United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI) is grateful to receive a generous $20,000 donation from their long-standing partner RBC Foundation to support youth and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in the central & northern Vancouver Island region.

“RBC has partnered with us for years and we know how strongly they care about their communities. We are so thankful to have them support us again as we fund programs to respond to COVID-19 challenges,” says Signy Madden, Executive Director, United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island. “As the impacts of the pandemic continue to surface, the needs of our vulnerable neighbours continue to increase. This donation, this generous act of local love, will help us to immediately support those who need it most.”

Since the beginning of the pandemic, United Way has led collaboration with different levels of government, local agencies, and corporations to identify the local needs and address the ever-changing situation. United Way continues to work with 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 RBC Foundation, individuals, and government partnerships, since April this year UWCNVI has already funded 165 high effective programs helping more than 45,000 people from the Malahat to Port Hardy.

Our Central and North Vancouver Island communities have shown incredible resilience over this past year,” said Kelly Bissell, Regional Vice-President, North Island, RBC Royal Bank. “Now, as the needs of our most vulnerable citizens are increasingly urgent, the work of the United Way CNVI is more important than ever. Thank you to the dedicated frontline service providers of the UWCNWI and their partner agencies – the local love you provide our communities is greatly appreciated.”

As the landscape continuously shifts, our local service providers need further, ongoing support so that they can continue their important work of 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