YOU fund 46 local programs

Your donations are helping at least 17139 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


There’s Work Left To Do for Bev Suderman

April 2022
After a near-death experience in a car accident, Bev Suderman’s life changed and helped her to figure out what she really wants to do. The CVRD community planner and Cowichan CAB co-chair discusses the Cowichan region, homelessness, and centering…

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.

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 or out on the street.

Knowledgeable, objective and kind – counselling as part of your healthcare visit

January 2022
It’s been about eight months since AVI Nanaimo began offering counselling services. Now, with funding from United Way British Columbia, it’s become an integral part of healthcare for the marginalized in the community.

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.