The United Way’s Local Love in a Global Crisis campaign seeks to help people with basic needs during the pandemic. (News Bulletin file photo)

The United Way’s Local Love in a Global Crisis campaign seeks to help people with basic needs during the pandemic. (News Bulletin file photo)

$20,000 donation will help youths and others on the Island impacted by COVID-19

RBC Foundation gives to United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island

A donation in COVID-19 times is just what’s needed to help the United Way and its partners help deliver programs to people in need.

The United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island announced in a press release that it has received $20,000 from the RBC Foundation “to support youth and individuals” in the region impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

United Way says it has led collaborative efforts with different levels of government, local agencies and corporations “to identify the local needs and address the ever-changing situation” during the pandemic. Since April, the local United Way chapter has directed funding to 165 “high-effective programs” that have benefited more than 45,000 people north of the Malahat.

“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,” said Signy Madden, executive director of United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island, in the release.

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She said RBC has partnered with the United Way for many years.

Kelly Bissell, regional vice-president for the north Island with RBC Royal Bank, expressed appreciation to the United Way and partner agencies for providing “local love” in communities.

“Our central and north Vancouver Island communities have shown incredible resilience over this past year,” said Bissell in the release. “Now, as the needs of our most vulnerable citizens are increasingly urgent, the work of the United Way CNVI is more important than ever.”

The United Way added that local service providers need further, ongoing support to help individuals and families in need for pandemic response initiatives and to help vulnerable people with everyday needs.

For more about the United Way and its Local Love in a Global Crisis campaign, visit http://uwcnvi.ca.



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