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We are community

We help positive, long-term social change happen. We help make our community better.

As the backbone of an area-wide network of community agencies, we use strategic thinking, ground-breaking research, and powerful partnerships to improve people’s lives.

All that kids can be

Kids are born with limitless potential. Yet too many of them lack what they need to reach it. Experiences in childhood set the foundation for life.

When you give to United Way, you’re helping give young kids a healthy start, and school-age kids the opportunity to succeed. You are investing in the future and helping kids be all they can be.

Learn how United Way helps kids reach their full potential.


Poverty to possibility

The burden of poverty is profound. Since 2008, we’ve seen a 25% increase in food bank use. If you can’t meet your basic needs like food and shelter, you can barely stay afloat let alone get ahead.

When you give to United Way, you’re making sure kids arriving to school hungry get breakfast. You’re helping people get the food they need, learn how to find or grow healthy affordable food, and access available programs and resources.

Learn how United Way helps move families from poverty to a place of hope and possibility.

Strong communities

UW_Seniors_Burnaby_ks001_660x440Communities should fuel our lives, support our development and keep us healthy and strong. But for many in Metro Vancouver, it’s hard to connect. Loneliness is as dangerous as smoking.

The strength of a community is in the well-being of the people who live there. For some, that means accessing services they didn’t even know existed. For others, like seniors, it means keeping them connected and engaged in order to stay healthy.

When you give to United Way, you are building strong neighbourhoods; helping seniors live independently; funding the helpline bc211; and advancing public policy through our Public Policy Institute.

Learn how United Way helps build strong communities for all.