Nanaimo receives $15,000 from Welcome Fund for Syrian Refugees

The Nanaimo Foundation is pleased to announce a $15,000 contribution to United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island from Community Foundation of Canada’s Welcome Fund for Syrian Refugees in support of local settlement efforts.

As Canadians join together in welcoming refugees from Syria, the Welcome Fund provides an important investment in their successful settlement in cities across Canada. Established to respond to an urgent gap in accessible and affordable housing, the Welcome Fund invests in community-driven solutions that enable recently arrived families to transition into suitable permanent housing.

“Shifting refugees from temporary to more permanent homes is the first step in helping people and families to settle into their new lives in Canada.” Andrew Chunilall, Chief Operating Officer at Community Foundations of Canada.

United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island, together with generous local donors, is matching the $15,000 contribution from the Welcome Fund.