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Helping Wheels Wrap Up – Helping Nanaimo’s Non-profits

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How much a year can change everything. Additionally, it was a year of change-making for Helping Wheels.

People in Nanaimo nominated neighborhood non-profits to be one of the Helping Wheels awardees between October 2020 and September 2021. Each chosen organization received a $1,000 cash grant, a video feature, and an advertising package.

The idea

The new program, which is supported by a partnership between Nanaimo Mitsubishi, Nissan of Nanaimo, The Wave, The Wolf, and NanaimoNewsNOW, was created to offer immediate assistance through a cash donation and then have a lasting impact through raised awareness.

The impact

An exciting package came with being chosen.

Each featured group received:

• Nissan of Nanaimo and Nanaimo Mitsubishi has donated a $1,000 check.

• On NanaimoNewsNOW, a charity profile and shareable video have been published.

• Along with a $1,500 advertising package on The Wave or The Wolf, they also receive the satisfying knowledge that someone chose them out of all the worthwhile organizations in the area.

• Nissan of Nanaimo and Nanaimo Mitsubishi's Dealer Principal is Justin McElhone. He explains why they were such a terrific fit for Helping Wheels.

"This was an opportunity to act immediately to change things. We leaped at the chance to hear directly from residents through the nomination process and then be able to assist at a very local level.”

The Nanaimo region received hundreds of nominations for 95 different local groups over the course of 13 months.

The Helping Wheels committee received submissions via an online form at NanaimoNewsNOW and was then given the challenging task of selecting a group from among all the qualified nominees.

Daryl Major of The Wave served on the committee. "The pandemic has shown us how crucial it is to support local businesses," he claims. The same is true of regional charities. Several of them have received assistance from the Helping Wheels group thanks to the kindness of Nanaimo Nissan and Nanaimo Mitsubishi. Their work is crucial. I'm pleased that we were able to assist them in improving the neighborhood.

A committee member and employee of the Nanaimo Foundation, Laurie Bienert. She explains, "The Helping Wheels initiative's special support helped so many organizations."

The Nanaimo Foundation felt privileged to be a member of the Helping Wheels committee and to have the chance to select the groups who would receive a contribution and the chance to present how they are assisting those in need in our community.

She says, "The benefit of being able to share their story will be continuous for all of the Helping Wheels organizations and the people they assist thanks to Nanaimo Mitsubishi and Nissan of Nanaimo and Island Radio," about the impact that goes beyond the monetary contributions.

The recipients of Helping Wheels

September Nanaimo Unique Kids Organization NUKO Learning Center

• October Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island

• November Haven Society

• December Island Crisis Care Society

• January Nanaimo 7-10 Club Society

February Kiwanis Village Nanaimo

• March Vancouver Island Crisis Society

• April Unitarian Shelter

• May Eden Gardens

• June Nanaimo Family Life

• July Nanaimo Child Development Centre

• August Nanaimo Search and Rescue

• September Tour de Rock

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