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


Nanaimo's Warming Centres Pt.4: Jake's story

June 2021
Meet Jake. With the help of the warming centre staff at 489 Wallace, he's been working to get into a treatment centre. He says that help is a life-and-death-matter for him.

United Way supports vulnerable people in central and northern Vancouver Island by funding local agencies

June 2021
Thanks to the generous support of thousands of local donors, United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI) is funding 35 local charitable organizations and initiatives delivering support services to vulnerable individuals from the Malahat…

One agency, but not alone

June 2021
PHC Gabriola maintains, adapts and grows services with United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island help.

Nanaimo's Warming Centres Pt.2: A life lost - This is the future Deanna was working towards

June 2021
VIDEO: We are terribly saddened to share the loss of Deanna Williams, who was featured in this video a few months before her death. Deanna was found dead in a tent on June 2, 2021. She was determined to go to school to become a nurse. She was 21.

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.