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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

2020-2021 Community Impact

120,553 people helped
182 services agencies supported
254 programs funded

 

Read more in our 2021-2021 Community Impact Report

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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.

Collaborate

Collaborate

to bring stakeholders together.

Research

Research

to understand community needs and plan for the future.

Advocate

Advocate

to speak-up about social issues and champion change.

Invest

Invest

in programs and services with measurable results.

Seeing the need and taking action

United Way British Columbia tracks where help is needed in your local community
allowing us to invest your donation where it will have the greatest impact. 

Learn more about our three focus areas:

Increasing Food Security

Increasing Food Security

Successful Kids & Youth

Successful Kids & Youth

Connecting Seniors

Connecting Seniors

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 bc211.ca 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

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Caring for a caregiver with home-cooked meals

September 2021
VIDEO: “I think it’s just marvelous that they were able to manage to have the Farm to Family program come together the way it has during this time of COVID,” says Peter. Pandemic safety restrictions eliminated most of the in-person health-supports…
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Showing isolated seniors that they are not forgotten

September 2021
VIDEO: “It’s fellowship, it’s friendship, and above all it’s not being alone,” says Felicity. That’s her description of the United Way-funded Hardy Bay Senior Citizen’s Society. Despite only having been a member for the last few years, it has been…
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United Way support keeps mental health a top priority in kids’ program

September 2021
VIDEO: “What do you think of Katie?” “She’s pretty fun, and she’s helping and caring,” says Edith, as a smile spreads across her face. And that’s exactly what Edith has needed over the past year. Like so many children, eight-year-old Edith has…
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Meals that make a difference on Denman Island

August 2021
Caregiver shares how United Way-funded Farm to Family program lightened the load when COVID left his family with fewer supports.