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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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United Way and the Nanaimo Homeless Coalition designate more than $775,000 in federal funding to combat homelessness 

May 2021
This year, Nanaimo will see investments in important programs and support services for people experiencing homelessness, with the allocation of more than $775,000 funded through the Government of Canada’s Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness…
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A Step to a Better Future – Nanaimo's Warming Centres Pt.1

May 2021
Here's a look inside one of Nanaimo’s warming centres - a place for safety, necessities, and for some, a way forward, say 7-10 Club staff.
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Board Member Stories: Seeing the big puzzle

May 2021
“We will never fully solve societal problems, but that doesn’t mean we don’t try and help those who are struggling right now, and hope that maybe, eventually, we will have a strong enough influence that we can prevent people from falling through the…
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The Reaching Home Blog: Addressing homelessness makes us all healthier

May 2021
Hello, My name is Julie Miller Rushton. I’m the Director of Community Grants here at United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island. The following post is part of my series addressing the federal government’s Reaching Home initiative, and how it’s…

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.