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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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The pain of grieving without gathering

April 2021
United Way is supporting organizations like Cowichan Hospice to provide free bereavement services
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Let’s do something about Period Poverty on Vancouver Island

April 2021
Landmark research shows a major lack of access to period products in B.C., and United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island is doing something about it.
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United Way’s Period Promise Campaign helps local people who menstruate get access to product they need

April 2021
United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island is once again launching their Period Promise campaign to reduce period poverty and help those who menstruate get access the product they need. Periods are a fact of life. But if you’re living in poverty…
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The Reaching Home Blog: United Way’s role in Reaching Home

April 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.

 

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.