United Way launches annual campaign despite COVID-19 challenges

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United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island's annual fall campaign is underway, despite uncertainty caused by COVID-19.

United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI) has partnered with Island Health as one of the first workplaces to launch its annual campaign.

“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.”

United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI) has partnered 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 uncertainty caused by COVID-19.

“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,” said Signy Madden, executive director at United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island. 

Madden said almost all workplaces look different this year, with many employees working from home and with increased health precautions in the offices. This makes traditional campaigning a challenge, according to Madden. 

“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.”

The United Way funded 65 agencies, 89 programs and assisted over 51,000 people people last year from the Malahat to Port Hardy, according to a press release. In the central island region, over 10,200 people accessed 40 high-impact programs through 31 agencies.

Individuals and workplaces interested in hosting a United Way campaign can visit uwcnvi.ca

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