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100% Local

Every dollar of your donation stays in central and northern Vancouver Island, building stronger communities, helping kids succeed, and moving families out of poverty.

Together, we continue to work tirelessly to support our communities. 



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        Learn more about how UWBC is investing in our future generations.


        Incredible Local Impact

Our 2020-2021 Community Impact made a difference in the lives of more than 120,000 people! To help those who need it most, 254 programs were funded through 184 agencies. 

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If you are looking for local support  in your community visit bc211.ca or call 2-1-1



What's New


Project Rise helps clients succeed along their journey

May 2022
United Way British Columbia through Government of Canada's Reaching Home: Canada's Homelessness Strategy is helping change lives by providing a grant to ICCS’ new training and paid work placement program, Project Rise. The grant helps cover half the…

There’s Work Left To Do for Bev Suderman

April 2022
After a near-death experience in a car accident, Bev Suderman’s life changed and helped her to figure out what she really wants to do. The CVRD community planner and Cowichan CAB co-chair discusses the Cowichan region, homelessness, and centering…

Getting charities and businesses working together

March 2022
VIDEO: A housing crisis and natural disasters are making it harder for the Clements Centre to reach the folks they serve. But funding through United Way is helping them to forge successful partnerships with other organizations and businesses, and…

Knowledgeable, objective and kind – counselling as part of your healthcare visit

January 2022
It’s been about eight months since AVI Nanaimo began offering counselling services. Now, with funding from United Way British Columbia, it’s become an integral part of healthcare for the marginalized in the community.

Lives You've Helped Change


Moms share love for LaFF at Family Day weekend visit

March 2022
VIDEO: Deliveries of food, crafts and games for kids key to LaFF’s response to the pandemic, made possible with United Way funding.

A night delivering food with Stone Soup

March 2022
VIDEO: Supported by United Way funding, Wisteria Community Association’s Stone Soup program is out every night in Nanaimo, providing essential food, community and care to for those living in poverty or out on the street.

A safe place for youth to grow and learn

February 2022
The Comox Valley’s Girls Group provides a landing place for youth who are struggling, giving them tools to take on the world alongside a supportive community, and creating role-models and caring friends.

Coming home sober

January 2022
Island resident shares what it took to get to this point in his journey overcoming alcoholism, and where he’s hoping to go next.

Where Your Donation Goes

Your donation helps people overcome poverty, kids be all that they can be, and communities become strong.


Need Help?

If you’re looking for mental health support, shelter, addictions treatment, food banks and more,
we can help. 

The United Way bc211 program is a confidential referral service (by phone/text at 2-1-1 or online at bc.211.ca) get free information and support right in your community.

Call or text, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. 

The program operates in over 160 languages! 

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United Way British Columbia – working with communities in BC’s Interior, Lower Mainland and Central & Northern Vancouver Island (UWBC) would like to acknowledge that we are working and living on the traditional lands of the Kwakwaka’wakw, Nuu-chahn-uulth, and Coast Salish people.