United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI) has allocated even
more Government of Canada Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) dollars to help the
most vulnerable people in our communities.

UWCNVI is pleased to announce 16 additional local organizations from the Malahat to Port
Hardy have been funded to support the adaptation of their frontline services to help vulnerable
Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. These organizations are helping individuals and
families who need it most. The funded programs will support crucial services like mental health
and counselling resources, family and children supports, food security and rural food
distribution.

“Charities and non-profit organizations are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, acting
as lifelines for many vulnerable Canadians. The Government of Canada is pleased to support
these organizations through the Emergency Community Support Fund so they can continue
their invaluable work.” – The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and
Social Development

In July, UWCNVI invested in 64 organizations, 72 programs thanks to the federal ECSF. United
Way staff and volunteers kept working on the ground across the region through June and July.
This community development work helped procure an additional $391,099 in federal ECSF
funding to support urgent needs in our communities, totalling $1.29M.

“We know that our communities are greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Through our
on-the-ground knowledge and expertise in the local issues, we were able to secure this
additional funding so we can help our neighbours who need it most,” said Signy Madden,
Executive Director, United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island. “We are grateful for the
support from the federal government and United Way Canada to help our local communities
recover and persist through this crisis.”

Nicole Benson

Director of Communications , United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island