United Way BC Central & Northern Vancouver Island Region
Serving Central and Northern Vancouver Island, as well as Powell River and qathet Regional District. Encompassing a diverse and vibrant mix of people and cultures living in the regions, we work with communities to help them thrive.
We are excited to welcome Powell River & District United Way to the United Way British Columbia family!
Powell River & District United Way is the latest United Way to join our thriving organization. Covering Powell River and the qathet Regional District (qRD), the region includes five electoral areas and the City of Powell River in the traditional territory of the Tla’amin, Shíshálh, Klahoose, and K’ómoks First Nations. The jurisdiction includes Texada, Savary, and Lasqueti islands, north to Toba Inlet, and south to Saltery Bay.
As we work through the logistics and integration, we want to ensure the best fit and support for our new regional office and the communities it serves.
Whether in an urban centre or rural communities, United Way BC continues to seek ways to serve the people of our province and strengthen the vital connections that make our communities strong.
Learn more about the impact we’re making in the region.
Distributing vital resources
By providing more than 30,000 vital personal protective equipment (PPE), including gloves and masks, to community partners across our region as part of our COVID-19 response.
Supporting health & wellness
Through the support of the Farm to Family Meals Service on Denman Island. Local children received lunches at school and elders and seniors received the nutritious, prepared meals they required.
Tackling period poverty
By collecting and distributing over 1,200 menstrual products as part of the Period Promise campaign to help those who struggle to purchase products, break stigma, and raise the profile of the issue in our community.
Expanding access to essential services
By facilitating the Transportation Assistance Program in Cowichan. Over 5,000 transit tickets were given out to our vulnerable neighbours to help provide access to food, medical, and counselling appointments, employment supports, children or senior services, and justice.
Investing in our communities
In addition, with the dedication and knowledge of the government and community members on the Reaching Home Community Advisory Boards in Cowichan and Nanaimo, we invested over $3.6 million into 35 homelessness services across the region.
Learn more about our work in the region.
Preventing, addressing, and working towards reducing chronic homelessness.
Lack of access to menstrual products is a widespread issue. You can help.
Programs designed to help aging British Columbians remain active, connected, and engaged in their existing communities.
Providing healthy, safe, educational out-of-school activities for kids in Grades 1-7.
Supporting British Columbians’ health and wellness through food security.
Local love in your community.
Space to create a better life
Tina’s journey has led to many places and adventures. Facing life in a tent-city, she now has a safe place to call home where she can focus on improving her skills and spending time with family.
Finding a space to heal
After being homeless and struggling with addiction, Anna is moving forwards with her life thanks to treatment and a safe space to live
Finding space to create a better life for young mothers
Success is a family reunited and a mother empowered to take care of herself and her children
Contact the Central & Northern Vancouver Island team.