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


Fires are destroying the homes of your fellow British Columbians – they need your help now

July 2021
An unprecedented heat-wave, dry conditions and wind are already making wildfires a scourge this summer. But with your help, we can do something about it.

United Way British Columbia – working with communities in BC’s Interior, Lower Mainland and Central & Northern Vancouver Island 

July 2021
Charitable organizations and service providers supporting individuals experiencing homelessness in the Cowichan, Duncan and Nanaimo areas are invited to apply for granting through United Way British Columbia – working with communities in BC’s…

Housing navigator has your back when looking for a home

July 2021
Tillicum Lelum’s United Way-funded program is getting hundreds of people into homes. And yet, so many more need help.

Cooling Centre Open in Nanaimo for People Experiencing Homelessness

June 2021
A cooling centre to provide relief from the extreme hot weather to Nanaimo’s most vulnerable is now open, thanks to a partnership with the City of Nanaimo, United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI), and the Nanaimo branch of the…

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.