– United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island’s (UWCNVI) annual
Campaign has started and workplaces and individuals are already showing their local love.

UWCNVI is proud to once again partner with Island Health as one of the first workplaces to
launch its annual campaign. Island Health is one of more than 300 workplace organizations that
supports UWCNVI through fundraising and individual one-time or monthly payroll donations.

“Island Health is pleased to celebrate 30 years of supporting United Way’s annual Workplace
Giving Campaign,” said James Hanson, Vice President of Clinical Operations for Central and
North Island at Island Health. “Our staff share a commitment to supporting the health of people
in their communities and donating to the United Way is an extension of the care we are
honoured to provide each day.”

UWCNVI’s annual fall Campaign is underway despite the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19
pandemic on workplaces and in society as a whole.

“This year our communities are facing challenges we have never seen before. Through our
ongoing community development work we know that our local partner agencies need more help
than ever because of the constantly shifting pandemic and the increased need of their services,”
says Signy Madden, Executive Director, United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island.
“Thanks to the generous support of our donors we can keep helping our local communities, as
together we navigate this unprecedented time.”

Madden added that almost all workplaces look very different this year with many employees
working from home and increased health precautions in the offices.

“This makes our traditional campaign challenging but we are working hard to find the best,
innovative ways for our partner organizations to continue to host their internal campaigns. We
are beyond grateful to have the support of so many individuals and organizations. As we
continue to move together through this crisis, we know we will be resilient because of our local
love.”

Last year, through the generosity of local donors, United Way funded 65 agencies, 89 programs
and assisted over 51,000 people from the Malahat to Port Hardy. In the Comox Valley region,
over 23,000 people accessed 18 effective programs through 11 agencies. Vulnerable
individuals were able to get help when they need it because of local donations and support of
UWCNVI. You can find United Way’s 2019-2020 Community Impact Report on their website.

Individuals and workplaces interested in hosting a United Way campaign and show their local
love for their community can visit uwcnvi.ca or email rdo@uwcnvi.ca. To learn more about how
your donations impact your local region visit uwcnvi.ca.

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