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IN YOUR CENTRAL ISLAND COMMUNITY...

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

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Coming home sober

January 2022
Island resident shares what it took to get to this point in his journey overcoming alcoholism, and where he’s hoping to go next.
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Warming Centres

December 2021
As we experience cold winter weather across Vancouver Island, warming centres are open to provide a safe space for vulnerable people to warm-up. Find warming centre locations in your community.
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Canada's National Housing Day

November 2021
Across Canada, November 22nd marks National Housing Day. This day raises awareness about the affordable housing and homelessness crisis impacting hundreds of thousands of families and residents in communities across our country.
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Peers bring hope and help to those experiencing brain injury

November 2021
The pandemic may be keeping visitors from hospitals, but it’s not stopping people from getting brain injuries. So this peer-support program found a way to keep going with help from United Way.

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.