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IN YOUR COWICHAN COMMUNITY...

YOU fund 18 local programs

Your donations are helping at least 4512 people across Cowichan right now.

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  • Support for Indigenous Agencies

  • Food Bank Program

  • Youth & Young Adult Support Groups

  • Activity Centre

  • Life Skills Program

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  • Indigenous-led Programs

  • Youth Mentoring

  • Parenting Programs & Support Groups

  • Girls’ Empowerment Program

  • Early Literacy & Tutoring

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  • Affordable Housing

  • Parenting & Caregiver Programs

  • Crisis Counselling & Grief Support

  • Transit Assistance Program

  • bc 211 Referral Service

In Your Cowichan Community...

Throughout the pandemic, together we helped 37,100 people access 40 high-impact programs through 21 agencies.

 

178,794  meals served

37,194 remote support

112 nights of shelter

 

2020-2021 Regional Impact pages- Cowichan

2020-2021 Community Impact Report- full

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Stories From Your Community

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Health through play in Duncan

October 2021
Hiiye’yu Lelum’s Right to Play, funded by United Way British Columbia, is keeping Indigenous kids active, connected and healthy despite challenges
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United Way Invites You to Support Your Neighbours During Their Annual Fundraising Campaign

October 2021
United Way British Columbia’s annual fundraising campaign has started. Workplaces and individuals are already showing their local love!
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United Way British Columbia supports food security in rural and Indigenous communities

October 2021
Healthy, nutritious food is far out of reach for many British Columbians living in rural, remote and Indigenous communities. In fact, almost 12% of households in rural BC are food insecure.
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United Way support keeps mental health a top priority in kids’ program

September 2021
VIDEO: “What do you think of Katie?” “She’s pretty fun, and she’s helping and caring,” says Edith, as a smile spreads across her face. And that’s exactly what Edith has needed over the past year. Like so many children, eight-year-old Edith has…

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.

 

Our commitment to our community helped provide much needed safe, affordable housing for women and women with children experiencing violence. Secure and stable housing is a main determinant of health, and also benefits individuals, families and the entire community

We were able to provide food to the vulnerable population through granting to food security organizations. Many

of these services shut down in light of COVID-19, which meant we needed to find another way to support food

distribution. We began gathering information about which organizations were open and which had closed. We

shared this list with our many partners and this allowed for a community-based, streamlined assessment approach

to help those who needed it most.

We collected data through the Point-In-Time Count to inform United Way grants, other local non-profits and policymakers and drive solutions to support local people experiencing homelessness.

We helped the Cowichan Women Against Violence Society with administrative support and guidance to keep the Cold Weather Shelter for Women open and shelter 250 women. In 2018, we were a key driver in opening the much-needed warming center and continue to support this important shelter.

We secured four years of designated federal funding from Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy in Cowichan and are working closely with the Tze Tza Watul Community Advisory Board to invest these dollars in the community.