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Homeless Action Week 2018 in Prince George – CONNECT DAY

On Connect Day, the Community Partners Addressing Homelessness connect homeless and homeless at risk individuals with agencies and resources that provide information, education and referrals. Backpacks with basic survival items are available.

Agencies wishing to participate are invited to contact Lynn Florey at florey@shaw.ca or Kerry Pateman at kpateman@shaw.ca

Donations of warm winter clothing & boots (new or gently used) would be appreciated.

Please bring to United Way of Northern BC office:
5th Floor, 1600 3rd Avenue by October 4th .

Click here to download the poster to put up in your agencies. 

 

By | 2018-10-02T06:13:35+00:00 September 29th, 2018|From Poverty to Possibility, Homelessness Partnering Strategy|Comments Off on Homeless Action Week 2018 in Prince George – CONNECT DAY

Finning Canada Collect Coats for Connect Day 2018

2018-2019 UWNBC Corporate Campaign Partners

Left to right: Natasha Visona, EH&S Coordinator, Finning Canada; Jessica Smith, Office Administrator, Finning Canada.

We are so excited to have Jessica Smith, Office Administrator lead her team at Finning Canada in this
year’s campaign from 30th October to 20th November 2018. We want to wish them all the best and have
lots of fun with your campaign.

Funds raised in the community, stay in the community. Your funds help in moving individuals From poverty to possibility; build Healthy people strong communities and help kids to develop into All that Kids can be.

The Finning team have started a […]

By | 2018-09-27T15:00:09+00:00 September 27th, 2018|Give, Homelessness Partnering Strategy, Our Donors|Comments Off on Finning Canada Collect Coats for Connect Day 2018

Sowing Seeds of Change

In response to a high unemployment rate coupled with low literacy, the Upper Skeena Development Centre created the Senden Holistic Youth Program that helps youth gain the confidence and life skills needed to become successful adults. With guidance and support from many local partners, a local advisory composed of elders, traditional knowledge keepers and service providers, and funding from the United Way of Northern BC, Senden programs build skills, knowledge and confidence for youth.

This program is unique in that in takes a holistic approach to youth development by focusing on connection – a connection to self, others and the land. By engaging youth and their […]

By | 2017-08-17T09:52:53+00:00 August 17th, 2017|All That Kids Can Be, From Poverty to Possibility, Impact Stories|Comments Off on Sowing Seeds of Change

Good Food Boxes Deliver Healthier Eating in Dawson Creek

Imagine having to choose between feeding your family fresh fruit and vegetables and paying the rent. For many families in Northern BC, this is a stark reality.

Northern Health reports that our region has the highest rate of food insecurity in the province, with up to 19% of households not able to afford nutritious food to feed their families. Families who struggle to afford a healthy diet face increased depression, stress and social isolation. Children lack important micronutrients and risk increased chronic conditions like asthma and depression.

Network Ministry’s Good Food Box, a United Way supported program out of Dawson Creek, is working to […]

By | 2017-06-28T09:45:18+00:00 June 28th, 2017|From Poverty to Possibility, Healthy People, Healthy Communities, Impact Stories|Comments Off on Good Food Boxes Deliver Healthier Eating in Dawson Creek

Nine Agencies Receive Over $720k to Fight Homelessness in Prince George

Prince George, BC – United Way of Northern BC, the community entity that distributes funding for the federally funded Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS), is pleased to announce a total of $727,327 will be dispersed to nine agencies to combat homelessness in Prince George for 2017-2019:

An Association Advocating for Women and Children (Prince George Housing First)
Aboriginal Housing Society of Prince George (Community Voice Mail)
• Active Support Against Poverty (Tenant Support Worker)
Northern John Howard Society (Transitional Housing Coordinator)
Prince George Brain Injured Group (Survival and Beyond Employment Program)
Positive Living North (Fire Pit Cultural Drop-In Centre)
Saint Vincent de […]

By | 2017-06-04T08:52:02+00:00 June 1st, 2017|From Poverty to Possibility, Homelessness Partnering Strategy, Media Release|Comments Off on Nine Agencies Receive Over $720k to Fight Homelessness in Prince George

The Hero Effect Focuses on Hunger

“Katie’s Krops,” Airs on Saturday, June 10 at 10am EST or you can watch the episode here.

Research shows that kids who have healthy nutritious food to eat every day are more likely to succeed in school. And yet research also tells us that right now, one in 6 children in Northern BC face hunger. Children who are hungry are more likely to get sick, be slower to recover from illness more slowly, and be hospitalized more frequently. It’s a vicious cycle that undermines their success in school and life.

This month’s The Hero Effect episode focuses on Katie Stagliano’s efforts to stamp out hunger.

Katie Stagliano, 18, is […]

By | 2017-05-31T17:44:54+00:00 May 31st, 2017|From Poverty to Possibility, Healthy People, Healthy Communities, Impact Stories, The Hero Effect|Comments Off on The Hero Effect Focuses on Hunger

Laura Finds New Hope

Laura was 14 when she was put in foster care. Her family home was no longer a safe place for her due to physical and sexual abuse. After being moved through several foster homes, Laura began working the streets of Prince George at the age of 17. She began using drugs to numb the pain and to cope with her feelings of hopelessness.

New Hope Society, which receives support from United Way, is the only drop-in-centre in Prince George where individuals in the sex trade, like Laura, receive support and one-to-one counselling. New Hope’s Program Coordinator, Jan Wilson, runs weekly workshops on life about addictions, life skills, job […]

By | 2017-05-29T15:48:20+00:00 May 29th, 2017|From Poverty to Possibility, Healthy People, Healthy Communities, Impact Stories, The Hero Effect|Comments Off on Laura Finds New Hope

Progress Energy donates to local non-profits via UWNBC’s Making Connections Initiative

Staff from Progress Energy’s Fort St John office contacted United Way this week because they wanted to donate much needed items to local non-profits though United Way’s Making Connections Initiative. This initiative links businesses with new or used resources like furniture, technology and office supplies to non-profits in need.

Through UWNBC’s Making Connections Initiative, Progress Energy donated 60 double sheet sets, 60 double comforters and 60 pillows to the Fort St John’s Women’s Resource Society, and 60 full towel sets (bath, hand and face) to the Fort St John Salvation Army Shelter.

A spokesperson from Progress Energy said, “Community investment is an important part of Progress […]

By | 2017-05-01T10:57:16+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|From Poverty to Possibility, Give, Making Connections, Media Release, Our Donors|Comments Off on Progress Energy donates to local non-profits via UWNBC’s Making Connections Initiative

Ask The Expert: How Are Health and Poverty Related?

Kwame McKenzie is the CEO of the Wellesley Institute, a Toronto-based non-profit research and policy institute that focuses on advancing population health. Also a CAMH psychiatrist, he’s a leading expert on the social causes of mental illness and making our health system more equitable. United Way spoke with Kwame for our ‘Ask the  Expert’ series to learn how health and poverty are related.

1. Is there a connection between income and our health?
There’s a strong link between income and health. But, it’s not just about the amount of money you make and what you can buy, it’s what your whole life is like as a result, including […]

By | 2017-04-21T10:02:14+00:00 February 7th, 2017|From Poverty to Possibility, Healthy People, Healthy Communities, Impact Stories|Comments Off on Ask The Expert: How Are Health and Poverty Related?