Our Impact
2022 – 2023


Land Acknowledgement

United Way Southern Vancouver Island serves communities
located on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people,
including the Lək̓ʷəŋən (Lekwungen) people, today represented by
the Songhees Nation and the Esquimalt Nation, the W̱SÁNEĆ
people, the Scai’new (Beecher Bay), T’souke, Pacheedaht,
MÁLEXEŁ (Malahat) and Penelakut Nations. We are honoured to
live, learn and work on their territories every day.

This year marks the 86th anniversary of United Way Southern Vancouver Island,
and we have a lot to be thankful for.

See below our digital report or you can
click here to download.


Dear Friends and Neighbours,

United Way Southern Vancouver Island has much to celebrate as it reflects on the past year, its 86th serving the region.

In 2022-23, United Way supported 54,000 individuals on Southern Vancouver Island. That means a United Way initiative or funded program helped almost one in six people in our region, empowering individuals, connecting with them in meaningful, pragmatic, and critical ways, and helping build better lives.

The past few years have come with enormous challenges. Inflation reached a 40-year high last year. Food prices have hit record highs. Rents in Victoria have increased by 27% since last year. And the toll of COVID-19 is hard to quantify, and we know it’s had an undeniable impact on individuals and society alike.

How we take care of each other in the toughest times reflects a community’s true strength. And when you unite with us, we won’t stop. We certainly didn’t in 2022-23.

We launched our United for Mental Health campaign in early 2023, to raise funds for urgently needed counselling, outreach, peer support, and crisis intervention programs for children and youth aged 16 to 30.

Despite the general sense that the COVID-19 pandemic has waned as an immediate threat, it still casts a shadow—particularly for seniors, who are more vulnerable to its immediate and long-term effects. We are proud that our More Than Meals program delivered more than 67,000 meals this year to isolated seniors across our communities, up from 50,000 meals the year before. It’s critical to us that we ensure
our seniors receive nutritious meals—and know that they are supported and feel connected.

Looking to the future, we have much to anticipate. We are gratified to report that in the 2023-24 fiscal year we are providing grants to 63 agencies and 77 programs, plus five Youth in Action micro-grants.

And our approach keeps evolving, to meet the needs of the community and of our community partner agencies. For example, we are refining a program model that supports people throughout their lives, from “cradle to career”— or beyond. The Early Years program supports families to ensure that all kids in Southern Vancouver Island are ready to tackle school by the time they hit age six, identifying and then providing supports to overcome the barriers in their way. We look forward to expanding the scope of this program so we can guide kids further in their lives so they can see and realize the opportunities in front of them and become independent contributors to their community.

And after much consultation, we are shifting gears to provide partner agencies with practical and pragmatic help. Very often agencies hit a metaphoric wall when they start major capital campaigns. They just don’t have the experience or capacity to handle it themselves. This is where we’re stepping up. We are establishing a new department that will dedicate itself to fundraising specifically for capital campaigns (within our areas of action), where the goal is between $500,000 and $2 million.

Recently, we signed an agreement with Hulitan Family and Community Services Society to raise $650,000 to fit-out their trauma-informed daycare, which is now in development. This fundraising campaign follows hot on last year’s grand opening of Little Phoenix, BC’s first trauma-informed daycare—a project funded by UWSVI donors and members of the Women United giving circle. We will be putting our experience to good use as we raise funds for Hulitan.

We have much good work to do in our great community. And we cannot do it alone. Please continue to unite with us, and we’ll continue to work to ensure our communities are safe and healthy.

Thank you.

Impact By The Numbers


children, youth, and their families were able to access nutritious and affordable food, skills training courses, housing support, and intervention services to help them navigate crisis situations.

2,124 children, youth, and their families received the support they needed to succeed in school and develop key
life skills.

3,352 children, youth, and their families were supported through disability respite care, parenting peer mentorship programs, and pre-and post-natal outreach.


seniors and their families and caregivers were provided with essential supports like hygiene and other basic needs to enhance their health, safety, and well-being.

1,641 isolated seniors were provided with nutritious food hampers, meal deliveries, and community dinners.

982 seniors and their families took advantage of programs and services that increased their digital literacy and online skills, provided opportunities for volunteering, and assisted them with critical needs such as hearing aids to better connect with those around them.


children, youth, adults, and seniors were helped through outreach and peer-to-peer mental health supports that addressed their mental health challenges or the mental health and/or addictions issues of a loved one.

4,418 children, youth, adults, and seniors accessed affordable, caring counselling services to help them better cope with mental health concerns and emotional challenges in their day-to-day lives.

6,999 children, youth, adults, and seniors with mental health challenges and disabilities, as well as those who have faced marginalization or discrimination based on racial or sexual and/ or gender identity, were provided with safe, welcoming gathering spaces and supports to maintain a healthy lifestyle while reducing isolation.


children, youth, and their families facing challenges related to disability, identity, or economic status were supported in reducing their barriers to well-being and provided with opportunities for community participation.

147 newcomers participated in artistic storytelling initiatives that promoted diversity, highlighted their unique immigrant experiences, and allowed them to share the value and importance of inclusion with the wider community.

144 youth accessed programs that helped them address mental health and substance use challenges in a culturally safe and supportive manner.

343 primarily Indigenous adults and youth took part in culturally supportive and enriching programs that focused on personal empowerment and inter-generational knowledge transfer


individuals accessed bc211 services by telephone, text, or online.

Thank you for uniting with us!













*Internal volunteers: Board, committees, Women United co-chairs, granting review panels, and community impact speakers


2022-2023 2.98M INVESTED DONOR DIRECTED GIFTS 556967 MEN T AL HEA L TH and ADDICTIONS 31 P r ograms 21818 People Helped F AMILIES 958740 49 P r ograms 21895 People Helped SENIORS 519815 16 P r ograms 8808 People Helped DIVERSITY, EQUITY and INCLUSION 287025 10 P r ograms 1478 People Helped P r ograms Supported People Helped Agencies Funded