Helping Kids & Youth
Your Donation Builds a Better Future
Many kids and youth face challenges because of bullying, mental health issues, poverty, or the lack of healthy adult role models. By investing in young people and connecting them to opportunities for success, we're building a better future on
How We Help
We fund programs through numerous agencies which help children across Vancouver Island.
We assist in funding and conducting research on the most pressing issues affecting children in communities across Vancouver Island. These reports are used to inform United Way grants and other community service providers.
United Way has brought bc211 to central and northern Vancouver Island. bc211 is a confidential telephone, texting, and online bc211.ca referral service providing free information for people in need. Highly-trained specialists link callers to services such as mental health supports, shelter and housing, legal aid, addictions treatment, newcomer services, food banks and more. The program operates in over 160 languages! You can call or text 2-1-1, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Edith was struggling while she was stuck at home throughout the pandemic. Thanks to donors like you, a United Way-funded program changed everything.
“I’ve seen a lot of the children become more outgoing and being able to create connections with other children, especially since it has been hard to work on those social skills during COVID,” says Katie the program worker.
Read her story here.