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Lives You've Changed

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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…
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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
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Going from homeless to housed during the pandemic

March 2021
VIDEO: Salvation Army Fresh Start program provides steps to housing with United Way help
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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.
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The recipe for food literacy

March 2021
United Way-supported program teaching North-Island residents cooking and baking skills
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Garden idea flourishes with UW help

March 2021
If you give someone food, they will eat for a day. But there are both skills to be learned, and food to be had if you teach them how to build a garden and grow fruits and vegetables. That’s what the…
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Outreach worker shares story of resuscitating man, and how he responded

February 2021
Being homeless means having no lock on your door. Tent nylon and a zipper won’t protect your belongings – the items you need to survive – from being stolen. And taking everything you own wherever you…
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The Work to Recover from Opioids: Here is Annie's Story

February 2021
VIDEO: Opioid addiction is an ongoing epidemic.  And during the pandemic, it has grown immensely.  Last November alone, 153 people in B.C. died of a suspected drug overdose. That’s an 89 per cent…
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Holiday sacrifice to help the homeless in Cowichan

January 2021
UPDATE. VIDEO: Local builders come in over winter holidays to build cabin shelters for people unhoused
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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 Purpose 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…