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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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A big impact with bus tickets in Cowichan

August 2018
A bus ticket can be the difference between buying groceries or going hungry, getting to a job interview or not paying your bills, even seeing a doctor or not receiving medical attention.
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Homelessness is a crisis on Vancouver Island

August 2018
United Way is leading the fight against homelessness in our local communities – bringing influencers together and advocating for supportive services for those in need.
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Seniors Enjoy Exercise Classes

August 2018
Seniors are not always comfortable, or able, to attend regular fitness classes. Many seniors also do not have the opportunity to get out and socialize as much as they would like.
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Tackling Cowichan Valley’s housing crisis

August 2018
Homelessness has spiked by more than 50% in the Cowichan Valley Regional District, according to a recent survey funded in part by United Way. (Photo credit: David Donnelly/CBC)

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.