United Ways Relaunch Wildfire Recovery Fund

With the devastation in Lytton BC last week, and other fires that continue to our province, United Way recognizes that support will be needed for both intermediate and long-term recovery efforts.

A variety of programs and essential services that strengthen vital connections will be critical as BC residents recover physically and emotionally from the devastation of wildfires within our local communities. In response, United Way British Columbia and United Way Southern Vancouver Island re-launched  The United for BC Wildfire Recovery Fund.

Grants from the United for BC Wildfire Recovery Fund will support those who are displaced or have lost housing, belongings and/or employment, suffered physical or mental health trauma, as well as for the provision of health and safety education. To ensure the greatest impact, grants will support essential nonprofit agencies in re-building supportive programs within effected regions.

In 2017, United Ways across BC raised more than $170,000 to support the recovery and rebuilding of those communities affected by the 2017 provincial state of emergency. With the re-launch of the fund, United Way British Columbia (UWBC) made an initial investment of $200K.

You can help our neighbours by contributing to the fund here: United for BC Wildfire Recovery Fund

For those who need immediate assistance, please call or text 2-1-1 or visit bc.211.ca. bc211 connects individuals and organizations to local community, social and government resources. 211 supports Canadians during crisis situations and can provide access to housing supports, financial assistance, food and supply providers, trauma and mental health supports and so much more. This confidential service connects people from all communities to essential health and human services 24 hour a day, seven days a week, available online or by webchat. #bc211 @bc211Help.

In case of an emergency please dial 911.

ABOUT UNITED WAY SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND

United Way Southern Vancouver Island (formerly United Way Greater Victoria) is a trusted leader, influencer and catalyst for change. United, we accelerate change to improve the lives of our neighbours who need it most, making our local community stronger. We believe everyone in Greater Victoria, which includes 13 municipalities and 11 First Nations and the Southern Gulf Islands should have the opportunity to reach their potential. Our priorities are focused on assisting isolated seniors, families in need, diversity, equity and inclusion and individuals struggling with mental health challenges and/or addictions. Last fiscal year, United Way raised $6.2 million thanks to over 7,000 donors and 200 workplaces opening their offices to run employee giving programs. Through our community partnerships, over 125,000 people on Southern Vancouver Island received support. Show your local love today by making a gift to United Way at www.uwsvi.ca