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


The pain of grieving without gathering

April 2021
United Way is supporting organizations like Cowichan Hospice to provide free bereavement services

Creating community across generations

April 2021
The Brighter Day Project in Campbell River is helping seniors and youth to support and learn from each-other.

Making fresh food affordable from Campbell River north

April 2021
VIDEO: The pandemic has required charities to respond to new and increased needs in all our communities. With United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island's help via the federal government's Emergency Community Support Fund, Greenways Land Trust…

Port Alberni’s fight to keep food on the table

March 2021
Multiple Alberni organizations have banded together to feed those in need, with support from United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island