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United Way Fraser Valley and the Lower Mainland join

Posted: June 15, 2017

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United Way Fraser Valley and United Way of the Lower Mainland vote to join as one

The Boards of Directors of United Way Fraser Valley and United Way of the Lower Mainland are proud to announce that the two organizations have voted to combine forces. The Board of United Way Fraser Valley and members voted to combine operations last night at the Annual General Meeting of United Way Fraser Valley.

This means that the two long-standing United Ways will now operate together as a team serving the Lower Mainland, Sea to Sky corridor, Sunshine Coast and the Fraser Valley from Abbotsford to Boston Bar.

The combined United Way will be called United Way of the Lower Mainland. The head office will be located in Burnaby with an office in Abbotsford. Funds raised in the Fraser Valley will continue to be invested in the Fraser Valley.

Our service area will now cover more than 36,000 square kilometres and will serve 61% of the BC population: 2.8 million people.

By working more closely together, the two United Ways see this as an opportunity to combine strengths and local knowledge to better serve our regions. As one United Way, we’ll be able to do more to expand local investments and to strengthen the capacity of community agencies to respond to local needs.

We have a lot in common. In addition to our mission, vision and core values, both United Ways share similar investment priorities. And more and more people are commuting and living back and forth between the Fraser Valley and the Lower Mainland.

Ultimately this is about building a better future for the communities we serve. We’re excited about the possibilities ahead.

Together we can build a better future for everyone in the Fraser Valley from Abbotsford to Boston Bar, the Lower Mainland, Sea to Sky corridor and the Sunshine Coast.