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Beth Thanks You  
Your donations help fund an after school program for youth in Cowichan. This is a safe space for youth to go for free training courses and learn new skills such as resume writing.

"I've been attending the youth drop-in after school program for three years. My favourite activities are the workshops and the cooking class, where we get to eat what we make! I like this program because it gets kids off the streets and out of trouble. It's a fun place to hang out and everything is free. My favourite events are the field trips, especially the trip to Playland in Vancouver, where we got to go on rides all day. We spent months fundraising by doing bottle drives, car washes and other fundraisers to attend the Playland trip. If it wasn't for this program, I wouldn't get to do something like that. My mom always says we need to pay our bills first but there is never extra money to do fun stuff. I also took my Food Safe course so I will have a better chance at getting a job." - Beth, age 15.
*Names have been changed.

CFMETR - Proud United Way Supporters 
The Canadian Forces Maritime Experimental & Test Ranges (CFMETR) was very active in the 2015 Government of Canada Workpace Charitable Campaign (GCWCC). With Lieutenant Richard Crowder as campaign coordinator, the base held several fundraising events and had UW staff, along with funded Community Partners, out to visit to discuss the impact of the GCWCC. Commander Darren Rich earned CFMETR the Outstanding Campaign Leadership Award for 2015. 

Your Donation Making an Impact
Your generous donation, whether it's $20 or $200, makes an impact on someone's life in our community. In 2015, 1,466 parents and caregivers received parenting support skills and training on how to improve their parenting skills. They also participated in activities with other parents and were encouraged to share stories, issues and outcomes. For more information on the lives you impact, visit our website.

Improving Lives on Gabriola Island 
This video of teens living on Gabriola demonstrates how your donations in the Central Island have helped them develop friendships, volunteer in their community and build healthy social skills and relationships. You really make a difference! 

Save the Date - United Way Kick Off Breakfast!
It's hard to believe that September is just around the corner! Tickets are now on sale for our Kick Off Breakfast, our annual campaign kick off event that gives you an opportunity to network with other community supporters and donors, learn how your donations have helped people improve their lives and what UW has planned in your community this year! Click on your community below for more details and to buy tickets!  

Cowichan Kick Off - Thursday, September 8, 2016 (more details coming soon)
Nanaimo Kick Off - Thursday, September 15, 2016 
Campbell River Kick Off - Wednesday, September 21, 2016 
Comox Valley Kick Off - Thursday, September 22, 2016 

United Way presenting a cheque to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Vancouver Island 

Why should I give to United Way?  
United Way represents one of the most extensive collaborative approaches to create lasting change in our community. Each and every contribution becomes part of a major community building effort to improve social conditions, lift people out of poverty and improve lives in our community. United Way's vision is a place where we all live with financial stability and independence; where all neighbourhoods are safe and residents have a sense of well-being; where all children are getting the right start in life and have the support they need to get them through the middle years, high school graduation and beyond. We bring together organizations, businesses and community members who care about issues that affect our community. Donate today!
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