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$1.26M Invested by United Way in Local Agencies to Help Vulnerable People Impacted by the Pandemic

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July 29, 2020

 

$1.26M Invested by United Way in Local Agencies to Help Vulnerable People Impacted by the Pandemic

United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI) has granted $1,260,000 through the Government of Canada and United Way Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) to help the most vulnerable people in our communities.

UWCNVI is pleased to announce 64 local organizations from the Malahat to Port Hardy have been funded to support charities adapting their frontline services to help vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. In June, UWCNVI received more than 100 applications for community programs and services that support vulnerable community members. To date, 64 organizations, 72 programs have been approved including:

Alberni Valley Community School Society (SD70)
 

Anglican United Fellowship of Port McNeill
 

AVI Health & Community Services (Campbell River)
 

AVI Health & Community Services (Comox Valley)
 

BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities
 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cowichan Valley
 

Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island
 

Bread of Life Centre
 

Campbell River and District Association for Community Living
 

Campbell River and North Island Transition Society
 

Campbell River Head Injury Support Society

Campbell River Volunteer Society
 

Canadian Paraplegic Association (B.C.)
 

Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society
 

Clayoquot Biosphere Trust Society
 

Clements Centre Society
 

Comox Bay Care Society
 

Comox Valley Community Adult Literacy and Learning Society (Calls)
 

Comox Valley Family Services Association
 

Comox Valley Head Injury Society
 

Comox Valley Senior Support Society
 

Comox Valley Transition Society
 

Comox Valley Coalition to End Homelessness
 

Cowichan Family Caregivers Support Society
 

Cowichan Valley Youth Services Society
 

Denman Island Community Education Society
 

Eureka Support Society
 

Glacier View Lodge Society
 

Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North Society
 

Hardy Bay Senior Citizens Society
 

Haven Society: Promoting the Safety of Women, Children, Youth and Families
 

Hornby Island Educational Society
 

Island Crisis Care Society
 

Ita Wegman Association of BC - Curative Education and Social Therapy
 

Ladysmith Family and Friends Society
 

Laichwiltach Family Life Society
 

Lush Valley Food Action Society
 

Mental Health Recovery Partners Society - Central Vancouver Island
 

Mount Waddington Family Literacy Society
 

Nanaimo Brain Injury Society
 

Nanaimo Community Hospice Society
 

Nanaimo Community Kitchens Society
 

Nanaimo District Senior Citizens Housing Development Society
 

Nanaimo Foodshare Society
 

Nanaimo Region John Howard Society
 

Nanaimo Youth Services Association
 

Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation
 

North Island Employment Foundations Society
 

Oceanside Building Learning Together Society
 

Oceanside Hospice Society
 

Pacific Rim Hospice Society
 

Port Alberni Association for Children with Development Disabilities
 

Port Alberni Association for Community Living
 

Society for Equity, Inclusion, And Advocacy: Central Vancouver Island
 

Surge Narrows Community Association
 

The North Island Survivors' Healing Society
 

The Salvation Army Ocean Crest Corps
 

Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Society
 

Upper Island Women of Native Ancestry
 

Volunteer Cowichan
 

Wachiay Friendship Centre Society
 

Wisteria Community Association
 

Young Entrepreneurs of Canada Association

Knowing that needs are higher in our communities than the first round of ECS Funds could address, United Way staff and volunteers kept working on the ground across the region. This community development work helped make the case for our area to receive an additional $359,811 in federal ECSF funding to address urgent needs in the region, bringing the total to $1.26M for our region. This additional $359,811 will be granted later this summer through a direct request for proposal.

“COVID-19 is having a disproportionate impact on vulnerable populations in our region and across Canada. We are grateful for the support from the federal government to help our local communities recover and persist through this pandemic,” said Signy Madden, Executive Director, United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island. “We received over 100 applications from local agencies in need of support to keep our neighbours safe and well. This shows how much our community cares and how much more investment is needed.”

On May 19, UWCNVI launched a call for applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund. The ECSF is funded by the Government of Canada and is being administered in collaboration with United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross to support those who need it most.

UWCNVI would like to thank the UWCNVI Impact Councils for their time and local expertise in making these decisions. Together we are able to make the biggest impact possible. With this funding, youth will have increased access to school counselling, isolated seniors will be connected to outreach in rural island communities, and Indigenous youth will be supported by Elders in the community for cultural activities and support.

“At United Way, we support communities from Port Hardy to the Malahat; the demographics and geographical needs across our region are incredibly diverse,” said Julie Rushton Miller, Director of Community Grants. “As a local funder focusing on local solutions, we focus on collective, community-based solutions. Because of our ongoing community development efforts, we are able to work cohesively with the community and local organizations to determine existing needs and forecast what may be needed should another serge of COVID-19 impact our region.”

From funding for food security, homelessness initiatives, COVID-19 environmental adaptations to school counselling and youth supports – the range of impact in our communities for vulnerable populations is vast.

This pandemic response funding is one aspect of helping vulnerable people across the region cope with the impacts of COVID-19. Everyday needs are becoming apparent throughout the region. Caring citizens and those with the ability to give are welcome to contribute to the Local Love in a Global Crisis campaign, which helps local people with basic needs. Learn more and donate at uwcnvi.ca.

 

Funded by the Government of Canada

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Additional support in your communities through United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island:
 

•      United Way’s Better at Home program in partnership with UWCNVI, United Way Lower Mainland, bc211 and the B.C. Government through the Ministry of Health launched the Safe Seniors, Strong Communities program to help isolated seniors stay connected and cared for during COVID-19.
 

•      UWCNVI launched a fundraising appeal to rally support for the underserved populations during the COVID-19 crisis, Local Love in a Global Crisis Fund.  The website uwcnvi.ca/covid-19 provides information and resources and invites people to donate to support those most in need through the fund. The first round of funded programs will soon be announced.
 

•      UWCNVI has received additional federal Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy funding in Nanaimo through the Indigenous and Designated streams and through the Indigenous funding stream for Duncan specifically for programs to address the needs of Canadians experiencing homelessness during the pandemic. These funds will be invested in community services by United Way through the Nanaimo Homeless Coalition and the Tze Tza Watul Community Advisory Board (CAB) in Duncan over the coming months.
 

•      After a robust application process, UWCNVI has been awarded the Community Entity role for the Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy designated funds in Cowichan for the next four years. UWCNVI will invest in further solutions to end homelessness through funding local community agencies as approved by the Cowichan Tze Tza Watul Community Advisory Board (CAB).

 

About United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island

Over the past 60 plus years, United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island has become a catalyst for social change – conducting research, convening coalitions, and influencing public policy to make a difference in local communities. In 2019-2020 UWCNVI funded 89 programs and helping 51,846 people from the Malahat to Port Hardy. uwcnvi.ca

 

Media Contact

Nicole Benson, Director of Communications
United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island
communications@uwcnvi.ca
C 250.619.0151