Giving Tuesday

December 3, 2019 / by United Way

Show Your Local Love this #GivingTuesday Dec 3, 2019

Greater Victoria is a wonderful place to call home. However, our community faces important social issues that often go unnoticed – issues that impact the lives of far too many. Unfortunately, these issues don’t go away by simply ignoring them. The people struggling every day live amongst us.

Meet AJ.

When he was a young boy, he was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). That led to other diagnoses, including anxiety and depression.

AJ’s illness made it difficult to get along with his family. He left home. He dropped out of school. He contemplated suicide. By the time he was 18, he was homeless, with no money and no education.

AJ got help through a United Way funded program that reconnected him to programs and services including counselling, housing, peer support and skill development. Now he volunteers with youth as a peer support worker.

AJ is just one of more than 80,000 lives changed this past year through United Way.

United Way Greater Victoria strategically invests in local organizations and programs to create a safety net for people like AJ.

With your support as part of #GivingTuesday on December 3, you will be a valuable addition to that safety net. Your gift to United Way will help those who are struggling find hope and possibility.

Please donate today!  Every dollar stays local.

1 in 4

Mental health is not just in our heads. 1 in 4 people on Vancouver Island have mental health challenges, whether it be depression or anxiety disorders that compromise their lifestyles and their well-being.

Your gift today can help people like AJ find their way.