Mid-Island Co-op teaming up with United Way to raise funds for programs to support the vulnerable

Sounder News

Monday, May 26 2014

Front L-R: Maggie Mooney (PHC Circle of Care Program Coordinator), Bernice Dewinetz (Gabriola HOPE Centre), Julia Wisdom (Mid-Island Co-op) and in the back Alan Andre (Manager, Mid-Island Co-op Gabriola) at the Gabriola Co-op with one of the United Way change boxes distributed to all the the Mid-Island Co-op gas stations for May and June. Derek Kilbourn photo

In May and 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, youth, adults and seniors in the Central and Northern Vancouver Island communities. 

The money from coin boxes placed at Mid Island Co-op’s Ladysmith, Nanaimo, Gabriola, Parksville, Whiskey Creek, Chemainus and Salt Spring Island locations will be donated to United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island to be invested back into programs run throughout the island communities. 

Adding to that, Mid Island Co-op is donating an additional $500 to United Way.

Susan Urban, Marketing and Community Relations Manager of Mid Island Co-op, confirms that their members “want to support many organizations that build long-term change and capacity in our community. We chose United Way because it has a long history of effective community building in the Central Island.” 

The change from the coin boxes will have a direct impact on two programs on Gabriola. $9,500 is split between the People for a Healthy Community (PHC) Circle of Care for Seniors program and the HOPE Centre. 

Through the PHC Circle of Care program, 50 senior volunteers along with students and other community partners offer a variety of activities and a monthly luncheon to about 100 seniors. 

At the HOPE Centre, families with children under five enjoy the Mother Goose program, baby massage and other activities that help parents bond with their children and that encourage interactions.

Maggie Mooney, PHC Circle of Care Program Coordinator and Bernice Dewinetz with the HOPE Centre both said the monies were very much appreciated in supporting the valuable programs set up for Gabriola’s oldest and youngest residents.

Laura Heikkila, Campaign and Community Impact Associate at United Way said, “We’re grateful to Mid Island Co-op and to all their customers and members. 

“Believe me, every penny is important to our community partners who work so hard to create and deliver powerful programs that serve the most vulnerable in our community.”