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


Let’s do something about Period Poverty on Vancouver Island

April 2021
Landmark research shows a major lack of access to period products in B.C., and United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island is doing something about it.

New research compares high Nanaimo homelessness rate to cities across Canada

April 2021
Compared to cities Nanaimo’s size, the highest per-capita homelessness in Canada could be right here

United Way’s Period Promise Campaign helps local people who menstruate get access to product they need

April 2021
United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island is once again launching their Period Promise campaign to reduce period poverty and help those who menstruate get access the product they need. Periods are a fact of life. But if you’re living in poverty…

Board Member Stories: Life can suddenly change

April 2021
Travis Bryson knows how life can change in an instant. In the 1980’s, he was 10 years old and living on an acreage just outside Dawson Creek. What seemed like a secure and happy life was turned upside down when mortgage interest rates rose as high…

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.