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Lives You've Changed

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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…
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Fear and Anxiety Calmed for Students Thanks to United Way Funded Counsellor

September 2020
We are living through extraordinary times where no one is sure what’s going to happen. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused stress and fear for all of us, but for those of us who aren’t yet in control of…
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West Coast Hospice Provides Free Counselling with United Way Support 

September 2020
When we’re struggling, we often reach out to friends or family. Sometimes it’s for advice, other times it’s just to talk. But right now, everybody is struggling. Reaching out to a counsellor trained…
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Overcoming injury with community

September 2020
A spinal cord injury often means living with things that are out of your reach. A jar on a shelf, an elevator button, a shop. Activities you used to enjoy, too, are suddenly not options anymore, like…
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Seniors Kept Safe and Connected Through bc211

September 2020
VIDEO: United Way bc211 campaign gets seniors the help they need throughout the pandemic 
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Remote Community Rallies Around Intrepid Seniors 

September 2020
A new United Way-supported outreach program has the Surge Narrows community crossing trail and sea to support seniors 
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It’s never too late to seek help

September 2020
On World Suicide Prevention Day, consider what this Island senior has to say
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Because of you, Sherry feels connected to her community

September 2020
Sherry is a senior who is living with dementia and depression. Through a United Way funded seniors visiting program, she met Chery...
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Because of you, David feels confident and joyful

September 2020
Your commitment helped David cope and find light again.
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Social Isolation is a killer

August 2020
VIDEO: Being told to isolate from friends and family isn’t what anyone wants to hear, and it can take a heavy toll on your mental health. But it can immediately become a matter of life and death for…
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As an adult Henry learned to read and it changed his life.

August 2020
Graduating high school and going to university used to seem impossible to Henry, who couldn’t read or write. But now he says, “you can really do what you put your mind to. All you have to do is reach…
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Community resilience through volunteering and compassion

June 2020
In the central and northern regions of Vancouver Island, over 8000 services have been delivered to vulnerable seniors through the Safe Seniors Strong Communities program since March, including 1337…
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Seniors supported in Port Hardy: meals and smiles

May 2020
Seniors across our region are among the most vulnerable during this pandemic. They’re vulnerable to the virus, they’re vulnerable to the isolation, they’re vulnerable due to reduced services; the…
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Cowichan Women's Night shelter, one year in operation

December 2019
One year ago on December 20th, the Cowichan Women’s Night Shelter opened its doors to provide homeless women with a safe, warm place to sleep, plus dinner and breakfast.
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Peter had a hard time finding and keeping a home

November 2019
Peter had a hard time finding and keeping a home
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Children thrive when they spend quality time with caring adults

November 2019
VIDEO: Children thrive when they spend quality time with caring adults
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Dental care is more than just health care

November 2019
Dental care is more than just health care
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A new friendship helps Liz feel less isolated

October 2019
With all her friends and neighbours gone, Liz felt alone and isolated in a community where she once knew everyone. A new friend changed all of that.