Susan Urban

Susan Urban

Coin boxes help boost United Way

NANAIMO – Change donated at Mid Island Co-op gas stations support community programs.

Until the end of June, change from the coin boxes at Mid Island Co-op’s Gas Stations are giving a boost to United Way’s efforts to help vulnerable children, isolated seniors and low-income families in our community.

The money from the coin boxes will be donated to United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island to be invested back into effective programs in mid-Island communities.

“Our members want to support organizations that build long-term change and capacity in our community. We chose United Way because they have a long history of effective community building in the Central Island region,” said Susan Urban, co-op’s marketing and community relations manager.

United Way not only raises money to pay for community programs, but also helps research the underlying causes of social issues and bring partners together to find solutions.

This year, United Way is investing in 35 programs and projects in the central Island region, including a place for children at risk to go after school to play sports, make crafts and receive a healthy meal, a Nanaimo seniors’ visiting program and programs that assist low-income families to improve their finances, health and personal security.

With a mission to improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action, the United Way invests in strengthening people and communities from Campbell River to Cowichan. Money donated annually by local businesses and individuals for United Way’s Community Fund provides an essential network of social services in the community.

For a full list of programs, please visit uwcnvi.ca.

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