Our Impact
2021 – 2022

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Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge the Coast Salish Peoples on whose traditional territories we work to serve the communities of Southern Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands.

We are grateful, and may we build strong working relationships with all local nations with trust, humility, kindness, and respect where we live, work, and learn.

Thank you for showing your local love!

62,579

PEOPLE HELPED

6,443

DONORS

200

WORKPLACES

250

VOLUNTEERS*

46

AGENCIES

73

PROGRAMS

*Internal volunteers: Board, committees, granting review panels and campaign speakers.

This year marks the 85th 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.

Impact By The Numbers

7,973

People helped
with basic needs,
training and
life skills

Children, youth and their families were able to access nutritious and affordable food, skills training courses, housing supports, and intervention services to help them navigate crisis situations. We are grateful to the 602 volunteers who gave over 55,800 hours of their time towards helping families in need.

9,743

People
accessing
mental health
support

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. Working alongside registered counsellors, 336 volunteers and citizen counsellors provided over 30,400 hours of mental health and emotional support to individuals accessing critical counselling services.

3,684

People supported
through our
diversity, equity
and inclusion programs

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

50,000

Meals
and services
provided to
isolated seniors

Meals provided to 600 isolated seniors and elders and 17,000 friendly wellness visits to ensure that they were staying safe and healthy. Thank you to the 232 volunteers who gave over 20,000 hours of their time, delivering 50,000 meals.

8,669

People
accessed
bc211
services

Individuals accessed the free and confidential bc211 services by telephone, text or online. bc211 has also acted as a resource during community emergencies and issues of public safety.

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

Mark Breslauer, CEO

Hello neighbour,

United Way Southern Vancouver Island is celebrating its 85th birthday this year, and looking back, we have so much to celebrate.

The past couple of years came with their challenges, but every year we are reminded of how supportive and resilient our community is and how we care for one another. Last year, United Way supported close to 63,000 individuals on Southern Vancouver Island in building better lives. That is almost 1 in 6 people in our region being helped by a United Way initiative or funded program. From creating local campaigns like Blue Love for Mental Health to pivoting with our provincial partners to offer relief during the BC floods, this impact report is a story of yet another extraordinary year at UWSVI.

2021-22 INVESTMENT IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES

1 Agencies 1 Pr ograms 1 People Helped DONOR DESIGNATIONS 799768 SENIORS 485330 DIVERSITY , EQUITY & INCLUSION 100000 F AMILIES 911571 MENTAL HEALTH & ADDICTIONS 937615 1 Agencies 1 Pr ograms 1 People Helped 1 Agencies 1 Pr ograms 1 People Helped