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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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Getting charities and businesses working together

March 2022
VIDEO: A housing crisis and natural disasters are making it harder for the Clements Centre to reach the folks they serve. But funding through United Way is helping them to forge successful partnerships with other organizations and businesses, and…
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A home for Eddie helps change his world

January 2022
VIDEO: Sleeping cabin resident in Duncan hopes to stop the cycle of pain that is the legacy of residential schools. A sleeping cabin, with United Way funding, is helping him to do that.
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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.

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.