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IN YOUR CENTRAL ISLAND COMMUNITY...

YOU fund 25 local programs

Your donations are helping at least 7200 people across the central island region right now

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  • Supportive Housing Programs

  • Indigenous Housing Support

  • Restorative Justice

  • Emergency Dental Services

  • Mental Illness Support

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  • Youth mentoring and Peer Support

  • Family, Teen, & Youth Centres

  • Bullying Prevention

  • Counselling & Suicide Prevention

  • Food Support Programs


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  • Healthy Cooking & Meal Programs

  • Adult Literacy Program

  • bc 211 Referral Service

  • Developmental Disabilities Support

  • Trans-positive Support

Last year you helped

Throughout the pandemic, together we helped 35,179 people access 116 high-impact programs through 73 agencies.

 

68,758 meals served

23,576 remote support

167 nights of shelter

 

2020-2021 Regional Impact pages- Central Island

2020-2021 Community Impact Report- full

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Stories From Your Community

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Going from surviving to engaging in life again after a spinal cord injury

August 2021
United Way-funded peer support program gets folks with spinal cord injuries back out into community.
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Donors give thousands of period products through United Way Period Promise campaign

July 2021
Products will be available to those in need through various central and northern Vancouver Island organizations
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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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Reaching Home Blog: Strength in our membership

July 2021
Hello, My name is Julie Miller Rushton. I’m the Director of Community Grants here at United Way British Columbia – working with communities in BC’s Interior, Lower Mainland and Central & Northern Vancouver Island (UWBC). The following post is part of…

Together, We're Building Stronger Communities

 A thriving community is one where people feel supported and connected; it's a place where everyone has the chance to live with dignity, find joy, and succeed. When we help people support themselves, we lift up our entire community.

 

Collecting data is essential to drive solutions. In Central Island, you helped us fund the Nanaimo Vital Signs report to help shape and support better community solutions

Together, we are supporting the awareness of homelessness issues in Nanaimo through communications work and helping the community understand the homelessness situation through the Nanaimo Homeless Coalition.

Through the COVID-19 crisis this spring, we worked with municipalities, community foundations and provincial/federal ministries to use data and feedback from funded agencies to target funds locally to help the most vulnerable in your community.

We helped conduct a Point-in-Time homeless count in Nanaimo, interviewing and surveying local people experiencing homelessness. The report will inform United Way grants, other local non-profits, and policymakers.

We are supporting the research and development phase of a Coordinated Access System for Nanaimo to understand what has worked in other communities and researching the best solutions that will help the more than 400 people experiencing homelessness in Nanaimo.