United Way supports vulnerable people in central and northern Vancouver Island by funding local agencies

By Admin  |  June 28, 2021

United Way supports vulnerable people in central and northern Vancouver Island by funding local agencies


Thanks to the generous support of thousands of local donors, United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI) is funding 35 local charitable organizations and initiatives delivering support services to vulnerable individuals from the Malahat to Port Hardy.

United Way is pleased to announce that 39 local programs run by 35 agencies are receiving funding to address service gaps and emerging needs in the central and northern Vancouver Island region, through four impact streams, Healthy Communities, All That Kids Can Be, Healthy People and Poverty to Possibility.

“As we continue to navigate the new pandemic normal, we are proud to support these essential on the ground agencies as they help our vulnerable neighbours. Issues like homelessness, mental health, and food security are not new, but COVID-19 made them much worse,” said Signy Madden, Executive Director, United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island. “We received an abundance of applications from local agencies looking for financial support to keep their programs running and for new programs that can address specific concerns across the region. This shows how much the community cares and how much support is needed.”

Funded agencies include:

Alberni Valley Community School

AVI Health & Community Services Society

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Vancouver

Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Cowichan Valley

Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island

Campbell River and North Island Transition Society

Canadian Mental Health Association, Cowichan Valley

Canadian Paraplegic Association (B.C.)

Comox Valley Head Injury Society

Comox Valley Hospice Society

Comox Valley Transition Society

Cowichan Family Life Association

Cowichan Green Community Foundation

Cowichan Valley Hospice Society

Denman Island Community Education Society

Discovery Coast Greenways Land Trust

Eureka Support Society

Forward House Community Society

Glenora Farms

Hardy Bay Seniors Society

Haven Society

Hiiye’yu Lelum (House of Friendship) Society

Island Crisis Care Society

Ladysmith Family and Friends Society

Lush Valley Food Action Society

Nanaimo Brain Injury Society

Nanaimo Community Hospice Society

Nanaimo Family Life Association

Nanaimo Literacy Association

Nanaimo Region John Howard Society

Oceanside Hospice Society

Parent Support Services Society of BC

Stepping Stones Recovery House For Women Society

The North Island Survivors Healing Society

Vancouver Island Mental Health Society


In addition to the 39 funded programs, support has been dedicated in Comox Valley and Nanaimo for the purchase of period products to reduce period poverty in our communities as part of United Way’s Period Promise campaign.

United Way would like to thank the UWCNVI Impact Councils for their time and local expertise in making these decisions. Together we can make the biggest impact possible. With this funding, families will have regular access to groceries, youth will have increased access to safe counselling and other mental health supports, and isolated seniors will be connected to outreach in rural island communities.




Media Contact

Nicole Benson, Director of Communications

United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island



About United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island

Over the past 60 plus years, United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island has become a catalyst for social change – conducting research, convening coalitions, and influencing public policy to make a difference in local communities. From April 2020 to April 2021, your local United Way supported over 120,000 individuals through 254 high-impact programs across our central and northern Vancouver Island region.