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Lives You've Changed

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Moms share love for LaFF at Family Day weekend visit

March 2022
VIDEO: Deliveries of food, crafts and games for kids key to LaFF’s response to the pandemic, made possible with United Way funding.
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A night delivering food with Stone Soup

March 2022
VIDEO: Supported by United Way funding, Wisteria Community Association’s Stone Soup program is out every night in Nanaimo, providing essential food, community and care to for those living in poverty…
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A safe place for youth to grow and learn

February 2022
The Comox Valley’s Girls Group provides a landing place for youth who are struggling, giving them tools to take on the world alongside a supportive community, and creating role-models and caring…
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Coming home sober

January 2022
Island resident shares what it took to get to this point in his journey overcoming alcoholism, and where he’s hoping to go next.
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A home for Eddie helps change his world

January 2022
VIDEO: Sleeping cabin resident in Duncan hopes to stop the cycle of pain that is the legacy of residential schools. A sleeping cabin, with United Way funding, is helping him to do that.
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One young life after Restorative Justice

November 2021
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.
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Caring for a caregiver with home-cooked meals

September 2021
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…
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Showing isolated seniors that they are not forgotten

September 2021
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…
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United Way support keeps mental health a top priority in kids’ program

September 2021
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.…
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Meals that make a difference on Denman Island

August 2021
Caregiver shares how United Way-funded Farm to Family program lightened the load when COVID left his family with fewer supports.
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The struggle to survive

July 2021
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.
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Blazing a trail for the homeless to reach services

July 2021
The Snuneymuxw First Nation’s Wrapping of Blankets outreach program is overcoming racism and discrimination on behalf of their clients
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United Way secures more funding for survival items for unsheltered neighbours

July 2021
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.
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Housing navigator has your back when looking for a home

July 2021
Tillicum Lelum’s United Way-funded program is getting hundreds of people into homes. And yet, so many more need help.
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Where the work happens

June 2021
VIDEO: Duncan sleeping cabins are giving Lucas a chance to address addictions and find his future.
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Getting help makes you want to give it

June 2021
Counselling goes mobile in the Alberni Valley to reach youth, with help from United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island and the RBC Foundation.
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Nanaimo's Warming Centres Pt.4: Jake's story

June 2021
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.
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Nanaimo's Warming Centres Pt.3: David's Story

June 2021
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,…
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One agency, but not alone

June 2021
PHC Gabriola maintains, adapts and grows services with United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island help.
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Nanaimo's Warming Centres Pt.2: A life lost - This is the future Deanna was working towards

June 2021
VIDEO: We are terribly saddened to share the loss of Deanna Williams, who was featured in this video a few months before her death. Deanna was found dead in a tent on June 2, 2021. She was determined…
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Getting help to youth in need quickly

May 2021
When it comes to counselling, sometimes there is no time to wait.
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A Step to a Better Future – Nanaimo's Warming Centres Pt.1

May 2021
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.
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The pain of grieving without gathering

April 2021
United Way is supporting organizations like Cowichan Hospice to provide free bereavement services
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Creating community across generations

April 2021
The Brighter Day Project in Campbell River is helping seniors and youth to support and learn from each-other.
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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…