United Way

Show Your Local Love

More than ever before, BC communities need help addressing critical social issues. Working in Central and Northern Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland, Thompson Nicola Cariboo, Southern Interior, Trail and District, and East Kootenay, United Way British Columbia exists to drive positive impact and lasting change.

Your donations make a tremendous difference in the lives of people right here in your community. 

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

Key Priorities

Your community needs your local love now more than ever. COVID-19 has had a devastating impact across all our communities. United Way is on the ground connecting our most vulnerable and isolated neighbours with the help they need. But we’re just getting started, and the need for your support is greater now than ever.

Give to United Way Today

Your contributions helped us to improve lives in Central and Northern Vancouver Island. Read the full story in the United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island Impact Report.

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Show Your Local Love! 

Do you love where you live? Do you want to make this community even stronger? Show your local love.

Our local communities all face the same challenges: homelessness and child vulnerability—poverty, in all its forms. Local love is about local people doing good locally, showing their commitment to the long-term vitality of this place we call home. 

8 Reasons to Support United Way

  1. You can trust us to spend your donor dollars wisely. We have a track record of diligently and transparently stewarding millions of donor dollars for over 60 years. Your donation is safe with us.

  2. Your donation stays local. Every dollar raised in our region stays in our region. Your donation helps people who live right here - your neighbours, coworkers, friends, and family.

  3. Your donation addresses local issues. We conduct research, convene decision makers, and influence public policy, forming the best possible response to local issues. In other words, we do the homework so you don't have to.

  4. You ensure sustainability and consistency. Social issues require complex solutions. It takes the willingness of people like you to support a variety of services that better the lives of individuals, families, seniors, and children in your community.

  5. You are helping future generations. While solving short term issues is important, it is not enough to better the lives of the next generation. That's why your support is invested in empowering kids for success, strengthening communities at large, and overcoming poverty.

  6. Your impact is multiplied. Your donation helps fund more than 50 charitable organizations which rely on grants from United Way. These grants enable the delivery of programs and services which help thousands across central and northern Vancouver Island.

  7. You respond to emergency needs. Our Community Development Fund lets donor dollars be flexible and adaptable. When there is a new, unexpected crisis in your community, we can act quickly on your behalf.

  8. You contribute to the common good. While no one should dwell on what can go wrong in life, it's a great comfort knowing that your donation helps provide resources to you and your loved ones if ever needed.

You Can Give Through Payroll Deduction

You can sign up for a one-time donation or for bi-weekly donations. Give Today! Activate the deduction through your payroll