What we do

Our Vision

Safe and resilient local communities where opportunity and belonging unite us.

Our Mission

Uniting to strengthen our local communities. It’s the United Way.

Our Values

Accountability : We earn and maintain the trust and confidence of our colleagues, donors, stakeholders and communities through strategic community programs, open dialogue, sound financial management and transparent processes and reporting.

Collaboration : We work together and commit to the possibility of producing an outcome greater than working alone, in the spirit of cooperation, leadership, and respect.

Inclusion : We are committed to efforts to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. This means acknowledging and embracing each person’s uniqueness to develop stronger relationships, foster trust, respect, and open dialogue.

Excellence : We excel in our work through a process of continuous improvement, challenging ourselves to improve through best practice and performance standards that encourage us to reach for what is possible.

Innovation : We cultivate an organizational culture that embraces ideation, flexibility, adaptability, partnership, and collective action.

Leadership : We stimulate, inspire, and motivate others to participate in our mission through our ability to build collaborations and solutions to address our communities’ most pressing systemic social issues.

Making a Difference in Southern Vancouver Island

Impact numbers from last year.


people being helped


workplaces aligned their employee and corporate giving programs with United Way


agencies supported


programs funded

Our local community knowledge, relationships and presence runs deep – we have over 80 years of experience

We are here to provide expertise to local businesses to advance their corporate social responsibility goals and mandates. We are a trusted philanthropic advisor and solution provider in employee engagement and community impact.

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:



Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Mental Health and Addictions

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.