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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

52,177 people being helped
10 effective coalitions/networks convened
4 research reports conducted
90 services agencies supported
116 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.

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 Central and 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 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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.