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

52,177 people being helped
10 effective coalitions/networks convened
4 research reports conducted
90 services agencies supported
116 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


Community resilience through volunteering and compassion

June 2020
In the central and northern regions of Vancouver Island, over 8000 services have been delivered to vulnerable seniors through the Safe Seniors Strong Communities program since March, including 1337 virtual visits, 2591 phone check-ins, and 2271 meal…

Seniors supported in Port Hardy: meals and smiles

May 2020
Seniors across our region are among the most vulnerable during this pandemic. They’re vulnerable to the virus, they’re vulnerable to the isolation, they’re vulnerable due to reduced services; the impact this coronavirus is having on them is extreme.…

Cowichan Women's Night shelter, one year in operation

December 2019
One year ago on December 20th, the Cowichan Women’s Night Shelter opened its doors to provide homeless women with a safe, warm place to sleep, plus dinner and breakfast.

Samantha built self confidence and learned to fly

November 2019
Girls Group, you gave me wings to fly very high