United Way Southern Vancouver Island serves the communities of southern Vancouver Island and the southern Gulf Islands that are located in the traditional, unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples including; the Lək̓ʷəŋən (Songhees) and Xwsepsum (Esquimalt) Nations here in the core area, the W̱SÁNEĆ Nations (W̱JOȽEȽP (Tsartlip), BOḰEĆEN (Pauquachin), SȾÁUTW̱(Tsawout), and W̱SIKEM (Tseycum)) and Pune’laxutth’ (Penelekut) out on the Saanich Peninsula and Gulf Islands, and to the west the Sc’ianew (Beecher Bay), T’Sou-ke, Pacheedaht, and MÁLEXEȽ (Malahat) Nations. We respectfully acknowledge that we live, work, and play within these traditional territories.
We Help Change Lives
Every day we’re working to make Southern Vancouver Island a better place for everyone who lives here. Every dollar of your donation stays in the region, building stronger communities, helping kids succeed, and moving families out of poverty.
Making a Difference in Southern Vancouver Island
Seeing the need and taking action
United Way tracks where help is needed in our local community. This allows us to invest your donation where it will have the greatest impact. Learn more about three areas of action:
Grant Funding Opportunities – United Way’s Community Investments
Since 1937, United Way has invested over $170 million to support a strong network of programs and services in Southern Vancouver Island. As a multi-year funder, United Way supports a broad array of high quality programs/projects, services and initiatives that reach and serve our most vulnerable population to ensure that everyone in every community has the opportunity to live a good life.