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It Takes Real Courage to Ask for Help 
“When a man has been a victim of physical, sexual or emotional abuse it usually takes real courage to ask for help. Witnessing these brave men participate in counselling, heal the traumas of the past and start living healthier lives has powerful ripple effects for not only them, but their family and friends too. I’m deeply grateful to the generous donors of United Way who support this program that makes those positive changes possible.” - Celia, Registered Clinical Counsellor for the Men’s Counselling Program in Campbell River

BC Ferry & Marine Workers' Union BBQ 
Join us on Thursday, June 30 at 11:00 am for a Canada Day BBQ at 1511 Stewart Ave! Mingle with United Way staff and the wonderful staff at the BC Ferry & Marine Workers' Union. There will be burgers, popcorn, face painting and more! This event is by donation, with all proceeds going towards United Way. RSVP on the Facebook event page. We hope to see you here!

Comox Valley Vital Signs 
United Way, in partnership with the Comox Valley Community Foundation and the Comox Valley Social Planning Society, is launching the first Comox Valley Vital Signs Report. Vitals Signs is a regular check-up conducted by community foundations to measure the vitality of communities across our country. The Comox Valley Vital Signs Steering Committee has created an online survey for Comox Valley residents to collect public perceptions on quality of life. We will publish the survey results on Tuesday, October 4, 2016. For more information, visit our website.

Your Donations Are Giving People Hope 
Your generous donations to United Way really does improve lives! Because of generous donors like you, two people in Parksville with mental health issues have found a passion for learning how to cook, have gotten their Food Safe Certification and are now working at the Pie Factory in Parksville. One of the programs we fund provides nutritional, low cost meals to people with mental health and addictions, and educates people on meal prep for healthy eating choices. Read the full article here

YOUnited... for a Week of Caring
This week is United Way Week of Action, an nation-wide effort to recognize volunteering as an essential part of our brand and engage individuals year-round on our work in education, financial stability, health and poverty. United Way is encouraging everyone to make caring a priority. This is a great opportunity to get some friends or co-workers together for a random act of caring. This could include offering coffee and fresh baked goods to volunteers, driving a senior you know to get groceries, taking quality time to play with your children or grandchildren. We would like to hear about your random acts of caring! Please share with us on our Facebook Page or on Twitter. 

Working Together to Improve Lives
On April 1, Cowichan United Way joined forces with UWCNVI to create a stronger and larger regional United Way model. Last month, we spent the afternoon in Duncan getting to know our Community Partners in Cowichan and we cannot wait to share with you the incredible work they are doing throughout the Cowichan region. Thanks to your support, we are helping young girls gain self-confidence and leadership skills, ensuring seniors stay safe after injuries and surgeries through an equipment loan program for crutches, wheelchairs and walkers, providing low-income families with protein in monthly food baskets, helping people reduce the grief after losing a loved one, and much more! Read more about the life-changing programs United Way is funding in your community

Connecting people to services in their communities. 
United Ways across British Columbia are working to bring bc211 to our province early in 2017. bc211 is a free, multilingual, confidential service accessible 24/7 to anyone in our community. The information and referral service is operated by the 211 British Columbia Services Society, a charitable non-profit organization funded by United Ways. Services will include an informational and referral website which will also be optimized for mobile devices and feature live web chat capabilities.

Visit our website for more information on bc211

Thank you to the Nanaimo Foundation for a two-year investment with us to help bring bc211 to Vancouver Island communities! 
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