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


Outreach worker shares story of resuscitating man, and how he responded

February 2021
Being homeless means having no lock on your door. Tent nylon and a zipper won’t protect your belongings – the items you need to survive – from being stolen. And taking everything you own wherever you go is no solution.

The Work to Recover from Opioids: Here is Annie's Story

February 2021
VIDEO: Opioid addiction is an ongoing epidemic.  And during the pandemic, it has grown immensely.  Last November alone, 153 people in B.C. died of a suspected drug overdose. That’s an 89 per cent increase in overdose deaths compared to the previous…

Holiday sacrifice to help the homeless in Cowichan

January 2021
UPDATE. VIDEO: Local builders come in over winter holidays to build cabin shelters for people unhoused

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.