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

2020-2021 Community Impact

120,553 people helped
182 services agencies supported
254 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 struggle to survive

July 2021
Hear from two women who are helping to outfit the homeless with the supplies they need to survive, and what their experience was like being homeless.

Blazing a trail for the homeless to reach services

July 2021
The Snuneymuxw First Nation’s Wrapping of Blankets outreach program is overcoming racism and discrimination on behalf of their clients

United Way secures more funding for survival items for unsheltered neighbours

July 2021
Your local United Way British Columbia office secured additional federal dollars to create the OutShop program, run by the Canadian Mental Health Association Mid-Island.

Housing navigator has your back when looking for a home

July 2021
Tillicum Lelum’s United Way-funded program is getting hundreds of people into homes. And yet, so many more need help.