United Way Cowichan merged with Central and North Island

Smaller United Way offices across Canada have been merging into larger units the announcement states.

The United Way Cowichan is merging with the United Way Central and North Vancouver Island (UWCNVI) it was announced March 11.

Smaller United Way offices across Canada have been merging into larger units the announcement states.

“The regional model works well, strengthening local fundraising and investments, while tackling social issues that impact many communities,” said Don Bonner, board chair of UWCNVI.

The United Way will continue to have a local office at Duncan city hall, with a local staff person, impact council, fundraising cabinet, as well as local governance representation on the board and committees.

Accounting, donation receipting and developing marketing materials will take place at the regional office in Nanaimo.

“United Way’s work in the Cowichan region will focus on building relationships and solutions with community partners and fundraising for local needs,” Bonner said.

“Our board and membership have embraced joining a regional model as a win-win solution,” said Corrine Thompson, board chair of United Way Cowichan.

UWCNVI became a regional United Way over six years ago when Central Island United Way, United Way Comox Valley and United Way Campbell River amalgamated.

As of April 1 Ladysmith and the Cowichan Valley will be part of that larger region.