United Way Grants Further Funding To Help At-Risk People During The Pandemic

December 15, 2020

United Way Grants Further Funding To Help At-Risk People During The Pandemic

United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI) is pleased to announce that 57 local organizations have been approved for funding and/or additional financial assistance for previously funded programs, to further support vulnerable people across the region. This is thanks to a second round of funding from the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) and UWCNVI corporate donors.

In this second round of support, UWCNVI has allocated a total of $407,451 ($380,600 from the federal government, $29,375 from corporate donors) across the region to local charities adapting their frontline services helping at-risk Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic through initiatives to support those at-risk or experiencing homelessness; agencies that have seen an increase in demand for their services; a top-up for eligible UWCNVI previously funded ECSF community partners to supplement their COIVID related project costs.

“We are proud to work in partnership with the federal government and help our local partner organizations carry out their vital work providing emergency support to individuals and communities experiencing continued or heightened vulnerability,” says Signy Madden, Executive Director, United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island. “Since the pandemic was declared, our community partner agencies have been working endlessly to ensure that our vulnerable neighbours are getting the help they need—but the need keeps increasing. We have to continue to work together to make sure that no one is left behind.”

United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island received over 80 applications for community programs and services that need further funding to continue to support the community. The 57 approved community partner agencies:


Alberni Valley Bread of Life

Alberni Valley Community School Society

Alberni Valley Drug & Alcohol Prevention Service

Alberni Valley Salvation Army

BC Lions Society for Children

Big Brothers and Big Sisters Central VI

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cowichan Valley

Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island

Campbell River AVI Health & Community Services

Campbell River Volunteer Society

Campbell River and North Island Transition Society

Campbell River Head Injury Support Society

Canadian Paraplegic Association

Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society

Clayoquot Biosphere Trust

Clements Centre

Comox Bay Care Society

Comox Valley Transition Society

Comox Valley Family Services Association

Comox Valley Head Injury Society

Comox Valley Hospice Society

Comox Valley Lifelong Learning Centre

Comox Valley Senior Support Society

Comox Valley Transition Society

Cowichan Family Caregivers Support Society

Cowichan Valley Hospice Society

Laichwiltach Family Life Society

Mount Waddington Family Literacy Society

Nanaimo Brain Injury Society


Comox Valley AVI Health & Community Services

Denman Island Community Education Society

Forward House Community Society

Glacier View Lodge

Glenora Farms

Hardy Bay Senior Citizens Society

Haven Society

Hornby Island Educational Society

Ladysmith Family and Friends Society

Literacy Central Vancouver Island

Nanaimo Community Hospice Society

Nanaimo Family Life Association

Nanaimo Youth Services Association

North Island Employment Foundations

North Island Survivors Healing Society

Oceanside Building Learning Together Society

Oceanside Hospice Society

Pacific Rim Hospice Society

Port Alberni Association for Community Living

Port Alberni Association for Children with
         Developmental Disabilities

Port McNeill Anglican United Fellowship

Stepping Stones Recovery House for Women                Society

Strathcona Community Health Network

Surge Narrows Community Association

The Salvation Army Ocean Crest Corps NI

Upper Island Women of Native Ancestry

Vancouver Island Mental Health Society

Volunteer Cowichan



The $350 million ECSF was first announced by the Government of Canada on April 21, 2020.  Through the initial disbursement of funds, UWCNVI funded 80 agencies through ECSF round one. This $1.26M was invested in our local communities to support front-line service agencies adapt their processes and programs to continue to support vulnerable individuals and families through the pandemic.

In total, since April 2020, UWCNVI has funded 127 local agencies thanks to generous donors and federal support including ECSF. This pandemic response funding has been crucial to helping our communities during this crisis but it is not guaranteed to last into next year. Everyday needs are becoming apparent throughout the region. Caring citizens and those with the ability to give are welcome to contribute to United Way’s fundraising campaign, which helps local people. Learn more and donate at


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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 helping 51,846 people; from April 2020 to November 2020 UWCNVI has funded 234 programs helping 45,000 from the Malahat to Port Hardy.


Media Contact

Nicole Benson, Director of Communications
United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island
C 250.619.0151