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


Cabin Shelters Bring Warmth, Security to Cowichan-Area Residents Without Homes

January 2021
VIDEO: On Friday, Jan. 8, the lives of a handful of Duncan residents living in tents changed for the better thanks to United Way, local service providers and the federal governement.

Ladysmith Program Giving People Purpos and Support with Thanks to United Way

January 2021
We have all needed to discover ways of coping since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. For some, that has meant reaching out to food programs to help feed their families, or tapping into online programming to keep their kids learning and happy.  For…

Bringing in the New Year with a special meal 

January 2021
United Way-supported seniors group continues serving up love 

United Way-Funded Program Supports All Families Through The Pandemic 

December 2020
Raising children is a challenge no matter your situation, but for those who bravely take it on a second time as parents to their grandchildren, there can often be a whole new set of concerns.