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Lives You've Changed
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One young life after Restorative Justice
Find out where this young person’s life is at five years after being diverted from the criminal justice system, and instead taking part in a Restorative Justice program.
Caring for a caregiver with home-cooked meals
VIDEO: “I think it’s just marvelous that they were able to manage to have the Farm to Family program come together the way it has during this time of COVID,” says Peter. Pandemic safety restrictions…
Showing isolated seniors that they are not forgotten
VIDEO: “It’s fellowship, it’s friendship, and above all it’s not being alone,” says Felicity. That’s her description of the United Way-funded Hardy Bay Senior Citizen’s Society. Despite only having…
United Way support keeps mental health a top priority in kids’ program
VIDEO: “What do you think of Katie?” “She’s pretty fun, and she’s helping and caring,” says Edith, as a smile spreads across her face. And that’s exactly what Edith has needed over the past year.…
Meals that make a difference on Denman Island
Caregiver shares how United Way-funded Farm to Family program lightened the load when COVID left his family with fewer supports.
The struggle to survive
Hear from two women who are helping to outfit the homeless with the supplies they need to survive, and what their experience was like being homeless.
Blazing a trail for the homeless to reach services
The Snuneymuxw First Nation’s Wrapping of Blankets outreach program is overcoming racism and discrimination on behalf of their clients
United Way secures more funding for survival items for unsheltered neighbours
Your local United Way British Columbia office secured additional federal dollars to create the OutShop program, run by the Canadian Mental Health Association Mid-Island.
Housing navigator has your back when looking for a home
Tillicum Lelum’s United Way-funded program is getting hundreds of people into homes. And yet, so many more need help.
Where the work happens
VIDEO: Duncan sleeping cabins are giving Lucas a chance to address addictions and find his future.
Getting help makes you want to give it
Counselling goes mobile in the Alberni Valley to reach youth, with help from United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island and the RBC Foundation.
Nanaimo's Warming Centres Pt.4: Jake's story
Meet Jake. With the help of the warming centre staff at 489 Wallace, he's been working to get into a treatment centre. He says that help is a life-and-death-matter for him.
Nanaimo's Warming Centres Pt.3: David's Story
Meet David. Despite being homeless, he's taking a course to upgrade his skills in the hopes of getting a better paying job. He wants you to know that he and every homeless person's story is unique,…
One agency, but not alone
PHC Gabriola maintains, adapts and grows services with United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island help.
Nanaimo's Warming Centres Pt.2: Deanna's Story
VIDEO: Meet Deanna: at 20, she became homeless for the first time, spending her 21st birthday at a shelter. But she's determined to go to school to become a nurse anyway, and is on her way with the…
Getting help to youth in need quickly
When it comes to counselling, sometimes there is no time to wait.
A Step to a Better Future – Nanaimo's Warming Centres Pt.1
Here's a look inside one of Nanaimo’s warming centres - a place for safety, necessities, and for some, a way forward, say 7-10 Club staff.
The pain of grieving without gathering
United Way is supporting organizations like Cowichan Hospice to provide free bereavement services
Creating community across generations
The Brighter Day Project in Campbell River is helping seniors and youth to support and learn from each-other.
Making fresh food affordable from Campbell River north
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…
Port Alberni’s fight to keep food on the table
VIDEO: 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
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
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.
The recipe for food literacy
United Way-supported program teaching North-Island residents cooking and baking skills
Garden idea flourishes with UW help
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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