Travis, who had trouble fitting in with…
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School Food Program Pivots to Keep Students Fed During Pandemic 

October 2020
VIDEO: Community steps up for hungry kids. Child poverty is a major problem in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith area. Crystal Dennison knows that better than most – she is the executive director of the Schools…
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Homelessness Outreach Program Expands During Pandemic 

October 2020
VIDEO: Reaching out for help can be a difficult thing to do. So it’s important that, when you do, there is someone there to help. 
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In Port McNeill Seniors are Getting Help to Regain Their Health Through Exercise

October 2020
Getting ourselves out the door to exercise can be difficult at the best of times, and often being part of a group is a good way to keep motivated. With the COVID-19 pandemic, those groups have largely…
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Meals Matter, But So Does Community 

October 2020
Port Hardy seniors group delivers 1,900 meals and counting to isolated members: an update on the local meal program
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United Way Supports Local Food Program in a Time of Crisis

October 2020
A COVID relief grant from United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island provided thousands of bottles of water ready to be handed out to the thirsty. 
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New Tech Lending Library to Keep the Vulnerable Connected 

October 2020
There are many essential services available to help our most vulnerable neighbours. But if they can’t apply to them, they aren’t helping. With many computer labs at local libraries, Service Canada…
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North Island Counsellors Sustaining Community Members During the Pandemic

September 2020
While things like housing, food and water have at times been in short supply during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are a few things we have in abundance: stress and anxiety.
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Farm Re-Opens Day Programming for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

September 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has disconnected all of us from our communities. But for those who are already shut out from much of social life, the pandemic has been an even greater burden.
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Supporting Caregivers During COVID

September 2020
We’ve all seen the videos and photos of families clustered outside the window of a senior in a long-term care home or hospital. A grandmother, an uncle or aunt, perhaps a sister or brother lies in a…