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.

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Central & Northern Vancouver Island

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.

Local Impact

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 12,271 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 $3.7 million into homelessness services across the region.

In 2021, over $40,000 was distributed to people in Powell River & the qathet regional district via Danielle’s Helping Hand.


Learn more about our work in the region.

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Impact Stories

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Contact Us

Contact the Central & Northern Vancouver Island team.

Tel: 250-591-8731

Email: info-cnvi@uwbc.ca

Address: #9-327 Prideaux St, Nanaimo, BC, V9R 2N4