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Every dollar of your donation stays in central and northern Vancouver Island, building stronger communities, helping kids succeed, and moving families out of poverty.

What's New


Highlights from the 2019 Nanaimo Vital Signs report

November 2019
With a steadily growing population, increasing housing costs, and shocking crime rates, our city needs help and we need to continue to take action, now more than ever.

Proposed changes help B.C.’s most vulnerable

October 2019
The Government of B.C. has proposed changes to legislation that will allow better and faster access to supports for people experiencing, or at risk of poverty and homelessness.

Homelessness Action Week: Help Create Change!

October 2019
During Homelessness Action Week, you’re invited to participate in a number of events hosted by members of the Nanaimo Homeless Coalition, or to become involved by volunteering or donating. Help us take action and give back to your community.

Call for Expression of Interest for Point In Time - Spring 2020

September 2019
On behalf of the Nanaimo Homeless Coalition, we're searching for an agency to manage the Spring 2020 Point-in-Time Count.

Where Your Donation Goes

Your donation helps people overcome poverty, kids be all that they can be, and communities become strong.


Need Help?

If you’re looking for mental health support, shelter, addictions treatment, food banks and more,
we can help. 

The United Way-funded bc211 program is a confidential referral service (by phone/text at 2-1-1 or online at get free information and support right in your community.

Call or text, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. 

The program operates in over 160 languages! 

BC 211

Lives You've Helped Change


A new friendship helps Liz feel less isolated

October 2019
With all her friends and neighbours gone, Liz felt alone and isolated in a community where she once knew everyone. A new friend changed all of that.

Amanda Joseph is regaining control of her life

October 2019
Now three years sober, Amanda Joseph has rebuilt her life thanks to the support of a United Way program in Campbell River.

Anxiety no longer rules Sam's life

July 2019
Sam has always dealt with anxiety and because of generous donors like you, he was able to join a program that turned him into a leader.

After-school cooking program helps Kevin through a difficult time

December 2018
Thanks to United Way, youth in Courtenay are learning to cook through LUSH Valley Food Action Society's Young Cooks program.