Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cowichan Valley runs a program where seniors volunteer as mentors, among many other programs. (submitted)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cowichan Valley runs a program where seniors volunteer as mentors, among many other programs. (submitted)

United Way directs $400,000 to organizations helping people through the pandemic

$381,000 from federal government supplemented by $29,000 from United Way donors

As the pandemic persists, more money is being directed to organizations helping vulnerable people throughout the region.

The United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island announced in a press release this week that 57 organizations were approved for funding or more financial assistance for previously funded programs.

The more than $400,000 being directed includes $381,000 from the federal government’s emergency community support fund and $29,000 from United Way’s corporate donors.

The press release notes that charities in the region are adapting their front-line services during the pandemic to support people who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness, and adds that agencies are also seeing increased demand for their services.

“We are proud to work in partnership with the federal government and help our local partner organizations carry out their vital work providing emergency support to individuals and communities experiencing continued or heightened vulnerability,” said Signy Madden, executive director of the United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island in the press release. “Since the pandemic was declared, our community partner agencies have been working endlessly to ensure that our vulnerable neighbours are getting the help they need — but the need keeps increasing. We have to continue to work together to make sure that no one is left behind.”

Some of the organizations that received funding include Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cowichan Valley, Clements Centre, Cowichan Family Caregivers Support Society, Cowichan Valley Hospice Society, Glenora Farms, and Volunteer Cowichan.

The press release notes that the federal government’s pandemic response funding “has been crucial to helping our communities during this crisis,” but the funding is not guaranteed to last into next year and social service organizations continue to identify “everyday needs” apparent in the region.

For information about United Way and how to donate, visit www.uwcnvi.ca.

Charity and Donations

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The Cowichan Capitals traded defenceman Clark Webster to his hometown Summerside Western Capitals. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Hopeful Cowichan Capitals make flurry of deadline deals

Roster bolstered in case BCHL season gets go-ahead

Neurologist and medical educator Dr. Alexandre Henri-Bhargava, seen here speaking at the 2020 Breakfast to Remember in Victoria, will delve into the latest in dementia research during an interactive research event exclusively for attendees of this year’s virtual Breakfast. Access to the March 10 research event is included with the purchase of a Breakfast to Remember ticket. (Kevin Light Photography)
Blast off with Chris Hadfield at Alzheimer Society’s Breakfast to Remember in March

The Society hopes people in all corners of the province will make the most of this opportunity

The City of Duncan will implement a new pilot project targeting vandalism this spring. (File photo)
Duncan initiates pilot project to deal with graffiti

Project based on a successful one in Port Alberni

The victim of the homicide on Cowichan Lake Road early Monday morning was 17 years old, and was stabbed in the incident. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Duncan homicide victim was 17 years old

RCMP report that teenager was stabbed

Health Minister Adrian Dix looks on as Dr. Bonnie Henry pauses for a moment as she gives her daily media briefing regarding COVID-19 for British Columbia in Victoria, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
7 additional deaths and 542 new COVID-19 cases in B.C.

Provincial health officials reported 18 new COVID-19 cases linked to variants of concern

Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson (Office of the Chief Justice)
Judge questions whether B.C.’s top doctor appreciated right to religious freedom

Lawyer for province says Dr. Henry has outlined the reasons for her orders publicly

A sample of guns seized at the Pacific Highway border crossing from the U.S. into B.C. in 2014. Guns smuggled from the U.S. are used in criminal activity, often associated with drug gangs. (Canada Border Service Agency)
B.C. moves to seize vehicles transporting illegal firearms

Bill bans sale of imitation or BB guns to young people

BC Housing minister David Eby is concerned that Penticton council’s decision to close a local homeless shelter will result in a “tent city” similar to this one in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / Black Press file)
‘Disappointed and baffled’ B.C. housing minister warns of tent city in Penticton

Penticton council’s decision to close a local homeless shelter could create tent city, says David Eby

This was the scene outside North Saanich’s Parkland Secondary School after an attempted but unsuccessful break-and-enter into the school torched an ATM inside of it. Sidney/North Saanich RCMP did not make any arrests and currently lack suspects as the investigation continues. Members of the public who may have witnessed something or possess other information can contact police at (250) 656-3931 or to Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. (Submitted)
Money to burn: burglars torch North Saanich high school ATM

Police dogs searched the exterior and interior of the school after early morning break-and-enter

A recently published study out of UBC has found a link between life satisfaction levels and overall health. (Pixabay)
Satisfied with life? It’s likely you’re healthier for it: UBC study

UBC psychologists have found those more satisfied with their life have a 26% reduced risk of dying

A vial of some of the first 500,000 of the two million AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses that Canada has secured through a deal with the Serum Institute of India in partnership with Verity Pharma at a facility in Milton, Ont., on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Carlos Osorio - POOL
Federal panel recommends 4-month gap between COVID vaccine doses due to limited supply

The recommendation applies to all COVID-19 vaccines currently approved in Canada

t
Province invests $2M in three Vancouver Island food hubs

Hub network provides shared-use processing facilities to small agri-businesses

A vial of Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a family doctor office, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 in Paris. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP -Christophe Ena
Trudeau ‘optimistic’ that timeline for rollout of COVID vaccines can be accelerated

Canada set to receive more than 6M COVID-19 vaccine dose than initially expected, by end of March

Most Read