Our Work

We Help Change Lives

Every day we’re working to make central and northern Vancouver Island a better place for everyone who lives here.



Making a Difference on Vancouver Island

51,846 people being helped
3 research reports conducted
65 services agencies supported
89 programs funded

How We Help

For a community to be great, it has to be great for everyone.

United Way is a way for us to all work together; a web of local agencies, governments, organizations, partnerships, workplaces and thousands of volunteers and donors.



to bring stakeholders together.



to understand community needs and plan for the future.



to speak-up about social issues and champion change.



in programs and services with measurable results.

Seeing the need and taking action

United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island tracks where help is needed in our local community.
This allows us to invest your donation where it will have the greatest impact. 

Learn more about our three focus areas:

Change starts here

100% of your donation stays in the community where you live.

We invest in services and initiatives in central and northern Vancouver Island to help those in need — your family, your friends, your neighbours, your co-workers, or maybe even you.


BC 211

bc 2-1-1 Help Line

bc211 is a confidential telephone, texting, and online referral service providing free information for people in need. 

You'll be linked to services such as mental health supports, shelter and housing, legal aid, addictions treatment, newcomer services, food banks and more. 

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

The program operates in over 160 languages! 

Lives You've Helped Change


Remote Community Rallies Around Intrepid Seniors 

September 2020
A new United Way-supported outreach program has the Surge Narrows community crossing trail and sea to support seniors 

It’s never too late to seek help

September 2020
On World Suicide Prevention Day, consider what this Island senior has to say

Because of you, Sherry feels connected to her community

September 2020
Sherry is a senior who is living with dementia and depression. Through a United Way funded seniors visiting program, she met Chery...

Because of you, David feels confident and joyful

September 2020
Your commitment helped David cope and find light again.