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Life changing support for LGBTQ2S+ youth

July 2019
In a small city without a large LGBTQ2S+ community, finding likeminded people can make a world of difference, especially to a young teenager.
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The hidden story of Métis people on Vancouver Island

June 2019
United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island recognizes how important it is to help preserve and promote Métis culture on Vancouver Island, so we invite you to join us at the Vancouver Island Métis…
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May is Leave a Legacy Month

June 2019
Change lives, grant wishes, and make your vision of a better tomorrow come true. Learn how to support your passions by leaving a charitable donation in your Will.
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Join us for Conscious Kindness Day

May 2019
Help us celebrate a day that inspires people everywhere to be kind every day. Kindness inspires teamwork and helps people feel respected and less alone. Kindness connects people and makes them feel…
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Community Partner Grants to Tackle Social Issues

April 2019
To better tackle social issues, such as the rise in homelessness and the deepening of poverty, grants are being offered to local charities.
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New supportive housing will help end homelessness in Campbell River

April 2019
New supportive housing in Campbell River will have a huge impact, providing more than half the homeless population with a permanent place to sleep at night.
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Make the right call on 211 Day or try the new mobile site

February 2019
bc211 is launching a new mobile site to make it easier and faster for people to find information.
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Housing and homelessness the focus of Nanaimo by-election vote

January 2019
With the provincial by-election in Nanaimo only days away, our executive director, Signy Madden joined CBC Radio in both Victoria and in Vancouver to talk about the impacts of the election on Nanaimo…
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United Way donates bikes to six Nanaimo children this holiday season

December 2018
Six preschool-aged children from struggling families in Nanaimo will receive a brand new bicycle, thanks to United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island and Louis Garneau Sports.  
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Letters of support help convince North Cowichan Council to approve women’s winter shelter

December 2018
To open an urgently needed winter shelter for homeless women in Cowichan, United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island put out an appeal to community members to voice their support of the shelter.…
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5 ways to help senior friends and family this winter

December 2018
Support can be as close as bc211.ca, a BC-wide resource created in partnership with United Way that links residents to community, social and government resources on a comprehensive range of topics,…
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United Way loves small, local businesses

November 2018
United Way partners with Timberwest and numerous other small businesses that give back to their communities.
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United Way nominated for Campbell River Not-for-Profit of the Year award

November 2018
Our investments in essential social services for vulnerable populations and our work to end homelessness were recognized by the Campbell River Chamber of Commerce this fall.
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Nanaimo municipal candidate forum informs voters on key issues

November 2018
To ignite discussion between voters and politicians, the United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island and the Nanaimo Coalition to End Homelessness hosted a Candidates’ Forum
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Update on Cowichan women’s winter shelter

November 2018
In Cowichan, 28 women were identified as absolutely homeless and another 51 were precariously housed in August 2017.
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How we’re addressing homelessness and affordable housing in Cowichan

November 2018
United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island and other members of the Cowichan Coalition to Address Homelessness and Affordable Housing are taking action.
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#Unignorable campaign highlights critical social issues

November 2018
Mental illness is an #unignorable issue in our community. $260 provides 10 people with programming on how to support a loved one struggling with mental illness.
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“Local Love” from local employees: 230+ workplaces launching campaigns

November 2018
We’re thankful for the many workplaces that have chosen United Way to be their charity of choice.
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With your help, United Way inspires “Local Love"

November 2018
Join our fall campaign by showing your local love. Take action today! Donate. Volunteer. Advocate.
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Radio interview: Signy Madden discusses Comox Valley's 2018 Vital Signs report

October 2018
"The top issues that came out of the report are affordable and safe housing and homelessness, senior isolation, and mental health and wellness."
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2018 Vital Signs report grades quality of life in the Comox Valley

October 2018
Assessing the overall health of our region, the 2018 Comox Valley Vital Signs report was released earlier this month to measure how the Comox Valley is doing as a place to live, learn, work and grow.
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Nanaimo political candidates address homelessness at public forum

September 2018
United Way and the Nanaimo Coalition to End Homelessness want to encourage discussion on this critical topic between members of the public and many of the local political candidates.
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Minister Simpson helps kick off annual campaign

September 2018
Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, delivers keynote address this Thursday at United Way's kick-off breakfast in Nanaimo.
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Pop, pop, fizz, fizz

August 2018
Vancouver Islanders can pop some fizz into the long weekend by buying local and helping local.
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Tampon Tuesday helps women in poverty

August 2018
Women who live in poverty or are homeless often struggle to afford the basic need of monthly feminine hygiene products.