100% Local

Every dollar of your donation stays in central and northern Vancouver Island, building stronger communities, helping kids succeed, and moving families out of poverty.

What's New



September 2019
These aren't someone else's issues, they belong to each of us. Show your Local Love and help us take action on #UNIGNORABLE issues in your community, like homelessness, abuse, and social isolation.

You're invited to our Annual Campaign Breakfast!

August 2019
Don't miss this year's Annual Campaign Breakfast!

Our new team members are working hard to make a difference

July 2019
We're very excited to have new team members on board, including our amazing summer interns who are working hard to make a difference in your community.

Period Promise brings free tampons and pads to women in need

July 2019
Vulnerable Nanaimo residents will receive free menstrual products at 12 locations, including the Nanaimo Women’s Centre.

Where Your Donation Goes

Your donation helps people overcome poverty, kids be all that they can be, and communities become strong.


Need Help?

If you’re looking for mental health support, shelter, addictions treatment, food banks and more,
we can help. 

The United Way-funded bc211 program is a confidential referral service (by phone/text at 2-1-1 or online at get free information and support right in your community.

Call or text, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. 

The program operates in over 160 languages! 

BC 211

Lives You've Helped Change


Anxiety no longer rules Sam's life

July 2019
Sam has always dealt with anxiety and because of generous donors like you, he was able to join a program that turned him into a leader.

After-school cooking program helps Kevin through a difficult time

December 2018
Thanks to United Way, youth in Courtenay are learning to cook through LUSH Valley Food Action Society's Young Cooks program.

Hospice softens Kate’s path through grief

November 2018
Three years ago, Kate said goodbye to her husband. A United Way-funded program gave her hope.

Reading between the lines

August 2018
When Jayce’s kids fell behind in reading, a United Way program helped them improve their skills—and their confidence.