– United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI) is grateful to receive a generous $25,000 donation from their long-standing partner Coastal Community Credit Union (CCCU) to support people in increased need during the COVID-19 crisis from Port Hardy to Victoria.

“CCCU deeply cares about our communities and we are so grateful to have them with us as we fund programs to respond to COVID-19 challenges,” says Signy Madden, Executive Director, United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island. “We know our local community partner agencies are struggling to operate and adapt their muchneeded programs within the constraints of COVID-19. We are seeing many needs that government funds aren’t touching and CCCU’s donation – this act of local love – gives us the ability to respond immediately.”

Since the beginning of the pandemic, United Way has found ways to collaborate and look at collective and proactive approaches to the ever-changing situation. United Way continues to work with our frontline agencies to ensure our communities are able to serve Vancouver Island residents, especially those who are particularly vulnerable. Thanks to funds donated by caring organizations such as CCCU and funds being stewarded through the United Way, thousands of individuals have received support in these challenging times.

“From helping vulnerable families and seniors, to supporting much needed mental health resources, our local United Way chapter continues to do important work,” says Allyson Prescesky, Senior Manager of Community & Communications at CCCU. “We’re honoured to help in their efforts, knowing that when they do good locally, it helps improve the health and vitality of the communities we’re all a part of. That’s very
important to us at Coastal Community.”

The donated funds will be distributed through a direct granting process. The recommendations will be approved through United Way’s volunteer Community Impact  Council in mid-September. These recommendations are created by UWCNVI impact staff after diligently analyzing the local landscape in our communities, what requests have already come into United Way, what grants have already been distributed, and where the gaps are. These gaps are identified because of ongoing community development work and relationships with local service providers and various partners such as municipalities and provincial ministry staff.

As the landscape continuously shifts, our local service providers need further, ongoing support so they can continue their important work or helping individuals and families that need it. This pandemic response funding is one aspect of helping vulnerable people across the region cope with the impacts of COVID-19. Everyday needs are becoming apparent throughout the region. Caring citizens and those with the ability to give are welcome to contribute to the Local Love in a Global Crisis campaign, which helps local
people with basic needs. Learn more and donate at uwcnvi.ca.

Nicole Benson

Director of Communications , United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island