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


United Way-funded Program Works to Break Cycle by Educating, Housing Young Moms

November 2020
The United Way-funded program, Young Aboriginal Mother’s Transitional Housing at Tillicum Lelum, works to break the cycle by educating and housing young moms.

United Way Supports Healthy Food For Local People

November 2020
VIDEO: Everyone needs to eat. It’s a simple truth, and yet we’ve tied that need to income – if you don’t have enough money, you might not get to eat. 

Hearing From The People You Help

November 2020
VIDEO: The work of United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island employees, and your donations, are essential to food, mental health, housing and support services from the Malahat to Port Hardy.  But all that giving and work often goes on behind the…

Ladysmith Centre Reaching Out To Locals In Need Of Support

October 2020
Small things can become huge problems for those in desperate need of help. A forgotten P.O. box with some government mail, a lost I.D., or lack of access to a computer, and the internet can mean very limited access to support services or pension…