About Us

We Change Lives Locally

When people in our Vancouver Island communities struggle, United Way is there to help.

We bring together the right people, gather information, and invest in programs to make change happen.

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We improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action.


Demonstrate trust, integrity, transparency, inclusivity and respect

Energize and inspire volunteerism and volunteer leadership

Endorse innovation, partnerships and collective action

Provide non-partisan leadership

Embrace diversity

Our Priorities

Your donation to United Way is invested in three areas:


How we make a big impact

By creating strong connections and researching the unique needs of each community, United Way makes smart investments with the largest impacts possible to help people in need.

Research and data allow us to understand the real needs of our communities, to plan for the future and to invest your dollars where they count the most.

As champions for change, we build relationships with policy makers and service providers to find new ways to solve critical social issues. We help others understand the root causes of critical social issues impacting our community.

Our strong connections in the private and public sectors and deep roots in the local community allow us to bring together the right people at the right time to have the greatest impact.

We invest in meaningful, long-term improvements for local communities, addressing the root causes of critical social issues, not just the symptoms.