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Bringing together the power of many to help
those affected by BC Flooding.





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. 




Reaching Home Funding Now Available!

If your agency is working to prevent and reduce homelessness, you may be eligible for funding through Reaching Home. Funding applications are open to agencies in the Cowichan Valley Regional District, city of Duncan, and city of Nanaimo. In the wake of BC's state of emergency and the impact of flooding in local communities, the funding application deadline has been extended to November 25th. 

Additional funding is also available for capital projects in the Cowichan Region.


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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. 

Read our Impact Report


Need Help? Call 2-1-1

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



What's New


Summer fun changes mom-and-child connection

November 2021
Ann Elmore house gets kids and their moms having fun out in the community with support from United Way British Columbia.

Canada's National Housing Day

November 2021
Across Canada, November 22nd marks National Housing Day. This day raises awareness about the affordable housing and homelessness crisis impacting hundreds of thousands of families and residents in communities across our country.

Peers bring hope and help to those experiencing brain injury

November 2021
The pandemic may be keeping visitors from hospitals, but it’s not stopping people from getting brain injuries. So this peer-support program found a way to keep going with help from United Way.

There is hope for those dealing with addictions, despite a lack of resources

November 2021
VIDEO: There is no shortage of people ready to address their addictions or substance use, says Recovery Program co-ordinator, but there is certainly a lack of resources. But programs like this one, funded through United Way British Columbia, are…

Lives You've Helped Change


One young life after Restorative Justice

November 2021
Find out where this young person’s life is at five years after being diverted from the criminal justice system, and instead taking part in a Restorative Justice program.

Caring for a caregiver with home-cooked meals

September 2021
VIDEO: “I think it’s just marvelous that they were able to manage to have the Farm to Family program come together the way it has during this time of COVID,” says Peter. Pandemic safety restrictions eliminated most of the in-person health-supports…

Showing isolated seniors that they are not forgotten

September 2021
VIDEO: “It’s fellowship, it’s friendship, and above all it’s not being alone,” says Felicity. That’s her description of the United Way-funded Hardy Bay Senior Citizen’s Society. Despite only having been a member for the last few years, it has been…

United Way support keeps mental health a top priority in kids’ program

September 2021
VIDEO: “What do you think of Katie?” “She’s pretty fun, and she’s helping and caring,” says Edith, as a smile spreads across her face. And that’s exactly what Edith has needed over the past year. Like so many children, eight-year-old Edith has…

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-funded bc211 program is a confidential referral service (by phone/text at 2-1-1 or online at bc211.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! 

BC 211


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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.