United Way Central/Northern Vancouver Island fund supports the vulnerable

United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI) is launching a fundraising appeal to rally support for under-served populations during the coronavirus crisis.

A new website uwcnvi.ca/covid-19 provides information and resources, and invites people to donate to support those most in need through the Local Love in a Global Crisis Fund.

United Way is asking the community to help support the vulnerable and the frontline agencies serving these populations through a special fund, as it continues to co-ordinate community and social service supports in response to COVID-19 in the region.

“These are unprecedented times but we are well-positioned to help those who need it most,” UWCNVI executive director Signy Madden said in a news release. “We are mobilizing our resources to best serve our communities, and help to keep our neighbours safe and healthy. As many local agencies alter their operations or close their doors, vulnerable populations are at increased risk. We are working with United Ways across the country and province to act quickly to respond to what is happening in our communities across the island.”

As the situation evolves, the needs of communities will change. Working with community partners, UWCNVI will focus on vulnerable seniors, food security and basic needs, mental health supports and the safety of under-served populations.

United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island is working with its network of community partner agencies from the Malahat to Port Hardy to prioritize urgent needs, and then execute on the delivery of essential products and services.

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