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Becky turned 96 in August 2021. She lives on her own in a tidy, cozy home filled with artwork from her children and artifacts from the 35 years she spent in Africa. She has been widowed for 17 years.
She is fiercely independent. Like most Canadians, she wants to age in place at home. Over three-quarters of Canadians (78 per cent) want to age in their current homes. But she needs helping hands. She uses a walker, gets lonely, and has and trouble with her hands.
“My hands feel as if they are full of sand,” she explains. She can prepare her porridge in the morning but would find it extremely challenging to prepare a full meal. That’s why United Way’s More than Meals program was a lifesaver for Becky. Every Monday she gets a call to see what she would like from the menu. Frozen entrees are delivered on Thursdays together with a friendly visit. “They just come in and slip it on the counter.” Desserts are a pleasant surprise. “Last week I got a nice piece of chocolate cake,” adds Becky with a smile. United Way is proud to power More than Meals and fund other programs that support healthy aging and the wellbeing of our seniors.
Many of us struggle with our mental health. Unfortunately, the pandemic has made things worse. The demand for mental health services has doubled since COVID disrupted our lives.
“At a time in my life when I desperately needed counselling and support, I got help,” said Tiffany. “Without it, I don’t know where I’d be or if I’d even be alive.”
Thankfully, Tiffany got help when she needed it. Like her, many other people on Southern Vancouver Island need support but can’t get it due to the long waitlists, limited service hours, or budget concerns.
Last year, United Way Southern Vancouver Island launched the Blue Love Campaign for Mental Health raising funds for local mental health counselling, outreach and peer support programs. With donations from individuals, workplaces and the wonderful generosity of Peninsula Co-op and CIBC Blue Heron Advisory Group, United Way was able to fund counselling, peer support and outreach services across Southern Vancouver Island at community partner organizations like the Citizens’ Counselling Centre where Tiffany got help.
British Columbia’s first trauma-informed daycare opened its doors to provide support for children who have experienced trauma.
The daycare welcomes children through referrals from social service partner agencies and from across Greater Victoria, with the goal of integrating them and creating an environment of acceptance and support. From the very outset, United Way, Women United, and many other donors have been huge believers and supporters of this project that touches on so many of our values as an organization, from collaboration to supporting
families. We are proud to partner with the Family Services of Greater Victoria and Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society in elevating the profile and funding Little Phoenix Daycare. Thank you to all individuals, Women United members and all donors for making Little Phoenix possible!
From the very outset, United Way, Women United, and many other donors have been huge believers and supporters of this project that touches on so many of our values as an organization, from collaboration to supporting families. We are proud to partner with the Family Services of Greater Victoria and Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society in elevating the profile and funding Little Phoenix Daycare. Thank you to all individuals, Women United members and all donors for making Little Phoenix possible!
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Full List of 2021/22 FUNDED COMMUNITY PARTNERS
Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness Society
AVI Health & Community Services
Beacon Community Services
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Victoria Capital Region
BGC South Vancouver Island
Bridges for Women Society
Burnside Gorge Community Association
Canadian Mental Health Association – BC Division (CMHA)
Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria
Esquimalt Neighbourhood House Society
Family Caregivers of British Columbia
Family Services of Greater Victoria
Greater Victoria Citizen’s Counselling Centre
Greater Victoria Psychosocial Rehabilitation Collaborative
Hulitan Family & Community Services
Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA)
LDABC The Learning Curve
Home is where We Live – LifeCycles Project Society on behalf of My FED Farm
Mental Health Recovery Partners South Island MHRP-SI
NEED2 Suicide Prevention, Education & Support Society
Pacific Centre Family Services Association
Pacific Training Centre for the Blind
Parent Support Services Society of BC
Peers Victoria Resource Society
Rent Smart Education and Support Society
Saanich Neighbourhood Place
Saanich Volunteer Services Society
Soap for Hope Canada
Sooke Family Resource Society
Sooke Transition House Society
South Island Centre for Counselling & Training (SICCT)
The Cridge Centre for the Family
The Galiano Club
Together Against Poverty Society (TAPS)
Umbrella Society for Addictions and Mental Health
Vancouver Island Counselling Centre for Immigrants and Refugees
Vancouver Island Men’s Therapy Centre
Victoria Brain Injury Society
Victoria Cool Aid Society
Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society (VIRCS)
Victoria Native Friendship Centre
Victoria Rainbow Kitchen Society
Victoria Sexual Assault Centre Society
We are excited to be the winner of this year’s Non-Profit of the Year Award from the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce.
The award honours an organization that provides outstanding contributions to the community and has demonstrated leadership and resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2021, we launched the Blue Love Campaign for Mental Health with a generous gift of $100,000 from Peninsula Co-op to offer counselling, peer support and outreach services. Individual donors, corporations and matching partners helped us make Blue Love even stronger. As a result, we are now funding 26 local programs that deliver mental health supports across the region.
Thanks to the matching gift provided by the Blue Heron Advisory Group of CIBC Wood Gundy and individual donors who took advantage of the match, $500,000 has been raised to improve mental health and the lives of local children, youth and families who need it the most.
In 2021, the second Capital Daily Holiday Donation Drive surpassed its original goal of $150,000, raising more than $170,000 for local families in need, as part of our strong collaboration with Capital Daily to benefit Neighbourhood Houses in Greater Victoria. Thank you to Capital Daily, individual donors and matching Victoria-based organizations: the Tiny Foundation, Lake Family’s All One Fund, Heart Pharmacy, the Jawl Foundation and Lochside Software, Inc.
Blue Heron Advisory Group of CIBC Wood Gundy
from Peninsula Co-op
Capital Daily Holiday Donation Drive